BergHOFF Geminis Battery Powered Milk Frother & Stirrer

Create wonderful cocktails and frothy lattes with this amazing stirrer. Made of durable, easy to clean stainless steel, this stirrer is battery powered and is perfect for whipping cream, beating eggs and frothing milk. Requires two AAA batteries (NOT included).

Additional Information:
  • Dimensions: 9" x 1-1/4"
  • Weight: 0.26 lbs
  • Care: Hand wash recommended
  • Warranty: Limited lifetime vendor warranty; Please call 727-375-7523

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!

    Coffeemakers
    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!

    Proper Technique for Aerating & Decanting Your Wine
    The purpose of letting wine breathe, or aerate, is maximizing your wine's exposure to the surrounding air. By allowing the wine to mix and mingle with air, it will typically warm up and the wine's aromas will open up, the flavor will soften a bit and the overall flavor characteristics should improve.

    It is a common misconception that upon removing the cork, all bottles of wine need to be given time to breathe. This is not always the case. Not all wines require aeration. However, different wines require different amounts of time. Many wine sellers have experts that are educated on the wine they are selling so it's best to consult them regarding aeration time.

    As soon as you open a bottle of wine, pour a small amount into your glass for a taste test. Wine is subjective in that there is no right or wrong flavor. If the wine is to your liking, then it's time to drink!

    For wine that has aged for some time, a decanter is highly recommended. Many people simply open their bottle and let it sit. While adequate, it is not ideal. Decanting is a terrific technique for letting newer wines aerate and removing older wines' sediment. Sediment occurs in wine when pigments and tannins within the wine breakdown, leaving behind a harmless but bitter residue. Not only is sediment displeasing to the mouth, it's displeasing to the eye as well.

    When decanting a wine with sediment, it's best to let the bottle stand upright, undisturbed for 24 hours. This allows the sediment to collect at the bottom of the bottle. After this allotted time, slowly pour your wine into a cleaned decanter. Observe the wine as it passes through the neck, stopping your pour upon the first sign of sediment.

    The final result of this process leaves a decanter of pure wine and a bottle with some sediment-heavy wine left in it. While the remaining un-decanted wine may not taste the best, it makes a great addition to gravy or red sauces. Many wine enthusiasts pride themselves on their ability to find new and exciting uses for sediment-laden wine.

    Proper decanting alters wine for the better, softening its bite and developing aromas and flavors more pleasing to the taste buds. Whether 100-years-old or one day, any bottle of wine will benefit from a decanter!


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