Why Buying A Coffee Machine For The Home or Office Makes Sense
Coffee Machine Basics Coffee is that delectable black liquid so essential to our morning rituals. It's a brain solvent, clearing away those sleepy cobwebs and bringing us to full alert. For many of us, it's also requires a stop at a cafe for a coffee with lots of caffeine, calories, and fat, or worse, a stop at a convenience store for a less-thanstellar cup of something resembling coffee.
Coffee Machine Basics Why go through all that when you can make your own coffee at home or in the office? When you consider what it costs to purchase coffee from a shop or a gas station, a month's worth of purchases costs the same as a decent coffee machine. Granted, there are some high end machines that cost nearly as much as a car, but most people are not that obsessed. It's just as easy to be obsessed while spending much less.
Coffee Basics Making a consistently good cup of coffee requires attention to detail. Some will insist that only the purest water should be used, but in reality most of us can't tell the difference between bottled water and tap water after it's brewed into coffee, so if you local water tastes okay, go ahead and use it. The water temperature is more important. It should be just off the boil for best results.
Coffee Basics Purchase your coffee as beans. Grind them yourself or use a store grinder to prepare them. If you choose the latter, buy small quantities that you can use in a week because the aromatic oils dissipate, causing the flavor to fade. Store coffee in an airtight container at room temperature, not in the refrigerator. Coffee beans differ in flavor depending on where they were grown and the roasting method used, so experiment to find what you like best.
Drip Coffee Machines These are the most popular because they're so easy to use. Put water in the tank, fill the basket with ground coffee, and turn it on. In a few minutes, the coffee is ready. A good drip coffee machine will produce a consistently good cup of coffee if it's kept clean, but since the carafe sits atop a heating element, the taste will change quickly as aromatics and water evaporate. Some machines use an insulated carafe rather than a heating element, but even so, the coffee will cool in less than an hour.
French Press The French press is easy to use also. Simply put coarsely ground coffee in the pot, add water, and stir briefly. Put the top on and wait four or five minutes, then slowly press the filter down through the coffee mixture. It yields a richer cup than a drip coffee machine, with a bit of sediment on the bottom. Experiment with grind, water temperature, and brew time to vary the finished coffee.
Espresso Machines These are the most difficult to master as the inexpensive ones offer little control, while the manual ones require experience and skill. Finely ground coffee is tamped into a holder that fits onto the coffee maker. Water is forced through the grounds either by steam pressure or with a hand operated lever. The pressure forms a light tan “crema” atop the coffee. Note that “espresso” is a way to make coffee, not the kind of coffee, as any coffee beans can be ground for espresso.
Summary These are the most popular coffee machines, though there are others like the Turkish ibrik, vacuum pots, and even the humble percolator. If you have a coffee obsession, you'll likely collect a few in your kitchen along with some sleepless nights from sampling their awesome goodness!
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On The Way Café is the leading office coffee delivery service in Toronto. Visit us today at http://www.onthewaycafe.ca to learn more about c...