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Single Cup Coffee Makers Can Be A Gift

It’s one thing to purchase one or two single cup coffee makers for use in your home. Have you ever thought about giving one as a gift? Not only do they make great coffee makers in general but great gifts. Think about the friends and family members in your life who this could benefit. Do you know that person who is always in a hurry or on the go? This may be the best thing for them.

These types of stylish coffee pots have countless uses. In fact, good types can also brew tea and hot chocolate. They also have a reservoir tank attached to them that allows you to store water in there for weeks, and it stays fresh. This makes the ease of use with one of these coffee makers very simple. Usually single cup coffee makers are stainless steel and look extremely upscale. This adds to their feature driven appeal.

These gifts are also great for that person who is always in a hurry. No matter where you live, time is becoming more and more precious as we keep developing technology to cut down on time. This makes single cup coffee makers extremely useful as it allows anyone in a hurry to have their fresh brewed “to go” cup of coffee, tea or cocoa in mere minutes. This type of system allows anyone to save precious time, avoiding the usual brew time wait.

Along with the brew time convenience, you’ll also reap the “no mess” benefits of these types of coffee brewing systems. Since you place in a easy to use packet of coffee, tea of cocoa you never have to worry about spilling or making a mess on the counter. This bonus is enough to make anyone who doesn’t have one of these types of systems beam with joy at the mere thought of owning one.

Therefore, the next time you are trying to think of the perfect gift for someone who loves coffee, consider the single cup coffee maker. If this time saving convenience, lack of mess, and stylish looks of this type of coffee brewing system don’t mean much to you, it just might for that special someone. I can’t image a modern family without someone in it that drinks coffee. Each year more and more coffee drinkers are finding there way into the market and now is the best time to get them hooked into the quickest way to get a good cup of coffee.

Consider next year for Christmas the best time to buy a single cup coffee maker. Some of the best deals for these machines can be found online. You can place your order anytime and have the device long before Christmas day. What better way to make that coffee addict in your family happy? Typically you’ll find prices for these type of coffee pots we’ll below 9 and the shipping is fast. However, avoid waiting until the week before the holiday as shipping times can be delayed. Instead, make plans to get your coffee maker the month before or earlier.

Single Cup Coffee Maker Makes A Great Cup Of Fresh Coffee

A single cup coffee maker can give a lovely cup of fresh coffee for people wanting just one on the run and who are in a hurry. They are easy to set up and use, they can have a fresh cup of coffee blended in just a couple of minutes and are sold in most convenient stores and garages.

Most single cup coffee makers claim to have a fresh brewed cup of coffee done in about a minute or so. The new coffee pods are pumped by hand and provide coffee lovers a cup of fresh coffee warm or chilled in a variety of flavors. These pre-measured packets filled with the right amount of coffee grounds make it easy and mess-free to make a cup of hot fresh coffee.

Several options are available with a single cup coffee maker, including the use of a thermal cup. A person puts a coffee pod into the machine, fills it with water and the brew flows into a thermal travel mug ready to take on the road in about a minute. Many single cup coffee makers have two pod holders and have the options of different varieties providing a cup of fresh coffee to suit everyones taste.

Coffee Machines That Not Only Make Coffee But Other Drinks Too!

The Tasssimo coffee machine makes cappuccino, espresso, crema coffee, hot chocolate and even tea while the Black and Decker Cup-at-a-Time personal coffee maker will brew your coffee into your own coffee mug using an included permanent filter and can also used for hot water for instant meals, which will give the single cup coffee maker another use which is especially good for use at work where there are several people.

The single cup coffee maker will cut down on wasted water and coffee as the cup of fresh coffee is dispersed in measured amounts. A wide range of prices is available for a single cup coffee maker ranging from kitchen models at around £35 up to far more advanced models costing hundreds of pounds.

The single cup coffee maker is also available in many styles and colors to fit the color scheme of the kitchen in which it will be used. There are some sold in a coordinated sets, which include the single cup coffee maker, toaster, kettle and blender, all with the same basic design and in the same color. Stainless steel models are one of the most popular ranges at the moment.

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Coffee preparation


Main article: Coffee Roasting

Roasting coffee transforms the chemical and physical properties of green coffee beans into roasted coffee products.

The roasting process is integral to producing a savory cup of coffee. When roasted, the green coffee bean expands to nearly double its original size, changing in color and density. As the bean absorbs heat, the color shifts to yellow, then to a light “cinnamon” brown, and then to a rich dark brown color. During roasting, oils appear on the surface of the bean. The roast will continue to darken until it is removed from the heat source.

