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manual coffee grinder

From processing coffee with mortar and pestle in Ethiopia, using millstones in Arabia and the Roman empire, the mechanical coffee mills of the industrial revolution, the electric coffee maker and forward to today’s advanced espresso machine, Coffee processing has evolved much involving new technologies in every step of the way. By the same token that coffee drinking and appreciation has indeed been on an uphill climb.

In these days of fast food, coffee machines and coffee shops a few still relish the old ways of crafting their favorite beverage. Whether using a French press or even just boiling, coffee beans still need to be ground beforehand and what better way to enjoy the experience of humbly brewing your coffee than to hand-mill your coffee beans yourself!

Hand-mills of various types are still available today and are once again gaining widespread popularity. Whether for the authenticity of old school coffee preparation or portability, brands like Kuchenprofi Zassenhaus, Cuissential, Hario, and Norpro are sure to please coffee lovers.
 

New Hario “Canister” Manual Coffee Grinder

New Hario

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Japanese company Hario was started in 1921 and has a long storied affair with glass kitchenware. This is clearly reflected in the design of the Hario Coffee Mill ‘CANISTER’ C which sports a very classy and elegant vibe with its vintage looks. The unit is a fashionably great addition to any kitchen utensil lineup.

The unit melds cast iron construction and fine glasswork in a robust package. The unit is adjustable for various coarse to fine grinding. A non-slip rubber bottom ensures that the unit is stable during grinding. The New Hario Coffee Mill ‘CANISTER’ C is manual coffee grinder for your posh kitchen.
 

Kuchenprofi Zassenhaus 041064 Panama Stainless Steel Manual Coffee Mill

Kuchenprofi Zassenhaus 041064 Panama Stainless Steel Manual Coffee Mill

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Kuchenprofi was started in 1923 and the company’s goal is to design and manufacture tools of the highest quality for food preparation and storage. Given the company’s long history of fine kitchen apparatuses, the Kuchenprofi Zassenhaus 041064 Panama Stainless Steel Manual Coffee Mill is sure to deliver the goods.

The unit uses the original Zassenhaus steel grinding mechanism that is adjustable and able to give coarse to fine coffee grinds. Grounds can be fine-tuned for consistency and manual grinding prevents heat build-up maintaining the integrity of the coffee bean’s original flavor. The Panama fuses old world design and modern aesthetics to deliver quality grinds to coffee lovers.
 

Cuissential Manual Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder

Cuissential Manual Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Burr grinders are generally regarded by coffee enthusiasts everywhere as “the” grinder for coffee preparation. This type of coffee grinder allows for finer and more consistent coffee grounds which are essential in capturing flavor and zest, thus achieving delicious coffee. The Cuissential Manual Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder delivers that promise in a hand-cranked grinder package.

This manual coffee grinder comes with a glass storage container which evokes a very stylish old school look with a non-slip base that offers stability during the grinding process. Very user-friendly and easy to clean, the Cuissential Manual Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder achieves manual grinding perfection that translates into your coffee brews.
 

Norpro Manual Coffee Grinder

Norpro Manual Coffee Grinder

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

What if you were suddenly transported to a late 1800’s coffee joint and you were tasked to prepare a cup of coffee. Chances are you would probably be grinding your coffee beans in a contraption not unlike the Norpro Coffee Grinder. If truly vintage is in the order then this is the unit for you.

This unit is not just eye candy for coffee enthusiasts. This is a functional manual coffee grinder with adjustable grind settings. Alter your brew flavor via coarse or fine grinding. Both functional and decorative, the Norpro Coffee Grinder does the job in style!

Conclusion

Coffee grinding largely comes down to individual preference, but our choice for favorite grinder goes to theNew Hario “Canister” Manual Coffee Grinder. Hario has a long tradition of making functional, long lasting and strong coffee grinders that focus on getting the job done. It is simple to use, looks great in the kitchen, doesn’t require special instructions and can produce very finely ground coffee.
 


 
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Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 226 user reviews.

how to make good coffee at home

Where do you get your coffee fix? How do you want it? There are plenty of variations to enjoy a cup of freshly-brewed scrumptious coffee and you would have probably tried a lot in many different places before you arrived into what you really love. And when you do find it it’s a no-brainer that you would like to know how to make your favorite coffee at home.

There just a dizzying array of options. Do you prefer a strong blend or a mild one? Lattes? Simple brewed coffee? There are different approaches and equipment involved which may vary upon your coffee preference but the following are the main tips to adhere to in preparing great coffee in your own home.
 

Your Coffee Beans

 
Every cup of coffee starts from its basic component which are the coffee beans. Check on your bean supplier or the manufacturer’s labels and notes so that you get to purchase coffee beans that are to your liking especially when trying out new varieties. It is ideal to acquire newly-roasted coffee grains for freshness. Each different kind of coffee bean variety has different flavor features. Geography also plays a big part as coffee plants from different regions tend to have varying qualities. Out of the more than 6, 000 varieties of coffee there are only 3 types which are widely used.

