The art of coffee
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.