Coffee can be roasted with ordinary kitchen equipment (frying pan, grill, oven, popcorn popper) or by specialised appliances. A coffee roaster is a special pan or apparatus suitable to heat up and roast green coffee beans.


An old-fashioned manual coffee grinder.

The whole coffee beans are ground, also known as milling, to facilitate the brewing process.

The fineness of grind strongly affects brewing, and must be matched to the brewing method for best results. Brewing methods which expose coffee grounds to heated water for longer require a coarser grind than faster brewing methods. Beans which are too finely ground for the brewing method in which they are used will expose too much surface area to the heated water and produce a bitter, harsh, “over-extracted” taste. At the other extreme, an overly coarse grind will produce weak coffee unless more is used. Due to the importance of fineness, uniformly ground coffee is better than a mixture of sizes.

Ground coffee deteriorates faster than roasted beans because of the greater surface area exposed to oxygen. Many coffee drinkers grind the beans themselves immediately before brewing.

There are four methods of grinding coffee for brewing: burr-grinding, chopping, pounding, and roller grinding.


A burr grinder.

Burr mills use two revolving abrasive elements, such as wheels or conical grinding elements, between which the coffee beans are crushed or “torn” with little frictional heating. The process of squeezing and crushing of the beans releases the coffee’s etherical oils, which are then more easily extracted during the infusion process with hot water, making the coffee taste richer and smoother.

Both manually- and electrically-powered mills are available. These mills grind the coffee to a fairly uniform size determined by the separation of the two abrasive surfaces between which the coffee is ground; the uniform grind produces a more even extraction when brewed, without excessively fine particles that clog filters.

These mills offer a wide range of grind settings, making them suitable to grind coffee for various brewing systems such as espresso, drip, percolators, French press, and others. Many burr grinders, including almost all domestic versions, are unable to achieve the extremely fine grind required for the preparation of Turkish coffee; traditional Turkish hand grinders are an exception.

Conical burr grinders use steel burrs which allow them to grind effectively while rotating relatively slowly, usually below 500 rpm, reducing frictional heating of the ground coffee, thus preserving maximum aroma. Conical burr grinders are quieter and less likely to clog than disk grinders.

Grinders with disk-type burrs usually rotate faster than conical burr grinders and warm the ground coffee a little by friction, manual models less than electrical. They are cheaper than conical burr grinders, and are well suited for grinding small amounts of coffee (with no time for heat to build up) for home use.


A blade or propeller grinder

Coffee beans can be chopped by using blades rotating at high speed (20,000 to 30,000 rpm), either in a blade grinder designed specifically for coffee and spices, or in a general use home blender. Devices of this sort are cheaper and longer-lasting than burr grinders, but the grind is not uniform and will produce particles of widely varying sizes where ideally all particles should have the same size, right for the method of brewing. The ground coffee is also warmed by friction.

Blade grinders create offee dust that can clog up sieves in espresso machines and French presses, and are best suited for drip coffee makers. They are not recommended for grinding coffee for use with pump espresso machines.


Arabic coffee and Turkish coffee requires that the grounds be almost powdery in fineness, finer than can be achieved by most burr grinders. Pounding the beans with a mortar and pestle can pulverize the coffee finely enough.

Roller grinding

In a roller grinder, the beans are ground between pairs of corrugated rollers. A roller grinder produces a more even grind size distribution and heats the ground coffee less than other grinding methods. However, due to their size and cost, roller grinders are used exclusively by commercial and industrial scale coffee producers.

Water-cooled roller grinders are used for high production rates as well as for fine grinds such as Turkish and espresso.


Coffee can be brewed in several different ways, but these methods fall into four main groups depending upon how the water is introduced to the coffee grounds.

If the method allows the water to pass only once through the grounds, the resulting brew will contain mainly the more soluble components (including caffeine). If the water is repeatedly cycled through the beans (as with the common percolator), the brew will also contain more of the relatively less soluble, and bitter-tasting, compounds found in the bean, but less ground coffee will be required.

Water temperature is crucial to the proper extraction of flavor from the ground coffee. The recommended brewing temperature of coffee is 200 F (93 C). If cooler, some of the solubles that make up the flavor will not be extracted. If the water is too hot, some undesirable, bitter, elements will be extracted, adversely affecting the taste. If coffee is heated to boiling point only very briefly, the taste will be little affected; the longer it is kept at a high temperature the worse the taste becomes.

