coffee gadgets

The Perfect Coffee Mug?

Is it so??? Have scientists created the perfect coffee mug? Logan Maxwell and Dean Verhoeven claim they have.

“Temperfect”, the name Maxwell and Verhoeven have given the mug, keeps coffee the perfect drinking temperature for hours on end, not too hot, not too cold, just right. It is designed to bring beverages that are scalding hot to a drinkable temperature and keep them there for 3 hours.

So, how does Temperfect do its magic? It has two layers, just like regular insulated coffee mugs, however, between the layers lies a solid material, “material x”, (the scientists have not yet disclosed what “material x” actually is to the public yet, but they do tell us that you could eat it if you wanted to and it is non-toxic), that melts at 140 degrees fahrenheit. By absorbing the excess heat the coffee is brought to a drinkable temperature for 3 hours before your beverage starts cooling down.

This mug is still in the prototype phase, but hopefully they will get it up and running and on the shelves soon:)

Can I afford single serve coffee?

It seems that everywhere I look there is a new single server coffee popping up. I understand the convenience, but after seeing the some recent articles about the cost it makes me stop to consider.

I usually pay about $10-$12 a pound for whole bean coffee, depending on what I’m currently drinking, but is seems that single serve coffees equate to about $50 a pound. Is the convenience worth it?

That’s for you to decide, but the good news is that most single serve machine manufacturers sell inserts that allow you to use any ground coffee in the machine. If you are worried about the cost, but like the convenience, you may want to check some of these inserts out.

Melitta Ready Set Joe – Single Cup Coffee Brewer

Any Coffee lover who doesn’t have a Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer is missing out. As long as you have hot water you can have a fast delicious cup of coffee in minutes. I don’t always like to committ to a full pot of any one coffee and with this device I don’t have to. Considering you can get one of these for about the price of a Latte, it’s a an easy decision to have one in the cabinet.

I know a lot of coffee purest who swear by press pots, I love a good press pot too, but it’s not the right solution for every coffee. The Melitta Ready Set Joe Single Cup Coffee Brewer is the best of both worlds. You get the convenience of a single cup with taste profile of a coffee pot, also clean up is easier than both.

If you get a chance you should also try Melitta’s packaged coffees. They are extremely affordable and have a mild taste, suited to any coffee drinker. They also have some more of the popular flavored coffee selections.

Overall, the Melitta products are affordable and tailored to anyone from a coffee novice to a coffee expert.

The New TASSIMO T20 by Bosch Brings the Coffeehouse to You

PRESS RELEASE:

Single Serve Home Brewing System Features Maximum Variety with More Value per Cup
(Chicago, Ill. – March 14, 2010) – Whether it’s a latte in the morning or an afternoon cup of tea, there may not always be time for a trip to the coffeehouse. The new TASSIMO T20 by Bosch makes it even more convenient for people to enjoy their favorite barista-quality beverages without leaving the comfort of home. With a slimmer design and price, the T20 expands the TASSIMO lineup to three brewer options, enabling individuals and families to enjoy the perfect cup of their favorite brewed beverage whenever and wherever they like.

“The T20 delivers coffee shop-quality beverages in about one minute per cup with virtually no heat-up time, so more people can enjoy their favorite flavors without having to brew an entire pot,” said Michael Traub, president and CEO, Bosch home appliances. “The TASSIMO brewer’s compact design is ideal for apartments, dorm rooms and countertops that have little space to spare.”

The TASSIMO system utilizes patented T DISC technology to brews single cups of premium coffeehouse-quality beverages, including cappuccinos and lattes made with real milk creamer, espresso, crema, tea and hot chocolate – with more flavors to come. To create an unprecedented level of variety and value, Bosch partnered with Kraft Foods to offer more than 40 hot beverage T DISC flavors from some of the industry’s most popular brands.

The TASSIMO T20 by Bosch will be available March 30, 2010 at Target stores and Target.com for $129.99 with promotional pricing available.

