Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Review

The Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Silvia Espresso Machine has coffee lovers split up in the middle. Some appreciate its looks and weight. While others feel it doesn’t really make any statements with its design that’s neither modern nor retro. It seems to sit comfortably between commercial and home machine. And that’s not always a good thing.

However, in a lot of other things, consumers seem to be in agreement. And at the top of the list is grinding.

It’s been said over and over by many coffee aficionados. You will get the best results only if you have a quality burr grinder. Nothing beats the taste and flavor of freshly ground coffee beans, certainly not those that have been roasted and grinded months before.

Having said that, it must also be mentioned that for you to get the most out of the Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Silvia Espresso Machine, you’d have to get a burr grinder. It’s a machine that’s very picky with its grinds. Because of this, it’s no surprise that many have experienced dumping grinds and readjusting because the room temperature and humidity is suddenly different. This makes making consistently good shots a challenge. (more…)

Breville The Infuser Espresso Machine Review

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Well-balanced flavor from drawn evenly from coffee grinds. That’s what you get with the Breville Infuser Espresso Machine.

Breville has been making small kitchen appliances for over 30 years. You can bet that they have almost perfected the art and science behind creating the perfect cup of coffee through the help of their espresso machines.

The Infuser Espresso Machine takes that task seriously by starting at a steady, low pressure to expand the coffee grinds. This process fills in the cracks and gaps in the coffee puck. Thus, when pressure is eventually applied, all the parts of the coffee puck are covered. The result? The extraction of optimal flavor.

Or so the manufacturer description attests.

But how well did the machine perform when we tested it? Well, rather admirably to be honest.

So let’s talk shop, shall we?

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Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker Review

Heats up in only 25 to 30 seconds!

That seems to be the primary selling point of the Nespresso Pixie Espresso Maker. Anyone who woke up late and wants to get a cup of coffee ready on the quick should just snap this one up!

A product of the Nestle Group, the term Nespresso has long been associated with brews and coffee. And the 5 decades or so of espresso-making experience the company has should be enough to put you at ease over the quality of their machines.

The Nespresso Pixie doesn’t let the brand image down. It comes in an elegant design that would look great on any kitchen counter. We especially liked how the high-quality black plastic is smudge free. It gives off a premium feel to the entire thing. And as the name suggests, it takes very little counter space.

The handle is made of stainless steel that complements the aluminum side panels rather well. For this review, we got the black and silver design. But the red/black/silver one isn’t too shabby either. (more…)

De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso Review

De’Longhi is a major Italian manufacturer of heaters, air conditioners, vacuum cleaners and kitchen appliances including espresso machines. From as far back as 1902 when it was established to today, it’s well-known for its award-winning product designs.

In the espresso machine niche, it pits forward the EC155 15 Bar Pump Espresso machine.

It claims to help you prepare creamy froth with ease and not worry too much about cleaning up. After all, it comes with a removable 35-ounce water tank to make clean-up simple and easy. The tank actually comes with indicator lights and even the drip tray is removable.

The machine also lets you brew ground espresso or ESE pods thanks to its patented dual filter holder. There are two separate thermostats that make sure you can enjoy your cup of coffee at just the right temperature every time. (more…)

Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator Review

Nesco American Harvest FD-61WHC Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator Review

The FD-61WHC from Nesco has a top mounted fan and heat element, and this makes it a vertical-flow machine. However, the Converga-flow system ensures that the heat is distributed fast and evenly so that your foods can dehydrate within a short time. It also has an Adjustable Thermostat that lets you control the temperature better. The other things that make this machine stand out include the Vita-Save exterior that blocks out harmful light and the fact that everything except the power head is dishwasher friendly for easy cleaning.

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Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator Review

Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator Review

Nesco is a brand that you can trust when it comes to the manufacture and distribution of dehydrators, and the FD-60 does not also disappoint. It is a simple vertical-flow machine with the fan and heat element mounted at the top, and it uses a Converga-Flow system to ensure that heat is distributed equally and that flavors do not mix. This machine is stackable, and it comes with four trays, but you can expand this to a maximum of twelve. Other things that make it a sound machine include the adjustable thermostat and the Vista-Save Exterior that blocks any harmful lights that may destroy the nutrients in your food.

Nesco FD60 Snackmaster Express

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Benefits of Dehydrated Food

Benefits of Dehydrated Food

Most people think that refrigeration, canning, and use of preservatives are the best ways to preserve food, but this is because they do not know about dehydration. Dehydration is the oldest method of food preservation, and it has been around for thousands of years. As the name suggests, it involves removing all the water from the food and it yields foods that taste great and with a shelf life of months. Dehydrating food has many benefits, but the following five should convince you why you need to try it out.

benefits of dehydrated food
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COFFEE TERMS

BARISTA: A person who is a master of the Espresso machine and makes coffee as a profession.

CAFFEINE: A natural stimulant found in coffee. The darker the roast, the less caffeine. The caffeine burns off during the roasting process.

CAPPUCCINO: A classic blend of coffee and steamed milk named after the brown robes of the Capuchin monks.

CUPPING: The process used by coffee tasting specialists to judge and evaluate coffee beans.

ESPRESSO: A dark, rich, full-bodied coffee made when finely ground Italian or dark-roasted coffee is processed with a special machine that forces a small amount of water at high pressure through a special filter. Contact time between coffee and water is only about 25 seconds.

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