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A conical burr grinder is different than other grinders in how it works and processes the beans. Pictured above is the blade of a conical burr grinder. The major difference in how it works is that a conical burr grinder works slowly in grinding the beans, which provides a more consistent grind. This allows to preserve the aromas and oils in the beans, and therefore, when brewing it, you get the most tasteful and aromatic cup of coffee.
Here are three of the best types of coffee grinders available on the market today, all providing you with the ability to make barista style coffee in your own home. As you’re able to adjust the grind settings on these grinders, they’re perfect for grinding beans for any brewing method, french press (coarse grind) espresso (fine grind) or anything in between!
Breville BCG800XL Smart Grinder:
Bodum Bistro Electric Conical Burr Coffee Grinder:
Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder:
Other Breville Smart Grinder Comparisons:
We compare the Breville Smart Grinder to Baratza Encore, you can read about it here.
A comparison between the Smart Grinder and Capresso’s Infinity can be read here.
The difference between Smart Grinder and Rancilio Rocky is available here.
More general info about conical burr grinders:
If your budget for a new espresso machine is at $500 and under, you’re in for some really great options. If you’re somewhat used to espresso machines and how they operate, a semi-automatic espresso machine would be a great option for you and you should be able to use it with ease. If you’re a beginner, or looking for convenience without compromising quality, you’ll absolutely love a fully automatic espresso machine, especially that it’s available for under $500! (They usually cost over $1000).
So, let’s have a look at our top picks for espresso machines under $500:
This semi-automatic espresso machine by Breville is quite stunning, and that is not something new when tit comes to Breville appliances. It’s a semi-auto that gives you plenty of room to adjust your coffee drink as you like.
Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine:
A true classic machine made by big Italian brand, Gaggia. Designed with commercial grade but for the home consumer, the Gaggia 14101 espresso machine is the perfect machine for a true at-home barista.
Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine:
This fully automatic espresso machine is one of the few that you can get for under $500, and it actually works wonderfully! With a push of a button, the machine automatically draws as much beans needed for your requested drink, it grinds it on the spot and brew it right away.
We have a full comparison between the Gaggia Classic and the Infuser that you can read by visiting this page: http://coffeegearathome.com/gaggia-classic-vs-gaggia-baby-class-breville-infuser-which-is-a-better-choice-for-you/
The Breville Barista Express is sort of The Infuser’s bigger brother. We have a review of it and a comparison of it and The Infuser in this post, but here’s a quick recap:
An electric water kettle is a must-have in any kitchen, and that’s a given. But if you’re an avid coffee or tea drinker, your average water kettle won’t cut it for you. As you know, each coffee or tea drink requires water boiled at a different temperature to bring out the best flavor possible. For example:
French Press coffee requires water to be at 200-degrees. Green tea requires it at 175-degrees, black tea at 212-degrees.
The average electric water kettle does not allow you to customize the temperature of water to your preferred drink. What you need is a ‘Variable-Temperature Kettle’, that’s a kettle that gives you different temperature options that are perfect for each drink. This type of kettle usually has a dedicated button for each drink, and can sometimes allow you to set your own temperature. It can also hold your water temperature for a set amount of time until you’re ready to use it.
Here’s our recommendation for the best variable-temperature electric water kettles:
Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature 1.8-Liter Kettle:
Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle:
Two of the kettles listed above have Boil-dry protection as one of their main features. So, what is this feature?
Boil-dry protection is a safety features that turns the kettle off automatically if it doesn’t have the minimum required level of water in it.
If you happened to love milk based drinks, delicious frothy coffee or hot chocolate, you’ll absolutely love having an electric milk frother.
Hot frothy milk with a touch of a button! It’s that simple. Not into froth? You can still have nice thick steamed milk for any milk-based drink.
You might wonder, why should you spend (comparatively) a lot of money on an electric milk frother instead of going for a $3 frothing wand? Well, there’s a LOT of difference:
There is no difference. If you get an electric milk frother, it will include two whisks:
Yes, they do. You’ll pour in cold milk and the milk frother will heat it, mix it and froth it.
There are many options to choose from, but we’ve got the best two choices for you here.
First is, the Breville BMF600XL Milk Cafe Milk Frother:
The Breville electric milk frother is BY FAR the best one out there. It offers many features that other frothers don’t have like:
Other features include:
The Breville Milk Cafe Frother is the best electric frother for latte as it allows you to choose the optimal temperature for it as well as other drinks. It’s also perfect to use with any type of milk like soy, almond or rice.
