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The best coffee products for all levels of addiction. Whether you just want to brew a quick cup or you're seeking coffee nirvana, these items will do the job.

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Krups 203 Electric Coffee and Spice Grinder with Stainless-Steel Blades
Lowest Price: $18.02

This is a great first grinder for those who want fresh-ground coffee at home. Like all blade grinders, it chops the beans at a high speed and produces a somewhat uneven grind.

You'll appreciate its small size and its ability to do the job quickly. If you're not looking for anything fancy, this will get you from zero to caffeinated with minimal fuss. Works well with drip and aeropress brewing.

Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder
Lowest Price: $44.95

Conical burr grinders are the instrument of choice for people with an irrational love of "the devil's brew." This grinder is your gateway to the conical burr world. Try it if you want to find out how good coffee can really taste but don't yet want to drop hundreds of dollars on an automatic grinder. But be warned - if you're at all like me you'll find yourself forking over that cash eventually :)


The grinder features a ceramic grinding mechanism that will never alter the flavor of the grinds, resulting in fresh, flavorful, and pure coffee. The grinding mechanism is made from an advanced ceramic close in hardness to diamond that will never rust providing ultra long-life performance. The grind adjustment allows for fine to coarse grinds and the non-slip base ensures stability. The glass container is reusable and dishwasher safe. Great for Turkish coffee, salt, pepper, green tea and sesame seeds too ! Use and Care: Clean with a neutral detergent and soft sponge. Rinse thoroughly.

One drawback you should be aware of: it takes time to use this grinder. While I found it actually enjoyable to smell the coffee as I hand ground it, after a year I finally got tired of it and bought the $200 breville machine.

Capresso 560.01 Infinity Burr Grinder, Black
Lowest Price: $68.98

This is the next step up in conical burr grinders. If you want an automatic grinder which gives you more control but doesn't cause your wife or husband to roll their eyes in exasperation at your coffee-hardware purchasing, this is a good choice for you.


Sixteen different settings--four each in the four categories of extra fine, fine, regular, and coarse--let you adjust the grind to the specific blend of coffee and method of brewing. The finest setting is ideal for preparing Turkish coffee, which is a rare feature to find in a grinder. A built-in timer sets the grind for anywhere between 5 and 60 seconds so you can walk away without having to constantly press a button to continue the grinding process. The Infinity has an advanced conical burr design made of steel that is usually only found on commercial grinders. This burr design slows down the gears and reduces the amount of friction and heat to preserve coffee's flavor and aroma. The coffee container holds up to 4 ounces of grounds and remains sealed during grinding. For safety, the bean container also needs to be locked into place for the Infinity to operate. For easy cleaning, the bean container and upper burr lift off so you can clean the grinding chamber with the included brush and wipe down the heavy-duty zinc die-cast housing.


Review

Overall, I am pleased with the purchase. The only real adjustment has been figuring out the proper grind level again. The "extra fine" settings will create a fine powder that is too fine for my machine. However, once I switched to the "fine" setting, it has worked great. The amazing extra benefit is how much better the coffee tastes - the fine, even grind makes for maximum flavor extraction. So matter what grinder you buy, go for one that grinds more evenly - you'll enjoy your coffee even more. For the price, I didn't find one that had the combination of features (and less noise and dust!) found in the Capresso Infinity.

Encore Coffee Grinder by Baratza
Lowest Price: $129.00

Even though your loved ones will begin to wonder whether a coffee intervention is in order, this machine is an excellent choice. It's relatively quiet and gives you a great deal of control while remaining at a less expensive price for a conical burr grinder.


Perfect go-to grinder for those who love both drip-coffee and manual brews and fine enough for espresso. Upgraded burrs to give a great grind and features a completely new redesigned gearbox. The Encore coffee grinder has the accurate coarse grind for the increasingly popular manual brew methods such as pour-over, Aeropress, French Press, Siphon, and Chemex. The specially designed burrs give a precise grind with minimal fines for a flavorful, balanced extraction when making espresso. The efficient DC motor keep your beans cool, even during extended grind times, while a combination of electric and great speed reducers slow the burr to 450 RPM, ensuring a smooth bean feed and reducing noise, heat and static buildup.

  • Encore Coffee Grinder by Baratza
  • Anti Static Design
  • Grind Coffee For Any Brewing Method
  • Automatic & Manual Operation
  • Swiss Made Grinding Wheels
  • Easy to Clean
  • 40 individual grind settings, fine to coarse.
  • Convenient, front-mounted pulse button
  • 40 mm conical burrs, exceptional at producing consistent grinds and will remain sharp for many years
  • Second generator Gearbox with significantly increased strength and durability and decreased noise.
  • Grind Adjustment: Turn the hopper and with 40 setting you can quickly adjust from fine for espresso to coarse for french press. The grind range is from 250 to 1200 microns.
  • To maximize freshness, the Encore minimizes the ground coffee left in the grinder
  • Calibration: an innovation burr calibration system ensures that each grinder has the full range of grind.
  • Speed Control: The encore uses a combination of gear and electronic speed reduction to control the rotation of the burr to 450 RPM. The electronic speed controller is adjustable from 405 to 495 RPM.
  • Easy ON-OFF switch
  • Cleaning: Burrs are easily removable with no tolls, making cleaning very easy

Review

After exhaustive research on grinders under 200 bucks I pulled the trigger on this one. I did not want a noisy high rpm grinder and was pleasantly surprised at how low the rpm level is and the corresponding lack of noise this grinder makes.