Arabica coffee beans are used to create some of the world’s most exquisite coffee offerings. Its numerous sub-varieties are mainly named after their country or area of origin. This variety exhibits light to medium bodied character and have a sharp-tasting almost-sour taste. It’s also very aromatic. Robusta coffee bean variety is much cheaper in comparison to Arabica beans. Robusta beans are also blended with various other coffee types to achieve certain flavors. This type also contains 50% more caffeine than Arabica coffee beans. This variety exhibits a very strong character, is full-bodied, and has a woody cocoa-like flavor. Rounding up the three main coffee bean varieties are the Kona beans. What sets this variety apart is its powerful aroma. These are produced in smaller quantities and are quite expensive. This variety thrives on tropical climates but is primarily from Hawaii.

The beans undergo a series of processes. One of the most important and flavor defining is the roasting. This process changes the chemical and physical makeup of coffee beans and the amount of roasting likewise alters the taste. Light Roasting lets you taste the inherent characteristics of your coffee beans. This produces a highly acidic character with light body and has no obvious trace of any roasting-induced effect on the flavor. Medium Roasting imparts a bit more of a “roast flavor” and produces a much less acidic character. The coffee bean’s chemical makeup has been slightly altered already especially its sugar content which due to the roasting has already caramelized. Full Roasting or Dark Roasting imparts a strong “roast” flavor and aroma. The coffee bean’s natural characteristics are already hardly noticeable. The coffee bean’s bitterness and sweetness are both accented producing a very complicated flavor.

Next up is the grinding process. This plays a huge influence on the brew’s taste and strength as this process establishes the amount of coffee elements that are infused in your brew. The type of grind is mainly dictated by the type of coffee maker that you will be using. Coarse grinds are commonly used for French press and percolators while medium to fine grinds are typically used for drip coffeemakers. Super fine grinds are for espresso machines. Grinding coffee beans too much will certainly generate a bitter brew and coarse grind will certainly result in under-extraction.
Pre-ground coffee beans are available for convenience but it is a fact that freshly-ground beans produce better-tasting coffee. There are a couple of grinder options from manual grinders to motorized ones while some mid to high end coffeemakers on the other hand have grinders built-in to the unit.
 

Your Brew

 
This process is where the real coffee extraction occurs. The key elements for extraction are the contact time and the water temperature during the process. Here are some of the common types of coffee makers and how they extract coffee.

  • French Press – It’s a glass or stainless steel mug-like device with a lid, a filter and a plunger. Coffee grounds are placed in the bottom with hot water and left for at least 4 minutes or more for extraction. This method does not use electricity and lets you control the flavor of your coffee.
  • Percolator – These are commonly used for high-volume applications like big offices, cafeterias and the like. Coffee grounds are continuously steeped in hot water.
  • Automatic Drip Coffee Machine – This is the most common type of coffee maker. Pre-measured amounts of coffee grounds to the filter chamber where water continuously drips and passes through the ground coffee for it to extract the coffee flavor.
  • Espresso Machine – The espresso is the basic component of a lot of different coffee beverages such as cappuccinos, cafe lattes and so much more. Hot and pressurized water is used for extraction from finely ground coffee. Some units also have a milk frother for preparing lattes and more.

The water used must be free from odors and contaminants that will affect the flavor of your brew. Check the suggested coffee grounds to water ratio of the coffee maker of your choice. The recommended water temperature is between 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum extraction. Optimum brewing time is required for correct coffee extraction. French press and drip coffeemakers have a minimum of 4 minutes of contact time while espresso machines on the other hand operate between 20 to 30 seconds. Keep these guidelines in mind and you’re in for a real treat of a brew!
 

Sit Back and Relax

 
Coffee tastes better freshly-made! Consume your coffee immediately after brewing and appreciate its flavor and aroma. Check if the characteristics you are looking for are present so that you could improve your next brew. But most importantly, enjoy!

Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 223 user reviews.

Different Types of Coffee Drinks

Coffee and its enjoyment have been around for a very long time. From the early Ethiopians who enjoyed it as a staple up to today’s hustling business districts that consume Starbucks coffee, it has been on constant and ever-increasing demand. People have been also inventing and re-inventing coffee preparation the whole time which in turn paved the way for other avenues of coffee appreciation.

What was previously just a black invigorating liquid is now available in different forms. Coffee-making has become a revered art form that made available various coffee-infused beverages. Below are some of the more popular coffee drinks:

  • Espresso – it is a strong black coffee in its purest form. It’s produced by forcing steam through finely-ground dark-roast aromatic coffee beans at a high pressure in an espresso machine. A thick, golden-brown crema (foam) on the surface indicates a good espresso.

The espresso is a very important part of the coffee culture as it serves as the backbone for most of the specialized coffee beverages that are available today. Cappuccinos, lattes and other all begin with an espresso.

