There are many ways to brew coffee, but the drip coffee maker continues to reign supreme as the most popular brewing method in the US. According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), 50 percent of daily coffee drinkers brewed their coffee with a drip coffee maker, significantly more than the single cup brewer, French press, pour over, and stove top methods combined.
Traditionally known for their ease of use and reliability, drip coffee makers today have advanced features that add convenience and enhance taste and aroma.
Advanced features, such as permanent filter, optimal brewing temperature, small cup setting and drip stop, come standard with Capresso drip coffee makers. Capresso offers this checklist of additional features for comparing a variety of models.
Removable water tank makes refilling quick and easy.
Special 3-5 cup setting. Coffee gets progressively stronger as a pot of drip coffee is brewed. Without this special setting, a small pot of three to five cups will not have the same full bodied flavor as a full pot.
Programmable clock/timer LED display. A drip coffee maker can be programmed to initiate brewing right before the coffee lover gets up in the morning so a fresh pot is waiting – or right before dessert.
Water purification. Charcoal water filtration removes impurities from the water that would otherwise degrade the taste. An automatic filter indicator alerts the user when the filter needs to be changed.
Permanent GoldTone filter replaces paper filters and is dishwasher safe. This saves money over time, and it avoids the environmental waste of paper filters that are used once and then discarded.
Drip stop comes in handy when someone wants a cup of coffee now. It interrupts the machine during the brewing process to pour a cup, and then continues the brewing cycle.
Zojirushi is bringing out a new stylish and functional rice cooker. The Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer (NL-BAC05) offers a quinoa menu setting for the first time. This new setting, in combination with the steel cut oatmeal and brown rice options, make this unique product an ideal tool for health-minded consumers. The Micom Rice Cooker & Warmer will be available in June for a suggested retail price of $165.00.
The unit’s compact size cooks as little as ½ cup of rice with a 3-cup capacity which makes this unit ideal for smaller families or kitchens with minimal counter space. The Micom Rice Cooker features advanced fuzzy logic technology, which controls the cooking temperature, promising a perfect result with each use. In addition, the machine is equipped with a triple heater that warms the rice from the bottom, side and top. Multiple menu settings include white/sushi, brown, long grain white, steel cut oatmeal, quinoa, cake, and quick cooking. The unit has an easy-to-use LCD control panel, two delay timer settings, auto keep warm, extended keep warm and a removable and washable inner lid. All surfaces that come in contact with food are BPA-free. Accessories include rice spatula and measuring cup.
Nuni Tortilla Toaster has secured funding for a first production run of the world’s first ever mass-market tortilla toaster. The Nuni Tortilla Toaster was introduced a year ago with a Kickstarter campaign. Since then, there have been numerous design iterations, electrical safety certifications, manufacturing pipeline arrangements, and capital acquisition.
For more information, or to pre-order, www.nunitoaster.com. Orders for the first production run are scheduled to be delivered by Christmas 2017.
The Metal Ware Corporation, parent company of: NESCO, American Harvest, and now Chard, introduces new leaders and owners: Rick Carey (President); and Ross Niemi (Executive Vice-President/COO).
Carey and Niemi take over this 96-year-old family company during a time of tremendous change in the housewares industry. Acquisitions of legacy companies by publicly traded brand houses have restricted the choices available to retailers and consumers alike. Privately owned companies like Metal Ware represent a dwindling minority of companies in the housewares industry, and Niemi and Carey are confident that this will set them apart from competitors.
“As a privately owned company, our ability to identify consumer trends, develop long-term strategic goals and streamline decision making will provide us with a competitive advantage over large public companies. At Metal Ware, we can quickly adjust and make changes to meet our customer and retailers’ needs,” said Niemi.
Carey and Niemi are taking over in Wes Drumm’s footsteps. Drumm will still be instrumental with the company as co-owner and Chairman of the board, adding to his 70 years of experience with Metal Ware.
Gourmia™ introduces the perfect solutions for people who want to use the latest technology to cook healthy and delicious meals: Wi-Fi. The company’s new Turbo Cook Center & Air Fryer and Sous Vide Precision Cooker Immersion Pod are both IoT Wi-Fi enabled. The free companion apps take a chef through cooking step-by-step, and then allow them to easily manage the cooking function, temperature, duration, and end time on either product from anywhere there is an Internet connection, no matter how far they are from home.
“Wi-Fi is not just for checking social media or getting on the Internet, it’s also a time saver for cooks,” remarked Sam Ash, Gourmia Chief Marketing Officer. “Making healthy, delicious meals at home just became easier for today’s busy chef with the new app enabled Air Fryer and Sous Vide Pod from Gourmia. Users are not only walked through recipes from renowned chefs, they can also control cooking functions so if they are working late, stuck in traffic, running errands or doing something with the kids, they can make sure the perfect meal is ready when they walk in the door. Best of all, the app notifies users when each meal is ready, and allows them to keep track of progress along the way.”
Availability and Pricing
Both of these Wi-Fi-enabled Gourmia cooking tools are available now at amazon.com for a holiday special introduction price, where some orders may qualify for free shipping. The Turbo Cook Center and Air Fryer (GTA2800) is available for $149.99; the Sous Vide Precision Cooker Immersion Pod (GSV150) is available for $119.99.