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Coffee Makers Which Is Best?
My Keurig Coffee Maker
Evaluating Coffee Makers
I was inspired to write this Hub after we bought a Cuisinart version of the Keurig Coffee maker. We really had not been in the market for one, but all our friends were starting to buy them and raving about the quality of the coffee produced by them. it appeared that once they tried the product you would be unable to pry it away from them! So when we saw one in a sale at half price we bought it!
There were two brands that kept coming up, Keurig and Tassimo. I found this very interesting as making good coffee is quite the art, and I have been a fan of great coffee ever since my student days when I was at University in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England. For anyone that knows Newcastle the Student Union building is on the back right hand corner of the Haymarket and right under the union in the same building on the right corner there used to be, in my day, a specialty coffee shop. Inside the union bar you could smell the fresh roasting coffee and it was beautiful, I was hooked!
Back then I used a Russel Hobbs percolator as this was reckoned to give the best tasting coffee, over the years I have tried many methods and honestly no coffee maker got better results than simply pouring kettle water over finely fresh ground beans in a paper coffee filter directly into a cup or pot.That was until the advent of the modern coffee maker. This lens explains why and presents some of the best.
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Cups Of Various Sizes
What Makes The New Coffee Makers Better?
The Issues That Make Brewing Coffee So Hard And How These Are Resolved
1. Coffee needs to be brewed just below boiling (192 degrees F).
2. Cups vary in size and you often want only 1 cup.
3. Coffee kept warm goes stale.
4. Impurities in water affect the taste.
5. We are often in a hurry when we want it, dashing to work etc.
6. Coffee should be poured and then the cream etc. added.
7. We often want it ready at a set time, alarm call coffee!
8. We do not want to have to hang around to pour it.
9. We want this all to be done for us.
10. Grinding, filtering and percolating all lead to a lot of mess to support our habit.
To my surprise I discovered that all of these points have been addressed, at least in the model we bought.
1. You can set the exact temperature at which coffee is brewed.
2. The machine brews 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 ounces so can accommodate any cup size.
3. Each cup is made fresh in under 1 minute.
4. The machine incorporates a carbon water filter which removes nearly all impurities.
5. The machine is faster than boiling the kettle.
6. You place the cup under the spout and press brew and can get on getting ready.
7. The machine has a clock and you can program it to brew when you want it.
8. You place the cup press brew and move away to do whatever.
9. The machine can be set up and left, even a husband can work it! LOL - I can say that as I am one.
10. The pre-packed cups make no mess!
11. There is an adapter available so you can make self ground coffee still if you want to use it up or prefer the fresh ground taste.
Deciding Which Coffee Maker Is Best
We were torn between two makes, but not for long, at the time we made our choice we were looking for the most flexible machine at a reasonable price. Our choice was made easy as most friends said that they preferred either the Keurig or the Tassimo. The favourite was clearly the Keurig, if you are a coffee lover, it is more flexible, but the Tassimo appeared to offer more ways of brewing, espresso etc.Then just as we were deciding Tassimo's started exploding hot water over people under certain (incorrect usage conditions) and that settled it for us as the local stores withdrew all of them for a time. We have had no regrets, and Keurig coffee definitely tastes better having tried both.
This said I advise everyone to try the coffee first and to consider exactly what you are going to be using it for. Features are different on every model and you may or may not want to pay extra for them. The coffee is more expensive due to the individual packaging and you may prefer to deal with the mess rather than have the best coffee ever, in order to save some cents. Coffee made this way is about half the cost of Tim Hortons, or Starbucks, and it is better, so it may be a money saver for you.
Our Fully Featured Model By Cuisinart
We chose this model by Cuisinart as we liked the style and range of cup sizes, as well as its timer capabilities.
The Coffee Maker We Chose on Amazon
This maker is the only one with all the features I listed above, and it both looks great and is highly functional.
Coffee Maker Poll
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Coffee Makers Need Coffee
Keurig coffee comes in pre-measured capsules that you insert in the machine for a perfect cup each time. The capsules are single use. Buying in bulk cuts the cost noticeably. I suggest buying a sampler pack like this to help you find your favorite coffee, before buying in bulk, which saves you money.