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 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.  Novemberbe 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

Black Rifle Freedom Blend K Cup Coffee Review – January 31, 2020

black rifle coffee review

January 31, 2020

Black rifle coffee Company Information

Black Rifle Coffee Company is a unique story.  The company was founded in 2014 by Evan Hafer, a former Green Beret.  Hafer produced just one coffee blend when he first started, it was the Freedom Roast coffee, and it sold so well, that the rest is history. Black Rifle coffee is now known not only for it’s high quality coffee products, but for it’s pervasive marketing and advertising campaigns.  They have a reputation as a patriot coffee company because they donate a portion of their sales to military, local police and first responders.

Let’s see if the coffee can hold it’s own with this review, or if it’s just another over-hyped caffeine crazed social media experiment.

Coffee Brew Time

2 minutes

Coffee Review

Let me just start this by saying, I lost another coffee friend yesterday. We had been friends for only about 5 years, but it was a really special relationship, because he was always there when I needed him.  He will be missed, just like the other 4 coffee cups that have shattered into thousands of pieces by someone, who shall remain nameless, but knows who she is and how serious this is starting to become in our house.

Since we are down another coffee cup and I’m going to have to start doing spare jobs on the side to afford to buy new one’s, I decided we would go simple today and review one of the most popular Black Rifle Coffee products, the Freedom Blend K Cup.  It’s easy to make with the Keuring Coffee Maker and if the coffee is as good as it’s been touted online, then I should be happy.  I’m not a big fan of K Cups, but I’m always willing to test, and retest and keep an open mind.  The same way I’m keeping an open mind that some magically fairy princess will swoop down and one day wave a magic wand and instantly make all my broken coffee cups come back to life.

Coffee Characteristics

The Freedom Blend K Cups are surprisingly good. I’m ashamed to admit, this coffee is much better than I thought it would be.  The Keurig machine has done a great job this morning.

Coffee roast

The coffee roast is a medium roast coffee.  They make coffee bean and ground coffee products for this roast called the Freedom Roast. Don’t confuse this blend with the Black Rifle Freedom Fuel blend, which is a dark roast coffee.

coffee aroma

The coffee aroma is deep and hearty, and isn’t weak, it’s got some legs to it and is a little more intense than I thought it would be for a K Cup.

coffee body

The body is medium it’s not too heavy, it’s got a pleasant lightness about it but not too light, the roast is balanced and fine.

coffee Sweetness

Hints of cocoa, a little touch of caramel, maybe a smidge of toffee, it’s all there in this coffee.

coffee acidity

I love the low acidity in this coffee, it’s got a really nice balance and it’s incredibly smooth for a K Cup coffee.  Much better than most I’ve tried in the past.

coffee mouthfeel

The feel is slightly rich with a hint of crispness but balanced and smooth

coffee Finish

The finish is nice and smooth.  I get a little chocolate on the back of it, 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 medium roast coffee
  • Balanced roast, and excellent acidity and flavor
  • Rich finish but not heavy

THE COFFEE BAD STUFF

There isn’t much to say in terms of negativity about this coffee.  It’s a solid coffee and one of the better one’s I’ve had from the K Cup products.  The Black Rifle website says the brew methods for this coffee are Espresso, Pour Over, Cold Brew, Drip, and Press. I’d like to review the French Press version to see the difference in taste and I may do that in a future coffee review, so stay tuned.

summary

I will be the first to admit I was pleasantly surprised with the ability of this coffee to deliver in a K Cup. The coffee itself is very good and the taste and flavor are among the higher class medium roast coffee products on the market today.  This coffee is definitely worth a try if you are a regular K Cup user and want to expand your horizons and try something different.

Black Rifle Freedom Blend K Cup COFFEESTRONG SCORE: 91

Gevalia Coffee Special Reserve Costa Rica Coffee Review – January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020

Daily Coffee Review

When you see a sign that says HALF OFF, what is the first thing that clicks in your mind?  I’m usually a little skeptical at first, because I’m just that way, so I always ask myself, “Why would this be half off?”  A really funny guy I used to know 30 years ago who sold men’s Giorgio Armani suits once told me, “Look there’s 3 basic rules you need to follow in life:

First, where ever you are in the world, when you are in a bar, you never drink beer unless it’s directly out of the bottle.

