Drip Coffee Maker vs. Grind and Brew: Which Home Brewing System is Right for You?

Capresso offers unique coffee makers for the true coffee lover. Choosing a traditional drip coffee maker or a “grind and brew” model depends on what you’re looking for in your coffee brewing experience.

Capresso drip coffee makers such as the SG120 are perfect for economical coffee drinkers who want a simple yet superior coffee brewing experience. These machines use ground coffee and follow a classic home brewing technique. While simple in design and method, Capresso drip coffee makers never compromise quality and always achieve superior flavor extraction.

Capresso grind and brew coffee makers such as the CoffeeTEAM TS are drip coffee makers with built-in grinders that automatically grind fresh whole coffee beans directly into the filter immediately before brewing. Capresso CoffeeTEAM models ensure the freshest brew and can be programmed 24 hours in advance so you can have fresh coffee when you wake up without having to grind the beans the night before.

See the entire line of Capresso coffee makers at www.capresso.com.

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Earth Day 2013: Go Green with Capresso Electric Water Kettles

How do you plan to celebrate this Earth Day? Maybe you’ll plant a tree, ride your bike instead of driving, or donate to a Green cause. Reducing your carbon footprint is easier than you may think, and even the smallest changes can make a difference in the wellbeing of our environment.

One small change can start in you kitchen. Did you know that Capresso electric water kettles can boil water in about half the time as stove-top kettles, saving not only time but also energy?

Capresso electric water kettles offer eco-conscious safety features such as boil dry protection, which shuts the unit off when no water is detected, plus automatic safety shut-off when water has reached the desired temperature, and shut-off when kettle is removed from base.

Go Green this Earth Day, and all year long, with Capresso’s line of Electric Water Kettles, including the teaC100, H2O Pro and H2O PLUS.

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Coffee at Home: How to Brew the Best Coffee

Preparing great tasting drip coffee at home is simple with a Capresso coffee maker, and today we’re sharing a few tips to help you brew the best tasting coffee with your machine.

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Water

Always use fresh, cold water, preferably filtered. Filtered water typically holds the ideal mineral content and will help give your coffee a fresh taste.

Coffee Freshness

Once you open a bag of your favorite coffee beans, it’s best to consume them within one week. Store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place that is free of odors. Never store coffee in the refrigerator or freezer, as moisture can damage the flavor.

Coffee Grind Size

For the freshest taste, it’s best to grind fresh whole bean coffee right before brewing. For drip coffee makers, the grind should be medium or similar to the texture of sand. If you find your brewed coffee tastes bitter, it may be over extracted or ground too fine. Alternatively, if your coffee tastes flat, it may be under extracted or ground too coarse.

Time

The amount of time the water is in contact with the ground coffee greatly affects the taste of your coffee. All Capresso coffee makers brew in less than 1 minute per cup. Coffee brewed for longer than this has a tendency to taste bitter. You can also experiment with the coffee grind size to help speed up or slow down brewing. Using finer grinds will yield in a faster brew, while using coarser grinds will help slow down the brewing process.

Temperature

Water temperature during brewing will affect your coffee’s flavor and extraction. The ideal water temperature during brewing is between 195°F – 205°F. Once the coffee is brewed into the carafe, the holding temperature is around 180°F. The serving temperature of coffee is between 155°F – 175°F, depending on personal taste.

Hygiene & Maintenance

It is important to keep your coffee maker and coffee equipment clean. Descale your coffee maker every 2 -3 months if you have hard water, or every 6 months if you have soft water. Ensure the spray head, gold tone filter, filter basket and water reservoir are also clean and free of lime scale. We recommend using Capresso Cleaning Solution.

Warm Milk & Honey

Simple and sweet, our recipe for Warm Milk & Honey is sure to please. Try this soothing drink in the evening to help you unwind from the day.

Milk and Honey

 

Warm Milk & Honey

2 servings

–       8 oz skim milk

–       2 tsp honey (we used raw unfiltered Texas wildflower honey)

 

Place the frothing disk into the froth enhancer of your Capresso froth TEC and ensure it is securely snapped inside the bottom of the milk pitcher. Add milk to frothing pitcher. Place lid and press the Warm button. After about 2 minutes, remove frother lid and add honey to the frothing pitcher. Wait for frother to automatically shut off. Pour into demitasse glasses and spoon froth on top.