It is usually enjoyed on its own, as preferred by purists, or with small amounts of sugar.

Variations abound with this brew. Adding a bit of steamed milk creates an espresso macchiato. Adding a some grappa, cognac or sambuca makes it an Espresso corretto while topping an espresso with whipped cream makes it an espresso con panna.

  • Cappuccino – one of most popular coffee drink. Most coffee shops have these on the menu though there might be different versions of it. The recipe for true cappuccinos is equal amounts of espresso and steamed milk/milk froth. Upon preparation it is common practice to sprinkle unsweetened cocoa powder or dark chocolate gratings to the cappuccino froth. Variations include a “scuro” and “chiaro” which means you prefer your cappuccino with more or less milk respectively. Of course there’s also iced cappuccino.
  • Americano – a single shot of espresso added to a cup of hot water. This can be enjoyed with either milk and/or sugar though it’s common practice to minimize the amount of milk. This is also prepared with ice.
  • Cafe Latte – consists of one part espresso and two parts steamed milk with 1cm of milk foam. Skilled baristas often have crafty ways of pouring the foam creating miniature artworks on the surface. Sugar is added to taste. This is also commonly used for dipping Cookies, spongy cakes slices or Italian bread. Vanilla, chocolate, and caramel are some of the other flavorings that can be added to the latte. Variations include combining Café Lattes with chai, matcha, and royal milk teas.
  • Café Au Lait – A traditional French drink that is similar to the caffe latte but is made with brewed coffee instead of espresso. It is 1 part brewed coffee and 1 part steamed milk and is considered a weaker form of caffe latte. Sugar is added via the drinker’s preference. It’s also used for dipping. Café Au Lait is sometimes also served in bowls to accent its French origins.
  • Café Mocha or Mochachino – a cappuccino or caffe latte topped with chocolate syrup or powder. Preparation of this beverage is varied but a common trait is that the syrup is added before milk. Similarly, it can be topped with cocoa powder or grated chocolate. Add a twist of whipped cream.
  • Caramel Macchiato – commonly prepared by combining espresso, caramel and foamed milk or steamed milk though this type of beverage is very varied. Sugar may be added although this drink is already sweet by itself. Vanilla is often added for extra flavor.
  • Café Cubano – is a type of espresso originating from Cuba. It refers to an espresso shot that is sweetened with demerara sugar while it is being brewed. The name usually covers other drinks that are based in the Cuban espresso.
  • Cold Brew – this is prepared by steeping coarse-ground beans are in room temperature water for extended periods usually 12 hours or more. The coffee grounds are then filtered afterwards and is served with water or milk. Cold brewed coffee naturally seems sweeter due to its lower acidity.

These are the more popular varieties of coffee drinks. There are other variations out there. Exploring them all opens up a world of coffee enjoyment!

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chocolate covered coffee beans

Whether you’re finding something interesting to go along with your passion for coffee or you are just plain looking for a great treat then maybe you should start thinking about chocolate and coffee served together.

But hold on for a second before you go to your barista. We are not talking about another drink concoction. This time around it is coffee beans and chocolate in the form of chocolate covered coffee beans.

Chocolate covered coffee beans are all about the great taste. They come with a variety of dark, white and milk chocolate flavors. These kinds of coffee beans are great to enjoy at home or to give as any kind of gift to a person you care about. Once you have tried coffee with chocolate, its difficult to resist making another cup.
 

Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans by Koppers

Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans by Koppers

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

A coffee lover’s meeting point with a chocolate lover? Koppers Chocolate has been a long-running family business based in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Their specialties are gourmet chocolates and other very special confectionary delights. In their 75 years of existence they have been developing lots of gourmet confections including one that is just fit for both chocolate and coffee lovers. The Dark Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans which comes in a 1 pound bag.

This gourmet snack is a marriage of two traditions, one of which is rooted in chocolate and the other one in coffee culture. That caffeine punch together with the sublime characteristics of chocolate makes for a great snack. This chocolate covered coffee bean uses only 100% pure Costa Rican gourmet espresso coffee beans for a really nice flavor. These fine coffee beans are then covered in very rich dark chocolate. The chocolate has a very creamy texture which compliments the coffee bean’s crunch.
 

Chocolate Espresso Bean Blend by Dilettante

Chocolate Espresso Bean Blend by Dilettante

5.0 Stars (5.0 / 5)

What happens when you start cross-breeding your passion for chocolate with your love for coffee? Well it must be something really nice and delicious and that is just what the guys at Dilettante are going for. With more than a century of history and experience in making confectionary gems and other pastry delights Dilettante now has something thing to offer for both coffee and chocolate lovers in the form of the Chocolate Espresso Bean Blend – White, Milk & Dark Chocolate.

This fine chocolate covered coffee bean product comes in a jar, all 3 lbs of it, to preserve its freshness and features only the finest whole espresso beans. These beans have been roasted to perfection to perfectly compliment its fine chocolate coating. Flavors galore await you as the pack features really nice coffee beans covered in high-quality white, milk and dark chocolate. This USA-made product has no preservatives and fillers assuring you of pure chocolaty goodness.
 

