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new coffee makers for the new year 2011!

by Tara Alley

Realizing that your current coffeemaker just isn’t producing the rich, aromatic and intensely delicious coffee that you wish it did?  This could be the cause of a variety of reasons: your current coffee maker has simply grown old, you’ve grown accustomed to professional coffee from your local coffee shop, or perhaps your tastes have just changed.  Whatever the case may be, take the opportunity this New Year to step up your coffee making capabilities.  With today’s technology, you’ll be amazed at what you can do and make with a home coffee maker.  After all, you’re going to get in shape, save money and take on a new hobby, so you might as well make it easier to wake up each morning and get started!  Follow these easy steps:

Identify your tastes
First and foremost, decide which type of coffee it is that you’ve come to crave most.  Are you an espresso fanatic?  Drip? Pour-over?  There are new developments happening constantly in each area.  Maybe you want to give a Handpresso Espresso Machine a shot.  It uses no electricity and gets up to 16 bar pressure with pressure you hand pump.  If you can’t decide between a French press and a Chemex, try the new Clever Coffee Dripper; it combines the best of both into one handy cup.

Set a budget
It’s imperative you know how much you can spend, and this decision will make the entire process much simpler and less stressful.  Give yourself some leeway; you may find something with all the features you need for slightly more (or slightly less!) and some built in flexibility will help you in the long run.

Know your time limit
If you have mornings at your leisure and have plenty of time to grind and brew, then you can afford to go for something that takes a little more TLC but will probably produce something richer that you’ll enjoy more.  Perhaps an Ascaso Espresso Machine is something you’d be interested in.  However, if you’re strapped for time and are lucky to make it out the door in one piece, shoot for a pod coffee maker.  Just pop in a pod of your choosing (espresso, coffee, cappuccino, etc.) and that’s it.  I’d recommend a Cafejo Single Cup

Know your skill set
Are you into doing a little research?  Do you feel up to controlling the pressure and speed?  If the answer is yes, then by all means, go for something like a La Pavoni Professional.  The manual lever puts you in charge of every part of your espresso making experience and will most likely have you pouring hours into identifying just the timing and force you prefer.  If you just want to make good coffee and don’t feel like investing time or energy into it, opt for a standard drip machine.  Bunn makes some excellent choices that are fairly foolproof.

Follow these simple steps and find your way to better tasting coffee all year long in 2011!


Tara Alley is a freelance writer and coffee fanatic native to Montana, currently writing out of Orange County, CA.  You can reach her at: tara@coffeehomedirect.com. Visit her website at: http://www.coffeehomedirect.com/

Note: This information was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the businesses in question before making your plans.

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