Watching coffee videos is probably the simplest way to figure out how to make coffee with a range of different coffee makers, coffee grinders and espresso machines.
As we make more instructional videos on the many aspects of making great coffee, we will add them to this page.
Our review of the iCoffee Opus K-Cup brewer.
The iCoffee Opus is a K-Cup brewer, but it isn’t made by Keurig. In fact, for our money, it’s better than the Keurig brewers.
Its key point of difference is what the company calls “spin-brew technology”.
Put simply, this means that the water spins out of the sides of the water injector pin that pierces the K-Cup, instead of just squirting out the bottom. This leads to more even extraction and a superior taste.
Our demo of the Impress coffee maker.
The Impress is a press pot, otherwise known as a French press, with a difference.
In addition to making coffee like any other press pot brewer, it also doubles as a travel mug. In other words, you can finally make your coffee in your travel mug, instead of having to first make it in a separate brewer.
This is a simple system that is easy to use and makes a really very good cup of coffee.
How to use the Chemex pour-over coffee brewer.
The Chemex coffee brewer is about as simple as it gets. Made from a single piece of glass it uses the pour-over method, like using a filter cone over a coffee mug.
The difference with the Chemex is that you can make a whole pot of coffee instead of just one cup at a time.
And, as you’ll see in the video, the Chemex has a few other points of difference too, all of which contribute to a better, richer cup of coffee.
Our review of the Saeco Syntia automatic cappuccino machine.
This new Saeco Syntia machine is fully automatic, making an excellent cappuccino or shot of espresso, with minimal effort.
The key point here is “minimal effort”.
Everything is handled within the machine. Add water to the reservoir. Add whole beans to the grinder hopper at the top. Add cold milk to the milk café and plug it into the side.
Now all you need to is press one button and watch the Syntia make you a perfect cappuccino. Or a shot of espresso.
How to make coffee with the Toddy Cold Brew system, including iced-coffee.
Most of assume that to make a decent cup of gourmet coffee, you need to use hot water.
Not so. For a very long time there has been a tradition of making excellent coffee with a variety of different cold-brew coffee-making systems or processes.
The Toddy Cold Brew system is perhaps the best known, and is used by Seattle’s Best and many other coffee shop chains for making their iced coffee drinks.
How to use an ESE espresso pod with your espresso machine.
If you have an espresso machine, it probably has two or more different filter baskets. One will be deep, and is for when you want to add enough loose coffee to make two shots of espresso. You’ll also have a basket which is only half as deep, for when you want to make a single shot.
Finally, with most modern espresso machines, there is a third basket for use with espresso pods. The pods come in sealed packets and can be placed directly into the filter basket. In other words, you don’t have to grind coffee beans, tamp the coffee, and so on.
In this short video I demonstrate how to use these pods.
A video review of the Bosch Tassimo T20 Hot Beverage System.
The Tassimo T20 Hot beverage System makes single servings of coffee, cappuccino, tea, hot chocolate and more. Using sealed discs, each beverage is made with no mess, fuss or cleanup.
If you just drink a lot of coffee in your home, making it with the Tassimo is quite an expensive option, even although it’s super convenient.
This machine really shines when you use it to make coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate and tea. It really is a hot beverage system – one machine that does everything for you.
What appeals most to us is the quality of the cappuccino. It’s really good. And making it with the Tassimo is a lot cheaper than buying it at a coffee shop.
How to make coffee with a Keurig B60 K-Cup coffee maker.
Keurig coffee makers use sealed K-Cups, each of which contains just the right amount of coffee for a single cup. These brewers are super-simple to user, require no measuring or cleanup and make an excellent cup of coffee. The only possible downside is that each cup of coffee costs more than you would pay when using a regular coffee maker.
We own and thoroughly enjoy a Keurig B60. Learn more about the Keurig B60 brewer here...
A video demonstration of the SunCafe Coffee Pod Brewer.