A very nice size (small footprint on counter)and can grind just as well for a twelve cup coffee maker or pulse grind into your portafilter with excellent results. Also, not much coffee gets left behind in the shoot and what does collect is easy to whisk away with the provided brush.

I also own and have used daily a Kitchen AidKitchenAid Pro Line Series Burr Coffee Mill, Onyx Black for the last several years that works well enough for drip grind and is a work horse to be sure,however even with new replaced burrs just doesn't cut it for espresso.

My Daughter just got a Bodum BistroBodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder, Blacklast Christmas that actually produces a very high quality grind not unlike the Encore, but just not the same volume and probably not as durable.

This is a well built grinder with a high quality grind and lots of grind options at a very reasonable price.

Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder
Lowest Price: $193.98

OK, so if you buy this grinder (like I did) then your fiance (like mine) or friends or whoever will definitely think that you are crazy. BUT! Then they will taste the coffee made with this glorious device and SUDDENLY their laughs of incredulity will turn into mumbles of appreciation.

This grinder is just awesome. Grinds quickly and quietly, holds a ton of beans, gives you great control. Plus it's small and looks great.


  • 25 Grind Settings for french press, drip, percolator, and espresso coffee.
  • Backlit LCD Screen clearly shows grind setting, number of cups or shots and customized grind amount.
  • Auto dosing system calibrates each adjusted dose
  • Bean Hopper with (almost) air tight lid and locking system for easy removal storage and transfer of coffee beans.
  • Accessories include two portafilter cradles, grind contanier and conical burr cleaning brush

Review

Now you wouldn't think that switching grinders would have an overall impact in the coffee quality, but did it ever! The coffee tastes so much richer, fuller and more aromatic than before! Even our 23 year old son said "Wow mom, this coffee is good, did you switch beans?" Was he surprised to find out all we did was switch grinders!

NOISE: Minimal, I can't even hear it when I'm sleeping. Our old grinder running used to be my wake up call upstairs, on the second floor, in the opposite corner of the house! The Breville's noise is semi~pleasant, like another reviewer stated, and not annoying at all, almost comforting. Happily, the noise just stays in the kitchen now, so only the smell of great coffee wakes me up on the opposite end of the house, YUM!

MESS: Zip, ziltch, nada. I am very pleased that the coffee grounds are housed safely & neatly in the attractive container. No issues with grind mess everywhere.

COST: OK.. can't find it anywhere below $199. I compared a lot of models out there, the two I ALMOST went with were the Kitchenaid $160~ish dollar model (Kitchenaid reviews weren't as good, and there was mention all over the internet about bulk and footprint of the machine), and the cheaper Breville around $95 or so, but the grindings all over the place by a couple of reviewers was enough to turn me off of that model. I opted for spending a more, and got a great machine my husband absolutely loves.

SIZE: Smaller than I thought it was going to be, packs a big BIG tower of conical burrs for massive grinding power. Just takes up the same small footprint of our old Cuisinart model, but a bit taller, so no issues there.

LOOKS: Stylish and elegant. It looks like a sophisticated appliance that can take a lot of wear & built to last. We display it proudly next to our old faithful "BUNN" coffee maker.

QUALITY: No flimsy hardware here, it all performs & appears like it will last for years. Backlit display seems very durable as well, and is very nice to aide pinpointing the perfect grind. The conical burrs are super sharp, super tough, and plentiful. My husband was impressed.

CLEANUP: Not difficult. They provide a nice brush that does a good job, esp since we enjoy a dark french roast with some beans being quite oily. Have to clean it more often with those types of beans anyway. No issues here.

GRIND CHOICES: OK.. WOW is all I can say. The description says it all, pick your grind, pick the strength, pick the amounts, whatever. Tons of ways to tweak the grind out to your liking.

Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Lowest Price: $25.95

The aeropress is currently my preferred brewing hardware. It's quick, it's easy, and it gives you control. Which is great because I prefer a double shot while my fiance prefers a "cafe american." With the aeropress, neither of us gets disappointed, and that's great because who knows what mayhem would ensue from getting disappointed first thing in the morning when you're trying to get a fix.


Fast and convenient, the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker makes one of the best cups of coffee you'll ever taste. This innovative hardware uses the ideal water temperature and gentle air pressure brewing to produce coffee and espresso that has rich flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness. It makes 1 to 4 cups of coffee or espresso (enough for 1 or 2 mugs), features a micro filtered for grit free coffee, and takes just 1 minute to make coffee (actualpress time takes only 20 seconds).


