September 29, 2011
It's Coffee Day Today!
Today is National Coffee Day today in the US, so we thought we'd tag along for the ride and share the coffee love!
Did you know that coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth? That said, it shouldn't come as a surprise that coffee lovers go to great extents to get their perfect cup o' Joe.
For a daily quick fix as easy the push of a button, many opt for a Nespresso machine. Plus with the help of the Aeroccino, the fresh burst of espresso can quickly turn into a delicious foamy cappuccino or smoth and creamy latte.
For a less techie option (read: affordable), Bodum's Chambord Espresso Maker offers a great alternative. The stylish stainless steel unit brews delicious and quality espresso right at the stovetop.
Another option is a Bodum French press, a brewing device that captures more of the coffee's intesne flavour and essential oils, which would otherwise be trapped in traditional drip brew machine's paper filter. Be sure to use a coarser grind in a French press, as finer grounds can seep through the press filter and into your coffee.
The Pebo (Santos) from Bodum is another favourite among passionate coffee drinkers. This coffee maker extracts all precious oils from the coffee with its effective vacuum brewing process, entirely sealed off so no aroma can escape. You even get to watch the process through the two attached glass bowls like a science experiment!
The most time consuming brewing process is the cold-brew. Extraction relies on time rather than heat. Coffee grounds are steeped in water for about 12 hours at room temperature, then strained, resulting in a rich coffee concentrate that lasts for weeks in the refrigerator. If you have the patience for this technique , you will be rewarded with a perfectly smooth iced-coffee, which eliminates any acidity or burnt flavours that are found if the coffee was brewed hot and then cooled.