Second, never go to a doctor who gives discounts on surgery.

Third, if the garbage dumpster behind the supermarket you shop at smells like rotten food all the time, don’t buy anything on sale from that place, ever, because you can get it out back for free.”  He was a value guy.  I like a value, so when I see it, I try to validate it really a value, then execute a plan to take advantage.

Gevalia Coffee was a pioneer 35 years ago when they started their coffee subscription model and sold premium coffee direct.  Their coffee has always been pretty consistent in quality but in the last decade they’ve been competing with the Starbucks coffee monster and all the local super premium roasters. They have a Special Reserve coffee brand that I’ve never tried, and today I found it on sale for 50% off in my local supermarket so I thought I’d give it a try

The coffee review for January 22, 2020 is Gevalia Kaffe Special Reserve Costa Rica

Coffee Maker

Bodum Chambord French Press

Coffee Water Temperature

201 Degrees Fahrenheit / 94 Degree Celsius

I used our AICOK Stainless Steel Kettle to boil the water in under a minute

Coffee Filter

None

Coffee Roast

Gevalia Reserve Costa Rica Coffee is a medium- dark roast coffee sourced from 100% Arabica single origin coffee beans from Costa Rica, Latin America. The coffee roast is perfectly suited for those who like a medium roast coffee.  Gevalia recommends the best results are using a French Press for this coffee, but it’s perfectly okay to brew a pot using a drip coffee maker.

Coffee Aroma

The coffee aroma is slightly heavy with hints of dark chocolate.  The Gevalia website says this has more of a toffee aroma, but I’m not getting any toffee on the nose. There is also a faint hint of some sweetness as well.

Coffee Body

The coffee is medium bodied with a nice richness and solid overall finish. I love the richness of the body but it’s medium body so it’s nothing over the top.  I can detect a slight hint of a floral flavor for a minute when I first taste it, then it gets a tiny bit smoky. Gevalia says this is on the market side of a medium roast but personally I think it’s a perfect medium roast

Coffee Sweetness

The coffee sweetness is nonexistent. There’s no chocolate taste in this coffee.

Coffee Acidity

The coffee acidity is medium similar to what you would expect from a medium roast coffee. I especially enjoy the fact the acidity isn’t big as it doesn’t make me salivate 30 seconds after I swallow.

Coffee Mouthfeel

The coffee mouthfeel is silky and smooth. I can detect a slight hint of some kind of floral component in the the nose tricked me into thinking this was a bolder coffee, but it is more medium roast on the mouth . As the coffee cools a bit the rich coffee flavor faded and the finish was a little less pronounced.

Coffee Finish

The coffee finish is clean and balanced, no sour flavors. It’s got a nice finish for a coffee of this price.

Summary

Gevalia Coffee, has been known for it’s consistency and quality for many years.  I’m a big fan of Costa Rican coffee and this one from Gevalia for the money is definitely worth a try. Honestly, when I saw the   price I was thinking this coffee might not hold up to others I’ve had in the past but that’s not the case here.  It’s an incredible value, and if you save enough drinking it, you might just be about to be walking around the town in the latest Armani fashion.  Happy Friday!

CoffeeStrong.org Score

Gevalia Special Reserve Costa Rica Score:  90 points / 100

Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo Review – January 22, 2020

January 22, 2020

Daily Coffee Review

Sometimes you just need to mix it up a bit in your coffee life.  You can’t fall into a coffee rut, its dangerous, really bad things can happen.  I fell into a coffee rut once and it almost killed my coffee spirit. I started wearing one of these shirts around the house and making funny noises.  I was in a bad place and I had to break free.  How could I break out though?

Thank goodness for the peeps over at Peet’s Coffee. You see these clever dudes and dudettes realized this could happen from time to time and there had to be some kind of tool to help break out of the rut.  Ladies and gentlemen, that tool is the absolutely amazing Find Your Taste tool.  You simply click, tap, etc. on a couple of your favorite flavors, answer a few questions, and wiz, bang, poof, the coffee genie gives you the best Peet’s Coffee from your favorite flavors profile.  The artificial intelligence engine inside the supercomputer at Peet’s Coffee gives you the cure to get out of your coffee rut almost instantly. This is cutting edge coffee technology folks and I used it the other day to break out of my rut.

