Food How to brew the best cup of coffee at home, according to experts
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After the long weekend, you may be yearning for something to help take your mind off of getting back into the swing of things. Let’s start with what will be most exciting for those who who are obsessed with Ben & Jerry’s previously released non-dairy flavors (you can't see it, but we're raising our hands). Today, the ice cream duo announced two new non-dairy flavors, both made with almond milk.
Americans are drinking morenow than ever before — and getting pickier about how it tastes.
Today, coffee fanatics have seriously stepped up their coffee game, with better beans and slower brewing methods, which offer more control (read: smoother and more delicious joe). And now that we're used to drinking artisanal brew from specialty coffee shops, we want it at home, too.
The exploding popularity in craft coffee is, in part, what promptedto take a deep dive into the world of home coffee brewers, with a lab report that appeared in the October 2017 issue.
You’ve probably been drinking stale coffee your entire adult life
There's a simple solution to this sweeping problem.Water aside, coffee is the most popular beverage in the world. It has upwards of 850 compounds in it, giving it a more complex flavor than wine, which has around 600 compounds. So why are so many people diluting a drink with such robust flavor? Well, one reason is because most of us have been drinking stale coffee for our entire lives, and cream and sugar make otherwise overwhelmingly bitter brews more palatable.
The magazine looked at several, including pour-over, French press and drip, tested various home brewers and tried plenty of beans to boot. That said, there's no one size-fits-all answer as to the absolute perfect brewing machine on the market. "There is no one best bet, and it's a personal preference," Elliot Weiler, Consumer Reports digital editor, told TODAY Food.
So, really, it comes down to figuring out your own personal taste and, once you have that down, check out the corresponding brewer that got the thumb's up from Consumer Reports' expert tasters.
For a clean, balanced cup:
Chemex 8-Cup Classic Series Coffeemaker, $43,
Pour-over is a manual style of making coffee in which you methodically pour hot water over grounds in the filter. Coffee then percolates down into the carafe. Chemex — with its iconic hour-glass shape and wood handle — set itself apart in tests, in large part due to its own brand of filters, made of a heavier-bonded paper, which keep sediment out and regulate the flow rate, Weller said. Enough science. The final brew? "If you like an aromatic, balanced brew with sweet, juicy undertones, this one's for you," tasters noted.
How 1 Woman Invented Coffee as We Know It Today
If you've ever wondered what genius invented the coffee filter as you sip a freshly brewed cup, allow this brief introduction to make you appreciate your daily dose of caffeine even more. Melitta Bentz, a German housewife, invented the coffee filter based on her desire for a smoother blend without the presence of grainy grinds or the bitterness caused by overbrewing. Melitta, who brewed coffee every day, wasn't pleased with the ineffective ceramic and metal filtering devices that were available, so she tried a softer, thinner material: a sheet of blotting paper from her son's school notebook.
Editors note: Theand is also available.
For a bold, full-bodied taste:
Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker, $25,
brew a bit like tea: Coarsely ground coffee beans steep in hot water in the carafe, then you plunge the built-in filter down to contain the grounds, then pour. Bodum's 8-cup model got props for its fine-mesh filter and tight seal, which helped keep ground out of the coffee—"a common problem with cheaper models," the magazine noted.
For coffee lovers on-the-go:
Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker, $30,
is kind of like a single-serve French press but with a filter. The "one-of-a-kind" mini coffee maker sits on top of a mug so you just mix the water and grounds it in, then press into the mug below. The filter catches even very fine particles, and the set-up is great for travelers.
No, Coffee and Tea Aren't Actually Dehydrating. Here's Why
When you want to quench your thirst, you probably don’t reach for a steaming cup of coffee or tea. But despite what you’ve heard, coffee and caffeinated tea are not dehydrating, experts say. It’s true that caffeine is a mild diuretic, which means that it causes your kidneys to flush extra sodium and water from the body through urine. If you’re peeing frequently, and thus losing lots of liquid, it’s logical to think you could become dehydrated — but it actually doesn’t work that way, explains Dr. Daniel Vigil, an associate clinical professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles.
For a simple, quality brew:
Melitta 6-cup Pour-Over Brewer, $14,
If you want to experiment with the pour-over method on the cheap, check out this model from. Tasters found the coffee had "full, juicy flavors that weren't too aggressive, with a smooth feel and sweet taste." Plus, the whole thing — carafe and brewing basket — is dishwasher safe.
For easy, no-nonsense joe:
Cuisinart PerfecTemp 14 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker, $75,
Drip coffee scored slightly lower than the other methods in complexity and smoothness, experts noted, as you're giving up some control — and therefore, quality — with. But this model from Cuisinart came out on top for brewing in the ideal temp zone of 195 to 205 degrees F and for its speed and convenience.
If you are looking for something a little bit more simplistic, we took to Amazon and Walmart to see which coffee makers were in top demand with their users. Below are the top best selling coffee pots on these retailer sites right now, with some top reviews to prove it.
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Hamilton Beach 2 Way Brewer, $40,
One Walmart reviewer commented, "I have to give it 5 stars, even though I just got it. New kitchen and it looks sleek on the counter. Cleaned it before use and it made perfect coffee on both carafe and single cup sides with hot and robust flavor. Only concern was my flip top to carafe broke from side but I used clear epoxy to fix. Nice machine with versatility of use. Having a cup right now!"
Mr. Coffee 12 Cup Switch Coffee Maker, $15,
"After my 2nd $100 plus coffee maker in 2 years just died I bought this till I could do some on line research before I bought another. Well this thing is as good as any coffee maker I 've ever had. Not bitter, keeps good and hot. Think I'll buy a 1/2 dozen in case they stop making this model and my coffee pot problems are solved for the rest of my life." - Rich
Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker, $44,
"I love this coffee brew! I love that it has a clock and auto timer to set the coffee to brew to whenever you'd like! Takes less space that I thought it would on the counter and looks for soft and elegant-- not too big!" - VANDANA C
Takeya Cold brew Iced Coffee Maker, $19,
"This is one of my favorite buys recently! I have saved a ton of money making my cold brew at home rather than ordering it everyday at coffee shop. It fits perfectly in the door of the fridge and doesn't spill. (I've traveled with it in the car several times and even if it knocks over, I've not lost a single drop!)." - Kait
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The Chilling Reason You Should Drink Hot Coffee in the Summer .
If you’re sweating this summer, your first impulse might be to reach for a cool cup of cold brew — extra ice. After first reading about this seeming anomaly on Extra Crispy, The Daily Meal wanted to corroborate the paradox of drinking something steamy on an equally steamy day. Turns out, the knowledge isn’t so rare — Dr. György Buzsáki, professor of neuroscience at New York University School of Medicine, told The Daily Meal that he himself had experienced the same phenomenon years ago, while hitchhiking through Turkey.
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