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.
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.
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.
Always turn the coffeemaker off and remove the plug from the electrical outlet before cleaning it.
Lift up the reservoir cover. Remove and discard the paper filter and ground coffee. The filter basket can be washed in warm soapy water and rinsed thoroughly, or cleaned in the upper rack of the dishwasher. Dry all parts after use.
Do not put any water in the unit once the filter basket has been removed. Wipe the area under the filter basket with a damp cloth.
Remove the carafe from the warming plate. Discard any remaining coffee. The carafe and lid should be washed in warm, soapy water and rinsed thoroughly.
Do not use any scouring agents or harsh cleansers on any part of the coffeemaker.
Never immerse base unit in water or other liquid. To clean base, simply wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry before storing. Wipe warming plate with a clean, damp cloth. Never use rough, abrasive materials or cleansers to clean the warming plate. Do not dry the inside of the water reservoir with a cloth, as lint may remain.
For best performance from your Cuisinart coffeemaker, de-calcify the base unit from time to time. The frequency depends upon the hardness of your tap water and how often you use the coffeemaker.
To de-calcify, fill the water reservoir to capacity with a mixture of 1/3 white vinegar and 2/3 water. Turn the coffeemaker on by pressing the On rocker switch. One cycle should be sufficient to adequately clean the coffeemaker. Turn the coffeemaker to off and then run one cycle of fresh cold water through the unit before using the unit again to brew coffee.