The usual ratio of coffee to water for the style of coffee most prevalent in Europe, America, and other Westernized nations (evident in publications such as textbooks on coffee and instruction manuals for drip-brew machines) is between one and two tablespoons of ground coffee per six ounces (180 millilitres) of water; the full two tablespoons per six ounces tends to be recommended by experienced coffee lovers. The fineness of grind and method of brewing can also affect the strength.

Brewed coffee kept hot will deteriorate rapidly in flavor. Even at room temperature, deterioration will occur; however, if kept in an oxygen-free environment it can last almost indefinitely at room temperature, and sealed containers of brewed coffee are sometimes commercially available in food stores in America or Europe, with Frappuccino being commonly available at convenience stores and grocery stores in the United States.

Electronic coffee makers boil the water and brew the infusion with little human assistance and sometimes according to a timer. Some grind beans automatically before brewing.


Despite the name, care should be taken not to actually boil coffee for more than an instant because it becomes bitter.

The simplest method is to put the ground coffee in a cup, pour in hot water and let it cool while the grounds sink to the bottom. This is a traditional method for making a cup of coffee that is still used in parts of Indonesia. This method (known as “mud coffee” in the Middle East owing to an extremely fine grind that results in a mud-like sludge at the bottom of the cup) allows for extremely simple preparation, but the drinker must be careful if they want to avoid drinking grounds either from this layer or floating at the surface of the coffee (which can be avoided by dribbling cold water onto the ‘floaters’ from the back of a spoon). If the coffee beans are not ground finely enough, the grounds do not sink.

“Cowboy coffee” is made by heating coarse grounds with water in a pot, letting the grounds settle and pouring off the liquid to drink, sometimes filtering it to remove fine grounds. While the name suggests that this method was used by cowboys, presumably on the trail around a campfire, it is used by others; some people prefer this method. This method is still used in certain situations in Finland, Norway and Sweden, which have the highest consumption of coffee per-capita, but filter brewing is the standard method there today.

The above methods are sometimes used with hot milk instead of water.

Turkish coffee aka Greek coffee, Arabic coffee, etc., a very early method of making coffee, is used in the Middle East, North Africa, East Africa, Turkey, Greece, Balkans and Russia. Very finely ground coffee, optionally sugar, and water are placed in a narrow-topped pot, called an cezve (Turkish), kanaka (Egyptian), briki (Greek), dezva (tokavian) or turka (Russian) and brought to the boil then immediately removed from the heat. It may be very briefly brought to the boil two or three times. Turkish coffee is often flavored with cardamom, particularly in Arab countries. The resulting strong coffee, with foam on the top and a thick layer of grounds at the bottom, is drunk from small cups. The pot is often referred to as an ibrik in the West, in the mistaken belief that it is the Turkish language name for the pot


A cafetire (or French press) is a tall, narrow cylinder with a plunger that includes a metal or nylon mesh filter. Coffee is placed in the cylinder and boiling water is poured in. The coffee and hot water are left in the cylinder for a few minutes (typically 47 minutes) and the plunger is pushed down, leaving the filter immediately above the grounds, allowing the coffee to be poured out while the filter retains the grounds. Depending on the type of filter, it is important to pay attention to the grind of the coffee beans, though a rather coarse grind is almost always called for.. A plain glass cylinder may be used, or a vacuum flask arrangement to keep the coffee hot (not to be confused with a vacuum brewer; see below).

Coffee bags are less often used than tea bags. They are simply disposable bags containing coffee; the grounds do not mix with the water so no extra filtering is required.

Malaysian coffee is often brewed using a “sock”, which is really just a muslin bag shaped like a filter into which coffee is loaded then steeped into hot water. This method is especially suitable for use with local-brew coffees in Malaysia, primarily of the varieties Robusta and Liberica which are often strong-flavored, allowing the ground coffee in the sock to be reused.

A vacuum brewer consists of two chambers: a pot below, atop which is set a bowl or funnel with its siphon descending nearly to the bottom of the pot. The bottom of the bowl is blocked by a filter of glass, cloth or plastic, and the bowl and pot are joined by a gasket that forms a tight seal. Water is placed in the pot, the coffee grounds are placed in the bowl, and the whole apparatus is set over a burner. As the water heats, it is forced by the increasing vapor pressure up the siphon and into the bowl where it mixes with the grounds. When all the water possible has been forced into the bowl the brewer is removed from the heat. As the water vapor in the pot cools, it contracts, forming a partial vacuum and drawing the coffee down through the filter.