Dark Chocolate Covered Gourmet Coffee Beans From Costa Rica by Café Britt

Dark Chocolate Covered Gourmet Coffee Beans From Costa Rica by Café Britt

4.0 Stars (4.0 / 5)

Coffee has been known to be sourced from countless places around the world and some of the interesting coffee varieties are found only in South America. Café Britt has spent 30 years in the coffee business to bring forth to the rest of the world some of the finest coffee South America has to offer. Growth is inevitable and they expanded their line of products to include nuts, sweets and chocolate and with this, coffee and chocolate fans now have a new snack in the form of the Dark Chocolate Covered Gourmet Coffee Beans from Costa Rica by Café Britt

This chocolate covered coffee bean utilizes only 100% Costa Rican gourmet espresso beans. These nice beans are then covered all over with a generous coating of dark creamy chocolate. The product comes in 170 gram packs and only uses pure chocolate sans preservatives. The special zip-lock packaging provides up to 6 months of shelf life ultimately preserving the item’s freshness.
 

Milk Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans by Café Britt

Milk Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans by Café Britt

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

There is a new way to be able to snack and get your coffee and chocolate fix all at the same time thanks to chocolate flavored coffee beans. These snacks offer a great contrast between the silky smooth chocolate and the crunchy coffee bean texture. If you however go for a more “milky”, and creamier taste then the Milk Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans by Café Britt is the for you.

This chocolaty coffee treat uses very fine milk chocolate to cover the coffee beans. The coffee beans used are 100% Costa Rican gourmet espresso coffee beans which perfectly compliment the chocolate cover. The coffee beans were farmed using fair-trade practices with a special nod to the environment. No preservatives were used in this product. It uses a special zip-lock packaging in 170 gram capacities to assure you of outmost freshness for up to 6 months. This is a must-try treat for fans of coffee and chocolate!
 

Conclusion

 
Each of the chocolate covered coffee beans that we looked at in this set of products offer a different take on the coffee bean and chocolate mix, each with its own distinct flavor offering. Among these items, the one that have set itself apart from the rest is the Chocolate Espresso Bean Blend – White, Milk & Dark Chocolate by Dilettante with its variety of chocolate flavors. Finding White, Milk & Dark chocolate coated coffee beans in a single package is sure to make a great treat or a gift to your loved one.
 

How to make your own chocolate covered coffee beans

 


 
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electric coffee grinder

After tasting countless varieties of coffee beans and coffee blends prepared in different ways from different coffee spots, you would eventually find the one that prefers your taste.

It’s an experience so good that you would like to take that coffee house experience home. You choose from a dizzying array of coffee makers and get your favorite coffee grounds to approximate the taste but there would be something missing.

What’s missing? Every barista would swear that a lot of the coffee’s zest and aroma would be retained by using freshly ground beans in your coffee brew. Freshly-ground beans however might just be too much work for busy people.

No need to worry as the following electric coffee grinders from KRUPS, Secura, Epica and Hamilton will make the process fast and hassle-free.
 

KRUPS F20342 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades

KRUPS F20342 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

The essence of your coffee beans is the one of the main pillars of coffee perfection. The distinctive taste and aroma of your brew springs forth from your beans but pre-grinding your coffee beans, though convenient, significantly decreases its quality and greatly reduces its aroma. Electric coffee grinders such as the KRUPS F20342 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder offer the discriminating coffee lover a quick grind solution for a tastier brew.

The KRUPS F20342 sports a 200 watt motor that provides power for quick grinding. Stainless steel blades and the unit’s design assure you of an even grind for better flavor each and every time. This electric coffee grinder can even be a handy partner in the kitchen as the unit is very much capable of grinding nuts, grains, and spices mess-free. Whether you like to enjoy coffee time alone or with company, the unit is able to accommodate a single serve or a large amount of beans for brewing up to 12 cups of coffee.

With a lid-activated safety switch and backed up by a 2-year warranty, the KRUPS F20342 lives up to the company’s legacy of quality and precision providing coffee enthusiasts with the proper tools in achieving the perfect brew.
 

Secura Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder with Stainless-Steel Blades Removable Bowl

Secura Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder with Stainless-Steel Blades Removable Bowl

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

So you really want to take your coffee brewing seriously? Your coffee maker is already waiting and you already got that fresh bag of coffee grounds. Stop there. Ask any professional barista and he/she will probably tell you that freshly ground coffee beans are integral to great flavor and aroma. Forget the days of troublesome and time-consuming coffee preparation thanks to modern electric coffee grinders like the Secura Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder.

This electric coffee grinder sports a powerful motor and long-lasting stainless steel blade that is able to grind your coffee beans fast and easy. The unit does double-duty in your cooking adventures as the unit can also accommodate grinding spices and nuts. Perfect for you food preparations!

