The Coffee Atlas!Here at the Espresso Fanatic, we are literally fanatics about our coffee, and we enjoy sharing our passion of coffee with other like-minded individuals.

The primary goal of this website is to provide home espresso enthusiasts with the necessary resources to make perfect espresso in the comfort of their own home. This would include everything from the right machine to the right espresso bean, and everything in between. Browse around the site for detailed home espresso machine reviews and home barista tips and tricks.

 

Father’s Day Coffee Gift Ideas

Is your dad a coffee lover? This list of the 5 best coffee gifts for Father’s Day will help you select the best gift from him. This article features a wide range of gifts, so you can select the best one for your Dad. It includes standard gift ideas such as gift baskets or coffee grinder and unique coffee gifts such as the handheld espresso maker.

Find the right coffee gift for your Dad this Father’s Day!

Check out our Father’s Day Coffee Gift List

 

New Series Launched: Single Serve Coffee Maker Reviews

Single serve coffee makers are a hot item these days due to their versatility, efficiency, and ease of use. Although many “purist” home baristas would probably scoff at the idea of making coffee from a fully-automated coffee machine, they have found their way into many homes around the world.

As with any big item, there are tons of different single serve coffee makers on the market these days. This can make it incredibly difficult for an individual to find the best one for their needs.

Well, here at the Espresso Fanatic, we decided to put together a special series on one-cup coffee brewers to take the guesswork out of purchasing the right machine.  We even boiled it down to what we think are the 3 best single serve coffee makers on the market. To read our new report, you’ll want to check out our special single serve coffee maker reviews.

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The first thing you need to know is how much you plan on spending on a new home espresso machine. If you’re on a budget, you will want to check our article on finding the best espresso machine under 200. In it we give a detailed home espresso machine review of the Cuisinart EM-100, a machine which gives you great bang for your buck if you have limited funds to devote towards a premium machine.

If you have a significant amount of money to put towards a premium home espresso maker, I would highly recommend you check out our Rancilio Silvia espresso machine review. It provides a detailed look at one of most highly praised espresso makers on the market, and included close-up photos, customer reviews, and helpful buying tips.

My Best Coffee Secret Exposed For Your Pleasure!

I have a little secret I want to share with you.

My wife and I love coffee and we find it somewhat of a hobby to research and find the most interesting coffees on the planet and when we can afford them (some are very expensive) we order them and bring them home to enjoy and share with special friends on special occasions.  This is our little secret that we would like to share with you. Read the rest of this entry

Father’s Day is just around the corner and many of you are still looking for the perfect gift for your Dad. Well, since we’re big fans of coffee here at the Espresso Fanatic (obviously), we thought we’d put together a special list of the top 5 coffee gifts for Father’s Day. If you’re Dad is a coffee lover, then you may want to consider getting him one (or two?) of these unique coffee gifts. Read the rest of this entry

Top 10 Interesting Coffee FactsTop 10 List of Interesting Coffee Facts

1.      It was discovered by a Goat-

That’s right a goat.  To be more appropriate, a goat herder by the name of Kaldi.  He was noticing that his goats were dancing around him strangely after eating the red cherries off a particular tree.  He then tried some himself.  This was in the 9th century and it was not written about until the 16th century, so who knows for sure, but it is a good story none the less. Read the rest of this entry

If you’re looking for detailed single serve coffee maker reviews, you have come to the right place! Here at the Espresso Fanatic, we get tons of requests weekly from people wanting to know what the best one-cup coffee maker is.

And our response is always the same – it depends on what you’re looking for!

Every single cup coffee brewer works a little bit differently, and what may be great for one person may be less than adequate for another person.

So to make this review as helpful as possible, we have compiled a list of what we think are the 3 best single-serve coffee makers. Each short section provides a review of each machine’s strengths and weaknesses, its price point, and where to get it online for the lowest price.

Hamilton Beach Single Serve “Scoop” Coffee Maker

The Hamilton Beach Single Serve “Scoop” Coffee Maker is a small, inexpensive machine that packs a serious punch. Its stainless steel construction and solid design suggest that this machine will last a long time if looked after properly

To brew coffee, you fill up a provided metal scoop with coffee, and insert the scoop directly into the machine. Then you select either regular or bold (bold = stronger flavor) and the machine kicks into action, brewing a single cup of coffee in less than a minute.