The AeroPress is a device invented in 2005 that combines steeping and pressure. Hot water is poured onto ground coffee, similarly to a French press, but soon after the coffee is forced through a paper microfilter using pressure. This filter allows a finer grind and removes more of the sediment than the stainless steel mesh filter of a French press.


Drip brew (also known as filter or American coffee) is made by letting hot water drip onto coffee grounds held in a coffee filter surrounded by a filter holder or brew basket. Drip brew makers can be simple filter holder types manually filled with hot water, or they can use automated systems as found in the popular electric drip coffeemaker. Strength varies according to the ratio of water to coffee and the fineness of the grind, but is typically weaker than espresso, though the final product contains more caffeine. By convention, regular coffee brewed by this method is served in a brown or black pot (or a pot with a brown or black handle), while decaffeinated coffee is served in an orange pot (or a pot with an orange handle).

A variation is the traditional Neapolitan flip coffee pot, or Napoletana, a drip brew coffee maker for the stovetop. It consists of a bottom section filled with water, a middle filter section, and an upside-down pot placed on the top. When the water boils, the coffee maker is flipped over to let the water filter through the coffee grounds.

The common electric percolator which was in almost universal use in the United States prior to the 1970s, and is still popular in some households today differs from the pressure percolator described above. It uses the pressure of the boiling water to force it to a chamber above the grounds, but relies on gravity to pass the water down through the grounds, where it then repeats the process until shut off by an internal timer. The coffee produced is held in low esteem by some coffee aficionados because of this multiple-pass process. Many coffee drinkers still prefer gravity percolation because they claim it delivers a richer cup of coffee in comparison to drip brewing.

Indian filter coffee – This apparatus is typically made of stainless steel. There are two cylindrical compartments, one sitting on top of the other. The upper compartment has tiny holes (less than ~0.5 mm). And then there is the pierced pressing disc with a stem handle, and a covering lid. The finely ground coffee with 15-20% chicory is placed in the upper compartment, the pierced pressing disc is used to cover the ground coffee and hot water is poured on top of this disk. Unlike the regular drip brew, the coffee does not start pouring down immediately. This is because of the chicory, which holds on to the water longer than just the ground coffee beans can. This causes the decoction to be much more potent than the American drip variety. 23 teaspoonfuls of this decoction is added to a 100150 ml milk. Sugar would be added by individual preference.

Another variation is cold-brewed coffee, sometimes known as “cold press.” Cold water is poured over coffee grounds and allowed to steep for eight to twenty-four hours. The coffee is then filtered, usually through a very thick filter, removing all particles. This process produces a very strong concentrate which can be stored in a refrigerated, airtight container for up to eight weeks. The coffee can then be prepared for drinking by adding hot water to the concentrate at an approximately 3:1 ratio (water to concentrate), but can be adjusted to the drinker’s preference. The coffee prepared by this method is very low-acid with a smooth taste, and is often preferred by those with sensitive stomachs. Others, however, feel this method strips coffee of its bold flavour and character. This method is not common and there are few appliances designed for it.

It may be interesting to note that the amount of coffee used affects both the strength and the flavour of the brew in a typical filter coffee maker. The softer flavours come out of the coffee first and the more bitter flavours only after some time, so a large brew will tend to be both stronger and more bitter. This can be modified by stopping the filtration after a planned time and then adding hot water to the brew instead of waiting for all the water to pass through the grounds.


Espresso is made with hot water at between 91 C (195 F) and 96 C (204 F) forced, under a pressure of between eight and nine atmospheres (800900 kPa), through a lightly packed matrix (called a puck) of finely ground coffee. It can be served alone (often after an evening meal), and is the basis for many coffee drinks. It is one of the strongest tasting forms of coffee regularly consumed, with a distinctive flavor and crema, a layer of emulsified oils in the form of a colloidal foam standing over the liquid.

A variation on the a moka pot (the upper section formed as a coffee fountain).

A moka pot, also known as “Italian coffeepot”or “caffettiera”, is a three-chamber design which boils water in the lower section and forces the boiling water through coffee grounds held in the middle section, separated by a filter mesh from the top section. The resultant coffee (almost espresso strength, but without the crema) is collected in the upper section. These pots usually sit directly on a heater or stove. Some models have a transparent glass or plastic top.

