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Gourmet Coffee Trends: A Slim-Line One-Cup for Coffee Purists

JURA-A1The new JURA A1 stands out for its elegance, compact design, and clear focus on a unique coffee result. This slim-line one-cup machine prepares coffee to the high standards you would expect in a coffee bar, and thanks to JURA’s exclusive Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.®), it also produces ristretto and espresso to the same standard.

P.E.P. optimizes extraction time to guarantee professional quality, barista-style coffee, with a thick layer of foamy crema on top. This new machine also features JURA’s Aroma G3 grinder, now twice as fast to fully preserve aroma. The touch panel makes it easy to use, offering three user-defined cup sizes and two aroma levels to choose from.

The A1 was designed with attention to detail for which JURA is known. Coffee beans are protected by an aroma preservation cover on the bean container. A CLEARYL Blue filter ensures water purity. The coffee strength can be adjusted from 6 to 10 grams, and JURA’s Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System (I.P.B.A.S.©) serves to maximize flavor. The coffee spout is height adjustable. Integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling programs make the machine easy to maintain. The A1 also features an Energy Save Mode (E.S.M.®) and Zero-Energy Switch to save energy.


Midea Introduces Range of Countertop Cookers

Midea is ready to take on autumn with its latest portable cookers. Now available for purchase, Midea’s 6.5- and 6.0-quart slow cookers, multi-functional cooker and triple slow cooker are ideal for special occasions both big and small, at home and on the go.

“With Midea’s new portable cookers, families can steer clear of fried fare and instead cook delicious and healthy foods with minimal effort and supervision,” said Kurt Jovais, President of Midea America Corp. Enjoy family gatherings and tailgates with great dips, appetizers and even desserts anywhere!”

Multi-Functional Cooker (MMC1710-B)

With eight one-touch presets, Midea’s new TasteMaker™ All-in-One MMC1710 multi-functional cooker can create everyday dishes, one pot wonders, or gourmet masterpieces. The removable, super thick hemisphere bowl and its honeycomb surface provide uniform heating for perfect cooking every time. Choose to brown/sauté before slow cooking or use Midea’s unique DEFROST feature to cook frozen chicken all the way through, without that rubbery taste. Families can even use the MMC1710 to cook healthy grains, quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal and more. The MMC1710 is available now on Amazon for $99.99.

6.5 Quart Slow Cooker (MSC1765DIP)

Midea’s MSC1765DIP 6.5-quart slow cooker has a tempered glass lid, stainless steel exterior housing, oval stoneware pot with slide-proof rubber feet, and is equipped with Midea’s Feather Touch Technology for precise control over multiple cooking functions. It also comes with a 16-ounce warmer pot with a glass lid to keep dips and sauces warm while serving. The MSC1765DIP is available now on Amazon for $59.99.

6.0 Quart Slow Cooker with Locking Lid (MSC176TGDIP)

Create healthy and shareable dishes with the minimum amount of effort with Midea’s new MSC176TGDIP 6.0-quart slow cooker. The MSC176TGDIP has a tempered glass tailgater locking lid, which is perfect for dinner on the go. With a stainless-steel exterior housing, oval stoneware pots with slide-proof rubber feet, and Midea’s Feather Touch Technology for precise control over multiple cooking functions, this slow cooker is easy to use and easier to clean. Like the MSC1765DIP, it comes with a 16-ounce warmer pot with a glass lid. The MSC176TGDIP is available now on Amazon for $69.99

Triple Crock Slow Cooker (M3SC1715-B)

Easily create and serve multiple meal options with Midea’s Triple Crock Slow Cooker. The M3SC1715-B is equipped with three 1.5-quart crocks each with adjustable heat settings – low, medium and high. Each crock also has a nonstick ceramic body which is dishwasher safe, ensuring easy cleaning, as well as glass lids with heat-proof handles. The M3SC1715-B is available now on Amazon for $59.99.

Bunn Velocity Brew BT

bunnPFUsing coffee brewing technology perfected over 40 years, Bunn has built a fantastic home brewing system. The unique reservoir-style unit brews up to 10 cups of high-quality joe in just three minutes, and keeps hot water available for tea and other uses, as users need. Constructed of commercial-rated materials and stainless steel accents, complete with internal stainless steel water tank and insulated carafe. Three-year limited warranty, made in the USA.

Drip Coffee Makers – A Checklist from Capresso for a Better Brew

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.

New Zojirushi Rice Cooker Copes with Quinoa

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.

Zojirushi NL-BAC05 Beauty ShotThe 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.

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