This is one of the only single cup coffee brewers to actually brew coffee at an adequately high temperature to extract the most flavor. As a result, this machine is perfect for home brewing enthusiasts that like to grind their own beans and savor every last drop of coffee.

However, if you’re looking to experiment with specialty coffee or “wacky” flavored beverages than this machine is probably not for you. You cannot buy pods for this machine since the provided scoop only takes ground coffee. Although it does only regular coffee, it does it very well.

Strengths:

  • Brews an excellent cup of regular coffee
  • Achieves high enough temperatures for maximum flavor

Weaknesses

  • Does not accept pods/capsules
  • cannot brew specialty coffee (e.g. lattes, cappuccinos, espresso)
Retail Price: $69.99
Lowest Price: $54.99 + Free Shipping

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Keurig Special Edition Brewing System (B60)

Next up in our single serve coffee maker reviews is the Keurig Special Edition Brewing System.

Keurig makes the most recognized single cup coffee brewers on the market, and one of the best ones they make is the Keurig Special Edition Brewing System. This compact machine with bright blue LED lights will add an ultra-modern touch to any contemporary kitchen.

To brew coffee, you open up the machine’s loading chamber, insert a K-cup, close the machine up, and initiate the brewing process. One of the great things about the Special Edition model, is that it gives you three cup size options, so you can choose exactly how much coffee you want each time. It also features “auto-on” programming, which allows you to set-up the machine so it turns on at a specific time every morning.

Finally, using a Keurig machine gives you access to an extensive repertoire of hundreds of different coffee types – anything from Columbian coffee, to Starbucks blends, to special flavor combinations (e.g. pumpkin spice).

If you’re looking for a highly-functional, sleekly-designed single cup coffee brewer for your home, than you will want to select the Keurig Special Edition coffee brewer. However, unlike other machines in this category, it does not product specialty coffee since it has no milk frothing capabilities.

Strengths:

  • Huge range of coffee to choose from
  • Looks great in any kitchen

Weaknesses:

  • Does not produce specialty coffee

Retail Price: $299

Lowest Price: $137 + Free Shipping

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody II Coffeemaker

The Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody II coffeemaker is one of the best single serve coffee makers on the market simply because it does several things very well. For starters, it can make regular coffee and specialty beverages – and even iced coffee and teas. So if you’re someone that like to make a real cappuccino or latte every now and then, the Dolce Gusto is the machine for you.

To make coffee, you insert a small beverage capsule into the loading chamber, close-up the machine, and press the start button. Immediately the machine rumbles into action, producing your beverage within 30 seconds. And since the machine features Thermoblock heating, you don’t have to endure a lengthy warm-up process.

Each disc contains a special barcode to tell the machine what to do. For instance, to make a latte, you first insert the espresso disc to brew a shot of espresso into your cup. Then you remove the espresso disk and insert the “latte milk” disk to brew milk. About halfway through the process, the machine will initiate its frothing mechanism to add a nice layer of frothy milk to the top of your beverage – and for an automatic machine, the froth is pretty descent too!

The only drawback is that the Dolce Gusto does not have an expansive selection of coffee beverages like Keurig. Although the beverages you can select for the Dolce are great quality, don’t expect an overwhelming selection.

Strengths:

  • Produces both regular coffee and specialty coffee (can froth milk)
  • Machine does not require long to warm-up

Weaknesses:

  • Smaller selection of beverages than Keurig

Retail Price: 139.95

Lowest Price: $126.94

==> CLICK HERE For The Lowest Price On The Dolce Gusto Melody II Coffee Maker

 

Conclusion

And that concludes our Single Serve Coffee Maker reviews – we hope this article has been helpful. If you think this article will be helpful for other people you might know, feel free to “like” it on Facebook (see buttons below).

A key thing to consider when looking for the best single-serve coffee maker is what you’re looking for exactly. If you’re looking for great regular coffee, the Hamilton Beach machine is the way to go. If you’re looking for a wide selection of different coffee flavors, than the Keurig Machine is for you. If you’re looking for both regular coffee and specialty beverages, than the Dolce Gusto Melody II is the machine that pulls ahead.

