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Get Great Coffee at Home
Coffee is what makes the world spin, or at least what get us up in the morning. Even non-coffee drinkers would agree that the aroma of newly brewed coffee is delightful. There’s a reason that houses on the market just happen to have freshly brewed coffee or even newly baked bread around, to enhance the experience for prospective buyers.
The art of coffee making was originally cultivated by Sufis in Yemen sometime in the 15th century, and spread from there to other monasteries. The intake of coffee was directly related to religious practices, as an aid to concentration and a spiritual intoxication when they chanted the name of God. When the first first coffee houses opened in Cairo and Mecca, coffee became a passion and not just a stimulant.
But it wasn’t until after the Boston Tea Party of 1773, that Americans started switching from tea to coffee, and the reason was that the American Revolution made drinking tea seem unpatriotic. Coffee drinking has accelerated significantly in the last century. By the time of the new millennium, coffee consumption was 22.1 gallons per capita. More than 150 million Americans drink coffee on a daily basis, and 65 percent consume their hot beverage in the morning.
Thus, a good coffee maker is of paramount importance to many Americans. Even made with the same beans, coffee prepared at different temperatures, different speeds, or having been exposed to air for different amounts of time, provides vastly different tasting experiences. Look for a brewer that maintains a water temperature between 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal extraction. Shower heads makes the water spread evenly over the ground beans, which is said to result in a more balanced, flavorful beverage, as compared to brews extracted from the traditional drip system. Speed matters too, as the quicker the better, and once brewed, you want to keep your beverage in an airtight container to keep it from too much contact with air, which spoils the aroma.
We have reviewed five coffee makers, to help with some pointers of for what you should be looking. Moccamaster KBGT 10-Cup Coffee Brewer for example, makes coffee for less than many other models with similar features, and on top of it offers a 5-year warranty, to keep you happily brewing for many mornings to come.