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Seattle Coffee Gear
June 2010
Recipe: Blackberry Peach Sangria
One of our favorite summer drinks is Sangria -- it's always a blast to mix up a batch and share with friends. This recipe is for a pitcher of 4 standard servings (it could be less or more, depending on your serving cup size -- we don't judge!).

  1. Combine wine, brandy, syrups and juices in a large pitcher. Add ice and stir.
  2. Before serving, top with lemon lime soda, stir lightly and pour into chilled serving glasses.
  3. Optionally garnish the glasses with fresh fruit.
Seattle Coffee Gear TV
We weren't as prolific as we usually are with videos during May -- Kat went on vacation and left Gail all alone! So we just have two to share this month, but expect us to return to our regularly scheduled programming in June.
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Ask the Experts
Q. I have a Saeco Aroma, do I need to backflush? Why or why not?

A. Backflushing specifically addresses the cleaning of the valve system commonly referred to as 'solenoid,' 'brew pressure release,' 'three-way release' or any combination of those terms. This valve system releases the post-brew pressure in the group head, sucking water (and a little bit of coffee) out of the portafilter after you brew. This results in a drier coffee puck and also means you won't be at risk of removing the contents under pressure.

Lots of machines have this technology, and backflushing cleanses the valve system as well as cleans up above the brew head screen. The Saeco Aroma, however, does not have this valve system and, therefore, doesn't need to be backflushed. In fact, backflushing these machines will break them, so don't do it, period.

Other machines that don't require backflushing are the Via Venezia, Sirena and those made by Breville.

You can clean behind the brew head by removing the screen and soaking it in detergent on a regular basis. If you're not sure if your machine should be backflushed, check your user manual or give us a call and we can let you know whether or not your machine has the valve system that this maintenance addresses.
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The Grind Special
Summer heat can mean only one thing: Iced coffee! Give up the old school method of icing hot-brewed java (and the watered down taste of melted ice) in favor of the smooth cool brew made by an Hourglass. Add this rich concentrate to your glass with ice and water and enjoy. Pick one up during June and we'll take 10% off! To redeem, enter the code CURVY0610 during check out.
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