Celebrating National Coffee Day
September 29 is National Coffee Day and for me that's cause for celebration! There's nothing I like better than a big cup of steaming hot freshly brewed Joe! And while I'm a coffee purist...I pour boiling water over freshly ground coffee in a Melitta filter...I've been pleasantly surprised at what a great cup of coffee, espresso, or even a latte you can now get from a single-serve coffee machine.
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Let's face it - when you're running out of the house in the morning, whether it's to get the kids to school, yourself to work, or even to do an errand at the post office or the library, even seconds matter. With a Bunn My Cafe Multi-Use Brewer ($137 on amazon.com) you can brew a perfect cup in barely more than a minute. Another bonus to this model: You can opt to use your own ground coffee instead of K-cups or pods.
Sometimes you like a plain ole cup of java? Sometimes you crave a creamy cappuccino, a green tea, a hot cocoa, an Arnold Palmer? The list goes on and on? The contraption you'll want is a Keurig Vue Single Serve Coffeemaker ($200). It gives you the most options in the biz....in addition to what seems like a limitless selection of beverages, you can vary the serving size, strength, and temperature of your drink.
If only an espresso will do for you, I suggest you try a Nespresso machine. While the brewer themselves come in a wide variety of styles and sizes with and without on-board frothers (for a range of prices from $100 to $700), they all make an absolutely perfect cup of espresso each and every time without requiring you to develop any barista skills whatsoever.
Whatever your coffee making method of choice, see our post on the six biggest mistakes you could be making when you use your coffeemaker to make sure you brew the best possible cup of java.
-By Sharon Franke