 

Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee Maker Editorial Review

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Review Date: March 18, 2012

Rating: RatingRatingRatingRatingRating (4.5 / 5)

Summary: The Hamilton Beach Scoop coffee maker is a single serve coffee maker that doesn’t require pods or capsules.

Introduction:I was introduced to the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker by a friend of mine a few weeks ago. She had been raving about it since getting it for Christmas and insisted that I check it out.

But before checking it out in person, I did my usual preliminary research. I found that Amazon was selling the Hamilton Beach Single cup coffee maker for $70, which is very cheap for a single serve coffee maker. So I didn’t have high hopes for this machine, despite it receiving general positive reviews on Amazon.

What follows is a personal Hamilton Beach Single Serve Coffee maker review, including my thoughts on this machine, close-up photos, and customer reviews. If you’re thinking of buying this machine, at the end of the article I provide information on how to save 20% and get it shipped to your door for free. Read the rest of this entry

The Keurig Single Cup coffee maker is by far the most popular single-serve coffee system on the market right now. But as I keep saying here at The Espresso Fanatic, you cannot truly determine the quality of a machine until you test it yourself.

This article provides an in-depth look at how well the Keurig Special Edition brewing system (B60 model) works so you can make an informed decision before you buy it. Read the rest of this entry

The sleekly designed DeLonghi Kmix 15 bar Espresso Maker generated a fair amount of buzz when it was released last year. It’s high quality craftsmanship and vibrant colors made it a big hit amongst people looking for both quality and aesthetic appeal.

But how well does the DeLonghi Kmix espresso machine produce specialty beverages? Read the rest of this entry

Much like my review of the Tassimo coffee maker, I was hesitant to include any Nespresso Citiz reviews on the Espresso Fanatic. I’m generally not a huge fan of automated espresso machines, and the Nespresso Citiz Automatic espresso maker is pretty much as automated as it gets! Read the rest of this entry

Tassimo Reviews | The Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker

Bosch Tassimo Editorial Review

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Review Date: March 16, 2012

Rating: RatingRatingRatingRatingRating (4.2 / 5)

Summary: The Bosch Tassimo is a single-serve coffee maker that makes coffee as well as specialty beverages

What follows is a detailed review of the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker. To make this article as helpful as possible, I have included photos, Tassimo reviews (from customers), and buying recommendations. By the end of the article, you should have a good idea as to whether the Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker is an ideal machine for your needs.

What Is A Tassimo Coffee Maker?

Using a Tassimo coffee maker is pretty much as hands-off as you can get without forking over $5 for a Starbucks Latte.

Basically, you just insert a special disc into the machine (called a T DISC), press a button, and out comes a tasty beverage in less than a minute. There are a number of different T Disks on the market, the most common being coffee, espresso, latte, cappucino, hot chocolate, and earl grey tea. Each T DISC has a barcode on the top, which basically tells the machine how to prepare the given beverage.

And that’s pretty much the whole process. Easy, pain-free, and incredibly convenient.

My First Experience with the Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker

So I mentioned that my household received the Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker over Christmas.

Well, at first I was skeptical. People that know me realize I’m a bit of a coffee snob. But the machine wasn’t bought for me… it was bought for “other” people in the household who couldn’t be bothered using a real espresso machine. But my curiosity got the better of me, and I actually tried it a day after receiving it.

First, the machine had to be cleaned out. This was done by inserting the “Service T DISC” into the T DISC holder, pressing the start button, and letting the machine clean itself out. I was told to do this 4 times to ensure proper coffee quality the first time. Of course, I followed these cleaning instructions to a ‘T’ (pun intended), and even cleaned out the machine a fifth time just for good measure.

I decided I would make myself a latte, so the first step was to insert an Espresso T DISC into the T DISC Holder. After closing the lid, a little green light turned on, thus

signalling the machine was ready. I pressed the start button and immediately the machine rumbled into action.

But then it stopped suddenly, going dead silent.

Did I do something go wrong? Was the machine defective?

Nope.

