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Nov162012

2012 Holiday Gift Guide - Coffee Makers/Brewing Devices

The holiday season is once again quickly approaching, here are a few suggestions for coffee makers/brewing devices for the coffee lovers on your list.

AeroPress

A new way of brewing your coffee. The AeroPress brews delicious coffee, 1- 4 cups per pressing, American or Espresso style.  The use of ideal water temperature and faster brewing yields rich flavor with lower acidity without bitterness.  The total-immersion system of the AeroPress permits extraction at a moderate temperature and a short brew time, a rapid yet robust extraction of flavor. Water and grounds are mixed together for 10 seconds then gentle air pressure pushes the mix through a micro-filter in just 20 seconds, avoiding the bitterness of long brewing processes such as drip brewing. The air pressure also gently squeezes the last bit of goodness from the grounds, further enriching the flavor. The total brewing time is only 30 seconds and results in an exceptionally smooth brew. The micro-filtered coffee is pure and particle free so it can be stored for days as a concentrate.  The chamber of the AeroPress is nearly self-cleaning, requiring only a 10-second rinse of the plunger.  Compact and perfect for travel. The AeroPress includes 1 press, 1 funnel, 1 scoop, 1 stirrer and filters.  This is a very affordable brewing option - available for less than $30 at Amazon, and that is with 350 bonus micro filters - enough to last 2 years.  Replacement filters and a stainless steel filter are also available through Amazon. 

Chemex

A manual method of brewing, similar to drip coffee, producing a better tasting and smoother coffee.  The Chemex filter drip method eliminates bitterness and the slow brewing allows full flavor from the bean.  The conical shape concentrates the grounds at the bottom of the filter, allowing for a flavorful coffee without sediment.  Chemex has been around for 40 years and remains one of the purest methods of brewing coffee.  Elegant, eco-friendly and simple to use, and you choose the strength of your coffee.  How simple is this process?  Place the grounds in the cone-shaped filter and pour hot water over them.  Why the wood collar?  It serves as an insulated handle.   A classic style that would be appreciated by any coffee purist.  Available for less than $40 at Amazon.  The Chemex coffee filters are also available through Amazon.

French Press

French Press coffee has a faithful following - many coffee lovers and geeks alike LOVE French Press coffee.  Easy to use - add coarsely ground coffee (the "rule of thumb" is 1 rounded Tablesppon per 4 ounces of water), pour in hot water, wait a few minutes (for brewing) then slowly press down the plunger.  Easy process with a rich, aromatic result.  Pressed coffee extracts the perfect amount of essential oils and acids from the coffee bean, maximizing the flavor of the coffee, and the 3-part stainless steel filter helps in this extraction.  This Bodum French press has a 8-cup (34 ounce) capacity, serving 2-3 people.  Also less than $40, available at Amazon.  

While looking at the classic Bodum on Amazon, The Bodum Eileen, a tribute to Eileen Gray (furniture designer, architect and pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture), caught my eye.  Classic Bodum with a beautifully detailed stainless steel frame to protect the glass carafe. Built to withstand the rigors and crowds of a cafe in Paris - the city that Gray loved most.  

Zojirushi Fresh Brew

In the words of Daily Shot of Coffee blogger Mike Crimmins, "For a lot of reasons most drip coffee makers produce lackluster coffee. This is one of the few that I can actually recommend without any reservations."  Sleek and stylish with a 1.5-liter stainless-steel, thermal carafe that will keep coffee hot for hours.  Electronic clock/timer with preset function, auto shut-off for safety and a "pause-and-serve" funtion that stops the flow of brewing coffee for 30 seconds if you find yourself unable to wait for the entire pot to finish brewing.  The "brew-and-serve" lid is a clever design allowing the carafes's lid to be on during brewing with a small cap to help keep the heat in the carafe after the coffee is ready.  Available for less than $90 at Amazon.

Technivorm Moccamaster

This is one of the few auto-drip coffee makers certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America to brew at optimal temperatures.  Constructed in Holland, it is one of the most durable and best quality coffee brewers available.  Aluminum housing and stainless steel thermal jug - the thermal container (1.25 L capacity) will keep brewed coffee at the optimal temperature.   Available at Amazon for $299.   

Thanks to Daily Shot of Coffee for the list and reviews.  

What's your favorite coffee maker or brewing device?  

Reader Comments (2)

The Graphic Presentation is very informative and making this post attractive but the data on the website is only of 2012 like the gifts guide for 2012. But the offers are still attractive and it will be worthy for the customers to buy.

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersaeco idea cappuccino

Aloha

Mahalo for taking the time to visit the Hawaiian Energy Coffee website. Yes, the information is 2012, as the post was published November 2012.

Mahalo

June 16, 2013 | Registered CommenterEnergy Dude

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