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German Schott Glass – high quality, thermal shock resistant
As #Resolution month is coming to an end, we thought we would focus in on some health benefits found in our products at our very own showroom.
We all (hopefully) know and understand the harm in using plastic bottles and containers to carry our coffee or tea on the go. There are a ton of harmful chemicals in these products that are then released into our yummy beverages, and then into us!
Some of the 'better' quality bottles and containers are considered to be Stainless Steel and Glass.
Stainless Steel is very popular in the Coffee industry- Travel mugs, Coffee pots and even kettles.
But is it as safe as society believes?
Stainless Steel bottles, pots and Kettles:
Contain a Metal which may leach BPA
Many “stainless steel” products are actually made from aluminum, which is linked to Alzheimer’s. Products made from this material generally also have a plastic liner that can contain BPA or other chemicals
Stainless steel products can leach iron, chromium and nickel into alkaline and acidic beverages
When we recently received our shipment of the Breville IQ Kettle Pure, we decided to find out for ourselves.
The German Schott Glass IQ Kettle Pure and other glass products:
Made from naturally abundant materials, like sand, limestone and soda ash
Durable – will not degrade over time
Won’t leach chemicals
Can be used for liquids other than water without affecting the material or absorbing tastes and odors
Glass is 100 percent recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. An estimated 80 percent of recovered glass containers are made into new glass bottles.
A glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as little as 30 days.
Suitable for hot or cold beverages
Let's start 2017 off on the right note and continue this #healthphenomena for the entire year!
Switch over to Glass products where applicable. Read your labels and care for products as required!
We guarantee your #Espressobellas will taste that much better knowing the cup, glass, pot, or kettle you choose to make it in isn't affecting your health!
We've heard of a few 'myths' floating around in regards to how to store your Coffee/Espresso beans at home! We have a ton of clients who come in to purchase coffee beans and espresso beans and actually have no clue how to store it! We've decided to create a list of the Do's and Don'ts when it comes to storing your purchases to maximize its lifespan, quality in taste & more!
One of the most popular myths floating around is to keep your Grounds/ Beans in the fridge to keep them fresh!
This is a huge MYTH!
Its been floating around for a while. Maybe your parents, or even your parents parents started this and passed it down through the generations! Our best advice- stop this immediately!!
The fridge is not the place to store coffee in any form, ground or whole bean even if in an airtight container. It isn’t cold enough to keep your coffee fresh, and because coffee works as a deodorizer, it will absorb all the aromas in your fridge. This will definitely have a negative impact on the final taste of your cup of coffee.
So, on that note, here's how to store your beans & grounds to help keep them at their peak!
Keep them in an airtight, dark container.
Avoid steam (so consider where you are storing your beans and keep them away from brewers, stoves, etc.).
Avoid moisture (storing near your sink could accidentally allow water to reach beans).
Within 72 hours after being roasted coffee beans have reached their maximum or peak of freshness, so use them as quickly as possible.- we always suggest grinding as you use.
If you can’t brew them within the optimum time put your beans in the freezer. (Not the fridge!)
Focusing back on #6- Coffee beans lose their freshness fairly quickly, so storing them properly is extremely important! This is also why we suggest only grinding them as you use them!
Also, ensure that the type of grind you use is suitable for your brewing system. If beans are too fine or too coarse you will not generate maximize flavour.
Ensure your grinder is regularly cleaned. Fresh beans produce different levels of oil and because of the oil coffee grinds will begin to compact around the burrs in your grinder. This means that the grinds need to be removed to lengthen the life of the grinder and to ensure you aren’t blending old coffee with freshly ground beans.
If you need to have your coffee pre-ground, whenever possible store it at room temperature in a vacuum-sealed container that is made of materials that won’t impart unwanted flavours to your coffee (ceramic is ideal).
Ground coffee is dramatically affected by humidity which adversely affects the flavour, so don’t store ground beans for more than one week. However, coffee connoisseurs will say to not store ground coffee for more than an hour!
When storing Whole Beans, do not store more than one week’s worth of beans at a time. This isn’t always practical, so if you know you will have beans for longer than that, you can store them in your freezer. Storing your beans in a deep freezer is better than the fridge’s freezer because it doesn’t get opened as often.
Never store your coffee in paper but rather try to store it in its original packaging (usually foil or plastic.) At Serious Coffee cafés, we bag our coffee in paper bags that have a liner and only when you order it. The idea behind this choice of bag and to not prepackage our beans is that we are committed to freshness and hope that the coffee is consumed within a week so that it doesn’t have to be frozen.
