DeLonghi Magnifica Espresso Machine – ESAM3300 vs ECAM22110SB

DeLonghi has a great line of automatic espresso machines, probably more than any other manufacturer. Their machines are great, reliable, and you can pick from a diverse range, on all budgets. The Magnifica line has a few great machines, with the low end range priced somewhere between 500$ and 700$. The ECAM22110sb and ESAM3300 are many times compared because they are very close price wise, and they belong in that low end range. The purpose of this post is to show you the differences between the two and help you choose yours.

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How To Brew French Press [Infographic]

  • Measure a heaping tablespoon (8 grams) of coffee for every 7 oz, (200 ml), of water.
  • Grind the coffee coarsely, (a little coarser than drip).
  • Dump the ground coffee in the French press, (cafetière).
  • Pour hot water, (not quite boiling), over the grounds, and stir vigorously, to make sure all coffee is wet.
  • Press the plunger to the water level, and let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Finer grind less steeping.
  • After the 5 minutes, push the plunger slowly, all the way down. Press steady, and don’t try to rush it up.
  • Pour in cups and wash the pot.

For a detailed step by step tutorial, with in depth details visit our page about French Press.

5 Best Espresso Cups – 5 Demitasse Cups

Choosing the best espresso cup is not as easy as one might think. Yes, we know, you can probably drink your shot from any small cup. Espresso though, is more than downing a strong coffee to get you started in the morning. It’s a ritual, and it is as much about the experience as it is about the taste and the jolt of energy you get. I personally think my shot tastes better when I drink it from a nice cup. Even if it’s a disposable cup, it has to be pretty and functional.

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Smokey Barn – Coffee Roaster Profile

Specialty coffees, while not a new trend, are starting to become more and more popular. Coffee lovers nowadays prefer to order their beans online, from trusted sources, or satisfy their coffee needs through high-end coffee retailers rather than buying supermarket generic or brand-name beans that oftentimes fail to deliver on their so-called quality guarantees.
Browsing the internet for non-generic specialty coffee beans is nothing but plain sailing. Many coffee roasters popped up recently, from various young entrepreneurs, or mom-and-pop shops, to just individuals who are passionate about great coffee. The common denominator for these coffee shops is quality roasted coffee and uncomplicated web based transactions.

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Espresso vs Nespresso vs illy iperEspresso – Capsule Espresso Machines vs Semiautomatics

Espresso vs Nespresso

You are on the quest to getting the best shot of espresso, and naturally, you need to compare Espresso vs Nespresso. Even the most fervent Nespresso enemies have tasted it, just to have an idea. Whether they like it or not, Nespresso is here to stay, and it will serve millions of happy customers. The question is “Is it good enough for you?” Let’s try to answer this question together.
I know you want to buy an espresso machine right now, whether it is a regular semiautomatic, or a capsule based one.

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Coffee Roasters Profile – Strangers Coffee in Norfolk – UK

Today we are exploring a European coffee roaster. I came across Strangers coffee roasters during my research for some Africans coffee beans. Someone suggested Strangers Coffee as a source of some great beans. I thought I’d give them a try; my friend offered to carry the beans across the ocean for me. Living in North America makes the logistics a little complicated, but it was well worth. I loved their beans, in fact I liked them so much, I wanted to showcase them on Coffee Brewing Methods.

A Little about Them

Strangers Coffee Roasters - Kilimbi RwandaFounded in 2009 by Alex Sergeant and Samuel Maddocks, Strangers Coffee Roasters has been dedicated to the craft of coffee brewing for over 7 years now.  

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The Best Manual Coffee Brewing Method – Pour Over vs French Press vs Aeropress

Chemex BrewingManual brewing methods are the newest trend in the coffee world. All respectable coffee shops provide at least one type of manual brewing, be it French press, hand drip, or Aeropress. In some households the old reliable French pot has never been missing from the morning routine, no matter what the industry said. The trend with manual brewing in coffee shops is not simply for the show, or to attract customers. Coffee prepared this way is just better. Smells and tastes better than an automatic-drip coffee, or coffee made with a capsule based machine.… Read more

Handheld Milk Frother for an Awesome Latte – 4 Great Inexpensive Milk Frothers

Latte MacchiatoYou want your latte at home, but the equipment has to be inexpensive. I get that, I don’t like to spend money if I don’t need to. Handheld milk frothers are the best compromise for a decent latte or cappuccino. You can get really nice textured milk with one of these manual frothers. However, if you ask a barista, they’ll tell you that is not steamed milk, because no steaming is involved. From a purely technical perspective they are right. From a practical point of view, the taste and texture is damn good, so I personally don’t care if it’s not steamed.