Various types of single-serving coffee machines force hot water under pressure through a coffee pod composed of finely ground coffee sandwiched between two layers of filter paper or a proprietary capsule containing ground coffee. Examples include the pod-based Senseo and Home Caf systems and the proprietary Tassimo and K-Cup systems.


Coffee in all these forms is made with roasted and ground coffee and hot water, the used grounds either remaining behind or being filtered out of the cup or jug after the main soluble compounds have been extracted. The fineness of grind required differs for the various brewing methods.

Gallery of common brewing methods


Home espresso machine.

Commercial espresso machine.

Moka pot.

Gravity and steeping:

Electric drip brewer.

Cafetire/French press.

Vacuum brewer.

Indian coffee filter.

Coffee storage

This section’s factual accuracy is disputed. Please see the relevant discussion on the talk page. (October 2008)

Coffee loses aroma and flavour with storage, as the volatile components evaporate.[citation needed] Coffee beans are generally considered fresh up to 14 days after roasting. It is suggested to grind right before brewing to get the best result since aroma components are lost by up to 50% after 5 minutes of being ground. Roasted coffee can be stored for some time, depending on factors such as roast degree, UV light, humidity, etc.[citation needed]Vacuum-packing is not proven to extend storage life significantly. It is always better to buy small amounts of coffee for use over a short period of time, for example one week.[citation needed] No matter what methods are used to preserve roasted or ground coffee, aromas will still escape through time, and there is no method that can store coffee permanently without degradation of flavour. Some may suggest freezing roasted coffee beans to extend the shelf life, however, care must be taken of that no water droplets condense on the coffee. Otherwise much of the aroma will be lost. One suggested approach to freezing coffee beans is to double-wrap the package and allow it to defrost for at least 30 minutes before opening the package. This can decrease the chance that any water condenses on coffee beans. It is important to understand that no methods can preserve coffee aroma completely, or extend its shelf life miraculously. The best method is to buy small amounts of coffee every time and consume it as soon as possible. Some people suggests that ageing coffee beans for three days will allow aroma to develop to its full extent. This is not always true since every type of coffee bean is different. Also, the ageing time of coffee beans differs when the roast degree is different. Generally, the darker the roast, the short the ageing time, if any, is needed.

Instant coffee

Main article: Instant coffee

Instant coffee is made commercially by drying prepared coffee; the resulting soluble powder is dissolved in hot water by the user, and sugar/sweeteners and milk added as desired.

Instant Coffee without water

Another way to enjoy instant coffee is “without water”. Boil milk, add coffee and sugar to taste.


Hot drinks


Espresso-based, without milk

Espresso: see above under heading Pressure.

Ristretto is an espresso drink where the weight of the ground coffee is equal to the weight of the brewed shots. The result is a “shorter” shot that is sweeter and more flavorful.

Bica is a Portuguese espresso, longer than its Italian counterpart, but a little bit softer in taste. This is due to the fact that Portuguese roasting is slightly lighter than the Italian one. “Bica” is thus similar to “Lungo” in Italy.

Lungo is different from an Americano. It is a “longer” espresso run through the machine; all the water runs through the beans, as opposed to adding water. With Italian roasting it extracts more bitter flavours.

Americano style coffee is made with espresso (one or several shots), with hot water then added to give a similar strength (but different flavor) to drip-brewed coffee.[citation needed]

Long black is similar to Americano, but prepared in different order (a double shot of espresso is added to water instead of vice versa); most common in Australia and New Zealand.

Espresso-based, with milk

Caff breve is an American variation of a latte: a milk-based espresso drink using steamed half-and-half (light – 10 per cent – cream) instead of milk.

Caff latte or caff e latte is often called simply latte, which is Italian for “milk”, in English-speaking countries; it is espresso with steamed milk, traditionally topped with froth created from steaming the milk. A latte comprises one-third espresso and nearly two-thirds steamed milk. More frothed milk makes it weaker than a cappuccino. A latte is also commonly served in a tall glass; if the espresso is slowly poured into the frothed milk from the rim of the glass, three layers of different shades will form, with the milk at the bottom, the froth on top and the espresso in between. A latte may be sweetened with sugar or flavored syrup. Caramel and vanilla and other flavors are used.

A caf Latte.