Built like a tank, the unit has a stainless steel exterior as well as a stainless steel removable bowl. This robust electric coffee grinder runs on 120V and passes North American Electrical Standards. The unit has a lid safety lock, On/Off Switch and a cord wrap base. It even has a built-in smart overheat protection feature that increases the motor’s lifespan as well as provide safety assurance. Functionality and safety rolled into one unit, the Secura Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder is a welcome addition to your kitchen.
 

Epica Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder and Removable Grinding Cup for Easy Pouring

Epica Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder and Removable Grinding Cup for Easy Pouring

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Imagine yourself waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. Everyone wants to enjoy a barista-approved cup of coffee in the comfort of your own home but no one wants to go through all the hassle of preparation. Coffee makers and pre-ground coffee streamlined the preparation but true coffee aficionados know that grinding coffee beans just before brewing provides better flavor and aroma. Electric coffee grinders like the Epica Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder assists you in achieving brewing perfection!

This electric coffee grinder is able to consistently grind coffee beans as well as nuts and spices thanks to its stainless steel blade and powerful 250 watt motor. The unit’s clear lid allows you to see the coffee beans being grounded allowing you to adjust to achieve your preferred grind consistency.

The unit has been carefully designed and constructed to provide you with outmost functionality and ease of use. For starters there is a safety lock that is activated once the lid is off preventing unwanted operation that can cause accidents. Transferring coffee grounds in from this unit is much easier with its removable stainless steel grinding cup. The Epica Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder occupies a small space but plays a big role in your household.
 

Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder

Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

Nothing beats enjoying a fine cup of coffee and people go through great lengths in achieving coffee nirvana in the confines of their own home. It starts with a basic coffeemaker. This would then start the constant search for fine coffee grounds but along this quest for good coffee you’ll encounter coffee fanatics that will tell you that grinding your favorite coffee beans just before brewing will yield better-tasting coffee. You’re in luck because electric coffee grinders such as the Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder are available to aid you in achieving that fine cup!

The unit features European-influenced styling and has sharp stainless steel blades. It has a transparent lid that allows you to monitor the coffee grinding process. Longer grinding time will yield finer grinds. This electric coffee grinder has got you covered whether you need coarse or fine coffee grounds.

Occupying a small kitchen footprint and can be taken practically anywhere, the unit is very compact in size as compared to other electric coffee grinders. Features like a safety On/Off switch, powerful motor, and a very convenient retracting power cable round out the unit. With a basic set of features and good performance, the Proctor Silex E160BY Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder will find a spot in your kitchen.
 

Conclusion

 
Coffee bean grinding is a very basic process, but has a dramatic effect in your brew’s flavor. What provides the best value for the money among the electric coffee grinders above is the KRUPS F203 Electric Coffee Grinder. The KRUPS grinder proved itself to be a cut above the rest with its price, ease of use, versatility, and ability to produce consistent grinds.
 


 
Find out which espresso beans are the best for your grind. Read our top picks for the best espresso beans.

Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 182 user reviews.

pros and cons of coffee drinking

Coffee for many of us has been the staple starter that fires up our day. Once you have got into the habit of starting your day with a cup of coffee, it is hard to go back.

The beverage’s warm flavorful liquid and soothing aroma induces a positive feeling making it quite integral especially for “slow” days. This feeling of well-being is generally the immediate positive effects of coffee.

Enjoyment of this beverage comes in many different forms and is now consumed almost at any time of the day which concerns health practitioners as there are findings about the negative effects of coffee drinking.
 

On the Bright Side

 
Caffeine has an effect not unlike stimulants which produces the positive behavioral effect that uplifts one’s sense of well-being as well as overall energy level and sense of happiness. Cognition, overall memory and one’s capability to execute intricate tasks are also positively affected due to caffeine’s effect on certain brain areas and certain brain chemicals such as adenosine. It has also been discovered that caffeine prevents symptoms of brain degeneration.

Another popular positive effect of coffee is the large number of antioxidants. Antioxidants are our body’s defense against free radicals. As compared to the next other good source of antioxidants which is tea, coffee has as much as 300% more antioxidant content.

It has also been researched that coffee consumption may be a key factor in warding off several types of diseases. A couple of researches have shown that consuming coffee may lessen the risk of contracting certain kinds of diabetes by up to 30%. Coffee consumption has also been found out to have an opposite relationship in regards to the cases of Parkinson’s disease.
 

On the Other Hand

 
One of the many effects of coffee in the human body is its ability to trigger our endocrine system to flush out calcium into our urine. This effect can have adverse drawbacks that could affect our bones and might even lead to osteoporosis. The lost calcium can however be remedied by the added consumption of milk or yoghurt.

Continued coffee consumption can also cause dehydration. This setback can cause our skin to develop wrinkling. This effect can be remedied by the added consumption of water to keep our bodies well hydrated.

