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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Coffee Anyone?

I mentioned we had a new coffee machine earlier this year. Our old coffee machine died and we decided to do some research for a few weeks and investigate our options.

There are some amazing forums for coffee lovers where you can get advice overload! They are a very useful source of information, especially if you are about to make a leap up the coffee machine ladder.

We learnt very fast from the forums, the coffee grinder is the most important piece of equipment, and we purchased a Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder. My husband really, really wanted to be the proud owner of a Rancilio Silvio coffee machine but as I explained to him, the machine has to be moved to the front of the work surface to be used and the Rancillio weighs approximately 14kg. We eventually decided to buy a Gaggia Classic coffee machine weighing in at 8kg.

A jug is needed to foam the milk, a Gaggia thermometer for checking the milk and last but not least, top quality freshly roasted coffee beans which we purchase from Hasbean .

You can see by the foam on the milk that we are getting better, but not yet to Barista standard!

We are very happy with our choices and occasionally go to our local coffee shop, which happily for us has been voted the UK's best coffee house! Here you get treated to excellent coffee, topped with latte art.

This week I went to the Good Food Show in Birmingham, and out of curiosity, asked for a demo on a top of the range fully automatic coffee machine. I can only say how disappointed I was, the milk was made up of huge bubbles and the coffee was dire. To make a good cup of coffee, passion and enthusiasm is needed, pressing a button simply just won't do!


Jan said...

I don't know anything about coffee at all but yours certainly looks good to me.
Really good in fact. Looks like you made the right choice!

Stephen Leighton said...

Great post thanks for the very kind link, keep up the good work.

the guys at sadliers do aa great job, nice folk.

Margaret said...

Stephen - your coffee is fabulous and your service is super quick -the decaff is also brilliant. Thanks to you, we enjoy great coffee every day!

Rosie said...

A great post M and your coffee looks fabulous! I envy you with your new coffee machine :)

Rosie x

Trekkie said...

I've only ever drunk one cup of coffee in my entire life, but I wish you and your machine every happiness together.

Sam said...

I'm a serious coffee addict and would kill for a machine like yours! The coffee looks amazing.

Anne said...

Great looking coffee! Can almost taste it! :)

The Caked Crusader said...

That looks a serious piece of kit! Have fun with it. Coffee and mushrooms are the two things I really dislike but really wish I liked!

Anamika:The Sugarcrafter said...

Nice post margaret on coffee equipment..a much help...i also liked your apricot,almond and cranberry cake presentation. Good visual impact as well !

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I love good coffee and use an old stove top espresso maker. My mum offered to buy us a coffee maker for Christmas last year but I was so overwhelmed with the choice I couldn't decide which one. Our TV then went a bit funny so the dilemma was solved, we got a new TV instead. Very kind mummy!

Kelly-Jane said...

Have fun with your new gadget :) Your coffee looks professional!

Margaret said...

Thank you for stopping by and leaving such kind comments, they are very much appreciated.