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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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 ESAM Magnifica
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.

Espresso shot in Bodum glass cupSumming 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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Jura ENA 9 – One Touch

Jura Ena 9

Jura Capresso Ena 9 – One Touch

When Jura and Capresso, two of the big espresso equipment companies have merged, I was a little disappointed, because this means less competition. However, I realized soon that by joining forces, the two manufacturers could make espresso machines that will stand apart from the crowd. And this is what happened in fact. Jura Capresso Ena 9 is one of the greatest super automatic espresso machines on the market.

With features to help you automate making espresso based drinks, it removes all of the guessing behind nailing a perfect espresso, and foaming the milk to perfection.

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Burr Coffee Grinder – How to Choose the Best Grinder

Coffee Grinder

Freshly Grind Coffee Every-time

Manual Coffee GrinderGrinding coffee is one of the critical operations for making a good cup of coffee. Grinding coffee, besides brewing, is the only operation you can’t skip, if you want your coffee to be perfect. It might be a boring thing to do every morning, and it might sound tempting to buy pre-ground, but freshly milled coffee is so much better than coffee ground a couple of of weeks ago. We show you on this page why you should ground coffee just before brewing, and we present you with a few great grinding machine choices.

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How To Store Coffee Beans or Grounds – To Freeze or Not to Freeze?

Freezing Coffee Beans – Is It Good or bad?

coffee beansStoring coffee is probably one of the least researched domains. If roasting, grinding and brewing have evolved into great sciences, storing is still debated and each person has their own opinion. Many of the opinions though, are just unfounded, and are pure speculations pushed with confidence, but no real evidence, by coffee connoisseurs.To freeze or not to freeze coffee, this is probably one of the most controversial questions in the coffee world. I freeze coffee, I always did as my tasting buds and my nose told me.

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What is Coffee – Coffee Facts, Statistics and Effects of Coffee on Health

Coffee Cherry

What is Coffee and Why do We Love It?

Do we love coffee because we are addicted to it, or because coffee’s chemical makeup makes sense for our body. Coffee is not a pleasant tasting experience for almost anybody at the first try. Most people just hate the taste. However, coffee contains a lot of antioxidants, and caffeine, the much needed “pick-me-up”. Could this be the reason we end up “loving it”? Or is just the addiction?

Coffee Cherries
Photo Credit: FCRebelo, Wikimedia Commons

Coffee, the beverage, is the result of brewing the roasted and ground coffee beans.

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Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

Coffee Cup and Beans

Coffee Cup and BeansWhen I was younger, I used to drink a lot of coffee, I mean a lot. Not a lot of cups, the weak drip you would get in the coffee shops, I could never drink that stuff. Even at work, the drip machine was operated by folks who needed tea, and not coffee, so I had to make my own. When I passed by with my Turkish coffee style concoction, all heads turned around looking at the black thing in my mug. And that happened a few times a day.

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Coffee Makes Me Poop – Why Does Coffee Make Me Poop

coffee makes me poop mug

Is It Just Me, Or Coffee Is Really Laxative

Coffee Makes Me Poop Coffee MugIf you ever asked yourself: “Coffee makes me poop, how come?” you are not alone. It turns out there are about half of your office coworkers that need to go to the loo for the same reason as you, they drank their coffee. You must be wondering why are you going for number two every time you drink a cup of joe. First of all no, it’s not your imagination, it is reality, and it’s backed by science. However, not everybody benefits the laxative effects of coffee, you are one of the lucky 30%, or maybe unlucky, because for some the laxative effect of coffee can be a bit too much.… Read more