It could also partially aid in unwanted weight gain as coffee is usually consumed with food. Apart from the psycho-active effects of caffeine it also affects our blood sugar levels causing fluctuations which contribute to the onset of different cravings.

As with anything, taking too much of something will eventually negative effects. Having everything with proper moderation is key especially in enjoying our favorite brew.

 

Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 based on 243 user reviews.

How to choose the best coffee maker

Coffee lovers everywhere and their adoration for the famed beverage and all its forms all long to bring the coffee shop experience to their own homes or on their office.

Apart from just making coffee itself, the aim is to capture the taste and vibe and bring those elements home. From this sprung the need for coffee makers. Coffee makers come in different varieties all with different capabilities. Some simply make coffee while others are specialized devices capable of dishing out complicated / mixed drinks. The equipment is the main component that mediate the transition from beans (or pod) to coffee, the link between the coffee lover and his delicious brew.

The coffee maker of choice handles a big part on the actual flavor of your brew. The coffee flavor we all crave literally starts from extracting taste elements from ground coffee beans. There are a wide variety of coffee beans available each with its own characteristic taste and aroma which is then also affected by type of roasting.

The first step is the grinding of roasted coffee beans. The kind of grind affects the amount of extracted coffee elements, and therefore the strength of your brew. The coffee maker of choice also controls other elements that affect the coffee flavor like the brewing method, brewing temperature and contact time.

As with any choices that we make, it’s better to have done an informed choice. Here are a few things to keep in mind before purchasing the best coffee maker for you!

  • Budget – of course!
  • Volume of Consumption – are you just preparing coffee for 2 or are you brewing for a bunch of coffee guzzlers in your office? You would want a machine/method that would be fit for you needs. Too small a machine and coffee production would be slow.
  • Type of beverage preferred – are you someone who digs brewed coffee or cappuccinos? You might need a different type of machine for certain coffee preparation.

 

Which Coffee Machine to Choose?

 
French Press
 
It is a glass or stainless steel shaped into a mug-like form with a lid that has a plunger with filter. Coarse ground coffee beans are placed in the unit’s bottom together with hot water. Stir the coffee grounds and water gently. Allow for 4 minutes contact time after which the extraction is complete. Push the plunger down to separate the beans from the water. This method allows you full control of your brew and doesn’t use electricity. It takes time to master though but the coffee perks are rewarding.
 
Percolator
 
Though considered somewhat dated, percolators are still currently available. The older ones are designed for stovetop use and the modern ones are run by electricity. New stainless steel percolators are commonly used for high-volume applications. Some enthusiasts believe that percolating coffee grounds make the best tasting coffee. There is usually a small window on percolators that allow you to see the color of the coffee inside and determine if it’s already done. Turning off the machine or the stove stops the extraction.
 
Automatic Drip Coffee Machine
 
This is the most common type of coffee machine nowadays. Most units have a water reservoir, a filter chamber, and a glass or metal carafe. Some are even programmable so that you could schedule coffee brewing. Coffee preparation starts with placing measured amounts of coffee grounds to the filter chamber. Upon turning on the machine the unit draws water from the reservoir, heat it and continuously “drip” it into the filter chamber where it passes through the ground coffee allowing it to soak-in the coffee flavor. This gets filtered and drips coffee into the carafe. Most units also have a heater to keep the coffee in the carafe warm. As with modern gadgets, this makes the process hassle free.
 
Espresso Machine
 
This is the Rolls-Royce among coffee makers producing a rich and concentrated brew favored by baristas and coffee connoisseurs. The coffee or “espresso” produced by this machine is the starting point of different coffee beverages such as cappuccinos, cafe lattes and more. The process involves hot and pressurized extraction from finely ground coffee. Units also have a milk frother and the like for milk preparation for lattes and more.

With all this information and your personal preference, how to choose the best coffee maker for you becomes a much easier affair whether coffee drinking is just a morning ritual for you or your passion.

Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 based on 188 user reviews.

how to clean a coffee maker

Waking up early in the morning, nothing gets you in the right mood for the day ahead than a nice cup of freshly-brewed coffee. A staple mood-setter and wake-up beverage, we almost always enjoy our early morning coffee fix through a coffee maker. Our coffee consumption usually continues throughout the day.

This subjects our coffee maker to various degrees of wear and tear. It also might cause degraded quality of coffee due to the contamination from sediments, lime and molds. There is also a possible health risk involved. From these arises the necessity to clean our coffee makers.

A coffee maker’s water reservoir is usually victim to sediment buildup. Tap water usually contains large amounts of minerals which eventually build up. As this area is commonly very visible it is easy to see if any sediment accumulation has occurred. Wipe and clean the water reservoir area.
 

Use vinegar in cleaning your coffee maker

 
It’s also advisable to use a vinegar and water solution so that the water passageways are also chemically cleaned. The solution breaks down the sediment buildup. It would be necessary to wash and run the reservoir using fresh water to remove traces of vinegar taste. Using filtered or distilled water will significantly reduce the possible amount of sedimentation that will form on your coffee maker. It is also very important to regularly clean the water filters.

