Coffee Ice Cubes

 

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Make these coffee ice cubes simply by filling an ice cube tray with coffee from your SG220 and freezing it over night. Prepare coffee as you normally would and pour over the coffee ice cubes. When the ice cubes melt, they won’t dilute the iced coffee flavor. If you prefer, you can also pour milk or creamer over the coffee ice cubes for a refreshing treat.

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

The New Ultima PRO – For The Perfect Espresso, Every Time

What makes a perfect espresso? It has to be hot, with rich, concentrated coffee flavor and a thin layer of foamy crema on top. It’s easier than ever to bring espresso perfection into your home with the Capresso Ultima PRO.

The Ultima PRO makes it easy to brew delicious espresso and cappuccinos. Here are some of its advantages:

  • 15-bar pump that provides optimal pressure for rich crema, the thin layer of foam that is the mark of a perfectly brewed espresso.
  • Illuminated buttons that are easy to program for one or two espressos.
  • Self-tamping portafilter provides perfect espresso tamping automatically.
  • The high-pressure frother is ideal for preparing cappuccinos and other specialties, while the hot water function can deliver hot water for Americanos or tea.
  • 34 oz. removable water tank for added convenience.

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The Capresso Ultima PRO has an actual retail price of $199.99 and is now at www.capresso.com.

Rosemary-Ginger Iced Green Tea

Iced green tea infused with ginger and rosemary is crisp, refreshing and perfect for any time of the year. When you drink this soothing, healthful beverage, your body (and taste buds) will thank you! What are your go-to flavor combinations for iced tea?

 

Rosemary-Ginger Iced Green Tea

  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced into thin rounds
  • 1⁄4 cup honey or sweetener, if desired
  • 8 green tea bags

Add rosemary and ginger to your Iced Tea Maker pitcher, plus sweetener if desired. Fill pitcher with ice to the ice level marking and place pitcher with lid onto the machine. Place tea bags into the brew basket and close lid. Turn on machine and let brew. After brewing, pour tea into ice-filled glasses and garnish with extra rosemary, and enjoy!

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

Warm Winter Tea

If cold season has you feeling down, try some tea. Ward off winter chills with jasmine infused green tea, citrus and honey – to keep you healthy or help soothe a sore throat and build your immune system. Cozy up this weekend with a cup of Warm Winter Tea:

 

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Warm Winter Tea

1 serving

  • 1 Tbsp loose-leaf jasmine green tea
  • 1 Tsp honey, or to taste
  • 2 (thin) lemon slices
  • Water (5-8 ounces)

Using your H2O Steel PLUS, press the 160°F (Green Tea temperature setting) to heat water to near boiling. Pour the heated water into a mug, and steep the tea for about 3 to 5 minutes. Add in the lemon slices and honey, and enjoy!

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

Eggnog Steamer

Tis’ the season for eggnog! Melt away the chill of winter and celebrate National Eggnog Month with a frothy twist on the holiday classic. Creamy, hot and delicious, this Eggnog Steamer recipe is certain to put you in good spirits.

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Eggnog Steamer

1 serving (8 ounces)

  • 4 ounces of your favorite eggnog (we used a non-alcoholic version, but adults over the age of 21 can choose a more “festive” variety)
  • 4 ounces skim milk
  • Whipped cream
  • Freshly ground nutmeg

Place the frothing disk in your Capresso froth PLUS and make sure it is securely snapped inside the bottom of the frothing pitcher. Add skim milk and eggnog into the frothing pitcher. Place lid and press the “Hot” button. Once the cycle is complete, pour into a serving glass. Top with whipped cream, ground nutmeg, and enjoy!

Tip: A little nutmeg goes a long way, but just a pinch will add great flavor! Use freshly ground nutmeg when possible.

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

Capresso Clean Grind

Is your Capresso coffee grinder part of your daily routine? Show it some TLC with our new Capresso CleanGrind. It makes it easy to keep your coffee grinder clean, so you can enjoy the freshest tasting cup!

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Did you know: Coffee residue and oil buildup can decrease your grinder’s performance and result in a poor tasting brew.

  • The new Capresso Clean Grind removes any stale coffee residues or oils that can build up in your machine with consistent usage.
  • Made from natural ingredients, Clean Grind can be used once a month to keep your grinder in top condition, or when switching between flavored and non-flavored beans.
  • Great for conical burr grinders, disk burr grinders and blade grinders.