Caff macchiato, sometimes Espresso macchiato or “short” macchiato macchiato meaning “marked” is an espresso with a little steamed milk added to the top, usually 30-60 ml (12 oz), sometimes sweetened with sugar or flavored syrup. A “long” macchiato is a double espresso with a little steamed milk. This differs from latte macchiato below which is milk “marked” with espresso. A macchiatto may be ‘traditional’ or ‘topped up’ (extra milk added) depending on strength preferences.

Cappuccino comprises equal parts of espresso coffee and milk and froth, sometimes sprinkled with cinnamon or powdered cocoa.

Flat white is one part espresso with two parts steamed milk, but no foam, usually served in a cappuccino cup. This is a specialty of Australia and New Zealand, particularly favored in the latter. The difference between a flat white and a latte is that a flat white is usually stronger, served in a smaller cup, and has no foam.

Galo is a Bica (Portuguese espresso) to which is added hot milk, tapped from a canister and sprayed into the glass in which it is served.

Latte macchiato is the inverse of a caff macchiato, being a tall glass of steamed milk spotted with a small amount of espresso, sometimes sweetened with sugar or syrup.

Mocha is a latte with chocolate added.

Cortado is espresso with a small amount of very lightly foamed milk added, in contrast to a macchiato’s more frothy texture

Brewed or boiled, non espresso-based

Cream being poured into drip coffee.

Black coffee is drip-brewed, percolated, vacuum brewed, or French-press-style coffee served without cream. Some add sugar.

White coffee is black coffee with unheated milk added. Some add sugar. (Note: though having a similar term, this is not to be confused with the Beirut herbal tea from Lebanon or the Malaysian Ipoh white coffee).

Caf au lait is similar to latte except that drip-brewed coffee is used instead of espresso, with an equal amount of milk. Some add sugar.

Kopi tubruk is an Indonesian-style coffee similar in presentation to Turkish coffee. However, kopi tubruk is made from coarse coffee grounds, and is boiled together with a solid lump of sugar. It is popular on the islands of Java and Bali and their surroundings.

Indian (Madras) filter coffee, particularly common in southern India, is prepared with rough-ground dark roasted coffee beans (e.g., Arabica, PeaBerry), and chicory. The coffee is drip-brewed for a few hours in a traditional metal coffee filter before being served with milk and sugar. The ratio is usually 1/4 decoction, 3/4 milk.

Greek coffee is prepared similarly to Turkish coffee. The main difference is that the coffee beans are ground into a finer powder and sugar is added during the process. It does not contain other flavours and usually is served without milk. Greek coffee is served in a small cup with a handle, and accompanied always by a small cookie and a glass of water. A similar method to the Greek preparation is used in Colombia to make ‘tinta’, strong black coffee that is often brewed with panela, a sugar concentrate in cake form. A muslin or fine-cloth bag is used to strain the grounds.

Vietnamese-style coffee is another form of drip brew. In this form, hot water is allowed to drip though a metal mesh into a cup, and the resulting strong brew is poured into a glass containing sweetened condensed milk which may contain ice. Due to the high volume of coffee grounds required to make strong coffee in this fashion, the brewing process is quite slow. It is also highly popular in Cambodia and Laos.

Fortified coffee

Red Eye is one espresso shot added to a cup of coffee (typically 210-480 ml, 7-16 oz). Some add milk or sugar.

Black Eye is two espresso shots added to a cup of coffee (typically 210-480 ml, 7-16oz). Some add milk or sugar.

Flavored coffees

Madras filter coffee, still in its dabarah and tumbler.

Flavored coffee: In some cultures, flavored coffees are common. Chocolate is a common additive that is either sprinkled on top or mixed with the coffee to imitate the taste of Mocha. Other flavorings include spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, or Italian syrups. In the Maghreb, the orange blossom is used as a flavoring. Vanilla- and hazelnut-flavored coffees are common in the United States; these are usually artificially flavored.

Turkish coffee is served in very small cups about the size of those used for espresso. Traditional Turkish coffee cups have no handles, but modern ones often do. The crema or “face” is considered crucial, and since it requires some skill to achieve its presence is taken as evidence of a well-made brew. (See above for preparation method.) It is usually made sweet, with sugar added after the brew process begins, and often is flavored with cardamom or other spices. In many places it is customary to serve it with a tall glass of water on the side.

Chicory is sometimes combined with coffee as a flavoring agent, as in the style of coffee served at the famous Caf du Monde in New Orleans. Chicory has historically been used as a coffee substitute when real coffee was scarce, as in wartime. Chicory is popular as an additive in Belgium and is an ingredient in Madras filter coffee.

