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Pulling the Perfect Shot of Espresso with Capresso EC PRO

April 18, 2014
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Pulling the perfect shot of espresso barista-style takes skill, patience and practice with a professional-quality espresso machine, like the Capresso EC PRO.

A perfect shot looks like a “mouse tail” coming out of the bottomless filter.

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he way the coffee flows out of the portafilter can help you identify the problem areas with your coffee shot and help you brew the perfect espresso.

Drips

Drips

Geysers

Geysers

Blonding

Blonding

Too dark

Too Dark

Multiple Streams

Multiple Streams

Too slow

Too Slow

 

(Drips) When “mouse tail” is off to one side or dripping around the edge, the ground coffee is not evenly tamped.  Hold portafilter flat when tamping and apply even, flat pressure.

(Geysers) Channeling can be identified by sputters and geysers. This is caused by uneven tamping or uneven grind size.  Ensure even pressure is applied when tamping the ground coffee.  Adjust the grind size slightly using a conical burr grinder.

(Blonding) Blonding occurs when the shot is under extracted and is too light in color.  More coffee grounds should be added to the sieve.  You can also adjust the grind size a little finer to correct a light colored shot.

(Too Dark) An overly dark shot indicates too much coffee was added to the sieve or grind is too fine.  Add less coffee and adjust the grind size slightly coarser.

(Multiple Streams) Overdosing of espresso in portafilter can cause multiple streams.  Add less ground coffee to the filter.  Adjust the grind size slightly and only one setting at a time.

(Too Slow) Flowing too slow can be an indication that the ground coffee was tamped too hard or ground coffee is too fine.  Apply approximately 30 lbs of pressure (the same amount of pressure you would use when casually leaning on a table for support) when tamping the espresso into the sieve.  Adjust grind size slightly coarser.

Other tips: We recommend using a conical burr grinder for precise adjustment of the grind size.  Consistency of grind size is the most critical element in brewing with a bottomless filter.  Adjust the grind size one step at a time to experiment to improve results.  Even when you find the right grind size, you may still need to adjust from one day to another as the beans can be altered by moisture in the air.

 

 

Black Tea Cocktail

April 11, 2014

Get ready for the weekend with our Black Tea Cocktail. Don’t be fooled by its sophisticated flavor; this cocktail has a small list of ingredients and is easy to prepare!

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Black Tea Cocktail

1 serving

-       2 ounces brewed black tea

-       2 ounces gin

-       2 ounces club soda

-       ice

-       lemon and lime wedges, for garnish

Use your Capresso Electric Water Kettle to heat water for brewing the Black Tea. Add black tea, gin and club soda to a glass with ice. Stir well and garnish with wedges of lemon and lime. Enjoy!

To find out more about Capresso products, visit Capresso.com.

Samoas Latte

April 3, 2014

We’re putting a coffeehouse twist on Girl Scout cookies with our new recipe: Samoas® Latte. Inspired by the Samoas® Girl Scout cookie, this recipe can be prepared in a few simple steps with your Capresso froth TEC.

Samoas Latte

Samoas® Latte

2 servings

-       8 ounces coconut milk

-       1 tsp caramel syrup

-       1 tbsp hot chocolate mix

-       4 ounces espresso

-       whipped cream and Samoas® Girl Scout cookie, for garnish

Place frothing disk into the froth enhancer of your Capresso froth TEC and ensure it is securely snapped inside the bottom of the pitcher. Add coconut milk and caramel syrup to frothing pitcher. Place lid and press the Warm button. After about 2 minutes, add the hot chocolate mix to the pitcher. Wait for frother to automatically shut off. Pour 2 ounces of espresso into each glass, and then fill glasses with steamed milk mixture. Top with whipped cream and a Samoas® Girl Scout cookie.

To find out more about Capresso products, visit Capresso.com.

Caramel Cinnamon Latte

March 21, 2014

Make your day sweeter with our Caramel Cinnamon Latte. This drink features some of our favorite ingredients — espresso, caramel and cinnamon — and is easy to prepare in your froth TEC.

 

Caramel Cinnamon Latte

 

Caramel Cinnamon Latte

2 servings

-       8 ounces non-fat milk

-       2 tsp caramel syrup

-       1 tsp ground cinnamon, plus extra for garnish

-       4 ounces espresso

-       whipped cream

Place frothing disk into the froth enhancer of your Capresso froth TEC and ensure it is securely snapped inside the bottom of the pitcher. Add milk and caramel syrup to frothing pitcher. Place lid and press the Warm button. After about 2 minutes, add ground cinnamon to the pitcher. Wait for frother to automatically shut off.  Pour 2 ounces of espresso into each glass, and then fill glasses with steamed milk. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon. Enjoy!

To find out more about Capresso products, visit Capresso.com.

Capresso H2O Steel Electric Water Kettle

March 20, 2014

Style meets speed in the new Capresso H2O Steel Electric Water Kettle. Faster, safer and more energy efficient than any stovetop kettle, this contemporary 57-ounce capacity cordless water kettle is the first model in the Capresso line to combine beautiful stainless steel housing with streamlined, one-switch operation.

Capresso H2O Steel

The Capresso H2O Steel offers an easy way to boil water for tea, hot chocolate, French press coffee and more. With a simple push of a button, the power switch is illuminated and the unit begins to heat the water. Upon reaching a boil, it automatically shuts off. A Micro Filter spout traps particles so they do not disrupt the purity of the beverage.

This kettle is designed for a fast, yet quiet boil. The low-noise, stainless steel-heating element is concealed in the base of the kettle. Water gently comes to a boil setting the stage for the serene act of preparing a hot beverage.

The Capresso H2O Steel has a suggested retail price of $49.99 at http://www.capresso.com.

Capresso offers a growing selection of electric water kettles ranging from $49.99 to $99.99. For more information, visit http://www.capresso.com.

Lucky Charms® Latte

March 12, 2014

Bypass green beer and Irish coffee this St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy a sweet, non-alcoholic drink. Our Lucky Charms® Latte is “leprechaun approved.”

 Lucky Charms Latte

 

Lucky Charms® Latte

2 servings

-       8 ounces non-fat milk

-       1 tbsp vanilla syrup

-       4 ounces espresso

-       2 tbsp Lucky Charms® cereal

Place frothing disk into the froth enhancer of your Capresso froth TEC and ensure it is securely snapped inside the bottom of the pitcher. Add milk and vanilla syrup to frothing pitcher. Place lid and press the Warm button. Wait for frother to automatically shut off.  Pour 2 ounces of espresso into each glass, and then fill glasses with steamed milk. Top with frothed milk and cereal. Enjoy!

To find out more about Capresso products, visit Capresso.com.

Recipe Round-Up: Hot Chocolate

March 7, 2014

Warm, creamy and full of chocolaty goodness, what’s not to love about hot chocolate? We’re sharing our most popular hot chocolate recipes, plus one that’s more suited for our readers in warmer climates.

Coconut Nutella Hot Chocolate

 Brazillian Hot Chocolate

 Frozen Hot Chocolate

 Parisian Hot Chocolate

Capresso Hot Chocolate Recipes

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