How To Choose An All-In-One Coffee Maker 

Why suit yourself with just one style of coffee when you can have more with an all in one coffee maker.  Having this device will make you realize you’re missing out a lot on your coffee experience because you’re stuck with your good old-fashioned coffee maker.

So, if you want to bring your daily coffee experience a notch higher, and add more flavor into the blend, then get yourself the best all in one coffee machine.

To save you from troubles when choosing which one to buy, let me help you streamline your options by knowing the qualities of a stellar all in one coffee machine.

H2: What Makes a Great All-in-one Coffee Machine

In a sea of all-in-one coffee machines, one can easily get lost and just pick up the most pretty-looking or the cheapest product there is. Buying any product this way, especially if it’s coffee makers, is a sure way to experience disappointment later.

Before you buy any combination coffee maker, make sure they have the following features.

Want to know more about all-in-one coffee makers? Our friends from Earl Of Coffee would be happy to help. Go to www.earlofcoffee.com for more coffee tips and product reviews.

H3: Grinder

Modern-day coffee makers are revolutionized, and they now come with more features, one of which is a grinder. Imagine what a hassle it is to have a separate grinder and coffee maker, and each sits on your countertop, consuming space. But with a coffee maker that comes with a grinder, you get the convenience of two machines in one. It saves you space in your kitchen. But more than saving space, having a grinder means you can prepare your bean just before brewing, which is an essential element in a great-tasting coffee. Without a readily available grinder, you’ll have to grind more beans that are meant for more than a single preparation and store them for later use. Doing so leads to bean deterioration and a surefire way to spoil your next coffee experience. So, if you think a grinder isn’t important to match a coffee maker, think again.

H3: Frother

Now, this is where our coffee maker can get truly exciting when it features a frother! Imagine all the things you can do with your coffee maker all in one that’s equipped with a frother. Even if you don’t like your coffee foamy, surely, someone in your family does. Or if you have friends coming by for a talk, wouldn’t it be nice to surprise them with a froth-layered coffee top? You can achieve this using an all-in-one coffee maker with a frother. The last part is essential.

H3: 15 BAR PUMP

But it’s not enough that your coffee maker comes with a frother. To make the foam richer and creamier, the coffee maker must provide enough pressure, and it can only be achieved with a 15 BAR pump. BAR is how pressure is measured, and some coffee makers have lower BAR. So, take note of this when shopping for a combination coffee maker.

H3: How Many Drinks Can it Make?

“The more, the merrier” holds true for all-in-one coffee makers. Imagine being able to prepare your espresso, latte, cappuccino, and other drinks using a single machine at the comfort of your home. Some brands even allow making teas! This feature is the ultimate pride of any all-in-one coffee maker, as it is its very essence. Without this feature, any coffee maker that claims to be all-in-one is a scam, and you just have to keep scrolling as it’s not worth the money you’ll invest.

H3: Pre-program Settings

We aren’t done yet with what can go with your coffee maker. There are certainly more features to talk about. Let’s shine a light on pre-programmed settings. This component allows you to produce consistent-tasting drinks because it determines the blend and strength in each drink. This is another must-have setting in your all in one coffee maker.

H2: Conclusion:

An all in one coffee maker is a pleasure to have at home or in your office. After all, coffee with its satisfying taste and sensual aroma is a great way to calm down the nerves and to get you productive. Your investment for this device will surely be worth it.  

Lavazza Espresso Barista Gran Crema

Lavazza Espresso Barista Gran Crema Espresso ROAST coffee review

December 12, 2020

LAVAZZA coffee Company Information

Lavazza Coffee was born in Torino, Italy in 1895 by Luigi Lavazza, who was a man filled with entrepreneurial spirit, inventive and passion for his work. He discovered the different origins and characteristics of the coffee plant, and studied the art of blending to meet the tastes of customers, creating the blends.

Let’s give this blend a taste test with our latest coffee making espresso machine and see if it’s really as good as it’s always been in the past, or if we need to reconsider our coffee selection process.