Review

I am very happy with the Aeropress. It makes great tasting coffee. It's easy to clean and inexpensive. In my opinion the aeropress is superior to french press or manual drip percolator coffee. It is not as convenient as a machine but I'm willing to spend the effort for good coffee.

Bonavita BV1800TH 8-Cup Coffee Maker with Thermal Carafe
Lowest Price: $149.95

The Bonavita Exceptional Brew 8-Cup Coffee Maker is a German-engineered coffee maker with a thermal carafe that brews coffee to ideal coffee standards of water temperature, contact time, and coffee grounds saturation. A 1400W thermal block heater achieves proper water temperature quickly, and the stainless steel thermal carafe keeps your brew hotter, longer. Get a perfect cup of coffee, every time.

Exceptional Brew offers exceptional performance, brewing 8 cups (5 oz. cups) in just 5-6 minutes. The stainless steel thermal carafe keeps your coffee warm for longer versus a conventional glass carafe. The easy-to-fill water tank has a wide opening and clear markings for exact water filling, and the unique boiler heater releases water only when it achieves an ideal coffee brewing temperature of 200-205 degrees F.


Review

I'm really happy with this coffee maker, having chosen it over the Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Brewer With Thermo Carafe - Technivorm 9587. It brews extremely quickly (about 7 minutes), and I measured the temperature of the water coming from the spout at about the 195F-200F range, so it's in the right range for extracting optimum flavor -- the brew from this machine is just at the point of being tip-of-the-tongue scalding. The water is dispensed at a number of different points into the filter, and looking at the grounds afterwards you can tell that the dispersion pattern works well, as the coffee grounds remain clumped at the bottom of the filter, rather than being thinly spread across the entire filter.

Zojirushi CD-WBC30 Micom Electric 3-Liter Water Boiler and Warmer, Champagne Gold
Lowest Price: $99.00

I use this guy so that I'll always have some hot water on hand to make a cup with my AeroPress. Bonus: it "sings" to you whenever it's done heating. It also has a sleep mode, allowing you to turn it off for 6-10 hours and save a little energy.


Zojirushi Micom water boiler and warmer has a micro computerized temperature control and electric dispensing system. It has four keep warm temperature settings: 140, 175, 195, 208 degree F. This unit displays actual water temperature at all times. It is also has an energy saving timer function (6 - 10 hours) - automatically turns on the boiler at a later time to save electricity. Steam-save function automatically lowers the power just before boiling to reduce the amount of stem emitting from the steam vent. Cafe' drip dispensing mode decreases the amount of water dispensed to 60% of the normal setting, making it suitable for brewing cafe' drip coffee.

Mr. Coffee DRX5 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, Black
Lowest Price: $15.99

It's a Mr. Coffee Coffeemaker. You can see this brewer featured in diners and movies involving diners. I mean, what else is there to say about it?

Set the Delay Brew feature up to 24 hours in advance and get ready to wake up to a freshly brewed pot of hot, delicious coffee.

Cold Drip Coffee and Tea Maker, 8-Cup
Lowest Price: $253.16

If you want to make coffee while looking like a mad scientist, then this is for you. Seriously though, the cold drip process makes one seriously powerful cup and is worth a try if you're crazy.


This coffee maker is gorgeous and would make a lovely addition to your kitchen. Ice and water are placed in the top jar, and by regulating the dripping water through the valve in the center, coffee is steeped and ends up in the carafe at the bottom of the tower. Through a unique 3 hour process using pure ice water, ice drip coffee produces a unique flavor not found in regular brewed coffee. It's easy to use. Just put the water and coffee grounds into the brewer and you are ready to go. A permanent ceramic filter mechanism is included and is available in a brown stain finish. This coffee maker holds 32 oz. By slowly brewing your coffee with ice water, the harsher oils in your ground coffee are not brought out. The final brew is a lot mellower than a regular brew machine.

Hario Drip Pot 480Ml
Lowest Price: $40.25

Drip pot woodneck is the professional method of brewing coffee. The original rich taste of the coffee beans is preserved when using the flannel filter. The flannel filter can be used multiple times. Stylish look and a safe way of handling the pot through the woodneck feature.

Hamilton Beach Two Way Brewer Single Serve and 12-cup Coffee Maker
Lowest Price: $77.50

The cool thing about this brewer is that you can choose either a single serving or up to 12 cups. The reviews say it makes really great coffee, and it's a decent price. A step up from ol' Mr. Coffee.


For all the coffee drinkers and aficionados who despise the long cafe lines, dread the overwhelming coffee options or need a fix for those early morning caffeine pains -- fear no more! There's finally an affordable, low-maintenance coffeemaker that can brew a basic or premium roast coffee in a fraction of the time and cost as the coffeehouse: The Two-Way Brewer.

