Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
|Guest Post by Samantha Thomas for Nescafé|
Is coffee your first love? Can’t say no to the fresh aroma of coffee at home? Truth is, instant coffee doesn’t do the trick for diehard coffee lovers. To brew that perfect cup of coffee, you need a coffee maker that is not only simple to use but also does justice to the flavor and essence of coffee every time you take a sip. If you have been searching for the perfect coffee maker far and wide, here are some of the top coffee makers that you must check out. Take a look:
1. The French Press or Cafetiere
Looking for a quick, easy way to brew a big pot of delicious coffee at once? The French press is a godsend that you can rely on any day for a fresh and hot cuppa Joe. The advantage of the French press is that it is easy to use and extracts a large quantity of coffee from even a handful of coffee beans.
2. The Aeropress
For that perfect single mug of coffee, nothing works like the easy to use Aeropress which is considered one of the best coffee makers under $100. It’s fast, easy to clean and portable and also comes with a very affordable price tag. The handy size, style and shape make it a great bargain for an enjoyable cuppa every now and then.
3. The Dolce Gusto Piccolo
If you’re looking for the perfect single serve coffee maker that combines modern design with powerful features, the Piccolo from Nescafe Dolce Gusto is the answer! Stylish and compact with a sleek appeal, the Piccolo coffee maker can brew a steaming hot mug of espresso or a tall frothy creamy latte in seconds. With the price tag under $100, is one of our favorite models from the Dolce Gusto coffee machine lineup.
4. Technivorm Moccamaster
Rated as one of the best single serve coffee machines by expert cooks, the Moccamaster is the coffee maker of tomorrow with amazing features that give you more control over the taste, flavor and overall strength of the coffee being prepared. Though the price of the models can go up to fairly high figures, at the end of the day, exquisite coffee makers are actually worth every penny.
5. The Moka Elite
Super easy to use, the moka elite is the perfect tool out there to create that super cup of moka espresso at home and also tops the list as being one of the best coffee makers under $100. In these coffee machines, the ground coffee capsules are stored in a central casket and water is poured in the bottom chamber. With the rise in steam pressure, the water eventually rises to the top and the infused flavor of the coffee creates the perfect balance of color and strength.
So, this is our list for the best single serve coffee machines – which one is your favorite?
(This is a guest post written by Samantha Thomas of Make It Rain USA. All opinions and commentary are solely those of Ms. Thomas and Make It Rain on Behalf of Dolce Gusto)
at 9:21 AM
Saturday, March 1, 2014
It's the little things that make a big difference. Like this hot cup of Starbucks Reserve Sumatra Blue Batak I'm enjoying this morning.
It was a particularly rough week at work and I was feeling like I needed something to make me feel better. So, I stopped off at the Starbucks Clover store and picked up something special.
At 15.95 for an eight ounce bag, it's on the more expensive side, but sometimes you have to treat yourself.
I've had this particular reserve before, but the 2014 Roast delivers on its promise: "Smooth and earthy with deep, syrupy body and sweet herbal notes."
Living for the weekend.
at 8:43 AM
Monday, February 24, 2014
I was at a dinner/dance last night when the conversation turned to coffee.
I'm not sure how we started talking about it. Oh, wait. I brought it up. I just happened to mention that one of my passions is drinking good coffee and blogging. Blogging about good coffee.
A gentleman at the table asked the question, "What's the best coffee?" And that got the coffee bean rolling.
One thing led to another and before you knew it, you had a wonderful flow of lively dialogue about a beverage that at least all at the table drink either occasionally or every day.
We discussed whole bean versus ground, the best coffee to buy in the store, micro roasters versus large-scale coffee production companies, brewing methods, single serve cups, the best coffee gear and soon we were in a coffee induced conversation craze.
And, as would only be "PC," we also discussed tea with the tea drinkers at the table. Tea lovers have feelings too and are also great conversationalists.
It was wonderful to be able to segue from the topic of coffee (and tea) to family, hobbies, professions and life in general.
Which is one of the things that I enjoy so much about coffee. It reaches across party lines, color lines, class lines, age and gender.
Years ago, there was an ad campaign which implied that a particular brand of popular cola soft drink could bring the world together in song. I think the same can be said about coffee.
By the way, the semi-formal dinner was topped off with what turned out to be a very decent cup of java.
at 8:00 AM
Friday, February 21, 2014
|Review Coming Soon!|
Look what the mailman brought me.
Wait until you read my review of the Capresso EC50 Stainless Steel Pump Espresso and Cappucino Machine.
But, you don't have to wait for me.
You can check it out for yourself:
at 4:01 PM
I have been quite lucky lately. Picking up prizes here and there. Don't want to jinx myself, but I feel pretty good.
And even though it's still Winter, the weather here today is going to be in the 70s.
I've had my morning coffee and now it's time for some iced tea!
I won a box of single serve Luzianne Iced Tea in a "jingle" contest on Facebook.
I "tested" them out on my daughter last weekend. She's an iced tea addict. I brewed it hot and added the ice later. She said, "You're supposed to brew that over ice."
Well, anyway, my method didn't seem to detract from the wonderful flavor.
May also be served hot. There are no real rules about how you want to drink your Luzianne.
I'll never give up my coffee, but I'm still a southern girl at heart.
If you don't live in the south, fret not, you can now order Luzianne Tea online!
Luzianne Tea Order Online
Take it "tea-sy." Get it, "tea-sy?" I crack myself up sometimes.
at 10:07 AM
Monday, February 17, 2014
New York may have the honor of being the birthplace of the "Cronut"(R) but California gets bragging rights to the Vanilla Glazed Madeleine from Donsuemor.
Don't let the size fool you. These little morsels pack a lot of flavor with just the right amount of glaze to make them sweet enough for dessert but not too sweet for breakfast. Same light texture as the traditional madeleine.
I've enjoyed Donsuemor products for years, beginning with the original Madeleine, but these babies have earned a special spot in my "Things That Go Well With Coffee" category.
I got lucky and won these on Facebook! Visit the Donsuemor Facebook page. You might get lucky too!
at 8:42 AM