Coffee Brew Time

1 minutes

Coffee Review

I haven’t been posting too much lately, so I apologize for my absence.  The whole COVID scare has changed many habits of people around the world.  I used to go out for coffee at my favorite barista several times a week and on weekends before this all started, but now I find myself drinking most of my coffee at home.  Have I saved money by staying home and brewing my own coffee drinks. The short answer is, no. And it’s no because I made the best purchase of 2020 when I bought myself a Breville Barista Express Espresso Machine.  This has changed my coffee life for the better in so many ways.  I’m making Cafe Latte, Cappuccino, Espresso and of course, my favorite, Cafe Americano. 

So how did this all start?  How did I make the decision to invest in a piece of coffee making equipment that is totally awesome?   Well, let me tell you.  I was searching for a good real estate agent in the Lakewood Ranch, Florida area and stumbled across this real estate website that specialized in new model homes. As I watched these videos of new homes I noticed one of the model homes had an espresso machine in it, and at the time it was morning and I said I wish I could have a Cafe Americano right now.  I noticed this beautiful silver machine and zoomed in and saw it was a Breville espresso machine.  Well with the magic of the internet I was off and exploring, reading reviews, watching product demos, and 10 minutes later I was sold.  And it was the best decision I ever made. This little baby is the best machine I’ve ever used to make coffee drinks.  And I’m not just saying that, my wife and all my friends have agreed, it’s a game changer.  Get one today, you won’t regret it.  Sorry Starbucks but I’m perfectly happy now staying home and making my own espresso and chilling to a YouTube video on the TV.

 

Okay so now let’s talk about the coffee beans because when you buy an espresso machine you need to buy some good beans to really exploit the power of your new appliance.

 Coffee Characteristics

Lavazza Espresso Barista Gran Crema is a medium roast espresso blend from Italy and excellent for espresso based drinks.  The dark crema is a beautiful, rich and smooth looking frost on the top of the drink.

Coffee roast

The coffee roast is a medium roast coffee.  Lavazza make several whole beand and ground coffee products but this is whole bean and since the espresso machine I’m using has a built in grinder, there’s no muss or fuss to grind and brew. Don’t confuse this blend with the Super Crema, which is also a medium roast coffee and the most popular seller on Amazon.

coffee aroma

The coffee aroma is light and earthy, and has hints of chocolate, cocoa, and a little earth, but true to Lavazza and their master coffee roasters its got a great nose.

coffee body

Medium body, a great flavor, I never get this kind of freshness from Starbucks espresso, which I find more flat than most traditional European Baristas.

coffee Sweetness

Hints of cocoa, chocolate, and a little road dust in this coffee.

coffee acidity

The acidity in this coffee I would rate as medium, it’s got a really nice balance and it’s velvety smooth.  When you pair this with something like a sweet roll or cinnamon roll it’s amazing.

coffee mouthfeel

The feel is rich and silky with a balanced and smooth finish that makes me want to get up and have another.

coffee Finish

Such a great finish that’s so nice and smooth.  The little chocolate I taste on the back of my palate is floating inside my mouth., but it’s not a heavy chocolate flavor.  The roast is balanced and has the refined flavor of the better quality medium roast coffees.

THE COFFEE GOOD STUFF

  • True Italian espresso medium roast coffee
  • Balanced roast, and excellent acidity and flavor
  • Rich finish but not heavy

THE COFFEE BAD STUFF

There really isn’t anything negative about this espresso blend.  Now we didn’t make a full pot of coffee and drink this strictly as a coffee drink, but it’s so much better as espresso that I wouldn’t waste my time doing that with this coffee.  Lavazza is usually one of my go-to brands when it comes to Italian espresso roast blends for Cafe Latte or Cafe Americano and they’ve never let me down up to this point, so I’m just going to conclude there is nothing bad about this coffee.

summary

I will say it again. the machine can make the whole coffee drinking experience a masterpiece.  This time the Breville Barista Pro hits a grand slam home run out of the park with these coffee beans.  I’m hooked on the quality of the brew, the ease of use and the exceptional quality of the machine.  The Lavazza Espresso Barista Gran Crema makes the experience all the more enjoyable.  I will be buying more of these beans in the future.  Cheers to all and stay safe.

