Hazelnut Candy Latte

National Gourmet Coffee Day is this Saturday. Creating gourmet espresso based-beverages at home is easy with the Capresso EC PRO, and what better way to celebrate this holiday than with this toasty-sweet hazelnut drink topped with Ferrero Rocher chocolate hazelnut pieces. Choice-3 50% Hazelnut Candy Latte 1 serving

  • 1 ounce hazelnut syrup
  • 4-6 ounces milk
  • 1-2 shots of espresso
  • 2 Ferrero Rocher chocolate hazelnut candies, finely chopped

In your Capresso EC PRO Professional Espresso & Cappuccino machine, pull 1-2 shots of espresso and set aside. Froth 4-6 ounces of milk using the EC PRO’s frother. Pour the hazelnut syrup and espresso into a large mug, and add the frothed milk. Top with finely chopped Ferrero Rocher candy pieces, and enjoy!

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Mother’s Day Gifts from Capresso

Whether your mom loves coffee, tea or espresso, Capresso offers the best in Mother’s Day gifts with high-quality espresso machines, efficient electric water kettles and stylish coffee makers.

For the Coffee-Loving Mom:

The new Mini Drip 5-Cup is a compact programmable coffee maker that quickly brews 25 ounces of Mom’s favorite coffee into a glass carafe with an ergonomic handle, brew-through lid and drip-free pouring spout. It features digital controls with an easy-to-read LCD display and 24-hour clock/timer, for programming brewing at Mom’s desired time.

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For the Tea-Loving Mom:

The stylish new H2O Steel PLUS lets Mom heat water for her favorite blend of tea with ease. The stainless steel kettle boils water faster and more efficiently than stovetop kettles, giving Mom more time to enjoy teatime. This premium electric water kettle enhances the tea experience with variable temperature control. It features four temperature settings to accurately brew any type of tea, plus an innovative automatic warming function.

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For the Espresso-Loving Mom:

Mom can create barista-quality espresso drinks in the kitchen with the new Capresso EC PRO Professional Espresso & Cappuccino Machine. This sophisticated machine is easy to use and allows Mom to experience the rich taste of espresso, cappuccino or latte without visiting the local coffeehouse.

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For more Mother’s Day gift ideas, visit Capresso.com.

Pulling the Perfect Shot of Espresso with Capresso EC Select

Pulling the perfect shot of espresso barista-style takes skill, patience and practice with a professional-quality espresso machine, like the EC Select.

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.

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(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.

Samoas Latte

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 Café Select.

.Samoas® Latte

2 servings

– 1/2 tsp caramel syrup

– 1/2 tsp chocolate syrup

– 2 oz espresso

– 4 ounces milk

– whipped cream and fudge, coconut and caramel cookies for garnish

First add caramel syrup and chocolate syrup to the bottom of a mug.  Brew espresso into the mug using the Capresso Café Select and set aside.  Switch the machine to frothing function and wait for the machine to heat up.  Froth your milk while adding minimal air into the frothing pitcher.  When frothing pitcher has become too hot to the touch, your milk is at the perfect drinking temperature.  Stop the frother before removing the milk pitcher from the machine.  Pour steamed milk over the espresso and syrups and mix.  Top with whipped cream and garnish with a fudge, coconut, caramel cookie.

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Tips for Brewing Espresso with a Bottomless Filter

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Showcase your espresso brewing skills with the EC PRO and its bottomless filter.

A bottomless filter produces a shot of espresso with a thicker, richer crema because the coffee has less contact with the portafilter. The filter also preserves the natural coffee oils to make a tastier brew.

While using a bottomless filter requires a little more skill, we’ve got some tips to help you with your technique so you can brew barista-style.

  • Use a burr grinder to ensure consistency of ground coffee. The right grind size depends on the type of coffee bean; adjust grind size as necessary.
  • Always start the process of extracting with a clean, dry portafilter basket.
  • Even distribution of coffee grounds is critical to avoid uneven extraction.
  • Fill portafilter so it is slightly overflowing and use fingers to evenly distribute grounds and level.
  • An even tamp means an even extraction. Rest the flat section of the bottomless filter on the side of a countertop to level the filter when tamping for even distribution.
  • Aim for a 20-30 second extraction and adjust the time of the brew by changing the grind size.  For a faster brew, use a coarser grind.  For a slower brew, use a finer grind.

For more tips and information about using the EC PRO’s bottomless filter, visit Capresso.com.

Make Your Own Affogato

We’re creating a unique dessert with just 2 ingredients: espresso and ice cream. Brew espresso with your Capresso EC PRO, then pour into a glass over your favorite flavor of ice cream or gelato. It’s simply delicious!

Affogato 

Affogato

1 serving

  • ½ cup ice cream or gelato
  • 1.5 oz. espresso

Scoop ice cream or gelato into a glass, add espresso and enjoy!

 

Suggested flavor combinations:

  • Talenti Old World Eggnog gelato and espresso
  • Peppermint ice cream and espresso
  • Chocolate gelato and espresso
  • Vanilla ice cream and espresso

For more information on the EC PRO, visit Capresso.com.

Grind It: The Right Grind Setting for Capresso EC PRO

EC PRO LifestylePulling the perfect shot of espresso is an art. There are many factors that go into preparing the shot, including grinding whole bean coffee at the correct setting.

