Here in Home Technology-land, a lot of coffee is consumed. In fact, you could say that it is fueled by coffee. Because of this, there is a certain level of confidence when recommending a handful of coffee making devices to you, my faithful readers. The first installment of this gift guide features some coffee equipment for those who love to tinker with the process of making coffee. Part two will feature two of the best automatic machines out there today.
Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder
This is easily one of the quietest grinders, blade or burr, that I have ever had the pleasure of using. The multi-gear motor that spins the burr does so at less than 450 rpm which also helps keep things quiet, but this also generates less heat, which is better for the beans, and less static electricity, which means less mess when the ground coffee bin is slipped out of its housing.
How well does it work? Perfectly, really. Whether using a ROK espresso maker (fine), a French Press (coarse), or a regular drip coffee maker (medium), the Infinity does it right every time. So far, though, I have found that when the Infinity is paired with Capresso’s absolutely excellent Coffee a la Carte coffee maker, the cup of joe produced is seriously flavorful, rich and silky on the tongue. $99.99
Capresso Coffee a la Carte
Oh man, if you need a coffee maker, I have a coffee maker for you. Wait, no, scratch that. You need this coffee maker. More importantly, the Coffee a la Carte coffee maker from Capresso is a coffee maker that you should want, that you should have lust in your heart for because it is simply that good.
Why get so worked up over what looks like your average drip coffee maker? Because there is nothing particularly average about the Coffee a la Carte. In fact, it’s not exactly a drip coffee maker at all. This coffee maker uses a quick heating 2.2 bar (31.9083 PSI) Italian-made pump system that always brews at the right temperature (195-205), so while the coffee may drip out of the bottom of the permanent filter, it enters through the tiny holes of the spray head as close to steam as it can be.
The Coffee a la Carte looks and feels like a precision coffee making machine because it is one. Since it relies on a heat pump to brew that perfect cup, it simply wouldn’t work if it wasn’t. There’s no two ways about it, the Coffee a la Carte is a high quality machine. $179.99
ROK Espresso Maker
The ROK Espresso Maker, in addition to being a thing of beauty, is really good at making espresso. Having never used a completely manual espresso maker before, I didn’t really know what to expect, but after a few practice runs, I was pumping out shots of espresso like a professional barista. Since there is nothing automatic about the ROK, you, the user, get to control every aspect of the espresso making process. Though this could make the process a bit complicated, it didn’t for me. I simply set grinder to its fine setting, ran some beans through it, filled the porta-filter as instructed and then poured in some hot water fresh off the boil and pressed it. The result is a textbook double espresso that is dark and rich and topped with beautiful crema. This is definitely a great gift for anyone even the slightest bit interested in brewing their own espresso. $199
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