Coffee: Make It At Home
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There are few products as ubiquitous in today’s world as coffee. Cultivated in more than 70 countries, coffee is not only an enjoyable beverage, it’s a globally traded commodity, is used medicinally, helps much of the world’s workforce get through the day, and is even thought of as holy in some places.
However, for the average American, it is a way to perk up in the morning—and many of us do so with a home coffee maker.
The history of coffee
Being such a far-reaching product, coffee has a rich history that goes at least as far back as the thirteenth century with a number of fascinating myths surrounding its first use. For more on these legends, check out Wikipedia, but here is a bare bones version from that source.
“The original native population of coffee could have come from Ethiopia or Kenya, and it was cultivated by Arabs from the 14th century. The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the fifteenth century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen. By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, Persia, Turkey and northern Africa. Coffee then spread to Balkans, Italy and to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and then to the Americas.”
Whatever coffee’s true origins are, it became a worldwide product when the Dutch East India company began growing and shipping it around the globe in the early 18th century—from there the rest is history.
Coffee in the U.S. today
Here in the U.S., coffee has become a beloved part of the typical American diet. To put it into perspective, consider some of the most interesting facts about our relationship with joe (from StatisticBrain.com):
- 54: Total percentage of Americans over the age of 18 who drink coffee every day.
- 65: Total percentage of coffee that is consumed during breakfast hours.
- $4 billion: Total number of dollars spent importing coffee to the U.S. each year.
- $164.71: Total amount of money the average coffee drinker spends on the beverage each year.
- 100 million: Total number of daily U.S. coffee drinkers.
- $18 billion: Total dollars spent on specialty coffee in the U.S. alone each year.
- $12 billion: Total dollars spent at independent coffee shops in the U.S. annually.
Coffee at home
With the explosion of coffee’s popularity in the U.S. over the past 20 years, especially when it comes to specialty versions like espresso and cappuccino, there has been a notable increase in the amount and quality of products you can use to make these coffees at home. Whether you’re looking to brew a simple, yet flavorful, cup of black coffee or a more complex latte, you can find a coffee maker that will suit you.
The Cuisinart Model DGB-700BC will grind and brew your coffee, ensuring the freshest grounds possible. Just add coffee beans and water in the amount you want and the burr grinder breaks up the beans naturally and evenly, sealing in their rich, genuine flavor.
Cuisinart Coffee On Demand Coffee Maker can brew up to 12 cups of coffee (5 ounce cups), but dispenses it just one cup at a time—no carafe to clean (or break). The exclusive coffee gauge on the front counts down the number of cups remaining. Plus, 24-hour programmability and adjustable auto shutoff.
Bonavita 8-Cup Thermal Carafe Coffee Maker (See a review of this new product on Friday, Nov. 1.) This machine is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America as an elite 8-cup coffee maker because it brews to optimum water temperature, grounds contact time, and coffee grounds saturation. 1,400-watt thermal block heater quickly heats water to the ideal 205 F/ 96 C brewing temperature.
iCoffee Steam Brew Coffee Maker by Remington has patented SteamBrew technology that steams, tumbles, and stirs coffee extracting only the most exquisite coffee flavors and delivering the convenience of drip brewers and the premium flavor that surpasses a French press. (See a review of this new product on Friday, Nov. 1.)
Coffee shop brewing at home
For those who want to be able to make espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos at home, there are a couple great options:
- Saeco Via Venezia TCL 04144: This compact, stainless-steel manual espresso machine easily creates creamy coffee drinks. The traditional pump-driven Saeco Via Venezia espresso machine makes 1 or 2 cups of gourmet espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes at a time, topped with the perfect crema.
- Capresso EC100 Espresso and Cappuccino machine: Compact pump espresso and cappuccino maker with dual-frother quickly brews café-quality coffee beverages and instantly serves hot water for teas, cocoa, and soups. This machine produces perfect espresso with a thick, foamy layer on top called “crema.” The crema traps the fine aromatics and the light gaseous flavors that register on the palate and keeps flavor locked in.
- Cuisinart Pump Espresso Maker: At the push of a button, you can brew one or two cups of fine espresso with this machine. Be your own barista right at home with this efficient 1,000-watt heating element and 15 bars of pressure that quickly brews one or two cups of ground espresso or pod.
However you like your coffee, black or with heavy doses of cream and sugar, espresso or cappuccino, light or dark, bitter or sweet, there is a coffee maker available that will help you find the perfect flavor or style.
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