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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.


ESPRO Expands Top-Selling Travel Press Line with New Colors

ESPRO®, creators of superior French presses and brewing accessories, is adding four new color offerings for its durable and portable Travel Press. Consumers nationwide can now purchase the Travel Press in Sky Blue, Gunmetal Grey, Sunshine Yellow and Violet Purple.

Specifically designed to be light and portable, while tough enough to survive even the most challenging outdoor adventures, the Travel Press allows coffee and tea lovers to enjoy their favorite brews anytime, anywhere. Inside, each ESPRO Travel Press is equipped with a patented double micro-filter to create a better and cleaner cup of coffee without any of the grit or sludge left behind by a traditional French press. Outside, vacuum-insulated stainless steel keeps drinks warm for four to six hours. Designed as an all-in-one model, users can brew their favorite cup right inside, seal it, and take it on the go to enjoy later. Additionally, the buffer between the filters isolates extracted coffee and tea from the grounds or leaves, to prevent over-extraction and ensure consistent, non-acidic taste. Plus, for the first time, users can opt for a pour-over method by using the optional paper filtration to deliver a quick and oil-free cup on the go.

“We have received an overwhelming response to the Travel Press from consumers and retailers,” said Bruce Constantine, ESPRO President and co-Founder,  “And we are excited to expand on this model with new color offerings that are sure to impress. These new presses house all of the same technology that make all of our models so unique, with a fresh new look in time for holiday gifting and winter adventures.”

The Travel Press, which retails for $34.95, is available for purchase at Williams-Sonoma and Sur la Table retailers nationwide, as well as on Amazon. For more information about ESPRO visit, or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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.

Cast Iron Teapots from SCI

SCI for webSCI (Scandicrafts Cuisine Internationale) carries an impressive collection of artistically crafted cast iron teapots. Each teapot is designed with exquisite detail. All uniquely display a warm sense of tradition with a contemporary flair.

Each of SCI’s teapots comes with a matching cast iron trivet. Some sets also include matching teacups. Each teapot includes a removable stainless steel mesh infuser, making it perfect for both loose leaves and tea bags.

Cast iron teapots are ideal since the cast iron distributes the heat evenly inside the pot to better extract the flavors and health benefits of your tea. A distinctively appealing taste is acquired only from brewing tea in a cast iron teapot. Cast iron teapots develop a seasoning from repeated use, producing richly flavored cups of tea that are each more delicious than the last.

Suggested retail prices range from $63.00 to $80.00.

A Checklist of Drip Coffee Makers from Capresso for Better Brews

There are many ways to brew coffee, but the drip coffee maker continues to reign supreme as the most popular brewing method in the U.S. 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 stovetop 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. The removable water tank makes refilling quick and easy.

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. A drip coffee maker can also 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.

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. A 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 stops come 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.

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