With stainless steel durability and twice the brewing options as other leading coffeemakers, the Two-Way Brewer doubles as a compact single-serve coffeemaker for everyday personal enjoyment and a full 12-cup pot machine. Whether it's 7:00 AM or a late-night indulgence, this two-for-the-price-of-one coffeemaker lets coffee drinkers decide the right size to start their day and enjoy the best convenience for their schedule

If simplifying the morning wake-up routine is top priority, then rise and shine with the "single-serve side" which can brew a standard-size cup or travel mug-size cup for solo enjoyment. If entertaining is the highlight of the hour, simply switch to the "carafe side" and watch as the Two-Way Brewer makes a full 12-cup pot of coffee in less than four minutes. So much in so little space, the Two-Way Brewer provides gourmet service, gourmet options and gourmet appeal at a fraction of the standard price and in a fraction of the traditional space.

PRODUCT FEATURE BENEFITS
  1. Two ways to brew -- single cup or full 12-cup glass carafe
  2. 14-oz. stainless steel travel mug with lid and 12-cup glass carafe included
  3. Standard-size "single-serve side" water reservoir for easy, one-time filling
  4. "Carafe-side" water reservoir with extra-large capacity and measurement markings "Single-serve side" Brew Basket comes with a mesh filter to hold ground coffee or pre-packaged soft pods
  5. "Single-serve side" multilevel cup rest adjusts/stacks to fit all cup and mug sizes
  6. Pod holder snaps onto the single-serve brew basket to hold soft pods
  7. Brew strength selector for brewing REGULAR or BOLD preferred flavor/strength
  8. Control panel and display, with hour and minute buttons to program the brewing time up to 24 hours beforehand
  9. Equipped with programmable timer with 2-hour automatic shutoff

Two-Way Brewing Options

Whichever way you decide to brew, the Two-Way Brewer lets you do both. For a single cup when you're on the go, the "single-serve side" lets you add grinds directly into the mesh filter that fits the brew basket or insert a soft pod with the pod holder. For the stronger caffeine fixes or on days you want to enjoy cup-after-cup without brewing each time, the "carafe-side" makes a full 12-cup pot for your drinking disposal. And if you forget to turn it off, no worries. The Two-Way Brewer's nonstick, keep-hot plate retains the piping-hot coffee after brewing and shuts off automatically after two hours

Brew in Advance and Wake Up to Hot Coffee

Want to sleep in for five more minutes? Go ahead, get some more beauty sleep and take advantage of the built-in, programmable clock and timer. Its hour and minute features let you program your ideal coffee-drinking time up to 24 hours in advance.

Brewing with Soft Pods

No time for measuring or scooping? Prefer the convenience of quickly dropping in a pre-packaged, pre-flavored pod? The Two-Way Brewer is designed with a pod holder that brews any brand of soft pod coffee and still gives coffee drinkers the complete sensory experience of tasting freshly ground coffee, without the hassle of messy grinds or exact measuring.

For coffee lovers who live for the pleasure of roasting their own beans every day, this Two-Way Brewer offers an added bonus for the extra effort. Equipped with a Brew Strength Selector, you can you choose REGULAR and give your tastebuds the simplicity of standard medium-grind coffee, or you can go BOLD and select a decaf, finer grind or a premium roast brand, such as Starbucks or Melitta for richer flavor.

About Beans, Grounds and Soft Pods

Did you know that there are four factors that can dramatically reduce a coffee's freshness? Oxygen, moisture, heat and light. Keep in mind that because less of its surface area is exposed to air, whole bean coffee typically stays fresh longer than ground coffee. According to the National Coffee Association of USA, it's recommended that brewers should ration out individual amounts of coffee to grind and brew every time, to preserve its freshness and ensure better-tasting coffee. *Source: 2010, National Coffee Association, USA, Inc.

TIPS & CARE

Remember, the Two-Way Brewer unit will only brew one side at a time. For a particular preference, simply switch the lever left or right. The unit can be used with any soft pod coffee brand, available in the coffee aisle of your local grocery store, or with any loose coffee grounds. The Two-Way Brewer is not compatible with the K-Cup pack.

When in doubt about freshness, look for a "use by" date on the package or follow the online recommendations of your coffee brand. To avoid overflow of ground coffee, use slightly less coffee when brewing decaf or flavored brands. For hotter coffee: rinse the travel mug with warm water; then replace with travel mug lid and brew directly into the travel mug with lid in place. Remember, adding cold milk or cream to your coffee can affect the heat. First, warm milk or cream before adding to ensure the hottest cup.

Coleman Camping Coffee Maker
Lowest Price: $36.03

This Coleman Camping Coffee Maker has been designed for use with 2 or 3 burner camp stoves. It can be used to brew up to 10 cups of drip coffee or other hot beverages like tea or hot chocolate.

BUNN ST Velocity Brew 10-Cup Thermal Carafe Home Coffee Brewer
Lowest Price: 161.16

Review

I REALLY like this coffee maker but I wish I could give it a rating of 4.5 because a 5 implies it's perfect and well, there are a couple of things I would change if given the chance.