It is important to clean the innards of your coffee maker to maintain adequate performance. Minute amounts of leftover coffee grounds as well as dried-up coffee bean oils can build up over time and cause problems including foul odors, molds and bad-tasting coffee. Thoroughly remove any leftover coffee from the pot as well as the filters and the filter bed. If you are using a single cup coffee maker be sure to remove any pods. Remove any coffee bean oil buildup by using the water and vinegar solution.

For best results it is best to complete a whole brew cycle using the water and vinegar solution. This assures you that all the passageways of water are cleaned. After a full brew cycle allow the coffee maker with the solution to sit for at least fifteen minutes for the vinegar content to react with the impurities and break down sediments and oils. After this step thoroughly clean your coffee maker to remove any vinegar then complete 2 brew cycles using only pure water to remove any remaining unwanted vinegar taste from your coffee maker.

These steps are applicable to most pod or drip-type coffee makers. Cleaning other types like the French press and coffee pots are more straightforward as these items are washable. Espresso machines however are a bit more complicated but generally follow the concepts described above.

Cleaning espresso machines basically start from physically cleaning each part especially the group heads, the steam wands, portafilter and the basket. After this it is generally a good time to flush your system using the recommended solution or detergent. The detergent breaks down the oil buildup in your machine. It might be necessary to repeat the flushing until no more gunk appears on the water. Afterwards clean and flush twice using only water to remove traces of detergent.

Cleaning your coffee maker is very simple and will make sure you enjoy your unit for many years to come. What more, it also gives you the discriminating coffee drinker better-tasting coffee!

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best single serve coffee maker featured

The right ratio of coffee grounds to water is difficult to achieve when you’re just making a cup for yourself. By choosing the best single-serve coffee maker, you’ll be spared of that awful over-watered or worse, extremely bitter and strong morning coffee. Even if you’re drinking multiple cups, brewing fresh every time will give you a better and richer drinking experience than sipping on that stale, overheated coffee you left on the machine.

How will you know which single-serve coffee maker is best? You start by knowing yourself. Yes, very zen-like indeed. But knowing your own coffee preferences will help you find the perfect features that match your drinking habits. Do you enjoy your coffee with breakfast or drink it on the go? Do you need space for larger cups? Are you a dedicated coffee drinker or do you need a machine that also brews tea?

The best single serve coffee maker is one that fits your needs, and of course, one that brews that blissful aromatic cup. With trusted brands such as Bunn-O-Matic, Keurig, and Hamilton Beach, you can be sure of the latter–you just have to figure out the former.
 

The Bunn-O-Matic MCU My Cafe Single-Cup Brewer

The Bunn-O-Matic MCU My Cafe Single-Cup Brewer

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

The Bunn-O-Matic MCU My Cafe Single-Cup Brewer is the only machine you need to add a little variety to that quick morning fix. Not a dedicated coffee drinker? No problem. This is not just a single-serve coffee maker: aside from coffee grounds, the Bunn-O-Matic My Cafe is compatible with K-Cups, soft coffee and tea pods, tea bags, loose tea, oatmeal, and more.

The My Cafe is able to do this by having four separate drawers in one body. It has a cup drawer for those K-Cup cartridges, a ground coffee drawer, a pod drawer for soft coffee and tea pods, and a hot water drawer for powdered coffee, oatmeal, instant choco, and more. This is the best single-serve brewer for people who need the power to choose. And with a flexible serving size–the My Cafe allows for 4 to 14-ounce cups–you can get how much you want of what you want.
 

Keurig K-Cup Home Single Server Brewer

Keurig K-Cup Home Single Server Brewer

4 Stars (4 / 5)

The Keurig K-Cup Home Brewer is the most convenient way to get your daily dose of caffeine. Just insert the K-Cup, push a button, and voila. No need to grind beans before or clean up after.  And with over 200 K-Cup gourmet beverages available (including tea, hot cocoa, and other specialty beverages), this single-serve coffee maker sure beats laboring over a complicated espresso machine and mixing your own recipe.

For people on the go or for those who just want to avoid all that hassle and effort of making a cuppa, the Keurig K-Cup Home Brewer is the best single-serve coffee maker. Its water reservoir holds up to 48 ounces, good for up to eight cups. And if you somehow make a mess, this single-serve brewer’s parts are easy to remove and clean. Who knew making gourmet drinks could be easier than mixing up an instant coffee?
 

Hamilton Beach Best Single Serve Coffee Maker

Hamilton Beach Best Single Serve Coffee Maker

4 Stars (4 / 5)

Hamilton Beach’s The Scoop Single Serve Coffee Maker only needs three steps in order to make a good cup of coffee. This single-serve brewer has an ingeniously designed steel mesh scoop, which already acts as a filter–no need for messy paper filters. So all you need to do is scoop, place, and brew. It really is that simple.

