Iced Coffee Recipe – Coffee Ice Cubes in Milk

Coffee with Coffee Ice Cubes

pouring milk over coffee ice cubesThis is an iced coffee recipe that uses coffee ice cubes in milk, or water, and not regular ice cubes in coffee, as you can find in most of the coffee shops.

Making iced coffee at home is easier than you think, and many people just do it without any recipe, or instructions. If you really want your iced coffee to taste great, better than the iced coffee at Starbucks, or Dunkin Donuts, you need some tips. There are some tricks to ensure your coffee doesn’t oxidize and taste stale, and it has enough kick to pick you up when you need it.

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Technivorm vs Bonavita – The Best Drip Coffee Makers

Bonavita and Technivorm coffee makers side by side
Technivorm vs BonavitaThe quest to finding the best coffee machine probably lead you the question: Bonavita, or Technivorm? There is very little doubt about the position of the two brands on the market, they are two of the best drip coffee makers, in fact they are the leaders. The domestic specialty coffee machine market was lead by Technivorm for many years.  They were the sole market leader for many years, and even respectable brands like Bunn, Cuisinart, or Breville were only distant runner ups. With Bonavita emerging on the market, coffee lovers have now a great alternative to the overpriced product from the Dutch company.… Read more

Quick Cold Brew Coffee – How to Make a Cold Brew Coffee in 3 Minutes

iced coffee in glasses

black iced coffeeCold pressed coffee, most commonly known as cold brew coffee, is the best way to brew coffee for people with sensitive stomachs. It is also the best coffee brewing method to make an iced coffee because the coffee is already cold. Many people enjoy more the cold pressed coffee than hot brewed methods because there are certain flavors that will be lost at higher temperatures. That’s valid the other way around too, high-temperature brewing will extract great flavors from coffee, but they are lost once the coffee has cooled, and in fact, cooling hot brewed coffee is not a great idea.

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Cappuccino vs Latte vs Mocha, What Are the Differences?

Latte with latte art

Latte with latte artThere are a lot of different espresso-based drinks, sometimes this much variety can be confusing. I have a friend who admitted that she didn’t like to go a coffee shop. She couldn’t choose between macchiato, latte, cappuccino, mocha, and many others because she didn’t know what they were. She was embarrassed to ask the barista what the differences were, so she started to buy a different coffee drink every day.

What makes these coffee beverages different from each other? What are the distinctive characteristics between them?

Espresso Based Drinks

All the coffee based drinks in coffee shops are a mix of two base ingredients, espresso and milk.

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Best Coffee Brewing Method

Brewing the Perfect Gourmet Coffee

Turkish Coffee in ibrikYour quest for finding the best coffee brewing method is not an easy job, because all coffee preparation methods have their individuality. To say that espresso is better than Turkish is just wrong. If you ask someone from the Middle East, or from Eastern Europe, they’ll say that Turkish coffee is the best. If you ask a drip coffee lover, they’ll say Turkish is really bad, and espresso is too strong. So it’s really a very subjective matter. To make things even more complicated, the coffee roast will make a huge difference.

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Best Cold Brew Coffee Maker – Toddy vs Filtron vs Oxo

Ice Coffee Glass
Iced coffee made with oxo cold brew
Coffee from Oxo Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker

If you are looking to buy a cold brew coffee maker, you have a relatively simple task, there aren’t too many options on the market, and the few options available, are relatively similar in functionality, features, and price. You can skip to the second half of the article for the comparison.

Cold brew is getting more and more attention from the coffee lovers’ world, and there are a few reasons for that. One of the most frequent reasons is health related. If you didn’t know cold brew, (not cold coffee), is less irritating to stomach and tummy.

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Impress Coffee Brewer vs Aeropress vs French Press

Stainless steel polished press pot brewer

Impress Coffee Brewer – An Innovation

Presse by Bobble - Former Impress Manual Coffee BrewerImpress is a well designed, and easy to use coffee maker, that combines features from espresso machines and French press, and it reminds of the famous Aeropress. It is a hybrid between a coffee brewer and a travel mug, making brewing a great cup of joe a pleasure.

Impress has started as a project on Kickstarter, initiated by Aly and Beth Khalifa, the founders of Impress. After three years of development, they published their project on Kickstarter, and they had no problem reaching their goal to get 50000$ to start the production.