First, and most importantly,it makes great coffee! It's piping hot when I pour my first cup and it tastes worlds better than the coffee I was getting from my 1 year old Mr. Coffee. The unit looks and feels solid and the set up is easy. In about 15 minutes or so we were ready to brew our first pot.

It's fast, the second you close the lid it, the stream of coffee starts and the pot is done in 3-4 minutes. The thermal carafe keeps the coffee much warmer than my old glass carafe ever did, although it isn't perfect.

Ok- Speaking of imperfections, here's the few things I would improve if I could:

I'm used to setting up my coffee pot the night before and having it ready when I wake up, this unit does not have that feature. It brews fast, so I didn't think it would be a big deal however I now have to get up and in my "morning fog" prepare the coffee and "warm up" the carafe...This in reality probably adds as much time to the process as it takes to brew the whole pot. Most of the time is spent warming the carafe (waiting for the water to get hot out of the tap seems to take forever in my place at 5am) so I might try experimenting with setting up as much as possible the night before and then just warming up the carafe or seeing how long it stays warm if I don't pre-warm it. Anyway, a delay feature would be added if I were Queen.

I would also make the mouth of the carafe just a tiny bit wider so your hand could slip in and out for cleaning. Also, while the carafe pours like a dream (no dribbles like Mr. Coffee left for me to clean up evey morning) a tighter seal would make the coffee stay hotter longer. This is a minor detail in my personal use, since I have a cup or 2 and I'm out the door.

De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
Lowest Price: $81.50

A good introductory espresso maker.


You can choose to brew ground espresso or E.S.E pods with the unique patented dual filter holder. The choice is yours, making your espresso truly made to order. You can enjoy espresso or cappuccino at the perfect temperature with two separate thermostats. If you prefer cappuccino you'll enjoy using the easy-to-use swivel jet frother, which makes perfect drinks every time. Other highlights include self-priming operation to eliminate pesky start-up preparation, removable water tank and drip tray and a durable, high-quality stainless steel boiler to ensure many years of delicious espresso.

Swivel Jet Frother

Easily prepare latte and cappuccino with the swivel jet frother. Create a rich, creamy froth for perfect drinks every time.

Patented Dual Function Filter Holder

With the EC155's dual function filter holder, you can use ground coffee as normal, or convenient coffee pods for faster preparation. It makes espresso and cappuccino preparation quick and easy.

Self-Priming Operation

Eliminate annoying start-up preparation with the EC155's self-priming operation. Get to your coffee faster, with less waiting around for the element and boiler to reach the correct temperature.

Easy to Clean

The EC155 is simple to clean with a removable 35-ounce water tank with indicator light, and a removable drip tray. It's easy to disassemble, clean, and reassemble to get back to making drinks quickly.


Review

I love espresso, and this little baby makes a great cup. Here are a few points that might be useful for you to know:

Good points: *It doesn't take up too much room on the counter and looks nice with it's silver metal accents. *The water reservoir is a good size, you can make about 8-10 shots before you need to refill it, which is very easy to do, and there is a clear section behind the basket which shows the water level. *Fast heat-up time (only about a minute), good frothing wand, no wait time between frothing and brewing (though you do have to wait a little between brewing and frothing).

Be warned: *Frothing wand is only 3 1/4 inches from the counter top. Not a big deal, I just went and bought a frothing cup that is about that height. *Distance from grounds basket to tray is only 2 1/2 inches, I usually use a small espresso cup. *Built-in tamper sucks, buy a good metal one. *You don't end up with a nice dry puck, the grounds basket is a watery soup after your espresso is made, so I dump it down the disposal. *You will end up drinking more espresso than you mean to, it's that good!

Seriously, I chose this machine after a lot of online researching, and decided on this one based on its outstanding reviews and great price. What led me to it were the reviews of another DeLonghi, the EC140B, which is an older and less attractive model, but had reviews from people who had owned theirs for 6 and 10 years! I'm hoping that this one will have the same longevity.

-----> UPDATE: I've now had this machine for 8 months and it started running very slow. I'd been using only distilled water, so I knew it wasn't a calcification issue, so I looked into it and it turns out machines like this one (no backflushing) need to be cleaned every month or so to remove built up grounds that work their way inside the machine. So I ran some cleaner through it and all this nasty brownish liquid came out, and now it runs great again! So remember people, take good care of your things and they will take good care of you. A lesson I am still learning... - and to answer a question commented on this review, my tamper is 2 inches in diameter.

Breville BES860XL Barista Express Espresso Machine with Grinder
Lowest Price: $549.99

What are you thinking?! Just kidding. I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: "Mmmmmm espresso! Gimme!"


In the world of coffee, freshness can be measured in seconds. By the time even five minutes has passed, ground beans have started to lose their flavor. Grinding beans every time you want fresh espresso takes time, though, and oftentimes it becomes a tradeoff between taste and convenience. The Breville Barista Express solves this problem, delivering fresh, quality espresso at remarkable speed, thanks to its integrated burr grinder. Go from beans to espresso in under a minute?all in the comfort of your own home.

Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler Semi Automatic Espresso Machine
Lowest Price: $1,074.48

Hats off to you, sir or madam. You looked in the face of sanity and said, "To hell with you!" and merrily, jitter-ily joined the ranks of the happy, coffee-deranged, True Coffee Lovers.

This tool of the devil has a solid 5 stars on Amazon with 43 reviews, so you will be in good company.


Why the Breville Dual Boiler espresso machine?

Perfection requires precision. Every time. How do you keep precise temperature and pressure from the tank to the espresso cup? The Breville Dual Boiler's dedicated boilers for simultaneous milk texturing and espresso extraction ensures that your espresso arrives in its cup with the optimum flavor.

Commercial performance in a domestic footprint

A domestic machine with numerous professional features, it regulates temperature to within one degree Celsius of the optimal temperature, giving budding baristas the precision and control they need to perfect their technique. Actively heated group head, PID temperature control, over-pressure valve and low pressure pre-infusion maintain optimum temperature and pressure throughout extraction.

Espresso yourself: tools for precise personalizing and perfecting

Ultimately there is only one standard by which espresso should be measured: taste. And espresso taste is notorious for being a matter of preference. The Breville Dual Boiler gives you the tools to customize your espresso to your personal specifications, with the ability to program shot temperature with precise PID temperature regulation technology, shot volume (1 and 2 cup), and pre-infusion duration and power. You can also program it to auto start, so it will be warmed up and ready to go in the morning.


Review

If you would rather not read all my ramblings, the bottom line is this is a great consumer-level machine with some "prosumer" features. It is very user friendly and has an abundance of well thought-out convenience touches. My concerns are that it has to be professionally serviced every 4-5 years and that it lacks a proven track record regarding reliability. I think it's a good match for someone who wants a feature-rich machine that offers ease-of-use automation, but also the ability to take a hands-on approach should one desire. The brand name won't impress the "serious" espresso crowd, but it hits the mark where it counts - tasty espresso.

The Art and Craft of Coffee: An Enthusiast's Guide to Selecting, Roasting, and Brewing Exquisite Coffee
Kevin Sinnott
Lowest Price: $16.25

Tracing the beverage from its first appearance in the Turkish and Saudi Arabian coffeehouses of the 1500s to the chains and boutique shops of today, Sinnott's guide to primo coffee enables readers to fill their cups to the rim... with greatness. Readers will learn the differing qualities of producing countries (good acidity but light body from Peru; the distinctive Liberica espresso from Laos), the particulars of roasting, and even the best times to buy and brew. Sinnott deftly navigates the thorny issues of production, preferring to focus on the enjoyment of the product. Even readers who don't know their Arabica from their Robusta or a French Press from a percolator will appreciate Sinnott's informative and egalitarian approach; suggestions are the order of the day, not mandates. Whether the barista-to-be prefers to create custom blends to roast at home in the hopes of an ultimate cup, or simply wants to get a better pot from the auto drip she bought for $20, Sinnott's guide will result in a better cup of joe.

I Love Coffee! Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks
Susan Zimmer
Lowest Price: $6.58

I Love Coffee! features over 100 easy-to-make coffee drinks, including the Black Forest Latte, Sugar-Free Java Chai Latte, Iced Orange Mochaccino, Tiramisú Martini, and Candy Cane Latte.

I Love Coffee! brings the passion for coffee into your home with a creative variety of hot and cold drinks. It is the ultimate how-to handbook for the 111 million coffee drinkers in North America.

Now coffee lovers can make delicious cappuccinos, cold coffee quenchers, decadent coffee desserts, and classy coffee martinis year-round using simple techniques with gourmet results in this indispensable coffee guide and cookbook.

In I Love Coffee! coffee connoisseur Susan Zimmer shares expert advice and techniques, from how to brew the perfect cup and how to make a basic cappuccino without a machine to a World Barista Latte Art Champion's tips for making masterful latte art designs. It is brimful with a wealth of coffee understanding from the "ground" up, from bean to cup, including international coffees and brewing techniques best suited to a variety of preferences, all topped off with plenty of problem-solving tips and delectable full-color photographs.

The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes
James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, Tara Duggan
Lowest Price: $11.03

One of the country's most celebrated roasters explains how to choose, brew, and enjoy the new breed of artisan coffees at home, along with 40 inventive recipes that incorporate coffee or taste good with a cup.

Coffee is experiencing a renaissance and Blue Bottle Coffee Company has quickly become one of America's most celebrated roasters. Famous for its complex and flavorful coffees, Blue Bottle delights its devoted patrons with exquisite pour-overs, delicious espressi, and specialized brewing methods.

Yet as coffee production becomes more sophisticated with specialized extraction techniques and Japanese coffee gadgets, the new artisan coffees can seem out of reach. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee explains this newworld from farm to cup, exploring the bounty of beans available and the intricate steps that go into sourcing raw coffee from around the globe. Blue Bottle founder James Freeman coaches you through brewing the perfect cup ofcoffee, using methods as diverse as French press, nel drip, siphon, and more to produce the best flavor.