Watch How The Breville Milk Cafe Works:
Your second best choice would be the Secura Electric Milk Frother:
The Secura milk frother and warmer is an excellent choice for anyone just looking for hot or cold froth for their drinks. With this frother, you cannot add other ingredients into the jug. It is NOT dishwasher safe, but it is non-stick on the inside, so it’s easy to rinse clean. Also, it does not steam milk, it only froths or simply heats the milk.
If you’re not on a strict budget, I would HIGHLY recommend you to go with the Breville Milk Frother. It is slightly higher in price, but you’ll get much more for your money. If you’d like a less costly option, then the Secura is a fantastic choice as well.
The Nespresso Aeroccino is another choice for an electric milk frother, popular by Nespresso fans. But is it better than Breville’s Milk Cafe? Here are some of its features:
We prefer the Breville Milk Cafe for a few reasons:
If you decided on an Aeroccino, you’ll find there are two models to choose from: Plus and Aeroccino 3. Which should you choose?
Although both are pretty much the same, the Aeroccino Plus is a clear winner among buyers.
The Epica frother is a strong contender for the Secura milk frother, which is why they’re compared to each other rather a lot:
Image Title Epica Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Heater Carafe Secura Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer 2-Year Warranty (250ml) Feature Makes hot or cold milk froth for cappuccino or iced drinks, heats milk for latte and other hot drinks
Stainless steel with vacuum insulation helps contents maintain temperature
Carafe detaches from base for easy pouring
Capacity: frothing 4.25 oz./125 ml., heating 8.5 oz./250 ml.
Hot and cold milk froth for cappuccinos,hot milk for lattes
Maximum capacity: 125 ml (for milk froth preparation), 250 ml (for hot milk preparation)
Maximum and minimum level indicators
Stainless-steel exterior with vacuum insulation; Detachable base
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards, 120V. ETL. 2-YEAR Warranty
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There little to no difference between these two milk frothers. Both have the same quality and the same features, in this case, the price would make the difference. Choose the one that reflects the same price for you.
Who would like heart-warming frothy cup of hot chocolate? It’s definitely a worldwide favorite!
Many people ask if it’s possible to make a cup of hot chocolate using an electric milk frother. The answer is definitely yes, but here’s how:
a Keurig 2.0 Brewer is the only Keurig that can brew both single cup servings as well a full carafe. The machine is available in a number of models that vary in sizes, so you can choose the right one for your needs.
Keurig K55 is an excellent choice for single cup brewing with a large 48 oz reservoir. Perfect for brewing many cups without the need to refill.
Keurig K15 is perfect for a single user who needs something compact. It has no water reservoir, instead you add a fresh cup of water for every brew. It's very small in size in comparison to other Keurigs.
KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker
This personal coffee maker by KitchenAid is compact in size and brews directly into your mug or travel mug. Use it with your favorite coffee ground and never worry about coffee pods.
Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker
This convenient coffee maker by Hamilton Beach allows you to brew a single cup in different sizes using your favorite coffee ground. It can also adjust the coffee brew from regular to bold. This, in addition to many great features.
Ninja Coffee Bar
The Ninja Coffee Bar gives you the best of all words. It is a single-serve (using coffee ground), it is also able to make a full carafe and specialty coffee drinks.
Keurig K55 Coffee Maker
The Keurig K55 allows you to brew a cup of coffee using a K-Cup pod, which is available from so many brands like Green Mountain, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts and many more. It also has a refillable pod that allows you to use your own coffee ground.
Keurig 2.0 Coffee Maker
Keurig 2.0, like the K55, brews K-Cups from many different brands, which doesn't limit your options. The 2.0 model allows you to additionally brew a full carafe along side many different cup sizes.
The Nespresso CitiZ&Milk allows you to brew espresso, and thanks to its built-in frother, you can easily heat and froth milk for drinks like Cappuccino and Latte.
Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Lattissima Pro takes it up to another level with its fully automated drink preparation. Using the LCD touch screen, choose the drink you want to brew and the Lattissima will do everything else.
Nespresso Evoluo VertuoLine Machine
The Evoluo is part of Nespresso's VertuoLine brewers which allow you to brew a full cup of coffee in addition to espresso and espresso-based drinks. So, if you enjoy your cup of coffee as well as a frothy cup of Cappuccino or Latte, this would be a nice option for you.