In a post earlier in the week, I wrote about my favorite home espresso machine. While I dearly love my espresso, sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad. Besides, Hubby isn’t too keen on espresso, but does love a good cup of coffee (2?, 5?, 11?) in the morning. For this I use a Cuisinart grind and brew coffee maker (actually, I do have another machine that I use on certain occasions, but we’ll get to that a bit later).
If you read my espresso maker post, you understand 2 things about me and coffee:
- I am a coffee addict! It’s my favorite drink (with the possible exception of a fine sippin’ bourbon on a chilly day!)
- I strive to make (or buy) the best coffee available!
And, for both of those reasons, I only use freshly ground coffee beans.
And, for the sake of simplicity, I use a grind and brew coffee maker. Having a machine that grinds fresh beans and brews fresh coffee is just easier.
Before we get to the coffee maker, though, please bear with me while I tell you what I think is necessary for making the best coffee, period.
The Water: Coffee is over ninety percent water. If the water has any taste at all, it will affect the taste of your coffee. If your tap water at home is not totally clear and taste-free, use a good filtered water available at any market.
The Coffee: You want good, taste free water because all of the flavor should come from the coffee.
The thing about coffee, however, is the fact that the oils that give it it’s flavor begin to degrade very quickly when the bean is broken (it’s the one flaw in pre-ground coffee). If you want to make a coffee shop quality drink, then you must start with the whole bean.
When purchasing whole coffee beans, remember that the farther away (in time) the beans are from the roaster, the lower the quality will be. You should buy only about 2 weeks supply at a time to keep the quality at it’s highest.
Note…Some folks advocate freezing coffee beans to protect their freshness. While I do not agree with this, you can make up your own mind. Read this article and decide for yourself…
Now, put it all together with your new Cuisinart Grind-and-Brew Coffeemaker (I use it and I love it!).
It’s fully programmable, makes from 2 to 12 cups of amazing coffee, and has a charcoal water filter to remove any impurities from your water. You may remember that I mentioned how important the water quality is to making good coffee.
It also lets you control everything, from the amount of coffee ground each time, to the number of cups you’re making, to the strength of the brew itself.
And…unlike some of it’s competing machines, the Cuisinart coffee bean hopper holds 8 ounces of coffee beans in a sealed environment to keep out air and moisture, making every pot “roaster fresh”.
If you’re thinking of getting one for your home, check out Amazon first (they’re currently on sale at over 50% off!).
OH! I almost forgot about the other one…
As I said earlier, Hubby doesn’t get the coffee cravings that I do throughout the day, so, when I just need a cup to “take the edge off”, I pull out my Hamilton Beach Grind and Brew single serve coffee maker. While it doesn’t have all of the settings available on my Cuisinart, it makes an excellent cup of fresh brewed coffee.
So, if you’re someone that only needs one cup of coffee at a time, the Hamilton Beach will serve you well!
Oh, and it, too, is on sale at Amazon! Check It Out Here >>