Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Keep Your Coffee Fresh Longer

Article Written By:
MacKenzie Nachtrieb

Whether you're a coffee aficionado or a novice, you most likely understand how important it is to use FRESH coffee in all forms of brewing - espresso, drip, iced, etc. But not everyone knows exactly HOW to keep their coffee freshest.

As soon as the coffee beans are exposed to oxygen they immediately start to breakdown, and oil residue will start to compromise the flavor of your coffee. Ground coffee goes bad even quicker, so DO NOT grind your beans until you're ready to use them!

Things to keep in mind: 

1. Decrease air movement
2. Limit temperature fluctuations
3. Avoid exposure to light.

We are now selling these Airscape canisters which, as the diagram shows, force air out and lock in freshness!

They are available in small (32 oz.), large (64 oz.) and black or stainless!

This item is suitable for not only coffee but all sorts of food like tea, flour, sugar, cereal, spices, walnuts, fresh fruit and even pet food!

The inner lid is equipped with a special valve, which forces air out of the canister and thus creating an airtight environment.

- Restaurant grade 18/8 stainless steel with enamel paint finish
- Durable construction
- Order & taste resistant
- BPA free
- Non toxic
- Hand wash recommended


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Monday, September 21, 2015

Custom Wood Panels for Your La Spaziale

Article Written by:
MacKenzie Nachtrieb

wood panels

Image shown is a Dream T with Sapele panels in a satin finish. 

When the whole wood phenomenon came about a few years back we were not really interested in adding another inventory item to our long list of products. However, as time went on our curiosity grew...and by that I mean I harassed my father (Chris) about it every day until he finally cracked. I knew how popular the idea of wood detailing was, and I knew we were missing out by limiting ourselves.

So one day Chris picked up the phone and called Alan, a longtime buddy of his that he knew from (surprise, surprise) Shaker Ridge Country Club where he is a long standing member.

It took a little longer than we hoped to get the panels perfect, but as they say "Rome wasn't built in a day".

The final product is as close to perfect as you can possibly imagine. What sets our panels apart from others is the unique and beautiful wood grains in each of them. The unusual wood patterns that are brought to the forefront of each panel makes each one a work of art! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so sit back, grab a cup of coffee and behold.

A little bit about our brilliant craftsman Alan, aka 
"Ward of the Wood"

Alan has been a creative force in the woodworking business for 40+ years now. Alan is an upbeat, positive, fun loving spitfire who loves to make people laugh and loves to savor his clients reactions to his amazing wood working creations. Alan is a local craftsman in the Albany, NY area and we have teamed up with him to create the ultimate luxury item for our home and professional baristas.

Alan regards wood selection as a key component in his craft. He loves the varying grains of different woods and sees 'eyes' that look out at him as another fun way of identifying his pieces.

The various available wood selections are comparable to our range of coffee varieties! Alan describes his Sapele wood as dancing with 'internal fire' and we compare that to our Golden Gate Java beans. Next is Walnut wood panels that are rich and dark similar to our Northwest Dark Roast. The Mahogany panels are lighter with variations in color over time and mirror our Black Pearl Espresso! Finally, Cherry wood panels have a silky and smooth grain and texture and our Nicaraguan coffee follows those characteristics in a cup of coffee.

Give me a call or email if you'd like more information on any of our espresso machines with designer wood panels, or any of our gourmet coffee selections!



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Monday, September 14, 2015

Introducing the NEW Quick Mill Anita Evo!

Built exclusively for Chris' Coffee Service 
Post by: MacKenzie Nachtrieb

MAP Price $1,695

We have been carrying the Quick Mill Anita machine for just about 10 years now, and during the recent 'Evolution' the Anita Evo was born! We have been very happy with the features and functionality of the original Anita for so long that most of the upgrades made are cosmetic. The Anita Evo is a compact, commercial grade espresso machine with steam power that will not quit. It really is the perfect machine for anyone looking to up their espresso game at home.  

With it's beautiful and timeless E61 group, large steam boiler, and fantastic fit and finish it's hard to find anything wrong with this machine. The Anita Evo will deliver a rich, creamy shot of espresso time and time again. 

External Changes:
-       New outer shell
-       Non compression steam and hot water valves
-       No burn steam arm and hot water wand
-       More discrete placement of logo
-       New placement of pressure gauges
-       New placement of on/off switch and indicator lights
-    New style drip tray with 50 + oz. capacity
-    New 2 Hole Steam Tip

Internal Changes:
-       Pulsar, which helps cut back noise from vibratory pump
-       Tube from expansion valve now releases into drip tray

 NOTE - All of our Quick Mills now have a boiler drain with an access port from the bottom of the machine.

Included with Anita Evo:
Back flush disk
1 Single spout portafilter with insert basket
1 Double spout portafilter with insert basket 
$75 Gift Card - Our gift to you! 

Suggested Items To Purchase With The Machine:

1. E61 Precision Bottomless  (Blog post coming soon on the advantages of using a bottomless)

Take $100 off by using coupon code QM100 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Vesuvius Espresso Machine - ERUPT Over This One!!

The Vesuvius is a dual boiler espresso machine manufactured by M&V located in Cercola, Italy. This is one of the first prosumer, computer controlled espresso machines with an E61 group. It delviers true pressure profiling via its FG304 gear pump and speed-controllable motor. The Vesuvius is operated completely through its PID touch pad display, which informs you of the current temperatures of the boilers, the pressure, and if you are running it off the tank, the amount of water left.

The Vesuvius has a unique placement for its water tank; instead of being accessed from the top of the machine, usually located right under the cup warming tray, this machine has the tank hidden behind the left side panel, which can be accessed by opening up a simple latch and and tilting to the left. No need to constantly remove and stack up your cups every single time you need to add water to the reservoir. The main power switch is also located here.

These machines all come inside a wooden crate and are bolted to the base of the crate. We then strap the crate to a pallet to ship them via common carrier fully insured. This form of shipping is much more expensive for us than UPS or FedEx, but we feel it is not only worth it but necessary. We have tried both UPS and FedEx and it simply isn't worth it; too many machines have been damaged int eh process of shipping. The last thing you would want is to place an order for a beautiful machine, only to have it arrive damaged. **You will need to call the trucking company to schedule a delivery day for your machine.


  • E61 commercial group
  • Dual insulated stainless steel boilers with built in drains
  • Cup warming tray
  • Dot matrix touch display
  • Celsius or Fahrenheit
  • Built in programmable timer
  • Five pre-set 7 step pressure profiles
  • LED heating lights for the brew and steam boilers
  • Low water alarm
  • No burn steam and hot water wands with Joy Stick type valves
  • Large 1.7 liter pull-out drip tray with optional drain
  • 3 liter water reservoir (accessed through the left side panel)
  • Electronic switch, to change from reservoir to pumbled
  • Adjustable feet
  • Easy access tot he boiler drains
  • Two portafilters (a single and a double)
  • Blank for backflushing
  • Braided waterline
  • Drain hose
Order yours online now: www.chriscoffee.com

Check out the review of the Vesuvius machine on Home-Barista.com

We also have custom wood parts for the Vesuvius machine including - Bacote, Maple or Cherry wood (Listed in order below) portafilter handles, steam knobs, hot water knobs, and group lever knobs. Here is a quick video to demonstrate how to add these wooden accessories to your Vesuvius machine.