Seattle Coffee Gear - The Grind
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Recipe: Bottom's Up! Mudslide Smoothie

This recipe is so darn yummy, it should be illegal. Since it's not, we definitely had to feature it in this month's issue! Read the recipe below, then watch Brandi whip it up in the Vita Mix.  

  • 1 oz espresso
  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 2 cups ice
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • Monin Dark Chocolate sauce (to taste)


Combine all the ingredients except for the chocolate sauce in a blender. Blend for about 20 - 30 seconds. In your serving glass, drizzle dark chocolate sauce for decoration. Pour in the smoothie and enjoy! 

Coffee Flavor Wheel Part of our recent website revamp was to incorporate a ton of resources into a new section, cryptically called Learn. If you've had a chance to look at the new site, you'll have noticed that it's one of the main sections on the site -- next to Shop, Cafe and Service.

Did you know that we have a comprehensive article on the essentials in coffee basics -- covering everything from where and how coffee is grown, to how its processed and roasted, to some of the chemical components that give it the distinctive flavor we so adore? We also have the Coffee Flavor Wheel used by professional tasters as a reference point when tasting and comparing coffees. This is a great tool to use if you want to invite some friends over for a tasting party. Another excellent resource is the Coffee 101 section, which includes the aforementioned articles and several more on coffee basics as well as How-To Guides designed to get you started in the right direction.

We'll be expanding the information here as time goes on, and you know we love suggestions! Drop us a line with any questions or ideas you might have.

Ask the Experts: Which Gear is Best Suited for Hiking?

If you're serious about coffee, then brewing up a batch while on the open trail is something you have either considered before or are pulling off on the regular. If you're the former and need some guidance on gear, check out our crew's recommendations:
  • Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop - You'll need a steady heat source to brew up this coffee, but it's simple and strong.    

  • Aeropress - One of the most popular on-the-go (and stay-at-home) coffee preps out there!  

  • Handpresso - Ground coffee, E.S.E. pod or both, this little bike pump is ideal for true espresso extraction.  

  • Bodum Brazil - Polycarbonate - Hiking with a few of your favorite people? Try this shatter-proof 8-cup coffee press.

Read more about what we love about these lightweight brewing options on our blog

Atomic Coffee Limited Edition Single Origins
Atomic Coffee - Ethiopian East Harrar
When we got our paws on Atomic Cafe's limited edition single origin blends, it was a serious party. From the Ethiopian East Harrar's blueberry notes that just won't quit to the bold, fruity undertones of the Kenya AA Kahindu to the Kenya Peaberry Kainamui's bright kiwi flavors, we brewed pour over after pour over of these delicious beans. We highly recommend you treat yourself to a bag -- or three! -- soon, as these limited edition single origins won't be around for long.

Our Price: $12.50 - $14.95

Saeco Poemia
Saeco Poemia
Blending the tried-and-true internal functionality of the popular Saeco Aroma and Via Venezia models with the sleek design of their recent superautomatic espresso machines, Saeco's new single boiler espresso machine performs as good as it looks. Now, seriously, how often do we get to say that in life?! We love its ease of use and sleek design, but the portafilter's material and the range of motion on the steam wand aren't ideal. For the price, however, it's certainly worth your consideration.

Watch our video review >>
Our Price: $179.00

Nespresso Gran Maestria
Nespresso Gran Maestria
You know how we feel about Nespresso's capsule espresso machines: For ease of use, convenience, cleanliness and consistency, it's hard to beat. So if trying to pull the 'God Shot' isn't a high priority for you, and easily making a solid cup of java is, the Gran Maestria should be within your sphere of exploration. Also, who wouldn't dig its integrated demitasse cup warmer and upgraded Aero 4 milk frother?! And for those more traditionally oriented, you can pick up its counterpart, the Maestria, which features a steam wand instead of the automatic frother. 


  Watch our video review >>  

Our Price: $699.00


2 Year
In the market for an excellent prosumer espresso machine? We have a crop o' deeply discounted Rocket V1 models looking for a home! Help us clear out our warehouse and help yourself to awesome coffee at the same time. Not only have we knocked hundreds off the 22 V1 Rocket Cellini Evoluziones ($1749, was $2099), 3 V1 Rocket Giotto Premium Pluses ($1549, was $1799) and 5 V1 Rocket Giotto Evoluziones ($1899, was $2199) that we have left, we're now offering an additional 2 years of SCG warranty support for free! That's 4 years total, a $99 value, so you won't have to worry that your V1 won't receive the same love and attention as its V2 counterparts. To redeem, enter the code ROCKET2 in the 'Free Gift Code' box during checkout.  Not sure what our warranty covers? Read all about it here.
Offer applies to purchases made between 07/06/2012 and 07/31/2012 and valid only while supplies last. Not valid with any other coupons or discounts. Must be applied at time of order and cannot be redeemed retroactively. Free shipping in the continental US on orders of $49 or more, otherwise shipping fees apply.