Lavazza Super Crema Coffee Review – February 16, 2020

LAVAZZA SUPER CREMA MEDIUM ESPRESSO ROAST coffee REVIEW

February 16, 2020

LAVAZZA coffee Company Information

Lavazza Coffee Company is lesson in Italian coffee history. The company was founded in 1895 in Turn Italy, and started as a small grocery store at Via San Tommaso. Today the company is being managed by a 4th generation of the Lavazza family.  The company imports coffee from all over the globe including countries like; Brazil, Columbia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Uganda, Indonesia and Mexico. The company operates several retail coffee shops and produces coffee for personal consumption in whole bean and ground coffee varieties.

Coffee Brew Time

4 minutes

Coffee Review

Some families have special traditions, and growing up in my family we had one tradition that was strictly practiced every year without hesitation.  I’m speaking of Valentine’s Day and the infamous bumpy chocolate cake. Go ahead, fire up Google, Bing or Yahoo and type in those magical keywords, “Chocolate Bumpy Cake” and hit Enter.

The “bumpy’ was awesome, it was a symbol of pure love, encased neatly in a pristine white cardboard box with a window on top.  The window was key, because you have to see the bumps, otherwise it was just another chocolate cake. The nice stiff white cardboard box gave you the feeling this cake was some serious confectionary art, worthy of such an important container.  And be careful when you open the box, don’t damage any of those bumps!

When you looked at those bumps, those beauties were standing so tall and majestic, like mini butter cream Himalaya Mountains of buttercream bliss, just waiting to take your taste buds to Valhallla and your liver into an LDL cholesterol production spike that would look like the RPM gauge on a Formula One car going completely into the red before the engine blows . 

We had one every year.  No seriously, Dad never skipped a year, ever.  I think he was dreaming of ‘bumpy’ the night before, maybe weeks or even months.  Decemberbe he had a secret calendar somewhere that we didn’t know about that had the date circled in red magic maker each year and he counted down the days. It’s his secret, I’ll let him keep it, I’m just saying; Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, “bumpy”…..every year!

If you are so lucky as to be able to procure one of these beautiful cakes, I’d suggest indulging yourself completely and drinking a coffee that’s worthy of such an occasion.

So, today I will be reviewing one of my favorite coffee’s with the “bumpy”, Lavazza Super Crema Medium Espresso Roast


Coffee Characteristics

Lavazza Super Crema Medium Espresso Roast

Coffee roast

The coffee roast is a medium roast coffee.  They make coffee bean and ground coffee products for this roast so if you don’t have grinder if you want to try this amazing coffee. However the whole freshly ground option does give the taste a little more kick, and is certainly a necessity for Espresso, Cappaccino and Latte’s.

coffee aroma

The coffee aroma is beautiful, and has a nice nutty scent with deep smoke.

coffee body

The body is medium, a standard medium roast and medium body. It’s an espresso roast but not too bold.

coffee Sweetness

I can sense a little nut and caramel in the coffee but almost no sweetness.

coffee acidity

The acidity is perfect for a medium roast to me. It’s got great balance and doesn’t have that sour, bitter flavor you can get with other espresso roast coffee blends.

coffee mouthfeel

The feel is smooth, and velvety. I’m drinking this as black coffee but if this was used for Cappaccino or Cafe Latte it would be even more amazing.

coffee Finish

The finish is excellent.  I love this coffee because it’s so smooth and easy. It’s got great finesse and a lovely taste at the end.

THE COFFEE GOOD STUFF

  • True medium roast coffee
  • Smooth, velvety and not too intense
  • Excellent on it’s own as black coffee, but even better in cream or milk

THE COFFEE BAD STUFF

Nothing, I love everything about this coffee.

summary

Lavazza always delivers, just like Dad did with the ‘bumpy’. It’s a great coffee and it’s even better if you’ve got a little something sweet to go with it.  Give it a shot with your next dessert or sweet breakfast pastry.  Who knows maybe you will start your very own tradition?  Enjoy!

