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Accessory Review

  • New Video | Yama Rekrow Butane Burner for Coffee Siphons

    Posted on November 19, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    A quick look at the Rekrow Butane burners available for tabletop coffee siphons like Yama and Hario models.


    This post was posted in Accessory Review, News, Coffee Education, Tutorial and was tagged with Yama, Vac Pot, Yama Coffee Maker, Butane Burner, Rekrow Butane Burner, Butane Coffee Maker

  • Posted on June 14, 2013 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    The Bonavita BV1800 and BV1800TH coffee makers have quickly become one of the go-to favorites for people who want to bring the most out of their morning coffee. Not only is it easy to operate, but it brews within the Specialty Coffee Association of America's brewing guidelines for time and temperature. The Bonavita Thermal and Glass Carafe coffee makers have earned a place on even the most finicky coffee drinker's counter.


    This post was posted in Review, Accessory Review, News and was tagged with Bonavita, Bonavita BV1800TH, Bonavita Coffee Maker, Coffee Maker, Video, Coffee Maker Review, Bonavita Review

  • Swing By Coffee Fest Seattle | Bonavita Booth

    Posted on September 22, 2012 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    We are spending the weekend with the great folks at Bonavita (makers of the amazing BV1800 series coffee makers and stainless pourover kettles). If you are in Seattle for Coffee Fest, swing by the Bonavita booth and we will demo some of their new equipment with a few of our coffees.

    The guys at Bonavita have been busy developing a few new noteworthy products that we will be using this weekend like the integrated weight based pourover stand with built in timer. My favorite of day 1 was their new porcelain immersion brewer (similar to the Clever brewer, but not plastic). Good stuff.

     

    Coffee Fest Seattle Bonavita Venia

     

    Today we will be brewing our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Adulina, Tanzania Mshikamano Estate, and our new Sumatra Aceh Takengon. (Find them here) Continue Reading


    This post was posted in Accessory Review, What We are Drinking Now, News, Coffee Education and was tagged with New Product, Coffee Fest, Bonavita, Bonavita BV1800TH, Bonavita Electric Kettle, Bonavita Variable Kettle, Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Adulina, Sumatra Aceh Takengon, Tanzania Mshikamano, Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Brewer

  • New Coffee & Espresso Gear | SCAA Event Portland 2012 | Steampunk, Hey Cafe, Slayer Espresso

    Posted on May 7, 2012 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Alpha Dominche Steampunk Coffee Brewer

    I didn't get to spend nearly as much time as I wanted on the exhibition show floor this year and admittedly missed perhaps the one machine I wanted to see the most, the Alpha Dominche Steampunk Coffee Brewer (I saw it sitting idle, however, just not in use).  I didn't even get to snap a photo of the Steampunk, so I am using the press release image below:

    Alpha Dominche Steampunk Coffee Brewer

    Immediately visible are the four brewing chambers, called crucibles, that are clearly designed to give a visual coffee brewing performance to the customer.  These brewing chambers are a combination of both a french-press and coffee siphon. Brewing parameters such as time, water temp, agitation, and steam aeration are programmable, and each program and can be recalled on any crucible. Contained within the beautifully designed body is a whopping 20 liter boiler.

    The Steampunk is designed to to automate what is important in the brew cycle while at the same time leaving as much of the process as possible in the hands of the skilled barista to bring out the beauty of each coffee.

    Last year a similar machine hit the market to much fanfare and applause, the Bunn Trifecta.  The Trifecta, while lacking the design and visual appeal of the Steampunk (but quite capable of brewing a knockout cup of coffee), has been slow in gaining traction into cafes.   The Steampunk's ability to brew in 4 crucibles at any given time might earn the it a steadfast position on your local coffee bar's counter.

    Tested.com posted this discussion with Khristian Bombeck of Alpha Dominche from the SCAA Portland show floor.

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    Word on the street is that the Steampunk will appear in Seattle and Portland cafes later this Summer.

