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Freshly Ground Coffee Heaven
For Coffee Lovers Everywhere
I love coffee and I love to experiment with coffee makers and with types of beans in a quest to make the perfect cup of coffee heaven.
That warm, wonderful aroma of freshly ground coffee that fills the air gives me so much pleasure and no day is complete without it.
In this lens I want to share some of my favourite ways to make coffee and explore the wide range of gadgets and accessories on the market.
I would love your feedback so please don't be shy and leave your comments and suggestions.
The Low Down on Coffee
This is important stuff to know to help get the most from your coffee
Coffee beans are in fact the berries of the coffee plant, which is a shrub native to the subtropics and is grown in many countries of the world.
The flavours and aromas of coffee from different countries is as wide and diverse as the flavours of wine from different vineyards across the world.
There are two main categories of coffee bean: Arabica and Robusta.
This is the more expensive of the two and is widely considered to be superior. It has a delicate, complex flavour with a low acidity level for a smooth, full coffee flavour.
Robusta is a less refined and has a harsher, stronger flavour. It is also less expensive to produce and is the type mainly used in mass market products.
The Main Coffee Roasts
When coffee beans are harvested, they are green and raw and they must be roasted to produce the flavour.
Roasting is an age old process using a dry heat, with the length of roasting time determining the richness of the roast.
The "roasts" are most frequently categorised as light, medium and dark, with the latter being roasted for the longest time.
A light roast has a delicate flavour and examples include: American, New England, Half-City and Cinnamon Roasts.
A medium roast has a stronger, fuller flavour and sometimes a slightly toasted taste, Examples include Regular, Breakfast and Full City Roasts.
The dark roast has an intense, smokey flavour and examples include Espresso, French, Italian and Viennese.
My All Time Favourite Coffee Maker - Great coffee and great fun too!
I received this strange looking coffee maker as a gift around 20 years ago and at first I thought it was a gimmick and not for serious use at all.
However, was I wrong about that?
Now I use it several times a week when someone calls in for coffee or when I have a few minutes to spare to treat myself.
When the coffee is brewing It reminds me of one of those exotic hubbly bubbly machines they use to smoke flavoured tobacco through water in Egypt.
Not only does the coffee taste great, because the water is at the perfect temperature when it touches the freshly ground coffee, it is also very entertaining and quite a centre piece on the dining table.
It takes a little longer than using a plunger type cafetiere, but if you heat the water up first, it doesn't take more than a few minutes for the little burner to bring the water to the boil.
I like to use a rich blend of coffee like Viennese roast and it is perfect with just a little cream - I think it knocks the socks of most other coffee makers and would highly recommend it if you love coffee too.
Be a Barista with These Top Coffee Makers
The ultimate Espresso machine! You will be in coffee heaven with this wonderful, professional quality machine.
Amazing machine that can make every type of coffee you could wish for. Want a Mochachino or a Latte or a Cappucino or even an Espresso? This is for you! Great value and outstanding performance.
You will be astonished at how good this machine is for the price. Versatile and impressive if you are on a budget.
This is a more modern version of my 20 year old model but works on exactly the same principle and will last a lifetime (and more). Definitely a great investment and perfect for a special gift occasion.