LAVAZZA SUPER CREMA MEDIUM ESPRESSO ROAST COFFEESTRONG SCORE: 91

Green Mountain Costa Rica Paraiso Coffee Review – February 04, 2020

GREEN MOUNTAIN COSTA RICA PARASIO coffee REVIEW

February 4, 2020

GREEN MOUNTAIN coffee Company Information

Green Mountain Coffee Company is an interesting story in coffee history. The company was founded in 1981, and started as a small specialty coffee roaster in Vermont. In 1993, they acquired Keurig brewing, and began selling the famous K-Cup coffee format. Coffee sales and growth soon skyrocketed and the company expanded rapidly. Today the company produces 30 different coffee flavors and blends in the K-Cup format as well as hot cocoa, tea and iced tea beverages.

The simplicity of the Keurig K-Cup format is what makes it so popular since the coffee pods can produce a fresh cup of coffee in approximately 2 -3 minutes with almost no mess of the regular drip and french press brewing methods.

Coffee Brew Time

2 minutes

Coffee Review

Phil didn’t see his shadow.  This is seriously huge news.  Millions were lost on this one peeps, more than on that football game on Sunday.  Do you realize in the history of GroundHog Day that Punxsutawney Phil has never woke up 2 years in a row and missed seeing his shadow? Never!  This was “a lock” as they say in the gambling world. “He didn’t see his shadow last year so he’s definitely going to see it this year, bet the farm on SHADOW.” “Blue Horseshoe loves, SHADOW, got it?”  Nope, didn’t happen.  He rolled out of the hole, looked around at all the crazy people who stayed up all night in the snow and freezing cold weather, scratched himself in places we won’t talk about, yawned and said, “No Shadow!”  An early spring, 2 years in a row.  Al Gore is probably dancing in the streets. Greta is warming up for her next speech about how her childhood was robbed by a groundhog. Elon is already taking deposits on his next make believe vehicle, The PUX.

Let’s get down to business on the coffee review.  Green Mountain Coffee Costa Rica Paraiso is a medium roast coffee.  The Keurig K-Cups make this so simple to make it could become easy to start making this brewing method a daily routine, which is probably why they are so popular in the coffee world. Kinda like Phil, simple and gets the job done morning after morning.

Coffee Characteristics

The Green Mountain Costa Rica Parasio

Coffee roast

The coffee roast is a medium roast coffee.  They make coffee bean and ground coffee products for this roast so if you don’t have a Keurig machine you can still use a french press or traditional drip coffee maker to brew the coffee.

coffee aroma

I had to open a K-Cup to smell the coffee aroma since the coffee brewer usually does that for you. The coffee aroma is hearty, and has a nice floral scent.

coffee body

The body is medium, a standard medium roast and medium body. It’s a solid coffee.

coffee Sweetness

I don’t detect any sweetness on this coffee. Like Phil, no shadow and I got no sweetness this morning.

coffee acidity

The acidity does seem a little high for a medium roast to me. It’s higher than I would have expected.

coffee mouthfeel

The feel is crisp, and a little flat but not uncomfortable.

coffee Finish

The finish is moderate and reminds me of the coffee I drank back in the donut shoppe days.  The smell of coffee walking in and the taste was always a treat.  This isn’t a complex coffee, it’s got a solid taste that delivers.

THE COFFEE GOOD STUFF

  • True medium roast coffee
  • Crisp and floral
  • Keurig Coffee Maker makes it so easy to brew

THE COFFEE BAD STUFF

The acidity is a little higher than I like and gives me a slight sour taste on the finish, but that taste does eventually disappear.

summary

This coffee is a nice everyday choice for low effort since it’s offered in the K-Cup format. It delvers good flavor for a medium roast coffee. Personally this isn’t the coffee I would drink daily, just like Phil, he’s fun to watch once a year and experience.  It’s a good coffee to have if you are looking for an easy, little effort coffee making experience with consistent results each morning. Enjoy!

GREEN MOUNTAIN COSTA RICA PARAISO K Cup COFFEESTRONG SCORE: 89

Starbucks Caffe Verona Coffee Review – February 2, 2020

STARBUCKS CAFFE VERONA coffee review

February 2, 2020

STARBUCKS coffee Company Information

Starbucks Coffee Company is a story of American business history.  The company was founded in 1971 as a single store at Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market.  In 1982 Howard Shultz joined the company and the rest as they say is history. The company grew very fast, the quality was consistent, the service in Starbucks was very good and the products were interesting, constantly changing and relatively inexpensive. The company has led the retail space in hiring and promoting within and is known for treating it’s employees very well.