Bosch will showcase it’s current TASSIMO brewer lineup at the 2010 International Home
+ Housewares Show, Lakeside Hall #12737.

About Bosch Appliances
Bosch home appliances is part of BSH Bosch and Siemens Home Appliance Group, the third largest appliance manufacturer in the world. Known worldwide for raising standards in appliance efficiency and quietness, Bosch is the only US appliance manufacturer with entire product lines of ENERGY STAR® qualified dishwashers, washers and refrigeration. With US headquarters in Huntington Beach, CA, the company operates an appliance park in New Bern, North Carolina comprised of state-of-the-art factories for washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges, ovens and cooktops.

For more information, visit www.bosch-home.com/us, call 800.921.9622 to request a catalog. Connect with Bosch on Twitter @BoschAppliances or become a Facebook fan facebook.com/BoschAppliances

About Kraft
Kraft Foods (www.kraftfoodscompany.com) makes today delicious in 150 countries around the globe. Our 100,000 employees work tirelessly to make delicious foods consumers can feel good about. From American brand icons like Kraft cheeses, dinners and dressings, Maxwell
House coffees and Oscar Mayer meats, to global powerhouse brands like Oreo and LU biscuits, Philadelphia cream cheeses, Jacobs and Carte Noire coffees, Tang powdered beverages and Milka, Côte d’Or, Lacta and Toblerone chocolates, our brands deliver millions of smiles every day. Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT) is the world’s second largest food company with 2008 revenues of 42 billion. The company is a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Standard & Poor’s 500, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the Ethibel Sustainability Index.

Make Seattle’s Best Coffee’s cold brewed coffee at home with a Toddy

Seattle’s Best makes amazing Iced coffees and you can too. Their Secret is a Toddy home brewing System and their Beach House Blend.
I recently made a batch of iced coffee concentrate using this method and I have to say the Beach House Blend is amazingly smooth and great just over ice.

If you’ve never tried either they are worth a look. I added a pound of coffee to the cold brewer put it in my fridge and the next morning I had 2 quarts of coffee concentrate. This is like the espresso of the cold world. If you don’t drink a lot of coffee please remember this is concentrated. They tell you that you can ad some hot water to recreate a cup of coffee, and I was shocked how much this tasted like a good Americano. But, drank most of it over ice with a dask of milk. If you have a blender then the options are endless.

Seattle’s Best Coffee’s cold brewed coffee brewing process, can be replicated at home using the Toddy home brewing system.

The Seattle’s Best Coffee cold brewed coffee concentrate, a concentrate coffee extract produced by using a special cold brewing process, is the key ingredient in Seattle’s Best Coffee’s summer lineup. The cold brewing process extracts the flavors of coffee and leaves behind undesirable acids and oils, resulting in a bold, slightly sweet, smooth-tasting coffee with more than 50 percent less acidity than conventional brewing methods. Cold brewed coffee is used as the base for Seattle’s Best Coffee JavaKula blended beverages, cold milkshakes and Hand Shaken ColdBrewed Originals.

With the Seattle’s Best Coffee Toddy home brewing system (http://www.toddycafe.com/shop/product.php?productId=67) you can make cold brewed coffee at home. The Toddy brewing system lets you make up to 48 fluid ounces of coffee concentrate – which is enough to make plenty of iced coffee treats for a party, or refrigerate (the concentrate is best for up to 7 days) to enjoy throughout the week.

I could tell you more, but I think this video on YouTube sums up the cold brewing process pretty nicely: http://tinyurl.com/2dm42fq (and next, make sure you check out this video on cold brewed recipes to see all kinds of drinks you can make with the Toddy! http://tinyurl.com/29qjfcy)

Check them out on Facebook too – facebook.com/seattlesbestcoffee

Go Green With Your Coffee Brewer

We are all looking to Go Green for the environment. Hourglass has created a new coffee maker to help us do just that. The catch? It uses no electricity.

The Hourglass Cold Brew Coffee Maker looks sharp with its hourglass design. Its very easy on the eyes, and on your electric bill. Its easy on the back too, weighing only 2.8lbs.

