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  • The stovetop tea kettle worked just fine!

    Who needs an electric kettle? The stovetop kind work just fine! I don’t need another appliance cluttering up the place! I thought all of those things too. How wrong I was! I’ve had this bad boy for a day and I can not tell you how stupid I feel for not only doubting its awesomeness but also for not having bought this stovetop tea kettle one years ago.

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    Let’s get into the nitty gritty:
    It’s fully stainless steal on the inside with the cap up top being the only piece near the water that is plastic. There is no funky chemical or plastic smell with this kettle. The heating element is in the base of the kettle, not the inside.
    The water level markings, as someone else mentioned, are on the handle side of the inner chamber which really isn’t that big of a convenience unless you want to fill it to the max level.’

    More here: Tips on buying a quality tea kettle

    I wrote here about the lid no securing and was corrected! The lid DOES lock into place with a snap. It will automatically turn off as soon as water comes to a boil. I have a small studio apartment and can hear the “click” of this turning off no matter where I am. You can set the kettle down any which way on the base and it will work, there is no “secured position” that it needs to be. Handle may face any direction.

    Another small feature I really enjoyed was the cord to this can be wrapped up INSIDE the base and secured so that while not in use the cord is completely out of the way. You can wrap it around once for a smaller cord or twice to completely hide it. Such a nice feature since I have such a tiny kitchen!
    It heats up pretty quickly, faster than water on the stove. – Jaq

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  • Highly recommend this espresso machine

    I am an espresso addict and this is my first machine. I did a lot of research before buying and it became clear that this machine has the best internals, functionality, and reputation in this price range. I wish I could afford a really expensive machine but for now, this thing is awesome and makes great espresso every time. The process took a little getting used to (making sure I do everything right and keep the machine clean and running properly) but that I know what to do (watched some youtube videos and read some of the instructions).

    I am making great espresso at home and know how to care for my machine so it lasts a long time. The process of making the perfect espresso is really part of the enjoyment of the whole experience. This machine has everything you need and is perfect for small spaces. I highly recommend this Delonghi EC155 espresso machine if this is price range you are looking at. It works really well and makes great espresso/cappuccino. The only downside I have found with this machine is that it is not very tall and you have to lean most cups over to use the steam wand but it is easily doable, but it would be nice if it was 1″ taller, but I still love this thing.

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  • A Guide to Choosing the Best Espresso Maker

    I must admit that I was initially used to taking coffee but now addicted to espresso. I simply cannot do without a cup of espresso especially in late afternoons when I relax from my hectic daily engagements. I believe that what has made me addicted to espresso is the latest espresso maker machine that is now part of my kitchen machines. The darker liquid of real coffee that comes off the machine simply makes my day.
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    I have used different espresso maker machines over the years and I believe that I have a thing or two to share with you on how to choose the best espresso machines.

    My first espresso maker machine was a manual machine that i used to brew high quality espresso with great taste. It was also portable an used to carry it to the office. I still have it and the fact that it does not use electricity makes it possible to travel with it and still be able to enjoy my espresso wherever i go. However, the fact that its use involves some level of manual work made me buy a semi-automatic machine the moment they became available.

    The semi-automatic machine features an automatic pump and temperature controls. I easily decide when to start and stop the pump. Although I liked the machine because of less manual work manual work involved and quality espresso, I wanted a machine that I could get less involved with. It is for this reason that I invested in an automatic machine that proved very easy to use since it could automatically control amount of water it uses in making espresso. However, it used to break down after some time due to the many electronic parts. This forced me to shop for a super automatic machine. I was lucky to find an all-in-one single boiler machine that features a built-in grinder complete with programmable settings. The machine has two thermostats; one that controls water temperature when brewing coffee and other for milk steaming. I can easily move from brewing coffee to steam milk by simply flipping a switch. It serves me best although I cannot brew and steam at the same time.

    The fact that my latest super espresso machine is the best for me may not necessarily mean that it is best for you. You may certainly want to have control of how you make your espresso and a manual or semi-automatic machine will be the best for you. Mine works for me best because I can always make such other drinks as macchiato and cappuccino among other drinks. If a type you choose is capable of making such then it is the best.

    In addition to the best type of espresso maker to buy, you also need to consider several factors to make it possible for you to choose only the best. You may need to consider how easy it is to clean and maintain the machine, its durability, size, available features and your drinking preference.

    There is coffee and espresso and an espresso maker you choose to buy should be one that will serve you best. There are certainly different brands in the market and it is important that you read different espresso machine brand reviews to identify one that will serve you best.

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  • What you should ask yourself before getting an espresso machine

    Short+BlackWhile there are many great cheap and low-cost espresso machines on the market, there are still some factors you will need to take into consideration before you purchase. Some of the things you may want to ask yourself include:

    How much tinkering do you want to do with your machine?
    Some people like to tinker with their espresso machines, and others do not! Some want to be able to press a button and have espresso rather than fine-tuning the machine settings. If that is the case, you may want to consider a super automatic machine or even a machine that takes ese pods.

    How versatile do you need your machine?

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    Some machines only take ese pods and don’t have many brew setting, while other machines have multiple brew settings (check the espresso maker reviews), can take grounds and pods, can brew double or single shots, can accommodate both large and small cups, and can even froth or steam your milk. The more versatile the machine, the more money you will likely pay. However, it is important that you get a machine that suits your needs even if you spend a little more money because you will thank yourself in the long run! (Related information: The best espresso machine to buy for coffee fanatic)

    What special features do you want to have?
    Espresso machines have slightly different features and generally, the more you pay, the more features you get. Some extra bells and whistles may include a larger water storage tank, a built-in steamer or milk frother, low water level indicators, ready-to-brew indicators, a heated tray, the ability to do a double shot, and even the ability to brew your espresso directly into a slightly larger cup. If not having a certain feature will be a deal breaker for you, make sure to check that out thoroughly before you swipe your credit card!

    The Breville Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker is a beautiful stainless steel espresso machine with a 15 bar pump. Its dual-wall filter system allows you to get the most delicious crema, it has a built-in enhanced frother, and even has a cup warming plate. The drip tray is removable for easy cleaning, there is a large removable water container, and the water container even has an external water window so that you can see when the level is low. For the price, this espresso machine really packs in the features. Breville is a trusted brand on the market that continues to produce quality espresso machines that receive high user reviews. Oh yea, it also comes with a one-year warranty which is fairly standard among espresso machines. You will need to purchase your own tamper and frothing pitcher.

    “All I can say is WOW! My teenage daughters and I love espresso & designer lattes, This machine made it a BREEZE for us to give up all the overpriced designer cafes in our area. My uncle is a snobbish coffee drinker and spent over $1,500 on a fully automated Capresso machine. You could buy a couple dozen of these Breville machines for the price of his.. and you know what? It’s a few seconds more work but the coffee is JUST AS GOOD!”

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