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Turkish Coffee Grinder – How to Choose the Best Grinder for Turkish Coffee

Manual Coffee Grinder

Turkish Coffee in cupBrewing Turkish coffee is one of my fondest memories, and reminds me of little gatherings at our house. I started drinking coffee very late in life, I was about 25, but I learned to brew it when I was a teenager. I would prepare a cup for my parents from time to time, or even for our guests, my dad was saying that I brewed the best coffee. I mostly drink now espresso; however, I enjoy a nice cup of Turkish coffee from time to time .

Turkish coffee is a method of brewing, is probably one of the oldest ways to brew the black nectar, and for those who like a strong coffee it is one of the best methods of brewing.

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Burr vs Blade Coffee Grinder

Blade and Burr Grinders side by side

Blade and Burr Grinders side by sideIf you are beginning to brew at home, and are looking for a good coffee grinder, or you are looking to replace the old cheap blade grinder, you find the right page. We will help you understand how the two compare, when you need to pay the premium for a burr grinder, and when is OK to stick with your blade grinder.

Chances are, you probably heard people saying that a blade mill is no match to a burr counterpart, and for most part it’s true; if you are serious about brewing at home you need a good quality, relatively expensive grinder.

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Rancilio Silvia vs Gaggia Classic

Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine

Should I buy a Rancilio Silvia or the Gaggia Classic?

If you are looking for a semi automatic espresso machine that will give you consistent shots, and will look great on your kitchen counter, you probably have in mind the Gaggia Classic and the Silvia from Rancilio. There are other machines within the same price range, however, these two espresso machines are the best rated by customers.

Let’s see what technical aspects of the two machines we can compare: brew group, boiler size, shot consistency, quality, temperature stability, versatility, reliability, and price.

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Keurig 2.0 Brewer Review

Keurig 2.0 Brewer
Keurig K550 Coffee Maker Keurig 2.0

Keurig are some of the best single cup on the market, and they are on the list of the top sellers for the single cup niche. Keurig deserves to be on that list, because their coffee maker is reliable, brews a great coffee, and it is very convenient in use. For those who don’t want to use Keurig K-cups there is an option to use reusable k-cups. This allows serious money saving, and greater coffee beans selection. With the release of the new Keurig 2.0 people are asking themselves: “Does the new brewer compare to the old one?” “Is it better?” “How affordable are the k-cups?” I asked myself the same questions, and I did a bit of research, which I will share here with you.

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Krups Espresseria Fully Automatic Espresso Machine

Krups Espresso Machine

Krups Espresseria

Fully automatic machines are very expensive, depending on brand and features, the price tag can go very high. Krups Espresseria is a nice compromise between price, level of automation, and reliability.

One remarkable thing about it is the capability to use oily beans. Most super-automatic cannot be used with oily beans. Espresseria from Krups has a divider for oily beans, and there is no problem grinding them.

Obviously, the price is very affordable, and most of us think that “It must be missing great features, at this price”. While this fully automatic espresso machine from Krups is missing some features, most of us won’t even notice them missing.

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Saeco Philips Intelia Super-Automatic Espresso Machine Review

Saeco Intelia on Amazon
Saeco Intelia
Intelia is one of the best fully automatic espresso machines on the market. This is not a surprise for a Saeco product. With a long history in the industry, Saeco confirms even after joining Philips.
Intelia automates all of the steps for brewing an espresso shot, or a cappuccino, and minimizes your work, and the risk of brewing errors. With this machine, even the least talented home barista can pull a great espresso shot, and make a stunning cappuccino.
But all these are the norm for any machine in its class, so it is somewhat expected.… Read more

DeLonghi Esam Magnifica Review

DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM
DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica super automatic espresso machine
DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica on Amazon

De’Longhi ESAM Magnifica is a super-automatic espresso machine on the lower price range, and it’s often compared to Krups Espresseria. The two offer about the same feature set at a comparable price. Each of the two has its strength and weaknesses, and depending on your needs and preferences, you might choose one or the other.

ESAM3300 Magnifica is an affordable espresso machine, and it will turn your espresso making into a pleasure, providing consistency, and convenience at the touch of a button.

Summing up some of the De’Longhi‘s great features:

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Gaggia Titanium Super-Automatic Espresso Machine Review

Gaggia Titanium
Gaggia 90500 Titanium Super Automatic Espresso Machine
Gaggia 90500 Titanium on Amazon

Gaggia Titanium makes a breeze the preparation of a latte, a cappuccino or brewing a cafe crema. Cafe crema, if you didn’t know, is a type of espresso more diluted than a lungo, but the shot doesn’t have water added to it as in cafe Americano, but the extraction is just prolonged a little bit. (It’s more than that, but not the purpose of this article). So this machine can adjust exactly the parameters so you can get the most flavorful cup of coffee you have ever had.

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