They must be doing something right because they now operate 30,000 stores (as of December, 2019) in 80 markets worldwide.  Let’s give one of their first coffee blends a try and see if it’s still got the mojo it has when it was first introduced in 1975.

Coffee Brew Time

5 minutes

Coffee Review

Superbowl….yeah whatever. Who’s playing?  Who cares?  We went shopping yesterday at the local market and you would have thought Oprah was there giving away warm brownies and selling another book about how hard it is to grow up poor, as her private helicopter hides behind the trees next to the store with a bottle of Krug Clos du Mesni chilling in the back.  Hey, more power to you “O”!

Let’s talk about something much more interesting and fun. Farina, yeah Cream of Wheat. When was the last time you had it? You should give it a shot if you never had it.  It’s kinda like the little sister to oatmeal.

I had today’s coffee, Starbucks Caffe Verona with some farina.  And let me tell you the coffee and the farina together…..fuggetaboutit! 

Let’s briefly talk about the farina.  The Romanian Princess pulls another one out of her Marama. Where do these magical concoctions come from?  There must be something similar to the Dead Sea Scrolls, but with secret recipes instead, hidden somewhere in remote Transylvania. The farina had almond extract, a tiny bit a sugar and little graded orange rind in it. Trust me, the first bite was like what it must have been to hear Mozart conducting live in Vienna, a true symphony of flavors.  Of course because she’s my wife, she makes enough of everything to last for multiple meals, so we’ll be eating this treat until Groundhog day.

Okay let’s talk about the coffee. It was first introduced back in 1975 as a blend to be served in restaurants, and it was so popular that Starbucks added it to the list of everyday coffee they sell.  It’s a great breakfast coffee. I’ve had this coffee thousands of times over the years and it’s always consistently excellent.  I only wish Starbucks would serve it in a French Press in their stores, instead of just the drip coffee version.

Coffee Characteristics

The Caffe Verona beans are gorgeous in color and there’s a nice oily shine to them which leads me to believe they are nice and fresh.

Coffee roast

The coffee roast is a dark roast coffee.  It’s a true dark roast coffee and similar to what I would consider a cross between a French Roast and Italian Roast.

coffee aroma

The coffee aroma is deep, smoky and robust. You could stand and smell the aroma of the freshly ground beans for minutes and the freshly brewed coffee aroma is even better.

coffee body

The body is medium heavy.  You aren’t going to slam this coffee back but it’s not so heavy that you are going to have trouble finishing a single cup.  The coffee body does pair very well with food, but standalone it can hold it’s own.

coffee Sweetness

Cocoa, bittersweet chocolate and maybe a little hint of dark chocolate are all in this coffee.

coffee acidity

The acidity in this coffee I would call medium.  It’s got some but it’s balanced and again if you are eating something with this coffee the acidity is perfectly acceptable.

coffee mouthfeel

The mouthfeel is rich and slightly heavy.  It feels like it should be heavier on the finish but the balance is there.

coffee Finish

The finish is smooth and balanced.  It’s got some staying power on the tongue but nothing too crazy. It’s kinda like that Oprah brownie autograph session; 3 hours of promotion, and 5 minutes of appearance and ink, then a graceful exit wrapped in silk.

THE COFFEE GOOD STUFF

  • Dark roast coffee with great cocoa flavors
  • Balanced roast and nice acid levels
  • Smooth finish

THE COFFEE BAD STUFF

I can’t really say anything bad about this coffee  Again I wish it was served pressed at Starbucks stores, but you can always try a Red Eye or Black eye with the dripped version to give it a little more kick.

summary

Starbucks Caffe Verona and farina with almond extract and orange rind. The endorphins are dancing in my head like Travolta at that disco in Saturday Night Fever. 

Look it’s Starbucks coffee, so you are usually guaranteed it’s going to be fresh and a quality product.  It feels like a nice treat compared to your average drip coffee, but that’s what Starbucks is all about.

Enjoy your Sunday!

STARBUCKS CAFFE VERONA COFFEESTRONG SCORE: 90

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