6 Ways to Spring Forward Your Coffee Habits

by Kitchenworks10. March 2015 08:22

As we lose an hour of sleep from Daylight Savings this week, you may want a stronger cup of joe to keep some spring in your step! Luckily there are a variety of ways to get your coffee fix -- here are the perks of each: 



Ever craved espresso but balk at losing counterspace to a giant machine? Bialetti has your answer: Made in Italy, this is the original manual stovetop espresso maker. An excellent option for folks who love the craft of espresso, Bialetti’s products allow you to fine tune your brew just how you like it. It’s fast, easy, and available in sizes from 1 to 12 cups.

 

 

If you believe vintage never truly goes out of style, a percolator may be up your alley. First introduced in the early 20th century, percolators maintained popularity until the early 1970’s when electric coffeemakers first hit the market. They’re still common among camping and outdoors enthusiasts for their simplicity and usability without electricity. 

 

 

Pourovers offer a lot of control, both in the strength of the coffee you brew and the temperature of the water used, and produce a cup of joe similar in consistency and flavor to an electric coffeemaker. Like the title suggests, this method entails pouring hot water over your coffee grounds via a reusable filter cone. Filter cones come in ceramic and plastic, as well as an array of sizes.  


Chemex 8 Cup Glass Coffeemaker

 

The most widely known style of pourover is the Chemex, which have spiked in popularity recently. While pourover filter cones vary in filtration, Chemex touts an optimized flow rate to maximize flavor and quality. A Chemex also offers similar user control as standard pourovers, just with fewer moving parts! 


  

Bonjour 3 Cup French Press

 

Another option for manual coffee brewing is the French press. Slightly more involved than a pourover, a French press requires more maintenance in both use and cleanup; however, many feel the quality of coffee you’ll get more than makes up for it! Operating without a filter, french presses allow the natural oils in your coffee beans to produce a richer brew.  New to the French press? This blog post offers a great step-by-step guide to get you started.

 

 

Finally, the most conventional of options, the electric coffeemaker. This mechanized system removes almost all preparation from your plate, some even allowing you to set your machine in sync with your morning alarm. Some folks feel electric coffeemakers offer a limited depth of flavor in comparison to other brewing methods, but it’ll certainly still get the job done.

 

 

One wonderful thing about coffee is that no two cups are the same: in both preparation and the beans themselves, there’s enough variation for everyone to find their style.

 

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Vendor Spotlight: Brushtech

by Gia7. July 2013 19:33

 

Brushtech is one of those companies that makes products you never knew you always needed (until you discover them in your local kitchen/hardware store, let out a very audible yelp, and find excuses to bring it up in conversation for weeks). If you garner any kind of satisfaction from getting your kitchen tools really clean, then you're about to be just as obsessed with them as we are.

Brushtech makes highly durable, insanely specific, kitchen and tool cleaning brushes. If you've ever attempted to wedge your sponge/dish brush into a bottle, straw, tea kettle spout, decanter, percolator, etc. (I could go on for the whole post) and still couldn't get that bit of caked on grime out of there, you need a Brushtech brush. All of their brushes are made in Plattsburg, NY (since 1976) by the Gujian family. 

Here are some reasons we love Brushtech brushes:

They go where other brushes can't.
Finally get between the holes in your strainer's mesh screen, or inside your reusable drinking straws (your drink will taste much better), percolator (no more bitter coffee), muffin tins (improves heat distribution) and hummingbird feeder (those things can get grimy). Even save yourself a call to the plumber with a hair catching drain brush.

They won't scratch delicate glass and crystal.
Reinforced foam brushes won't scratch glass or crystal and don't absorb water and bacteria, so they'll last much longer than conventional sponges. You also won't get your hand stuck when you create a vacuum attempting to reach the sponge to the bottom of your drinking glasses (maybe that's just me...).

They are super durable and super affordable
The bristles on a Brushtech brush are woven through the wire, not glued into a plastic head like most cheap cleaning brushes. This makes them more durable because there is no glue (which degrades over time). Also, the brushes are engineered to withstand the repetitive motions of everyday cleaning (they also manufacture industrial cleaning brushes), which means that your brushes won't end up flat and misshapen. If that wasn't enough, they're all less than $10, so you can show them to all your friends!

I have used my little V-shaped grill brush through three summers and it is still truckin! None of the bristles are bent or worn, it gets between (not just on top of) the grates, and it even works when the grill is cold. Plus, its made of brass, so it won't scratch the enamel coating on my cast iron grill top.

Check out our whole collection of Brushtech brushes:

Visit them them on youtube for informational videos and more brushes you never knew you always needed!

See a Brushtech brush you wish we carried? Shoot us an email at orders@kitchenworksinc.com and we'll put in a special order for you.

 

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