After a brief moment of hesitation, the machine rumbled into action again, and a nice steady stream of espresso poured into the bottom of my cup accompanied by a sweet and dark coffee aroma. I suspect that brief hesitation was similar to something you might see on higher end machines, which inject hot water on the coffee grounds for a few second to extract a fuller taste. Brilliant. When it was done, the green light went off, and I ejected the depleted T DISC and tossed it in the trash.

I was surprised to see that the espresso had a layer of crema on it (an orangy layer of foam), which is the sign of a good shot of espresso. I was not expecting that at all.

I tasted it, and was pleasantly surprised. The espresso was smooth and silky, with a slightly nutty tasty to it. It came surprisingly close to an espresso you would get at a coffee shop (actually, I had tasted worse espresso at some coffee shops).

I then carried on with the process, and inserted a Latte T DISC into the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker. After pressing the start button, a steady stream of milk flowed onto the espresso at the bottom of the cup. Towards the end, the machine began emitting a layer of foam, which nicely crowned the top of the beverage.

The foam was pretty good in terms of volume. In terms of quality, however, I would  give it a 6.5/10. Now to be fair, I worked in a coffee shop for several years, so I mastered the art of making good foam for a latte. The best foam should be creamy, with as few visible bubbles in it as possible. The foam made by the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker was passable, but had several large bubbles in it. It is what us baristas would call a “hard foam.” But for the indiscriminate latte drinker, this would probably go unnoticed.

In the end, the final product was surprisingly good. It didn’t make a better latte than my Cuisinart EM-100, but for only two minutes of work (if you could call that work!), it more than satisfied my needs. In terms of convenience, it doesn’t get much better than the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker.

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After a Month Using the Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker

A Latté Macchiato I made with my Tassimo

I have used the machine a number of times over the past month, trying out different beverages and combinations. It makes great lattes and cappucinos. If you reverse the latte process (that is, do the milk first, THEN the espresso), you can make yourself a pretty nifty Latte Machiatto – as displayed on the right.

The only hot chocolate I tried making using this machine was the Suchard’s Hot Chocolate. It was very mediocre, and honestly, given another opportunity, I would probably not make it again.

I have had absolutely no problems using this machine, and I have a feeling this machine will probably last for a few years if treated properly.

Tassimo Reviews

Before writing this article, I came across a few Tassimo reviews from other people who bought this machine. I have included excerpts from these Tassimo reviews below:

“It’s a beautiful single serve brewer that comes with the option of purchasing interchangeable colors to personalize your unit. I’m really smitten with the colors which are easily interchangeable.” Kathleen San Martino, Amazon.com

“Hands down best single serve system out there. Keurig cannot even come close. Iced Coffe, Latte, Espresso, Tea, Coffee I could go on forever. I love this machine. ” Kyle, Amazon.com

Conclusion

In the end, I would recommend the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker to anyone looking for an easy, fast, and convenient way to make specialty beverages in their own home. The espresso quality is surprisingly good, and it can be fun to try out different flavor combinations. It is also a cool appliance to show off to friends and family. Whenever you have people over, this machine allows you to quickly and easily make your guests tasty and visually appealing beverages.

In terms of price, the Bosch Tassimo coffee maker costs about $130, which is about the going rate for single-serve coffee makers. But when you consider how much more the Tassimo can do, you realize it is perhaps a better value than other machines.

You should also be aware that the price for T DISCS can add up over time. You’re looking at a price per cup of about 50 cents. This is still far cheaper than Starbucks, but more expensive than brewing regular coffee at home.

Where to Buy the Tassimo Coffee Maker

So you’ve read all the Tassimo reviews and think you’re ready to buy this machine. Well, right now the best deal is online at Amazon. It costs $138, and they will ship it to your door for free. Plus if you’re looking to stock up on some cool T DISC flavors, they have the largest selection by far. So when you buy your Tassimo, make sure you get some T DISCS as well so you can use your machine right away.

Also, for a limited time, Tassimo is including 2 FREE packages of T Discs ($20 value) with every purchase. You just have to register your product, and they send your coupons in the mail.

==> CLICK HERE To Get Your Tassimo Shipped To You For Free

 

 

 

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