The SunCafe is a coffee pod brewer, using 61mm coffee pods.
It is a solid unit, with a powerful pump and makes a great cup of coffee, with a light froth on the top.
As I outline in the video, I like this brewer for a number of reasons, not least because it is solid, well-made and has the look and feel of an appliance that will last a long time.
All in all, a great new brewer.
The Suncafe brewer is available in four different colors and can be purchased Amazon.com.
What is the best type of coffee maker for you and your home?
There are many different types of coffee maker, all them serving the same purpose – to mix hot water with ground coffee, and then filter out the grinds.
Which type of coffee maker you choose will likely depend on how many of you there are in your home drinking coffee, and how often.
As a general guideline, the more you are in search of convenience, the more expensive your choice of coffee maker will be. As for the quality of the brew itself, the added cost won’t make much difference.
You can buy a drip coffee maker locally or, for a wider choice, at Amazon.com.
A really good quality French Press is the Bodum Chambord Coffee Press.
And you can get the Keurig B30 at Amazon.com. (Also now known as the K130 or B130.)
How much ground coffee to add when making coffee in a drip brewer.
Drip brewers are the most commonly used coffee makers and can be found in most households. They make a decent cup of coffee, although you might want to stay away from the lowest price range. The problem with cheaper drip brewers is that they don’t heat the water to the correct temperature, nor do they do a very consistent job of spraying the hot water over the coffee grinds.
You can buy a drip coffee maker locally or, for a wider choice, at Amazon.com.
How to make French Press Coffee.
The French press, otherwise known as a Press Pot, is one of the simplest but also one of the best ways to make coffee. You grind the coffee fairly coarse and then simply add the grinds to the beaker, followed by hot water at a little under boiling point. Wait three minutes and then press down the plunger. Always a great brew.
A really good quality French Press is the Chambord Coffee Press.
Choosing between different types of coffee grinders.
In this video I compare a blade coffee grinder to an inexpensive burr grinder and, finally, a conical burr grinder. The coffee grinder you choose will depend both on your budget and on your desire to get the very best flavor from your coffee.If you can't find one locally, you can go to Amazon.com to get the Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder.
How to use the My K-Cup coffee filter with your Keurig Brewer.
Having a My K-Cup reusable filter means you can use your Keurig brewer without K-Cups. Whether you have run out of K-Cups, want to try a coffee not available in K-Cups, or simply want to save some money on the price of each cup you brew, the My K-Cup filter is the answer. With its reusable filter, you can use the My K-Cup filter in your Keurig brewer time and time again.
If you can't find one locally, you can buy the My K-Cup reusable filter at Amazon.com.
A demonstration of the Keurig B30 Mini K-Cup Brewer.
The Keurig B30 Mini is a great choice for any circumstance where space is limited. Great for dorm rooms, kitchenettes, home offices, boats and RVs and so on. It makes coffee in the same way as the other Keurig models, one K-Cup at a time, but doesn't include a multi-cup water reservoir. As a result, the unit takes up a lot less space.
You can get the Keurig B30 at Amazon.com. (Also now known as the K10 Mini.)
How to make a single cup of coffee with a one-cup filter cone.
Using a filter cone is certainly the least expensive way to make coffee, but it makes a brew of a quality which is just as good as you’ll get from an expensive, automated drip brewer. That’s the thing about making good coffee – when you buy an expensive coffee maker you are paying for convenience, not better coffee.
You can buy a filter cone locally, or at Amazon.com.
How to make espresso with an AeroPress espresso and coffee maker.
If you want to make an occasional espresso and don’t feel like investing money in an automatic espresso maker, get an Aerobie AeroPress. A bit like a giant syringe, the AeroPress works with the pressure, essential to espresso-making, being created manually as you push down the plunger.
You can buy the AeroPress at Amazon.com.
About the author: Nick Usborne, aka Coffee Detective, is a writer and long-time coffee enthusiast. Read more…