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The Best Coffee Substitutes – 6 Healthy Alternatives that Taste Like Coffee

Brewed Coffee SubstituteHealthy Coffee Alternatives

Drinking a cup of coffee is not about the caffeine jolt for me. Yes, the morning cup feels nice, and caffeine works greatly first thing in the morning. But my second, and sometimes the third cup can’t be caffeinated. I just need the nice feeling of a coffee without the caffeine. And decaf just doesn’t work for me, I don’t know why. I just don’t like it. I don’t drink tea anymore, caffeinated or not, so I was looking for a solution. I love chicory and coffee, and that’s a great substitute for my second cup, but coffee and chicory is still strongly caffeinated.

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What is the Best Coffee Grinder for French Press Coffee Maker

Best Grinder for French Press

Coffee making, regardless of the brewing method require a good grinder. French press is no different, and picking up a grinder that does the job properly but doesn’t break the bank our subject today.

You probably know you need a really good grinder for French press brewing, since you are reading this page. Otherwise you would have stuck with that blade spice mill that has only one great advantage, is cheap. Or maybe you wanted a second opinion, or maybe curious if your current grinder is good enough. Chances are your current grinder is not the best.

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What is the Perfect Coffee Brewing Temperature and Perfect Drinking Temperature?

brewing pour over coffee with Hario kettle

When making coffee the water temperature when brewing is one of the essential parameters. Use the wrong temperature and your coffee will be an odorless, insipid liquid, that barely qualify as drinkable. As a matter of fact the brewing temperature is just one of the factors that affect the perfect extraction. Coffee beans quality, grind size, brewing time, are also very important, and they are interdependent. The perfect temperature is only perfect if we consider a certain grind size and a certain extraction time. But we’ll show you in a bit how these are interconnected.

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Immersion Cold Brew Coffee Maker – Cold Brew Coffee Pitcher vs. Mason Jar

Immersion Cold Brew Coffee Maker

My immersion cold brew device was for a long time the humble mason jar with some sort of filtration. My Filtron went to my mom, who got hooked on cold brew, and since I didn’t use it often enough, it had to change owners. My wife didn’t quite like the Filtron because it was taking too much space.

The fabric filter in a mason jar worked perfectly for me and I thought there was no need to change. Initially, I used a cotton bag as the filter, and to be honest I loved it.

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How to Make Coffee Without Electricity?

Can we really make coffee without electricity?

There are various ways to make a joe without a coffee maker, or even without electricity. You can even make coffee without a source of heat, in other words without hot water.

Wait, don’t tell me you don’t even have a coffee pot. Don’t worry, we can show you even a way to make coffee without a pot. Depending on your setting, budget, and the pretentiousness of your taste buds, you can choose between the various solutions.

Coffee pot on open fire (actually a kettle)

Hot Brew vs Cold Brew – Which Is Better?

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The Best Milk Frother – Breville Milk Cafe vs Nespresso Aeroccino vs Secura

Pouring Frothed Milk for a LatteI personally love black coffee, sometimes I add a little sugar to it, but that’s all. During my time as a barista though, I made thousands of lattes and cappuccinos. I still make one from time to time for my wife, or my guests. I used to make it with the steaming wand, from my semiautomatic, but I got lazy, and my wife wanted to be able to make it when I wasn’t there. I tried to teach her the trade, but then I realized, why bother when there is an easier way… You probably understand that.

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5 Health Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee – Why Is Cold Brew Better than Drip Coffee

Cold Brew Filter BagCold brew, drip, or espresso, any sort of brewed coffee is good for us in moderation. There are numerous health benefits from drinking coffee. Coffee can boost the athletic performance, reduce risk of: diabetes, colon cancer, gall stones, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as improve the liver health. Cold brew, however, is particularly beneficial to our health, while reducing some of the side effects associated with consuming coffee. This is because the chemical profile of coffee brewed with cold water is different. I am not saying you should stop drinking your daily espresso, if your body agrees with it.… Read more