For coffee lovers who want to roll up their sleeves and go deeper, Freeman explains step by step how to roast beans at home using standard kitchen tools?just like he did when starting out. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee also introduces a home technique for cupping, the industry method of tasting coffees for quality control, so you can hone your taste and share your meticulously roasted coffee with friends.

Rounding out the book are more than thirty inventive recipes from Blue Bottle pastry chef and former Miette bakery owner Caitlin Freeman thatincorporate coffee or just taste particularly good with coffee, such as Saffron Vanilla Snickerdoodles, Stout Coffee Cake with Pecan-Caraway Streusel, Affogato with Smoky Almond Ice Cream, Coffee Panna Cotta, and more.

With more than one hundred stunning photographs showing coffee's journey from just-harvested cherry to perfect drink, this distinctive and deep guide to the new breed of amazing coffees from one of the top artisan coffee makers will change the way you think about?and drink?coffee.

Everything But Espresso: Professional Coffee Brewing Techniques
Scott Rao
Lowest Price: $35.00

When I began in the coffee business in 1992, I read every book I could find about coffee. After reading all of those books, however, I felt as if I hadn't learned much about how to make great coffee. My coffee library was chock-full of colorful descriptions of brewing styles, growing regions, and recipes, with a few almost-unreadable scientific books mixed in. I would have traded in all of those books for one serious, practical book with relevant information about making great coffee in a café.

Espresso Coffee: Professional Techniques
David C. Schomer
Lowest Price: $25.95

Espresso Coffee Professional Techniques has been called the Baristas Bible and for good reason.

GROSCHE MADRID Premium french Press Coffee and Tea maker, 1 liter 34 fl. oz capacity
Lowest Price: $50.00

Would you like a true premium French Press coffee maker unlike the common types everybody else seems to have? Quality you can see and feel, makes you the tastiest coffee or tea and gives a bold look and presence to your table top. Thats the MADRID French press coffee and tea maker by GROSCHE. A uniquely designed and crafted French press with fine chrome construction makes for a wonderful table top coffee and tea making experience. Commonly known as a French Press coffee maker, this style of manual coffee making has been long accepted as perhaps the best way to make full flavored coffee. By allowing the coarse ground coffee (which is the grind you should always use in a French press - finer grinds can seep through the filters) to infuser completely over a few minutes, the flavors and oils extracted in this process are unmatched. It has a dual filter system, with the main press being one, and another one in the lid as well. When You make your coffee or tea, turn the lid to close the press while your coffee or tea steeps, and turn it again to open it to pour. That will retain heat and allow for better flavor for your coffee or tea. The MADRID French press coffee and tea maker is truly a premium French press unlike any other, for a connoisseur of fine tasting coffees or teas. Replacement beakers are available from the manufacturer as well. The MADRID French press has an ultra premium chrome housing. It is dishwasher safe as well. Since it doesn't use any electricity, and is easy to rinse and clean, requires no disposable filters, a French press coffee and tea maker like MADRID is also perfect for for taking with you on your travels, or camping as well. For more information and product images and demonstration videos please see the manufacturer's websites.

Bodum Chambord Coffee Press
Lowest Price: $39.99

When Bodum took over a small clarinet factory in Normandy in 1982, it was not because of the fine orchestra clarinets they were producing but because of a relatively unknown coffee maker called the Chambord which they produced as well. The reason the French press coffee maker has become one of the most popular coffeemakers in the world is pure and simple, taste. The materials (glass and stainless steel) are completely taste-free so nothing comes between your ground coffee beans. This is exactly the reason why coffee tasters use this method to determine the quality of coffee beans. No paper filter not only means no waste, but that the coffee bean's essential oils go directly to your cup, delivering the flavor that is-lost on paper filters. Simplicity works best and is the reason why the Chambord's design has not changed a bit from its original drawing. Make taste, not waste.

Bodum Brazil 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker, 34-Ounce, Black
Lowest Price: $30.00

The Brazil French Press coffeemaker, designed in the early 80's, was our first coffeemaker and quickly became a symbol of what Bodum stands for. Attractive and functional design at an affordable price. The Brazil has a durable, heat-resistant borosilicate glass beaker and a plastic handle and base, which make the Brazil easy to use and easy to clean. The 3-part stainless steel plunger has a fine mesh filter, which allows for a premium extraction of your coffee's aromatic oils and subtle flavors. A mesh filter allows this flavor to be delivered direct to your cup and not absorbed by a paper filter. Plus, no paper filter means no waste. The patented safety lid prevents the splashing of liquids while pressing. All parts are dishwasher-safe.

Baratza Vario Ceramic Burr Coffee Grinder
Lowest Price: $449.00

Even more control, even better coffee.