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Capresso Clean Grind has an actual price of $12, and is available at www.Capresso.com.

Grilling & Coffee

Summertime and the grillin’s easy. Coffee is the best pick-me-up in the morning, but have you ever thought about using it as a spice rub for your favorite meat? Fire up your grill! We’ve gathered some great recipes that use our favorite ingredient – coffee!

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Capresso grinders are great to finely grind beans for these recipes. Have you cooked with coffee before? What’s your favorite recipe?

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Coffee Rubbed Rib-Eye from Food Network.

Coffee-Rubbed Cheeseburgers with Texas Barbecue Sauce from Epicurious.

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                      Coffee Rub from Eating Well.              Barbecue: Coffee-Rubbed Ribs from SeriousEats.

 

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Happy Grilling! To find out more about Capresso, visit www.Capresso.com.

Pulling the Perfect Shot of Espresso with Capresso EC PRO

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.

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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.

 

 

Tips for Using Capresso Milk Frothers

From a traditional cappuccino to a unique fruit-flavored latte, Capresso’s line of automatic milk frothers offers the tools to help you create delicious milk-based beverages from any type of milk, including soy, silk, almond, coconut and more. Each machine offers three temperature settings—Hot, Warm and Cold—allowing you to make unique beverages year-round.

Some of our most popular recipes include: Bedtime Warm Milk, Speculoos Cookie Butter Latte, Frothed Mudslide and Brazilian Hot Chocolate. Here are some tips to help you prepare these delicious recipes and give you the skills to help you create recipes of your own.

  • When making hot chocolate, always use finely grated or shaved chocolate. Chocolate syrup also works well.
  • If using a flavored syrup or powder, add a little at a time to the pitcher. Do not place too much syrup or powder in the pitcher at once as it may cause the ingredients to become stuck around the frothing/heating disk. If using a spread, such as peanut butter, heat with oil or butter to turn into a syrup consistency.
  • When making an iced drink, select the cold setting. Never pour hot milk over ice, as bacteria can grow.
  • Non-fat or skimmed milk produces the foam with the largest bubbles, making it light and airy.
  • Some milks are not optimal for making foam for cappuccino because they do not have the proteins to support the milk bubbles. These milks should be heated rather than frothed. This includes ultra high temperature (UHT) pasteurized organic dairy milk, nut milk and lactose-free milk.
  • Fresh, cold milk is a key factor in achieving good froth.

For additional tips and more, click here. To learn about Capresso’s line of milk frothers, click on the links below.

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Coffee at Home: How to Brew the Best Coffee

Preparing great tasting drip coffee at home is simple with a Capresso coffee maker, and today we’re sharing a few tips to help you brew the best tasting coffee with your machine.

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Water

Always use fresh, cold water, preferably filtered. Filtered water typically holds the ideal mineral content and will help give your coffee a fresh taste.

Coffee Freshness

Once you open a bag of your favorite coffee beans, it’s best to consume them within one week. Store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place that is free of odors. Never store coffee in the refrigerator or freezer, as moisture can damage the flavor.

Coffee Grind Size

For the freshest taste, it’s best to grind fresh whole bean coffee right before brewing. For drip coffee makers, the grind should be medium or similar to the texture of sand. If you find your brewed coffee tastes bitter, it may be over extracted or ground too fine. Alternatively, if your coffee tastes flat, it may be under extracted or ground too coarse.

Time

The amount of time the water is in contact with the ground coffee greatly affects the taste of your coffee. All Capresso coffee makers brew in less than 1 minute per cup. Coffee brewed for longer than this has a tendency to taste bitter. You can also experiment with the coffee grind size to help speed up or slow down brewing. Using finer grinds will yield in a faster brew, while using coarser grinds will help slow down the brewing process.

Temperature

Water temperature during brewing will affect your coffee’s flavor and extraction. The ideal water temperature during brewing is between 195°F – 205°F. Once the coffee is brewed into the carafe, the holding temperature is around 180°F. The serving temperature of coffee is between 155°F – 175°F, depending on personal taste.

Hygiene & Maintenance

It is important to keep your coffee maker and coffee equipment clean. Descale your coffee maker every 2 -3 months if you have hard water, or every 6 months if you have soft water. Ensure the spray head, gold tone filter, filter basket and water reservoir are also clean and free of lime scale. We recommend using Capresso Cleaning Solution.