Who doesn’t love a good espresso?
Whether it’s in a latte, con panna, or in an americano, the bitter deliciousness of espresso is a uniquely delicious, irreplaceable ingredient in coffee shop staples.
Yet, many people aren’t sure what the difference between espresso and regular, black coffee is. They’re disappointed to find that the coffee shop drinks they try to recreate at home aren’t as good as the ones they get in their local java joint, or they don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping for their own espresso maker.
There are many different kinds of espresso machines, but there are really only two main kinds that average people own: stovetop espresso pots and automatic espresso machines. Today, I’m going over and recommending (semi) automatic espresso machines. Continue reading “Best Budget-Friendly Espresso Machines”
Espresso! That bitter, delicious, concentrated coffee that is overwhelming to drink plain, but a delicious, essential ingredient in countless, iconic coffee shop drinks.
It’s literally what puts the coffee in cappuccinos, in lattes, in americanos, and breves, and almost everything else you can get on those coffee shop drink menus.
And yet, most people don’t know the difference between espresso and regular coffee, and don’t know where to begin when searching for a way to make their own espresso (and espresso drinks) at home. Continue reading “What is a Stovetop Espresso Maker – and Which Should You Get?”
In my opinion, every coffee drinker should own – at the very least – some form of coffee maker, and a coffee grinder. It makes your coffee so much better! It brings out more flavor, it makes it super fresh-tasting, and whole bean coffee can be stored longer than already ground coffee can, so you can keep more on hand at a time and grind it when you’re ready to drink it.
There is an incredible range of products to choose from; you can get coffee grinders you have to wind by hand for under ten bucks, or you could spend significantly more on a fancy machine – some of which can cost up to hundreds of dollars.
While there are ridiculously expensive coffee grinders for sale out there, unless you’re opening up your own coffee-selling business, I don’t personally believe there’s any reason to spend that much on a coffee grinder.
I own three coffee grinders myself that are all at varying price points (though cost way less than those expensive models), and they all do the job perfectly fine, though I definitely do prefer the two that aren’t manual grinders.
If you don’t own a coffee grinder yet, or you’re looking to get one as a gift for someone, and want some guidance picking the right product, I’ve compiled the following list for you to compare manual grinders, electric grinders, and conical burr grinders at various price points, but all under $100. Continue reading “Best Coffee Grinders Under $100”
What makes cappuccinos, lattes, and macchiatos that you buy in a coffee shop so different from the ones many people try to recreate at home is that they contain milk foam and milk froth instead of just regular milk. You can recreate this froth and foam – and subsequently recreate coffee shop classics – with devices called milk frothers. which are my number one recommended tool for any novice home-barista (excluding a coffee grinder, which I take a step further and recommend to every coffee drinker)
Continue reading “What’s a Milk Frother & Which One Should I Buy?”
Since there’s no end in sight for the pandemic and many of us are still working from home, we’re making and drinking our own coffee more than ever before.
If you don’t already own a coffee maker, but you love coffee, I definitely recommend investing in either a drip coffee maker, a french press, or a pour-over, depending on how much coffee you drink every day. Investing in a coffee maker and making your own coffee at home will save you a lot of time and money that you otherwise would have spent buying already-made coffee our. Plus, reusing your own cups is much better for the environment than using a disposable cup – or multiple – every day.
I personally own all three: a french press, a drip coffee maker, and two cheap pour-overs. However, my default go-to maker (especially during the work week) is definitely my drip coffee maker, for two main reasons: its 12-cup capacity, and the programmable feature it offers that allows me to prepare my machine the night before and set it so that my coffee auto-brews in the morning, letting me wake up to a fresh pot of hot coffee every morning.
I see a lot of half-pot or 5-cup coffee makers on the market, but I am not recommending any of them here today because I personally don’t understand the appeal these mini-machines have. They make smaller pots of coffee, but the machines are often just as expensive as (or barely cheaper than) 12-cup coffee pots. You also don’t need to make the full 12-cup pot on coffee makers with that capacity – any decent 12-cup drip coffee maker should have clear measurements that make it easy to make 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 cup pots. Even if I didn’t find it easy to get through a whole 12-cup pot myself, I’d always prefer having the option to make more coffee, especially for when/if I’m hosting guests.
Below, I will list, rate, and review my top drip coffee maker recommendations, starting with my most-highly recommended coffee maker. It’s from Black & Decker, and it’s the coffee maker I own and use regularly myself. Continue reading “Recommended Drip Coffee Makers”