     

    Hey Cafe Coffee Grinders

    Hey Cafe has been producing a coffee grinder, the HC-600, which seems un-ashamedly a Mazzer Super Jolly knock-off.  While in the Hey Cafe booth, the representative seemed to proudly make note of this.  While until the past few years most coffee grinders have been very close in design from a functional standpoint (and most patents have surely expired), the HC-600 treads dangerously close to the intellectual line.

    I was, however, pleased to see Hey Cafe's diversion from the knock-off market and their experimention with new grinder designs.  Most notably is the grind adjustment design on the new Titan Dispensing Grinder (not pleased on the aesthetics, however)

    Most grinders on the market adjust grind size by moving a stationary upper burr up and down by means of a rotating threaded collar.  The new approach here is to keep the upper burr fixed and use an adjustable bearing to raise and lower the motor shaft, thus changing grind adjustment (note the grind adjustment knob on the lower left of the body in the above pick, as apposed to the usual rotating collar design).

     

    Above is a photo of the motor, note the adjustment knob on the bottom (black knob on black background, sorry for the poor photo).

    Hey Cafe is also building a new home grinder that may hold some promise.  It looks to be a belt driven unit that dosing is controlled by digital key pad.  We will see if this hits the US market in the next year and if it is a worthy product for our lineup.

    The unit is still in the design & prototype phase and only the on/off function was currently programmed.  Here, the design is a bit nicer than some of their other products, but hope the production model is a bit more refined.

     

    Slayer Espresso

    While not new to the market, this was my first hands on experience with the Slayer Espresso Machine.  Let me say I was not in any way disappointed.

    Two Group Slayer Espresso Machine

    Speak about innovation in a market that seems to be filled with a race to re-create what the other guy is doing.  While the paddle handles may seem similar to a Synesso or La Marzocco MP Strada, the comparison ends there.  Instead of pursuing the pressure profiling market, the Slayer maintains constant pressure throughout the espresso Continue Reading


    This post was posted in Uncategorized, Review, Espresso Machine Review, Accessory Review, News and was tagged with New Product, #SCAA2012, Slayer Espress, Steampunk, Alpha Dominche, Hey Cafe, First Look

  • New Coffee & Espresso Gear | SCAA Event Portland 2012 | Crossland Pourover

    Posted on April 27, 2012 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    CROSSLAND AUTOMATED POUR-OVER BREWER  |  FIRST LOOK

    Last year at SCAA Houston, I had the opportunity to see an early version of the Crossland Pourover Brewer (I actually don't know the name, or even if it yet has a name...).  The designer and engineer of this the device is none other than Bill Crossland, the Seattle based coffee visionary who played a major role in designing the ESI / La Marzocco GS/3, and now the Crossland CC1 Espresso Machine.  He brought a couple examples of the next iteration his automated pourover brewer to this year's SCAA show in Portland.

    Bill Crossland Pourover Brewer

    Manual pourover brewing is more and more becoming the preferred method of brewing single origin coffees in quality focused specialty coffee bars around the world, and for good reason; the individual attention given to each coffee can  bring focus to an artfully roasted bean and transform it into a surreal sensory experience.  Some of the most memorable cups of coffee I have had the joy of drinking were done using a pourover technique and a Chemex brewer.

    Some major problems with this approach are the cost of the labor involved to brew a few cups at a time, and the tired barista who looses focus at the end of a long busy day at the bar.  Enter Bill Crossland's vision for an automated pour-over Continue Reading


    This post was posted in Review, Accessory Review, News and was tagged with New Product, SCAA PORTLAND, #SCAA2012, Crossland Brewer, Crossland CC1, Bill Crossland

  • Coffee Fest New York Latte Art Champ Kim Yeung Video

    Posted on March 23, 2012 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    We just wanted to give a shout out to Coffee Fest New York Latte Art Champion Kim Yeung for some of the greatest pours we have seen.  We just found this video of him showing off some of his pours.  Not only is it fun to watch, but it is inspiring for anyone wanting to up their game.

     

     

    Notice how wet his micro-foam is, this allows for a him continue building his work from the beginning of the pour to the end.  Wet foam can be challenging to work with later in the pour and Continue Reading


    This post was posted in Review, Accessory Review, Random Thought, News and was tagged with Milk Frothing, Latte Art, Coffee Fest, Latte Cups

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