Wednesday, August 7, 2013

French Press - How to find the best?

French Presses are one of the oldest if not the oldest type of coffee makers. Also known as press pot, coffee plunger, coffee press, or cafetière in the United Kingdom, French Presses are simple coffee brewing machines usually made of glass and manually operated.  Many people—especially travelers, hikers and backpackers—prefer them due to their ease of use, affordability and durability. They're also more portable—you can conveniently bring and use them anywhere—and self-contained than other coffee makers.

So if you're looking for a french press, feel free to read the reviews and guides below on how to choose the best french press suitable for your special needs.


GUIDES TO FIND THE BEST FRENCH PRESS FOR YOU:

Parts of a French Press

Carafe/Pot — this is where the fresh brewed coffee drips. They come in different shapes—beaker, cylindrical, kettle, etc.,— and sizes.

Plunger & Lid — the part that you move (press) up and down to brew the coffee.

Filter & Screen — this is the one that filters the ground coffee. It is usually attached to the plunger.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Keurig K45 Elite Single Cup Brewer Review and Features

For coffee lovers who are always on the go or live independently, nothing is better than a single-cup coffee maker. It allows you to have a cup of coffee whenever you want without the need of brewing a whole pot. Thus it is cost efficient and hassle free.

So this being said, I will review today, Keurig's newest single-cup joe maker, the "Keurig K45 Elite Single Cup Home Brewing System," one of the best rated coffee makers on Amazon.com.


Average User Rating: 4.7/5
Price: 1$$ [CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE PRICE]

Features:

Style: single-cup
Uses: regular coffee, tea, hot cocoa
Capacity: 1 cup (6 oz., 8 oz. or 10 oz.)
Filters: Water filter handle and 1 charcoal (carbon) filter
Carafe: None
Digital Controls: Auto Off
Brew Time: 1 minute
Made: Tough Plastic
Dimensions:  14.9 x 12.2 x 14.2 inches ; 13.3 pounds
Brand: Keurig
Warranty: 30 Day Money Back Guarantee

Others:
Removable 48 oz. water reservoir
Removable Drip Tray
Uses patented k-cups
Quiet Brew Technology®

Also in the box:
12-count K-Cup Variety Pack and Water Filter Pack

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker Features and Review

If you're looking for a coffee maker that produces coffee with ideal water temperature, coffee grounds saturation, and with fast brewing time, look no further. May I present to you Bonavita BV1800 8-Cup Coffee Maker, a drip style coffee machine known for its fast brewing time and optimal coffee hotness.


Features:

Style: drip
Uses: regular coffee
Capacity: 40 oz. or 8 cups
Filters: filter basket, no permanent filter, uses #4 paper filter
Carafe: glass or thermal
Digital Controls: 2-hour auto shut-off (for the glass carafe option only)
Brew Time: 5-7 minutes
Made: stainless steel
Dimensions: 13.2 x 8.7 x 14 inches ; 8.4 pounds
Brand: Bonavita
Warranty: 2 years

Others:
  • 1400-watt heater that raises water to ideal temperature (200-205 ºF)
  • Engineered for a precise contact time of water and coffee grounds
  • A showerhead
  • Water reservoir with water level indicator
  • Free four Melitta Super Premium Flavor Enhancing #4 coffee filters
  • Cleaning, operating and maintaining manuals

Monday, July 15, 2013

Mr. Coffee BVMC-EL1 Cafe Latte Features & Review

Do you want to have unlimited cups of hot latte cheaper than that from the coffee shops? If yes, you will really please to meet Mr. Coffee BVMC-EL1 Cafe Latte maker.  For a price of less than a hundred bucks, this specialty slash drip coffee maker gives different varieties of lattes in just a simple touch. Not only that, it can also make tea latte and chocolate latte for your kids. How sweet isn't it? This is because Mr. Coffee LatteMr. Coffee BVMC-EL1 Cafe Latte is designed to heat and froth milk, while brewing and heating your coffee, creating a delicious latte. It's like creating tasty lattes made easy and affordable.



Features:

Uses: It makes coffee latte, tea latte, and chocolate latte
Capacity: 24 oz. glass carafe
Filters: Uses 4-cup basket coffee filters (not included)
Digital controls: Auto Off, Two automatic settings (brew/heat/froth and Heat/Froth)
Dimensions: 11.9 x 6.9 x 13.8 inches ; 7.5 pounds
Brand: Mr. Coffee

Others:
Recipe book included

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Discover the best coffee maker for your special needs

Isn't it wonderful to start the day with a cup of hot coffee? But isn't it more wonderful to start the day with a cup of hot well-brewed coffee? Yes, and only the best coffee makers can give you such pleasure!

With all the different brands, models, and prices out there, choosing the best coffee maker can be overwhelming. But with a little knowledge about their features and types, you'll be able to select, in a matter of seconds, the one that can give you a perfect cup of coffee everyday.

If you're considering buying a coffee maker, the reviews, comparisons, and guides below will help you decide what the best coffee maker is for you.

Important features to look for when buying a coffee maker.

When you're looking for a coffee maker, its better to know what features are available in typical machines so you will know what to check for. But before anything else, to understand better our succeeding discussions, let us first make ourselves familiar with the standard parts of a coffee maker. Refer to the image below:

And now here's a handy checklist of things to look for when choosing a coffee maker, ranked from most important to least important.

Capacity
The amount of coffee a coffee maker can produce is the first thing you need to consider when buying. Your decision must depend on how many people you're brewing for and how much coffee you want to drink. But practically speaking, a coffee maker that have enough capacity for guest serving is ideal.

Filters
A coffee filter is use to trap big ground coffee particles and allow the small water particles to flow through, thus this gives us pure water. A good coffee maker usually comes with a water and permanent coffee filters.

Digital Controls/Functions
This includes any digital controls that make the machine easier and more convenient to use.
  • Auto-off
  • Auto-on/Programmable —having your coffee ready on a specific time of the day.
  • Digital backlit clock
  • Brew & Temperature selectors —select your desired brew amount, strength, and temperature.
  • Pause 'n Serve —sneak a cup before the end of the brewing process.
  • Water level indicator
  • Audio alerts —audible warning signals

Thermal Carafe*
A thermal carafe/mug can keep the coffee hot for hours, which makes it one of the must-have features. Drip style coffee makers usually come with a carafe or thermal mug, while single cup coffee makers and french presses usually don't.

Coffee Pods Compatible
A coffee pod is a pre-packed ground coffee, which look like a tea bag, already measured and pre-tamped, and with an own filter. It reduces the time needed and simplify the process of brewing coffee. Thus a coffee maker that is compatible with this makes serving coffee more convenient and easier.

Bean Grinder*
Although you can now buy pre-ground (gasp) instant coffee, a coffee maker with a built-in grinder has an additional use, you can make a coffee from roasted coffee beans, for the freshest brew around.

*You can buy a thermal carafe or coffee bean grinder separately in your local store or on Amazon.com, in case you need them and your chosen coffee maker doesn't include them.

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