The high heat and fast brew times of hot brew coffee makers can create bitter tasting coffee that’s often high in acid, causing stomach aches. Hourglass coffee maker solves this problem, with cold-brewing. Because the coffee beans are not exposed to heat, bitter acids and oils are not released. Hourglass claims that this brewing process results in 69.6% less acid than hot brewed coffee.

Centuries ago, native cultures perfected the art of coffee making. These ancient coffee connoisseurs hand-selected the best beans, dried them in the sun, coarsely ground them, and soaked them overnight in pure, cold water to produce a rich and smooth tasting coffee extract. The Hourglass coffee maker brings the Lost Art of cold brewing into the 21st century, and into your home.

Learn Advanced Press Pot Techniques

I watched this video from Coffee Geek about advaced press pot techniques and though I would share it with you!  I hope you enjoy it and learn a lot about getting a better press pot brew.

Roast Your Own Coffee At Home: Roaster Review

For those who are a fan of coffee, its always interesting to look into the roasting process.  From the green bean right to your cup, its all very interesting.   I have now found a new hobby, roasting my own beans at home.

There are a number of coffee roasters available for home use.  Some are affordable and some are on the very expensive side.  I tried out the more affordable FreshRoast + eight home coffee roaster which runs a little over $100.  I found it to be a good product and I got 5 pounds of green beans  for free to boot! 

This particular roaster is perfect for a small household of one or two people.  It looks very nice sitting on my kitchen counter as well.  Always a plus!  It only takes 7 minutes to roast 3.5lbs of green coffee beans.  It has timer and a chaff collector.  It is fairly quiet and does not smoke up the house.  The smell of the roasting beans is amazing.

RECALL: Black and Decker Spacemaker Coffee Maker

Black and Decker has recalled their Spacemaker Coffee Maker, sold between March 2006 and March 2009. These brewers are dangerous because their brew basket can shift out of position during brewing allowing hot water to spill out and burn people. Black and Decker has received 235 reports of this happening, 10 of the consumers received 2nd degree burns. The coffee maker was sold at major retailers including Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohls, Target and Amazon.com. If you have purchased one of these coffee makers, please call 866-668-4442.

Aerobie Aeropress Coffee & Espresso Maker Review

The Aerobie Aeropres is a single cut coffee & espresso maker. It
The coffee is micro-filtered. It so pure and particle-free that it can be stored for days as a concentrate. The concentrate can be drunk as espresso, mixed with milk for lattes, or diluted to make American coffee.  

Its easy to use and clean, which is a must!  It also makes your espresso and coffee taste great!  Also, you cannot beat the price. Total immersion of the grounds in the water results in rapid yet robust extraction of flavor and allows for a moderate temperature, which results in a smoother brew. The air pressure, created by the plunger, shortens filtering time to approximately 20 seconds. This avoids the bitter taste associated with the long process of traditional drip brewing. The air pressure squeezes the last goodness from the grounds, enriching the flavor of the coffee. Due to the lower temperature and shorter brewing time, the acid level of the coffee is much lower than traditional brewers. Aeropress released laboratory pH testing results which measured the brew’s acid as less than one fifth that of regular drip brew. The low acid is confirmed by coffee drinkers of the product who confirmed that coffee  made with the Aeropress was much friendlier to their stomachs.

The Aeropress is slightly more time-consuming for the user than traditional french press or drip coffee makers.  It takes about the same amount of time as a standard espresso machine.

Starbucks Recalls Coffee Grinder

Starbucks is voluntarily recalling approximately 530,000 grinders sold between March 2002 and March 2009 under the names of Starbucks Barista Blade Grinder and Seattle’s Best Coffee Blade Grinder .

Three incidents have been reported where the consumer received lacerations while cleaning their grinder. There have been 176 reports of the grinder turning itself on and off unexpectedly. Consumers should immediately stop using the grinders and contact Starbucks for a free replacement grinder at 866-276-2950 or look online at Starbucks Coffee Grinder Recall