You don’t need to travel to your neighborhood coffee shop for a delicious cup of coffee, espresso and tea. Today’s home coffee and espresso makers and tea kettles have a wide variety of options to help you get that perfect brew right in your own kitchen.
Coffee Makers and Espresso Machines
Select a machine based on how often and how much you drink coffee. From large, 12-cup pots to single brewers, consider these options:
• Drip Coffee Makers. These machines pass water through a heating element and then distribute that water evenly over the grounds in a filter. Some models are equipped with a built-in coffee grinder and many coffee machines allow you to program a start time, pause the pot mid-brew and shut off automatically. Most have the capacity to make anywhere from two to 12 cups.
• Single Cup Brewers. Single-serving coffee and tea makers are ideal for people who drink just one or two cups at a time. These machines force hot water through a pod filled with coffee, espresso or tea to deliver a single cup.
• Espresso Coffee Makers. Enjoy the bold, rich flavor of finely ground espresso in your own home. Choose from manual espresso machines, such as French press or stovetop models, to make the drink the old-fashioned way. Or, go for a semi-automatic Italian-style machine. Automatic espresso coffee makers with grinders grind the beans and brew your cup with the touch of a button. Most models come with steam wands or jet frothers to make cappuccinos and lattes.
A stovetop tea kettle is a staple in any kitchen. An array of colors means you can choose a model that accents your kitchen’s decor.
An avid tea drinker may require something a bit more sophisticated, though. Choose a ceramic teapot to gently steep your tea leaves. Or, go with an electric kettle—it boils water much faster than the stovetop or the microwave. Select from glass, ceramic and stainless steel models in various sizes. Simply fill the kettle with water and place it on the corded base and turn it on. Consider a tea infuser for a single cup of tea or a kettle with a removable infuser for several servings.