The weather outside is frightful, and the fire is so delightful. Yes, it’s that time of year where we’re all reaching for a hot beverage to warm our chilly fingers and fight the chill. Here are 5 ways to do just that while enjoying the festive flavors of the holiday season.
Rich caramel flavors complement the sweet chocolate and whipped cream in this luxurious dessert coffee that’s simple enough for everyday. Brew the coffee in a single-serve coffee maker to make it quickly for one, or multiply the recipe and use a standard 12-cup coffee maker to serve a group.
Top it with the perfect whipped cream we learned how to make a few days ago.
Drizzle with caramel syrup and sprinkle with shaved chocolate and sea salt.
It’s like getting a fancy coffeehouse drink, but you can do it yourself in just a few easy steps. Plus, there’s no one to misspell your name on the side of your to-go cup. You’ll love this coffee on a cool night, and it’s a great accompaniment to serve with dessert, too.
Help yourself to café-quality coffee every morning. Whether you’re brewing coffee for one or making enough coffee for family and friends, Hamilton Beach coffee makers have the perfect design, size, and features to fit your coffee brewer needs.
Welcome to Breakfast Blitz! We hope you like breakfast sandwiches and coffee because, for the next few weeks, Hamilton Beach is bringing you the #BreakfastBlitz! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you can be on the lookout for surprise contests. Prizes include Breakfast Sandwich Makers (including the new Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker) and FlexBrew Coffeemakers.
We’re also giving away TEN breakfast items here on the blog. Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below for a chance to win one of these great prizes. We are giving away 4 Breakfast Sandwich Makers, 2 Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker, 4 FlexBrew Single-Serve Coffee Makers and 2 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Makers. The contest ends on December, 19th.
10 – Better Tasting Coffee
No one wants last month’s leftovers in today’s coffee, so make sure to clean your coffee maker every 30 days. Oil residue from coffee beans can build up; cleaning prevents off-flavors from affecting your coffee.
9 – Your Coffee Maker Lasts Longer
Regular cleaning prevents water mineral deposits, which can shorten a coffee maker’s life, from building up in the heater.
8 – Speedy Brew Times
Calcification from hard water can build up in the heater pipes, insulating them so the heater takes longer and increases brew times. Cleaning fixes this.
7 – Clean and Dry
Discard wet grounds after brewing and don’t let them sit in the filter basket all day. Leave the lid up to after a washing to ensure a clean, dry environment.
6 – Coffee Windows Won’t Lie
In some coffee maker reservoirs or coffee pots, there is a coffee level window showing how many cups of coffee are left. Regular cleaning prevents you from thinking there’s coffee left when there isn’t.
5 – Shine On
Tannins in coffee can cause brown stains to build up on the interior of coffee pots. Regular cleaning keeps pots looking shiny and new.
4 – Office Mugs Aren’t Different
A quick rinse doesn’t clean out the oil residue from daily coffee drinking. Send it through the dishwasher or wash it with hot, soapy water. If it’s still sporting coffee rings, mix equal parts of baking soda and water into a paste and scour the stains prior to washing.
3 – Buffy the Stain Slayer
The appearance of your appliances can affect the overall look of your kitchen. Keep your kitchen looking sparkly and new by rubbing down the outside of your coffee maker.
2 – Clean Hidden Parts
Don’t forget to clean all the pieces hiding inside your coffee maker. Clean the brew basket, any permanent filters, the drip tray and the hot plate. Check the manual to see which parts are dishwasher safe.
1 – If It Looks Good, You Look Good
Have you ever visited a friend with a moldy coffee maker? It makes for awkward conversation, so keep your coffee pot clean. When guests go to brew coffee, you’ll look like a domestic goddess.
The Ultimate How-To Guide
How to Clean the 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffeemaker
To clean 2-Way FlexBrew® Coffeemaker, select the carafe side.
Pour ½ cup plain white vinegar and ½ cup cold water into the water reservoir.
Press the ON button. After 30 seconds, press OFF to stop the brewing process. Wait 30 minutes.
Press ON again and complete the brewing process with the vinegar and water mixture. Press OFF when finished.
Run 2-3 more brew cycles with clean water only, allowing the machine to cool between cycles.
How to Clean a Traditional 12 Cup Coffee Maker
To clean standard coffee makers, pour ½ cup plain white vinegar and ½ cup cold water into the water reservoir. Press the ON or BREW button. After 30 seconds, press OFF to stop the brewing process. Wait 30 minutes. Press ON again and complete the brewing process with the vinegar and water mixture. Press OFF when finished. Run 2-3 more brew cycles with clean water only, allowing the machine to cool between cycles.
How to Clean the Hot Plate
If there are stubborn stains on the hot plate, lay a wet paper towel over the cooled plate to soak until stains are softened. Remove and wipe clean.
How to Clean Stainless Steel Exterior
Wipe with a damp cloth in the direction of the metal grain. Buff with a dry, soft cloth to achieve a brilliant shine.
There are so many ways to prepare coffee and so many types of coffee available that sometimes getting a great cup seems overwhelming. Here are some tips that we’ve developed in the Test Kitchen to help you get the best cup of coffee possible every time you brew.
Water Quantity and Quality
Most coffee makers mark each cup approximately 6 ounces, not the American 8 ounce liquid measure. (Why a 6 oz cup? A “cup of coffee” is based on the Old English teacup that many hotels and tearooms still use today.)
Coffee is mostly water, so the quality of the water you use plays a key role in the taste of your coffee. For the best-tasting coffee, you should use filtered tap water or bottled water. Never use distilled water because it’s missing minerals that add to water’s taste and aid in extraction.
Coffee Beans and Grounds
As a rule of thumb, 1-2 tablespoons of coffee grounds per cup of coffee should be used, depending on your strength preference. A typical coffee scoop measures about 2 tablespoons in volume.
Whole bean coffee typically stays fresh longer than ground coffee because less of its surface area is exposed to air. To get the best results, look for coffee beans that were recently roasted and grind them every time you make a pot of or single-serve cup of coffee.
Grinding the beans every time you brew can preserve the fragrance, natural oils, flavor and freshness of the coffee. It’s is one of the most important and impactful things you can do when making coffee at home. Coffee grinders are affordable and can be used for other things, too, like grinding spices.
The coffee filter you select matters as well; you should purchase the best quality that you can afford.
Paper filters trap more sediment (which some people find bitter) and let you use any type of grind. Permanent filters require a coarser grind and allow more coffee oils to pass through, producing a stronger and more full-bodied cup of coffee.
How To Store Coffee
Coffee begins to lose its freshness immediately after it is roasted, and especially after it has been ground. Exposure to oxygen, moisture, heat, and light will reduce coffee’s freshness even further. For that reason, most coffee companies advise you to store coffee in an airtight, opaque, odor-neutral container and keep it at room temperature.
Never store coffee in the fridge or freezer as it breaks down the oils that impart flavor and aroma and, because it is porous, can then take on the flavors and aromas of its surroundings.
As a general rule, coffee stays fresh for about two weeks once opened. For this reason, it is better to purchase coffee in smaller quantities or in an amount that is proportionate to how quickly it will be used.
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