The Scoop Single Serve Coffee Maker has an adjustable stand, enabling you to fit small cups as well as 14-oz travel mugs. It also brews quickly: a 14-oz mug will be filled in under two and a half minutes. Cleanup is also easy, as the parts of this single-serve brewer are dishwasher safe. For such a simple yet innovative design, The Scoop even received the 2012 Good Housekeeping Very Innovative  Product Award. Hamilton Beach’s The Scoop proves that you don’t need a complicated machine to have good coffee.
 

Keurig K75 Platinum Single Serve Brewing System

Keurig K75 Platinum Single Serve Brewing System

4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)

When a good coffee brewer simply isn’t good enough, you have to look for the best. The Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing System is definitely a contender for that title. This single-serve coffee maker uses K-Cups–no need for that messy grind and paper filters. Just insert the K-Cup cartridge in the K75, push a few buttons, and you’re good to go. Convenient and hassle-free is just how one should experience coffee.

But where the Keurig K75 Platinum Brewing System really excels is in the amount of control and choices it gives you. It has 5 brew-size options. It allows you to adjust the temperature. It has a programmable on/off system. And best of all, you get to choose from over 200 different K-Cup gourmet drinks. Not even your favorite coffee shop can give you that much control over your cup.
 

Conclusion

 
Single cup coffee makers make coffee making very convenient and easy to obtain a consistent flavor of your choise. At the same time the use of these coffee makers is often limited. Our choise for the best single serve maker goes to the BUNN MCU My-Cafe Coffee Machine. The machine offers more versatility than many of its competitors while being able to match the taste and ease of use of the coffee making.
 


 
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coffee facts

Why are there lighter or darker coffee varieties?

Coffee beans prior to the roasting process are normally colored green. It’s roasting that gives the coffee beans its light or dark color. Different roasting periods and roasting temperatures yield different shades of beans but more importantly these variations in the roasting process produce varied coffee flavors.
 
Is it a fact that darker coffee varieties offer more taste and flavor than lighter ones?

Dark coffee varieties are often misrepresented to get the upper-hand in terms of overall taste. Although it is possible to get a nice cup of coffee with dark roast coffee varieties do keep in my mind that light roasts actually maintain the inherent flavor of any coffee bean variety which could be diminished or lost during longer roasting periods.
 
What does the term “Arabica” mean?

Arabica refers a coffee plant variety (Coffea Arabica) that is the most widely cultivated and used for making coffee products. The Arabica variety has a light to medium body and is generally characterized by sweet flavors together with some tangy acidity. It has the presence of fruity taste elements and has a very powerful aroma. It is also of note that it has 50% lesser caffeine content than the other widely-used variety, Robusta.
 
What is the proper way in storing my coffee?

There is a common misconception that refrigerating your coffee is the correct way to make it last longer. That is hardly the case since your refrigerator is a very moist environment with much moisture which will surely spoil your coffee. The recommended way is to use airtight containers and store them in a dry and dark location. It is also of note that whole coffee beans last longer and retain their freshness more than coffee grounds.
 
There are a lot of different coffee varieties with exotic-sounding names. What has this all got to do with coffee?

In many reputable coffee shops or coffee bean roasters you will see a rather extensive list of weird coffee names and wonder why. The varied coffee varieties that we consume all come from different parts of the world. Each location has a unique set of environment which contributes to the coffee’s character thus the necessity for many different names. Java is a common example and this variety comes from Indonesia. Despite this wide variety most people have probably drank these different varieties without knowing about them.
 
What is the buzz about the Colombian Roast?

A lot of people are hot on the trail of getting their hands on whatever Columbian roast coffee they can put their hands on. This craze is quite a big misnomer as the term “Columbian” actually denotes, not the roast style, but the coffee beans’ region of origin. This sort of misinformation might have stemmed from the vague use of the term “Columbian” on the marketing tactics of big coffee companies. Indeed Columbia produces some really good coffee but there are lots and lots of other coffee-producing regions as well, each serving their own unique flavor of our favorite brew.
 
Where does the shiny waxed-look of coffee beans come from?

Marketing any product relies in part to the presentation and it’s a commonly asked question if the beans are made to look shiny as sort of eye candy. This polished manifestation actually stems from the inherent existence of natural oils in the coffee beans. These oils are released and cover the external part of the beans during the roasting process.
 
Are different beans used for ordinary coffee and espresso?

There are no specific types used for both. However it is common to find blends amongst espresso coffee beans to achieve certain flavors.
 
What’s the most ideal brew method?

Preference plays a big factor as well as convenience. Coffee fanatics would surely jump at an espresso machine while common coffee drinkers will get their fix even with just an ordinary drip coffee maker. There are quite a few other methods so it’s best to experiment and find out what fits your fancy.
 
Are coffee varieties from animal waste good?

It is really a matter of preference taste-wise. It’s a big “NO” however with the whooping price tag and issues regarding to animal cruelty violations involved in the manufacturing of this coffee.

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