The art of cof­fee

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - FRONT PAGE -

GONE are the days when cof­fee was just another bev­er­age; th­ese days cre­at­ing the per­fect cup has be­come an art.

Though there are cafés emerg­ing on sub­ur­ban cor­ners ev­ery­where it can be more sat­is­fy­ing to cre­ate cof­fee at home, es­pe­cially with the va­ri­ety of ma­chines now avail­able.

Week­end Shop­per has a range of cof­fee ma­chines in the House­hold Items and Ap­pli­ances sec­tion. There are espresso ma­chines for the purist, latte ma­chines for those who pre­fer their cof­fee with milk and even cap­sule ma­chines for quick and easy use in the morn­ing.

Erin Streep, a barista in Spring Hill, said to firstly con­sider which of the many dif­fer­ent tech­niques for cof­fee brew­ing suited be­fore buy­ing a ma­chine.

“There are so many types of cof­fee mak­ers out there, from elec­tric ma­chines to French press or plunger styles, to Ital­ian Moka pots, to the pod tech­nol­ogy - the choices are end­less,” she said.

“It re­ally comes down to what style you en­joy and how much time you want to put into mak­ing the per­fect cup.

“Some ma­chines are pro­gram­mable and have built-in grinders to al­low a fast, fresh cup when you have a busy morn­ing. Cap­sule or pod ma­chines are also good for speed.

“Oth­ers swear by more tra­di­tional meth­ods like French plungers or vac­uum-style con­trap­tions.”

Ms Streep said when buy­ing a sec­ond­hand cof­fee ma­chine, make sure to ask about the us­age his­tory, how old it was and whether it had been reg­u­larly cleaned and main­tained.

“And ask for a test run, to be sure it’s all in work­ing or­der,” she said.

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