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Coffee home - Coffee reviews - Coffee Machines and Other Coffee Stuff

Coffee Machines and Other Coffee Stuff



Coffee Machines and Other Coffee Stuff
For most, coffee is a must have to make it through the day. There are a ton of different flavors and many items that can be used to prepare it and/or compliment it.

If you're a coffee lover trying to find an alternative consider a review of the best coffee makers and espresso machines available. Get informed on how to choose a machine to make you the best cup of espresso coffee.

Firstly, you should be familiar with the different types of coffee machines and espresso makers:

Coffee machines
  • sizes - Depending on your lifestyle, if you entertain guests or if you live alone, there are a variety of machines to choose from, such as one cup (single cup), 2 cup, 4 cup, 6 cup, 8 cup, 10 cup, and 12 cup coffee makers available to brew your favorite coffee.

  • programmable coffee maker - if you do the same schedule every morning , consider a digital coffee machines that lets you program the time of the day you want your favorite cup of gourmet coffee waiting for you. Some of the machines that offer this option include Cuisinart, Black & Decker, DeLonghi, Krups, Bodum and Capresso.

  • french press coffee maker - this is one of the best ways to make coffee. This process uses a fine screen to press down on the coffee grounds once they have steeped directly in the water. Choose between classic French press pots and thermal coffee presses that will keep your gourmet coffee brew fresh.

  • vacuum coffee pot - This type of maker uses a natural vacuum that automatically infuses the coffee at the best temperature, as well as rate. This system insures extraction of only the oils and caffeine for a pure, truly distinctive gourmet flavor with no bitter taste.

  • dual coffee maker - this type of machine is designed for 2 carafes so you can brew twice the amount of coffee as a single thermal carafe.

  • drip coffee makers - electric drip machines use filters, to create that flavored coffee. This system involves the use of hot water being poured over the ground coffee inside of a filter. The fresh gourmet coffee then drips below. 
commercial & espresso machines

  • super automatic espresso machine - If you want the machine to do all the work then an automatic machine is for you. Just press one button and the espresso maker grinds whole coffee beans, right inside the machine, then brews you a nice cup of professional Italian espresso. It even holds the waste in an internal container for disposal,whenever you feel like it.

  • Manual espresso maker - These machines gives the user more control. Pressing the lever gives the necessary pressure to brew and it forces hot water through your portafilter-full of grounds. This home espresso machine gives the user much more control of the final brew of cup.

  • espresso pod - A pod is a pre-measured and pre-tamped single serving of ground coffee. This system eliminates measuring coffee grounds, it's all done for you.

Gourmet coffee

For true coffee connoisseurs, the best gourmet coffee is as necessary as air, food and water! Gourmet coffee beans are hand picked on plantations located all around the world. Coffee drinkers may choose beans based on a region or country, roast and freshness. Whether you prefer a full flavor or one that is a little lighter, you can find fresh coffee beans to tempt your palate.

There are many selections of specialty gourmet flavored coffee beans. The vast majority of these beans are hand picked and slow roasted to perfection. You can also purchase your own roaster and grind them accordingly. The gourmet beans are most often sold and bought as whole beans.

The highest quality beans are used to develop specialty gourmet coffees. Arabicas are known worldwide as the best quality beans. These beans are actually grown in many countries and they can be offered in many grades and prices.

Gevalia, Arabica, Ashby's and Kona are a few coffee makers that provide coffee in the gourmet category. Whether you drink your coffee at home, at work or in a café, you can look for the best selections at wholesale prices at don-francisco.com, peets.com and cohvecacoffee.com. There are also sites like gourmetcoffeeclub.com and gourmet-coffee.net to select some really great deals if you want to buy gourmet coffee, such as premium decaf coffee blends, tea, gift baskets, coffee syrup.

How to choose a coffee maker - what features to look for
 
When it comes to choosing a coffee maker there are a few things to be aware of. First you should become familiar with the various types of machines.
  • drip coffee maker - Drip coffee maker use a filter and ground coffee beans, the coffee maker distribute water evenly over ground ground and the fresh coffee drips in the coffee pot below. These machines are designed to make 5 or more cups of coffee at once.

  • Stovetop espresso coffee maker - need a quick espresso then a stovetop machine is perfect since it's designed to produce smaller amounts of coffee, usually 4 or less cups of coffee

  • Vacuum coffee maker - This type of maker uses a natural vacuum that automatically infuses the coffee at the best temperature, as well as rate. This system insures extraction of only the oils

  • Pod coffee maker - A pod is a pre-measured amount of coffee grind that that forces hot water through a pod of ground coffee beans at high pressure. The pod system eliminates the need to measure the coffee grinds, it's all done

  • french press coffee maker - this is one of the best ways to make coffee. This process uses a fine screen to press down on the coffee grounds once they have steeped directly in the water. Choose between classic French press pots and thermal coffee presses that will keep your gourmet coffee brew fresh.

Coffee filters weren't invented until the turn of the century, before then coffee was made by pouring hot water over coffee grounds. You would then have to wait for the coffee grounds to settle at the bottom of the pot, before the fresh coffee was drinkable. Filters for coffee were invented in Germany in 1912.

In the modern age, coffee machine filters come in a variety of styles depending on your needs and requirements .Choose from paper, cloth or Swiss Gold filters. Paper filters do the best job of keeping grounds out of your coffee. Paper coffee water filters are recommended when using less than optimal grades of coffee, to lighten the flavor of the coffee, as well as to keep the grounds out.

Cloth filters are another choice, these are reusable filters and will save you money in the long run because you rinse them clean and reuse them. Generally these filters can last around 4 months.

The best coffee maker filter on the market is the Swiss Gold filter. Swiss Gold lasts a very long, for years. They cost more than the paper and cloth types but they are environmentally friendly and easy to use.

You can find replacement filters for the following brands through Bunn, Mr Coffee, Melitta, Krups, Cuisinart, Braun, Percolator, Chemex, Kenmore, Delonghi, Hamilton Beach and Brita.



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