Grinding your own coffee beans is a fairly easy way to ensure freshness in your cup of coffee. Grinders can be inexpensive, and some coffee makers or espresso machines even have them built in. If you want to add a coffee grinder to your collection of kitchen equipment, here are the basic things you need to know.
There are basically two different kinds of grinders: blade or burr.
A Vienna home espresso machine
You’ve decided you need an espresso machine at home, but what kind? They all have the same basic mechanism: forcing hot water through coffee grounds under pressure. But there are different ways to accomplish that. There are 4 basic machines, and each has its positive and negative features. Continue reading
By Terri Paajanen
A single-serve coffee maker will cost you more than a traditional drip machine but they will make you a cup of fresh coffee in seconds (literally) and there is no messy grounds to clean up. If you have been interested in these types of brewers, here are the best ones on the market right now.
A Tassimo coffee brewer
The Tassimo is a very popular model and is without a doubt the most sophisticated one. The pods that fit in the Tassimo (T-discs) have a bar code on the top of each one and the machine reads it before it starts to brew. Once it knows what you are brewing, all the details are taken care of. You get the optimum temperature, brewing time and water pressure with each cup.
The pods are available in many different types of coffee as well as tea and hot chocolate.