When brewing with your Capresso EC PRO, follow these tips for a bold and delicious espresso:

  • Use a Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder to obtain the correct grind size.
  • If using the Double Spout Filter with 2-cup sieve, use the “Fine” setting. Set indicator dot to the 1st or 2nd Fine positions. Using the 2-cup sieve allows the user flexibility in the grind size.
  • If using the Bottomless Filter with bottomless sieve, use the “Extra Fine” setting. Set the indicator dot to the 2nd or 3rd Extra Fine position. The bottomless sieve requires a precise grind size and may need to be adjusted a few times to achieve the perfect brew.

Grind size is critically important, especially when using the Bottomless Filter. Different types of coffee may require a slight adjustment to the grind size.  Coffee that is fresh compared to coffee that has been left out will also require adjustments. A conical burr grinder, such as the Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder, can make these fine adjustments.

Capresso Perks Up Holiday Shopping

Capresso has your quick gift guide to holiday shopping. Choose from professional espresso machines, stylish milk frothers or functional coffee grinders. More gift ideas available at Capresso.com.

 

Capresso_Froth Tec For A Hot Chocolate Lover:

The Capresso froth TEC Automatic Milk Frother offers a quick, easy, no-mess way for your favorite chocoholic to make velvety-soft milk foam for cold and hot specialty beverages. Its large-capacity glass pitcher can froth up to 10 ounces of milk, or heat up to 16 ounces. Features 3 temperature settings—Hot, Warm & Cold—for endless beverage possibilities. $99.99.

 

For A Coffee & Tea Lover:

Coffee a la Carte LifestyleThe Capresso Coffee à la Carte™ Cup-to-Carafe® Coffee & Tea Maker combines two of the most popular trends in coffee makers—single serve and carafe-style—with a separate tea filter to rapid brew tea. Operation is easy and intuitive, with customizable brewing and sizing options.  Preset illuminated brewing buttons for Small Cup, Large Cup, Carafe or Tea. $179.99.

 

Capresso_EC PROFor An Espresso Aficionado:

The commercial-grade Capresso EC PRO Professional Espresso & Cappuccino Machine features an advanced 15 bar pump boiler system and two filter choices—double spout filter and bottomless filter—that allow espresso lovers at any skill level to prepare barista-quality espresso. It comes with a 42-ounce removable water container, easy-to-read indicator lights for On/Off and Coffee/Steam, and a high-pressure commercial style power frother that creates perfect microfoam for cappuccinos and lattes. $249.99.

 

Capresso_CoolGrind_BlackFor A Cook Who Loves Spices:

The Capresso Cool Grind Blade Coffee & Spice Grinder makes a great addition to the kitchen of any foodie who wants freshly ground spices or coffee. It’s sleek look and improved grinding mechanism produces a low heat build-up to better preserve flavor and aroma. Black or White. $19.99.

 

teaC100For the Multi-Tasker:

The Capresso teaC100: For the foodie that does it all. With five easy-to-read temperature settings, ranging from 100° to 212°F, the teaC100 is beautiful unit for heating water. Tea lovers will appreciate the precise temperature settings for green, white, oolong and black tea. Home cooks will benefit from the quick and efficient heating action when preparing French press coffee, rehydrating dried mushrooms or creating a water bath for cheesecake. $99.99.

 

For the Coffee Expert:

Capresso Grand Aroma w.beans 72Coffee connoisseurs know the best cup of coffee starts with whole coffee beans. This holiday, give a bag (or two) of the Capresso Grand Aroma Coffee Beans: a unique blend of premium beans, Swiss precision-roasted for a rich, smooth aroma with a velvety flavor. Choose from Regular, Decaf or Espresso roasts for any method of brewing. Available in 2, 6 or 12 bag options priced between $5.84 – $9.49 per bag (depending on the number of bags purchased).

 

Shop for these Capresso products and more at Bed, Bath and Beyond or Capresso.com.

 

 

 

Café Miel

A warm Café Miel is the true taste of fall. Milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey come together to form a delicious spiced froth. Try our version using the Capresso froth TEC Milk Frother.

  

Cafe Miel

 

Café Miel

2 servings

 

–       4 shots brewed espresso

–       8 ounces milk

–       2 tablespoons honey

–       ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

–       ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

–       dash of ground nutmeg (optional)

 

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, vanilla, and cinnamon to frothing pitcher. Place lid and press the Hot button. After about 3 minutes, slowly add the honey. Wait for frother to automatically shut off.  Meanwhile, brew 4 shots of espresso with your Capresso espresso machine and separate between 2 mugs. Pour frothed milk on top of the brewed espresso, top with ground nutmeg. Stir if desired. Enjoy!

 

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Russian Coffee

We put an “adults-only” twist on coffee. This Russian Coffee recipe, made with the Coffee à la Carte, is flavorful and sweet with the great taste of Kahlua.

Russian Coffee

 

Russian Coffee

1 serving

 

– 5 ounces coffee

– 1 ounce vodka

– ½ ounce Kahlua

– 1 teaspoon Amaretto almond liqueur

– 2 teaspoons sugar

– Whipped cream for garnish

 

In your Coffee à la Carte, brew coffee to taste. Pour vodka, Kahlua, and Amaretto almond liqueur into coffee cup. Stir in sugar. Top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

 

**Should be consumed by adults 21 or older. Please drink responsibly.

 

For more information on the Capresso Coffee à la Carte, visit Capresso.com.