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Coffee remains one of America’s most popular beverages. The National Coffee Association reports that over 50 percent of adults drink it every day. The average coffee drinker consumes slightly more than three cups daily. Retailers sell approximately $18 billion dollars’ worth of coffee each year in the United States.
It has become such a highly profitable industry because millions of Americans buy coffee at restaurants and cafes, often paying $2 to $3 per cup. Despite the high cost, such drinks aren’t always fresh or sufficiently hot. You can save up to $1,200 each year by learning to make delicious coffee at home and buying the necessary equipment.
Coffee Maker & Accessories
It is crucial to obtain a high-quality coffee maker. A well-made appliance may cost more to purchase, but it will last longer and produce better results. Be sure to read and compare product reviews of different models. A glass carafe and a built-in warming plate will help to ensure that your beverage is always hot.
After you find a coffee maker, consider buying some accessories for it. These items include reusable filters, spare carafes and insulated travel mugs, among other products. An excellent variety of Cuisinart coffee maker parts are available to suit every individual. It also proves important to obtain the right ingredients.
Coffee Beans and Brewing
For the best results, only use fresh coffee beans and cold water. If your tap water contains chlorine, filter it out or buy a bottle of spring water. Although cold water generally yields the best results, some advanced brewing techniques like French press use hot water. You can experiment with varying amounts of cream and sugar.
If your beans aren’t already ground, you will need to acquire a bean grinder. Like the above-mentioned Cuisinart coffee maker parts, this product will help to improve your results. Burr grinders generally work best. For maximum flavor, grind the beans right before you brew coffee. The correct ground size will depend upon the type of beverage.
For regular brewing with cold water, grind the beans coarsely. This will take about five to 10 seconds in most grinders. When making French press or drip coffee, grind them for 10 to 12 seconds. To produce very small grounds for espresso, run the grinder for 25 to 30 seconds. Finally, you can put the filter, water and grounds in the coffee maker.
You may have to try a few different amounts of coffee beans and water until you achieve the ideal flavor. After becoming familiar with the process, most people can make coffee at home in less than 10 minutes. It is well worth the initial effort to gain better tasting coffee and save thousands of dollars in the long run.
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