Alcoholic coffee drinks

Alcoholic spirits and liqueurs can be added to coffee, often sweetened and with cream floated on top. These beverages are often given names according to the alcoholic addition:

Black coffee with brandy, or marc, or grappa, or other strong spirit.

Irish coffee, with Irish whiskey, sugar, and cream. There are many variants, essentially the same but with the use of a different spirit:

Caf au Drambuie, with Drambuie instead of whiskey

Caribbean or Jamaican coffee, with dark rum

Gaelic or Scotch coffee, with Scotch whisky

Kahla coffee, with Kahla coffee liqueur

Cold drinks

Iced coffee is a cold version of hot coffee, typically drip or espresso diluted with ice water. Iced coffee can also be an iced or chilled form of any drink in this list. In Australia, iced coffee is cold milk flavoured with a small amount of coffee.

Frapp is a strong cold coffee drink made from instant coffee and in Greece it is consumed more than the Turkish coffee (which the Greeks refer to as “elliniko” or “greek” after the Greek-Turkish dispute over Cyprus in 1974). Frapp was created in Greece in 1957 in the city of Thessaloniki when a businessman taking part in the open, international trade exhibition there, couldn’t wait for hot water for his coffee. His idea spread instantly to all Greece. Preparation: one spoonful of instant coffee (and sugar if one wishes) in a shaker with some water (and milk). It is shaken hard enough for one minute, then icecubes are added and it is served with a drinking straw because of the “foam” that is produced.

Ice-blended coffee (trade names: Frappuccino, Ice Storm) is a variation of iced coffee. The name Frappucino was coined by Starbucks (a portmanteau of frapp and cappuccino). Other coffeehouses serve similar concoctions, but under different names, since “Frappuccino” is a Starbucks trademark. One commonly used by many stores is Ice Storm. Another prominent example is the Javakula at Seattle’s Best Coffee. A frappuccino is a latte, mocha, or macchiato mixed with crushed ice and flavorings (such as vanilla/hazelnut if requested by the customer) and blended.

Thai iced coffee is a popular drink commonly offered at Thai restaurants in the United States. It consists of coffee, ice, and sweetened condensed milk.

Igloo Espresso a regular espresso shot poured over a small amount of crushed ice, served in an espresso cup. Sometimes it is requested to be sweetened as the pouring over the ice causes the shot to become bitter. Originating in Italy and has migrated to Australian coffee shops.

Cold brewed coffee Toddy coffee is a filtered, drip-style process of brewing coffee slowly (12 hours) with cold water to produce a strong coffee concentrate, often served diluted with water or milk of choice.

Affogato is a cold drink, often served as dessert, consisting of a scoop of ice cream or gelato topped with an espresso shot. Often, the drinker is served the ice cream and espresso in separate cups, and will mix them at the table so as to prevent the ice cream from entirely melting before it can be consumed.

Confectionery (non-drinks)

Chocolate-covered roasted coffee beans are available as a confection; eating them delivers more caffeine to the body than does drinking the same mass (or volume) of brewed coffee (ratios depend upon the brewing method) and has similar physiological effects, unless the beans have been decaffeinated.



^ “An ibrik is used in a Turkish bath, and is a metal container for holding water. Coffee, on the other hand, is made in a pot called a cezve”

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List of varieties  Coffea arabica: Kenya AA, Kona, Jamaican Blue Mountain  Coffea canephora (Coffea robusta): Kopi Luwak  Coffea liberica: Kape Barako  Single-origin

Major chemicals in coffee

Cafestol  Caffeic acid  Caffeine

Coffee processing

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Coffee preparation

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Popular coffee beverages

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Coffee substitutes

Barley tea  Barleycup  Caro  Chicory  Dandelion coffee  Pero  Postum  Roasted grain beverage

Coffee and lifestyle

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Single Serving Coffee Brewers – Making Great Tasting Coffee One Cup At A Time

Can you think of a better time to enjoy a fresh brewed cup of coffee than during breakfast or after having a mouth watering desert after dinner?  I’m guessing you’re having a pretty tough time trying to think of better opportunities for doing so.  With the invention of the single serve brewer comes the ability to enjoy great tasting coffee in a few short moments without having to get it at a coffee shop.  They’re so easy to use, and you can enjoy the great tasting coffee that they create in your very own home.

