Better Chef Breakfast Central 3-in-1 Meal Maker
The Better Chef item is 3 appliances in 1! It's a Toaster/Oven, 4-cup coffeemaker and a round griddle all rolled into one compact unit. It is versatile enough to make meals for any time of the day or night, from early morning breakfasts to late night snacks but with a compact design great for vacation homes, dorm rooms, kitchens, etc.

Care Instructions: Always handle for precaution To avoid danger, always have coffee maker with minimum capacity of water. Always unplug appliances when not in use
Dimensions: 15”L x 8”W x 9”H
Weight: 6.70lbs.
Made in China

Warranty: One Year Limited Warranty / (323) 587-9500

Good Coffee Depends on Good Chemistry
Just like in cooking and love, the perfect cup of coffee is the result of impeccable chemistry in addition to the coffeemaker you use. Here are a few tips to keeping the chemistry up to par.

  • Don't microwave cooled coffee. Once cooled, coffee no longer retains the same chemical properties as a freshly brewed cup. Your best bet is to brew a new pot.
  • Don't keep your coffee past the expiration date. Commercial ground coffee usually should be kept in the refrigerator. If you have a little extra money in your budget, it's a real treat to splurge on fresh beans that you can grind at the grocery store. Or, if you have your own grinder, grind away just before brewing.
  • Store whole-bean coffee at room temperature.
  • Buy just the coffee you need each week on your weekly trip to the grocery store, just as you would your fruits, vegetables and other perishables.
  • If you're especially finicky about your coffee's flavor, use cold filtered water is for the ultimate purity.
  • Make the most of your coffee experience by taking a break and savoring the flavor. Enjoy!

    The first step to java enjoyment is choosing the best coffeemaker for your needs. If you haven't taken a look at coffeemakers in recent years, you'll be impressed with the number of options now available on many models. Read on for the lowdown on the most popular bells and whistles.

    Programmable Feature: This feature allows coffee lovers to preset when they want their java brewed. You can wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee much more delightful than an alarm clock, plus coffeemakers with this feature often include an automatic shut-off feature. Those are two less things you have to remember each morning.

    Water Filter Feature: This feature filters water before brewing the coffee, removing any impurities and creating a more pure pot of coffee.

    Cup Selector Feature: Coffeemakers with this feature allow you to select the number of cups you're brewing. This means that if you're brewing fewer cups, the brewing process is slowed, making for a richer flavor than would be produced with the first few cups of a large pot of coffee.

    Temperature Options: Some coffeemakers allow you to choose what temperature level the heat plate maintains, according to your own personal preferences.

    Paused Brewing Feature: This feature allows you to take the carafe away from the maker while it's brewing and pour yourself a cup. The sensor prevents dripping and spills. Simply return the carafe when you're done pouring and brewing will pick up where it left off.

    Coffee Grinder Feature: Some coffeemakers also come with coffee bean grinders attached. These help you brew the freshest and most tantalizing cup of all, experts say.

    Multiple Cup Options: If you entertain often, you may choose a larger 10, 12 or even more cups capacity. If you're the only coffee drinker in your household, a four-cup or one-serving coffeemaker may be just the ticket.

    Espresso Machines
    When you contemplate how much money (and time) can be saved by getting a home espresso machine versus buying your morning drink from a coffee shop, you'll begin to see why so many people have decided to brew espressos at home!

    Espresso, also referred to as caffe espresso, is a way of making coffee. It is created by filtering pressurized hot water through tightly packed and finely ground coffee beans. The end result is usually more "syrupy" than normal coffee but has the same flavor and caffeine as your typical morning cup o' joe. Espresso is often added to macchiatos, lattes and cappuccinos to increase the caffeine in each drink.

    Is there such thing as an "Espresso Bean"? In short, no. Espressos can actually be made of any type of coffee bean. In fact, any bean sold as ideal for use in espresso machines is just being marketed differently!

    Many people are surprised to find out that coffee beans are naturally green when harvested. It is through roasting that an untouched coffee bean is transformed into the flavorful bean connoisseurs love. Unroasted coffee beans have a unique flavor depending on their origin country. It is during the roasting process that the beans slowly lose their original flavor and gain a roasted one. The darker the bean, the harder it is to taste the original flavor.

    Types of Espresso Machines
    There are four different types of espresso machines: manual, semi-automatic, automatic and super-automatic. Though all four can produce good espresso, the amount of automation a machine has refers to how much direct interaction is needed with the machine to make a drink.

  • Semi-Automatic
    Semi-automatic machines have an automated pump to automate the delivery of water to the coffee so that a manual hand pump isn't necessary. It also features an automated temperature control for the boiler and activation switches to engage and disengage the pump. You are in control of when the pump turns on and off and, in turn, control the amount of water flow for every shot you make. Semi-automatic machines are able to maintain a good brewing temperature by automatically turning on the internal heating element whenever the machine detects a pre-determined drop in the boiler temperature.
  • Automatic
    Automatic espresso machines feature an automated pump, an automated temperature control for the boiler and frequently programmable preset water volume buttons that automate water delivery as well as regulate the brew volume. To get your espresso flowing, all you have to do is load up your portafilter with coffee, tamp it and lock it into place. Once you have hit your desired button, you can simply walk away - the machine will stop brewing once it has hit the preprogrammed amount.
  • Super-Automatic
    The super-automatic machines truly do it all with just the press of a button! These machines contain water reservoirs and integrated coffee grinders so that once the desired button is pressed, they will grind the right amount of beans, tamp the ground beans, extract the predetermined amount of coffee and then get rid of the leftover puck (leftover ground coffee) into an internal dump box. Without any work, you can enjoy your shot of espresso or use it to make a cappuccino, latte or macchiato!