  • 230 distinct and repeatable grind settings from fine grind for espresso to course grind for press pot.
  • One touch dosing is made easy using three user programmable buttons.
  • The 54mm ceramic burr set is manufactured in Germany by Mahlkönig and provides accurate, fast grinding performance, remaining sharp for up to twice the lifetime of the finest steel burrs.
  • The high torque DC motor and belt drive transmission insure smooth operation with minimal heat generation.
  • It also includes both a ground coffee collection bin and also Baratza's exclusive PortaHolder for hands free grinding into an espresso machine portafilter.

Review

I spent way too much time looking for a good burr grinder and decided on the Breville Smart Grinder (Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder). As detailed in my review of the Breville, one of the contenders was the Vario, which I borrowed from a friend to try out. I loved it, but the price was a bit too steep.

Low and behold, I got a Vario as a gift! Absolutely love it, but now that I've been using it side-by-side with the Breville for a few weeks, there are a few trade-offs:

Build quality: Both are good, but the Vario feels more substantial. Less plastic, more metal. I uploaded a picture of them side by side.

Burr quality: although the Breville has a decent set of conical burrs, the ceramic flat burrs in the Vario are far more meaty and substantive.

Ease of changing grind: draw. Both are simple to use.

Degree of control over the grind: the Vario wins hands down. It's about a close as you can get to a stepless grinder while still retaining the ease of use of a stepped design.

Mess when not using the cup: the Breville is much, much less prone to over spray when grinding directly into a portafilter or filter basket. The Vario is not horrible, but you need to clean up after it.

Mess when using the cup: Again, the Breville has zero over spray. The Vario is pretty close, however. Both have nicely anti-static cups. The Breville has a nicer design with an air-tight cap.

Controls: The Breville's display is very clear and easy to read. The Vario is easy to use, but the timer display is totally unreadable unless it's right at eye level. It desperately needs a back lit display.

Changing beans: Breville wins hands down. The hopper has a gate lock so you can take it off when full and only have to dump out what's in the grinding chamber. I keep a second hopper filled with different beans for quick change-over. The Vario has no hopper lock, so you have to dump the whole hopper when you want to change to a different type of bean. The hopper lid on the Breville is also much nicer, with a rubber gasket and a handy handle loop.

Consistency of grind: this is the big one, and the reason we spend money on grinders and put up with all the fuss and muss. This is also where the Vario pulls ahead strongly. No matter what the setting, the grind is spot on uniform. Just perfect. Now, the Breville is pretty good as well, but there are size variations in the grind that you just don't see with the Vario.

So, if I had to do it again, would I buy the Breville? My pocketbook says that's the one, but my coffee cup wants the Vario. It clearly produces a better grind.

I pulled a series of espresso shots using the Breville and the Vario. Same beans, same espresso machine. Both were dialed in to produce the best they could. In a taste test after a dinner party, the shots from the Vario won each and every time. Same with a pour over test, although that was a lot closer with a few people unable to tell a difference.

So, if you are absolutely limited to $200, must have a fancy-looking display, and can't tolerate even a small amount of stray grinds, the Breville is the way to go. If, however, the main goal is to produce a cup of coffee or espresso that is the best you can produce, spring for the Vario. You will taste the difference, and the taste will ease the pain in the wallet and the mess on the counter top.

If the Baratza people read these reviews: please, please, PLEASE improve the display! Keep everything else the same (although a gate lock on the hopper for easy change-over of beans would be nice). It's no use to have a fancy display that times the grind length to a tenth of a second when you can't read the numbers!

Update: Sept 2012 - I had a problem with the grinder not responding to grind level changes. The Baratza website explained how to calibrate the grinder, but unfortunately that didn't solve the problem. I'm pleased to report that their customer service is outstanding. I got a same-day reply to every email I sent, and Baratza replaced my machine without any fuss or bother. Plus, they paid 100% of the shipping costs both ways! The rep I worked with was helpful, polite and responsive - it's so nice to get an actual reply to a question rather than a boilerplate email. I remain very pleased with their grinder, and am especially pleased with their customer service.

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John Carter: Barsoom Series (7 Novels)
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Lowest Price: $0.99

When John Carter goes to sleep in a mysterious cave in the Arizona dessert, he wakes up on the planet Mars. There he meets the fifteen foot tall, four armed, green men of mars, with horse-like dragons, and watch dogs like oversized frogs with ten legs. His adventures continue as he battles great white apes, fights plant men, defies the Goddess of Death, and braves the frozen wastes of Polar Mars. In other adventures, the Prince of Helium encounters a race of telepathic warriors, the Princess of Helium confronts the headless men of Mars, Captain Ulysses Paxton learns the secret of human immortality, and Tan Hadron's idealized notion of love is tested as he fights off gigantic spiders and cannibals.

Edgar Rice Burroughs vision of Mars was loosely inspired by astronomical speculation of the time, especially that of Percival Lowell, who saw the red planet as a formerly Earth-like world now becoming less hospitable to life due to its advanced age. Burroughs predicted the invention of homing devices, radar, sonar, autopilot, collision detection, television, teletype, genetic cloning, living organ transplants, antigravity propulsion, and many other concepts that were well ahead of his time.