Put each bag in its own resealable freezer-quality bag, resealable container, jar or some other airtight container to avoid freezer-burn. Remove as much air as possible and don’t worry about the light; your freezer is dark and the few times it’s opened won’t negatively impact them. Remember, Serious Coffee’s beans are so fresh that the original 2270 gram (5 lbs) packaging has a relief valve to allow the off-gases to escape, so be aware that your resealable bag could burst due to the gases having no where to go. We recommend that you keep our beans in our packaging as the valve will only allow the gases to escape while blocking air from entering the bag.
In order to ensure that your beans are fresh, do not store them in the freezer longer than two weeks from the purchase date. If necessary, whole beans can be kept in a deep freezer for up to two months; however, this is not something we recommend.
Take out only as much coffee as you need and never return beans that have thawed to the freezer.
Last but not least- buying a quality bean!
You can store your beans perfectly, however you will only get that perfect Coffee, Espresso or Cappuccino with a quality, FRESH bean!
Espresso Bella's very own Venti Sei is roasted locally here in Stouffville and is received every 7 days! You'll get the freshest bag on the shelf, every time!
That's a wrap for this edition of Myth Busters! We hope you found this article useful! You can always visit our Showroom in Stouffville with your questions, concerns or curiosities in regards to your Coffee/Espresso products!
In the mean time, Have a beautiful day and an Espresso Bella!
We officially want to welcome you to 2017!
As we all know, as January commences a New Year, it symbolizes a fresh start! Many
take this time to reflect of their previous year, create goals, and make moves
in the right direction! We have named January RESOLUTION MONTH!
Espresso Bella, we started off 2017 in full force!
We received our Brand New #EspressoBella Disposable cups- that are available
for purchase, Launched our Brand New Labelled Keurig Compatible K-Cups and
started our Stouffville Awareness program- offering all of Stouffville FREE next
day delivery on our Keurig Capsule orders!
There is a ton of new and exciting products and programs to look forward to at Espresso Bella this month & year- but it doesn't just stop there!
This year, look to Espresso Bella for your questions and curiosities when it comes to coffee!
Each month, we will choose a theme and focus our posts, workshops & more on that theme! Everything from, Resolutions & Saving, to Machine advice & Comparisons, to Love & Family, to even Kid Friendly topics and activities!
Have a suggestion on a theme we should focus on?! We love hearing your suggestions and feedback!
Feel free to contact us!
Espresso Bella is super excited to announce our Brand New Showroom in Stouffville! In just two, busy weeks, our Bella's & Bello's came together to create a fun, fresh showroom where guests and clients can come and indulge in some of the most authentic Espresso's & Coffee Products.
Swing by to test our brand new Espresso Machines, Drop off your current machine for servicing at our new service counter, or even to take a selfie at our new showroom #FeatureWall.
Whatever your reasoning may be, we cannot wait for you all to see our new look, and to enjoy an #EspressoBella with us!
Located at: 38 Innovator Ave. Unit 8 Now, in the Downstairs Unit
Hey Everyone and Welcome to our LavAzza Espresso Point Machine Repair Tutorial! Today we will be working on a machine that has a Broken Floater Device.
When the machine does not have a properly functioning floater device in its water tank, the machine is unable to determine whether the water tank is full. The complaint with this machine was that the "Water Indicator Light" would not stop flashing- even when the tank was full of water. This issue is a super easy fix- and repair pieces can be purchased through our online store www.shop.EspressoBella.ca or at our Showroom in Stouffville.
As you can see, we tested the machine by pouring water into the tank, yet the light continued to flash indicating that the tank was empty.
Simply open the top of the Espresso Machine and remove the water tank.
This customer in particular used bottled water in their machine which caused a Calcium Build up in the water tubes. We highly recommend using tap water to avoid this issue.
As you can see in the video, the Floater Device and the cap were separated. These two pieces should always be attached and in the proper position in order for the machine to function properly. It is important that the magnet on the Floater Device is touching the bottom of the Water Tank when placed in its proper position for this magnet indicates to the machine that there is water in the tank.
Once Floater Device is properly attached to the tank, return water tank to the machine and pour water in it once more- your indicator light should stop flashing once tank is full.
For more DIY Machine Repair Tutorials, visit our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPEgQFj99A92GoCm-jwqQhAor our Online Blog! http://espressobarcatering.blogspot.ca/