    Just what is the difference between a toaster and toaster oven? A traditional toaster is used for toasting bread, bagels and some pastries in one, two or four vertical slots. A toaster oven is essentially a combination of a traditional toaster and your conventional oven and can be used to make toast, sandwiches, pizza, cookies, and so much more. Its size and design allow it to cook, reheat and defrost other foods.

    When trying to decide between each, consider:

  • Space
    Toaster ovens take up more room than traditional toasters and are not commonly moved around. How much room do you have to accommodate the appliance?
  • Food
    What kind of food will you be toasting? Are you planning on just toasting bread or do you also want to make toasted sandwiches or reheat leftovers?
  • Time
    A traditional toaster may be the best option for an on-the-go lifestyle as it can more quickly toast bread, whereas a toaster oven may take longer to heat and toast.
  • Toaster Ovens

    A toaster oven can be a dream come true for some households where heating up the oven means heating up the entire kitchen. In a toaster oven, the bread lies horizontally, which allows you to toast toppings as well as the bread. But it is not limited to just bread! You can also bake, broil, cook hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza or even a chicken.

    Toaster ovens come in a variety of sizes with a variety of power supply. If you are looking to toast bagels, muffins or warm leftovers, you will probably want a smaller oven that has standard heating elements. However, if you want to create meals and sides, you will need an oven that will be able to accommodate this. Larger models may also be able to bake and broil and may use infrared or convection heating. For best results, you will want a toaster oven with a higher wattage since the higher the wattage, the more power it has. Be sure to select an oven with enough watts to effectively prepare your food.

    In addition to looking at the size and power, you will also want to decide on the kind of controls you want your new toaster oven to have. A standard timer will feature a dial while an electronic keypad may have functions that are preset. An electronic timer may give you more accuracy, as you will be able to program the exact amount of time. An adjustable temperature gauge with multiple cooking options is also vital, as it allows you to broil, grill or bake as you desire.

    The most important safety feature to look for is an automatic shutoff. The automatic shutoff will turn off the heating element once the time is up. If your oven does not have this feature, it will simply sound to let you know the time is up, but will continue heating your food until you shut it off.

    You will also want to consider the toaster oven's windows. Are they large and clear? This type of window will allow you to watch your food as it’s being cooked without having to open the oven and release the heat. You may also want to look for models with adjustable racks. This allows you to maximize the interior usable space and cook a variety of foods. In terms of appearance, toaster ovens come in a variety of colors and styles, so you will be able to find one that coordinates with your kitchen décor.

    Toaster Oven Cleaning & Maintenance
    Toaster ovens with nonstick or continuous-clean interiors will be the easiest to keep clean. Continuous-clean finishes allow food buildup to breakdown overtime, turning it into ash that can easily be removed. It is best to find an oven with a removable crumb tray as opposed to a hinged crumb tray. A removable tray can easily be removed and cleaned and many are even dishwasher safe.

    To clean your toaster oven:

  • Turn off and unplug the oven, letting it cool completely before attempting to clean it.
  • Remove the crumb tray and dump its contents. Scrub with warm water and dish soap or, if applicable, clean it in the dishwasher.
  • Wipe down the exterior using a lint-free cloth and sanitizing spray.
  • Scrub the hard-to-remove residue on the interior with a synthetic scouring pad.
  • Clean the interior with warm, soapy water and a sponge. The warm water should help to dissolve any built-up grease. You may find that vinegar will also help break down the residue. Rinse well.
  • If able, remove and clean the racks with warm, soapy water. Let them dry thoroughly before putting them back into the oven.
  • Toasters
    Your basic toaster will vary in size, typically ranging from one to four slots. Great for singles or small households, a two-slice toaster will do the trick. But if you find yourself cooking for more than just yourself, you may want to increase the amount of slots. If you are cramped on space, some toasters have one long slot that can fit two slices of bread, crust to crust. Referred to as "tandem", these toasters are long and slim as opposed to square and squat like a traditional toaster.

    Features to consider are:

  • A removable crumb tray will make clean-up easier
  • A defrosting feature allows you to thaw frozen breads or pastries before toasting
  • A reheating feature allows you to reheat your bread without burning it, in case it was left too long after toasting
  • Different heat settings allow you to choose how dark you want your bread
  • An LCD display indicates the progress of the toast
  • Auto-centering will help center the bread for even browning
  • Adjustable slots allow you to toast everything from a slim slice of bread to a large bagel
  • Bread lift will raise the bread slightly after it has popped up, allowing you to access shorter slices of breads or muffins
  • Bagel Setting allows you to toast your bagel on just one side
  • To Clean Your Toaster:
    Unplug the toaster, allowing it to cool completely, then remove and empty the crumb tray. You can dislodge any burnt-on food inside with an old toothbrush or credit card - do not use a metal object as this can scratch the interior. You can also use a wet pastry brush to clean smaller crumbs.

    Common Safety Tips:

  • Never poke a metal object into a plugged-in toaster, even if it is off, as the coils could shock you
  • Do not touch metal parts with an oven mitt or potholder
  • Allow the toaster to cool completely before cleaning
  • Routinely clean the crumb tray, as crumbs are often the cause of burning smells and smoke