I recently returned from a trip to the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago – and I have to say, I drank a lot of coffee. Not out and about in the city – although there were some great coffee shops in town, but instead inside the convention center. There, I had to opportunity to see all the latest introductions when it comes to coffee and espresso.
There were offerings to meet the needs of any coffee lover, at every price point.
Here, Coffee Universe highlights a baker’s dozen of coffee brewers (and one grinder), all designed to allow you to easily brew great tasting coffee in the comfort of your own home.
Whether you’re brewing cup by cup or for a crowd, the new Hamilton Beach 2-way Deluxe Coffeemaker is designed to give you ultimate flexibility to brew exactly what you need. Choose the one-cup option when you want a single cup, and use your favorite grounds or a K-Cup pack to brew into a travel mug or a standard mug. For when you need more, choose the 12-cup option and brew into the carafe. $99.99 www.hamiltonbeach.com
Jura’s new ENA Micro 9 One Touch is the world’s smallest one-touch automatic cappuccino machine. With the touch of one button, the One Touch creates deliciously creamy cappuccinos, latte macchiato, crema coffee or espresso, without moving the cup. Providing for a true bean-to-cup experience in a small footprint, the newly developed micro brewing unit is specifically engineered for perfect espresso results every time, cup by cup. Intuitive and easy to use, the Rotary Switch lets you customize your beverages, giving you the ability to adjust coffee strength, amount of water, and brewing. The hot water button is ideal for preparing for tea or hot chocolate, and the fine foam technology prepares milk foam with a fine, feather-like consistency. $1,399 www.us.jura.com
Baratza showcased a variety of their grinders including the Virtuoso, which combines classic style and a consistent, quality grind. The unit’s burr set reduces the fines in all levels of grind and boasts an approximate speed of grind of 2 g/sec. The Virtuoso gives you consistency from cup to cup at both the coarse and fine ends of the grind range. $229 www.baratza.com
Experience the Steam Brew technology of icoffee by Remington. The unit’s patented Steam Brew technology utilizes six rotational water jets to completely surround, suspend, stir and steam your favorite coffee in piping hot water. The result is rich, coffee crema with no bitter aftertaste. The secret to achieving the perfect cup is that the iCoffee jets rotate, tumble and suspend the brewing coffee in the right combination of steam and piping water. This completely coaxes out all of the flavorful essences from the spinning coffee. www.icoffee.com
The next generation of Keurig brewer is here. The new Vue V500 gives you the control to brew any way you want – stronger, bigger, hotter, and with more choices than ever before. Utilizing Custom Brew Technology, you can brew your way – strong or regular – to suit your taste. You can also brew full strength into a travel mug using Vue packs formulated to brew a bigger cup. And finally, the Vue offers a wider range of brewing temperatures and more ways to customize your cup. $169.99. www.keurig.com
Gaggia presents the Carezza Prestige, designed to enable the home barista to obtain the best possible results. Featuring a double-walled pressurized ‘crema perfetta’ filter holder, with a double chamber that ensures the ideal temperature of your coffee by keeping the brewed coffee from coming into contact with cold metal. The machine also features a pre-brewing function for flavor enhancement and a stainless steal ‘pannarello’ steam output. Thanks to the auto shut-off system which automatically switches the machine off after 9 minutes, you’ll minimize energy waste. www.gaggia.com
Cuisinart for illy Buona Tazza Espresso Makers bring together a combination of Cuisinart’s strength of innovation and illy’s decade’s-long coffee heritage. This unique partnership produces a superior line of single serve super automatic espresso makers. The Super Automatic Single Serve Espresso, Caffee Latte, Cappuccino Machine is the premier unit in the series and features two heaters – one for coffee and one for milk, along with a patented integrated milk frothing tank and a patent-pending steam wand with burst of steam feature. The system eliminates the typical delay between brewing and frothing, as well as the need to reposition the cup. The versatile temperature and strength features also make this system customizable. Manual controls for brew strength, froth consistency, and espresso temperature, and the frothing system allows milk substitutes, such as soy, almond and coconut, to be used. $500; available July www.cuisinart.com
If you love the taste French Press brewed coffee, but don’t like the sediment, the Espro Press will satisfy your craving, as it filters your coffee twice, to reveal the full taste without the grit. The two patent-pending filters are 9-12 times finer than a common French Press, leaving behind all the flavor and none of the grit. The plunger features two filters, one of which gets underneath the slurry of wet grounds and captures more sediment than does a traditional French Press brewer. The stainless double-walled vacuum vessel holds heat for hours so you can enjoy your pressed coffee now – or later. $70 www.espro.ca
Bodum’s PEBO Vacuum Brewing System Set with Gas Burner extracts all the flavorful oils in your coffee without using paper filters. Made with borosilicate glass, you can view the theatrical brewing process from start to finish. Heated water creates pressure within the lower chamber, pushing the water up to brew with the coffee grounds. Once removed from the heat, the pressure drives the coffee back down through the filter. The result is rich coffee that mimics the French Press in flavor. The full set including the brewer and gas burner is available in August for $130. The burner and stand only is $50, the PEBO is currently available for $80. www.bodum.com
Nespresso highlighted its newest machine, U, the ultimate machine in modularity, simplicity, and purity. Combining personalization with an ultra-chic aesthetic, U is the perfect machine to create an espresso in the comfort of your own home. The first of its kind design allows you to rotate the water tank 180° around the machine to adapt its shape to consumer preference. The automatic brewing unit pierces, brews and automatically ejects the used capsule, and the removable magnetic cup/drip tray supports larger mugs for milk recipes. Designed to deliver a perfect up time after time, memorizing your preferred cup size, ideal for those who seek ultimate simplicity, high quality coffee and pure design. $199 www.nespresso.com.
For the user who wants to be in control of the brewing process, the BraZen Coffee Brewer from Behmor is the choice for you. The Brazen drip coffee brewer is the most precise consumer coffee brewer on the market, offering accuracy in temperature by targeting and staying within one degree throughout the brewing process. The Brazen’s unique temperature glide, slows the heating as it nears the selected temperature for accuracy. Features include an on-board system temperature calibrations with altitude correction; a power controlled temperature glide, full saturation water dispersion spray head; pre-soak function with user controlled time setting; and an on-board memory that stores system settings. $199 www.behmor.com/brazen.php
For a back-to-basics approach, the Sowden SoftBrew Coffee makes coffee without forcing, pressing, steaming or burning the beans. Using hi-tech photo-etching technology, the micro-thin filter features more than a half a million microscopic holes providing for outstanding filtering ability, and making what is called SoftBrew Coffee. Simply place in preferred amount of coffee, pour in hot water, and let it brew for 4-8 minutes. www.sowden.co
KRUPS launched the Barista EA9000 One-Touch Cappuccino Machine to the U.S. market. A first of its kind, this fully automatic, one-touch machine is designed and manufactured to the highest standards, offering an absolute innovation in the world of automatic coffee machines. Inspired by professionals, the KRUPS Barista One-Touch Machine takes care of every detail with ease from start to finish – from grinding the beans to the proper fineness, frothing the milk and dispensing the brew, to cleaning the steam nozzle.