Last time, we talked about why London offers some of the best coffee houses on planet Earth. Sometimes though, we can’t be like the six Friends characters and head to our own alternative to Central Perk.
What is possible is to make your favourite drinks at home instead. Most of us are familiar with making instant to order, but once you have the taste for better coffee, it probably just doesn’t hit the mark. Instant doesn’t really offer the variation that the local café does either, most people just have standard coffee granules to apply the boiling water treatment to and add a little milk. It’s better than nothing, but it’s hardly a Starbucks.
Some people opt for pod machines instead like Nespresso or Tassimo machines, while others plump for filter coffee as a better but not perfect solution. Since around 2014, there’s been more of a trend for people to turn to technology in their homes too, and get something much closer to the Starbucks experience at home. These top end coffee makers are usually referred to as bean to cup machines, and grind the coffee beans to order.
If you know much about coffee, you know that fresh beans are the best place to start, as from the moment you grind them into finer powder to brew, the clock starts ticking and the flavour starts to suffer.
The HomeKitchenary website gives some tips about choosing a great bean to cup coffee machine for your kitchen, and give some great clues about not only which machines are best, but also what you need to consider to narrow down your choice of gadget.
In a nutshell, the type of coffee you and your family like to drink will make up the bulk of how to choose – as machines typically all make black coffees. It’s whether you also want it to handle drinks like heating milk for hot chocolate and frothing it for cappuccinos that makes the difference. You can also learn more detail about specific machines with a little research and reading bean to cup coffee machine reviews, check out specialist sites like beantocupcoffeemachine.com and big sites like Amazon to get every last feature documented.
Once you’ve chosen a machine, you can shift your focus to the beans you love to drink. You can buy ours in store, just ask next time you’re in and our team will tell you about our two in house blends. We have a light and dark option – if you’re the sort of person that loves a strong espresso hit you’ll love our dark beans, otherwise both are great to try, why not experiment with each?
The best part of home coffee making is you can learn at your own pace. Espresso and long alternatives like Americano are dead easy to get started with, and once you’ve mastered those, it’s an easy path to get more adventurous. It won’t take long to progress to cappuccino and latte, especially if you choose a fancy coffee machine, as they can do a lot of the trickier tasks for you. There’s usually the option to do things by hand too, so over time you can let the electronics do the parts you’re not so keen doing, and enjoy the satisfaction of what you enjoy to do by your own fair hand.
Of course, we think coming to see us to have a chat and a coffee is best, but if you haven’t got the time, making some great, full bodied and aroma rich home coffee comes a close second.