Why are the single serve coffee brewers becoming so popular for many that had become so used to ordinary coffee makers?  One of the more popular producers of coffee makers conducted a survey on this matter and came out with the following results:  It was revealed that around 88 percent of the consumers that purchased single serve brewers loved that fact that they could make a cup of coffee in about one minute.

One of the huge benefits of these coffee makers is that you can make different types of coffee every time, so if someone wants decaf or if someone wants caffeinated coffee, then you can make both types in a very short period of time.  You can also have a variety of coffee flavors on hand at any time so that everyone can enjoy a cup of coffee with the flavor that they enjoy the most.  This saves on clean up, as well as wasted coffee that results from making too much of one kind.  There is a huge time savings benefit with single serve coffee brewers in that you can avoid dealing with brewing times of other more traditional coffee makers as well as clean up time that is required with those types of makers.  If you love the great tasting flavor that is provided by coffee grinders or event antique coffee grinders but don’t want to have to spend the time making the coffee grounds, then you’ll also enjoy the time savings benefit that these brewers provide.

It was also found that 90 percent of those that purchased the single serve brewer loved the fact that there is minimal need for measuring out coffee grounds and that there is very little cleaning that has to be done.  Because you don’t have to spend as much time making the coffee, you have more time to take care of other tasks that you may have on your agenda.

Finally, it was discovered that 65 percent of those that purchased the single serve brewer were determined to buy only quality products when shopping for coffee pods that they would be using when making their own coffee.  Many consumers prefer the pods that Maxwell House have to offer because they are made with 100 percent Arabica beans and have harvested and selected with care for the purpose of filling the coffee pods that are sold.  These types of coffee pods provide the maximum in freshness and coffee flavor and aroma, which is another big reason for their rising popularity.

The coffee pods that you find in your local grocery store will generally fit into most single serve brewers so you can shop for as many as you want so you can always enjoy a great tasting cup of coffee each and every time.  If you’re looking to enjoy a great tasting cup of coffee and save a little time during the process of making coffee, then a single serving brewer might just be the best option for you.

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Single Cup Coffee Brewers Compared

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We recommended the Bosch Tassimo Single Cup Brewer because of some of the unique features that it offers. Like the Keurig brewers, the Tassimo has a large capacity water reservoir to make the brewing time as quick as possible. Unlike the Keurig offerings, the Tassimo uses “T-Discs” instead of K-Cups. These proprietary discs allow the consumer to brew coffee, tea, cappuccino and a variety of other beverages with the same convenience of the K-Cup. The Bosch version of this unit has some great improvements over the older Braun version. It is quieter, narrower for better storage and brews a bit faster. Overall, this is a great unit and compares well to the Keurig systems. The only drawback from our perspective was that we felt there were better coffee choices in the K Cup systems. But if you are a fan of the T Disc, then this may be the single cup coffee brewer for you.

The Breville Single Cup Brewer is one of the other systems we considered in our search. This is probably one of the most attractive brewers that we looked at with its stainless steel finish and a large, illuminated led screen and lighted 60 ounce water tank. This unit uses the same K Cups as the regular Keurig models and features a replaceable water filter and a very cool iced beverage setting. The Breville unit features several brew sizes and variable brewing temperatures as well. Even though It takes a bit longer to brew a cup with this unit, it gets points for attractiveness and the fact that it uses the K-Cup.

So if you are still searching for the perfect brewer, you have some great choices. We preferred the Keurig single cup brewers, but many customers are very satisfied with the Breville and Bosch models, a couple of very high-quality units in their own right.

I’ve spent a bunch of time talking about our personal purchasing choices with respect to single cup coffee brewers. Most of this discussion has focused on the Keurig brand brewers, so I would like to do a little review of a couple other brewers to give you an idea of some of the things I looked at before I made my choice. For more details, visit our Single Cup Coffee Brewer page.

Nicholas reviews a wide variety of household items including furniture, appliances and home electronics.

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www.Alfred.TV READ ME FIRST We added a new peripheral to the kitchen (server room) at work — a Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker. This device spits out one single cup of coffee. What inspired me to film this Alfred.TV review is that the coffee reminds me of inkjet cartridges, that are punctured when inserted into the device. Amazing. You can check out Keurig at If you’d like to receive alerts to interesting articles as well as updates on my latest videos and live webcasts, then please subscribe to my microblog on Twitter! http Bookmark my uStream page for future live webcasts If you’d like to Email me, use the link below Please visit my sponsors: http Enjoy the video! Warm regards, Alfred www.Alfred.TV

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