So, what did Peet’s Coffee Find Your Taste tool compute? What did all those 1’s and 0’s floating inside the cyber abyss of silicon discover?  The coffee review for January 22, 2020 is Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo Medium Roast

Coffee Maker

Bodum Chambord French Press

Coffee Water Temperature

201 Degrees Fahrenheit / 94 Degree Celsius

I used our AICOK Stainless Steel Kettle to boil the water in under a minute

Coffee Filter

None

Coffee Roast

Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo is a medium- dark roast coffee sourced from beans from Latin America. The coffee roast is bit heavy for a medium roast but there’s a balance here that compensates for the heavy flavor and makes this coffee very enjoyable.

Coffee Aroma

The coffee aroma is slightly heavy with hints of dark chocolate.  Peet’s Coffee page says this has more of a toffee aroma, but I’m not getting any toffee on the nose. There is also a faint hint of some sweetness as well.

Coffee Body

The coffee is medium bodied and a very solid overall taste. There is some subtle richness to the body but nothing over the top.  It’s a pretty standard medium body effort and solid in terms of taste.

Coffee Sweetness

The coffee sweetness is subtle and I almost get a slight taste of bittersweet chocolate but the balance is such that it’s not too much bittersweet coffee flavor.

Coffee Acidity

The coffee acidity is medium to medium high similar to what you would expect from a medium roast coffee.

Coffee Mouthfeel

The coffee mouthfeel is slightly rich but not heavy, the nose tricked me into thinking this was a bolder coffee, but it is more medium roast on the mouth . As the coffee cools a bit the rich coffee flavor faded and the finish was a little more flat,  as I would expect from most coffee.

Coffee Finish

The coffee finish is clean and balanced and a little refined. It’s a good but not incredible (but I wasn’t expecting incredible).

Summary

Peet’s Coffee is known for it’s freshness and this coffee certainly didn’t disappoint in that regard. I need a savior to break me free of my rut and with the help of Peet’s Find Your Taste Tool and Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo I think this just may have been the answer to all my problems. This coffee is a great everyday go to option, and based on reading several coffee reviews online, I’ve read about many people using this coffee to blend with Peet’s Major Dickason’s Blend to create a unique coffee.  Either way, grab your favorite Biscotti and pour a cup and enjoy!

CoffeeStrong.org Score

Peet’s Coffee Cafe Domingo Score:  90 points / 100

10 Reasons Why I Love To Drink Coffee – Part 2

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6. Coffee Can Protect Your Liver

Coffee can help keep your liver functioning optimally, being able to prevent the likelihood of cirrhosis. Drinking four or more cups per day can reduce the risk of cirrhosis by up to 80%.

7. Coffee Is Full Of Anti-Oxidants

Surprising as it may be, coffee is still one of the main sources of antioxidants in our diets, even more than what we receive from eating fruits and vegetables. This one reason alone is an excellent reason to drink coffee daily.

8. Coffee November Add Years To Your Life

Coffee can reduce the risk of several different diseases, and as studies have shown over a 20 year time period, reduced relative mortality rates in men and women by 20% and 26% respectively. These effects are especially pronounced with people that suffer from diabetes.

9. Coffee November Help Reduce The Risk Of Depression

A study conducted By Harvard University in 2011 (Lucas et al.) found that women who consumed 4 or more cups of coffee every day had a 20% reduced risk of developing depression, and a 53% decrease in suicide rates.

10. Coffee November Help Reduce The Risk Of Stroke

Though coffee may work to increase blood pressure, it does not affect heart health in a negative way. Blood pressure normally returns to baseline after a few days, but along with this is a slightly reduced incidence of stroke.

My Final Thoughts

The millions of people who love and drink coffee every day can celebrate, as not only do they get to consume their favorite cup of java, they also gain a lot of great benefits. Keep in mind that coffee has no calories, as long as you stay away from the sugar and creamer and you stay away from choosing high-calorie coffee drinks like Frappuccinos, which can quickly turn a good thing bad.

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