Coffee and Cooking

Great Household Appliances

So, you’ve decided to get an espresso machine, but not sure what to start with, this is where you should find our recommendations handy and useful. The first thing you should definitely look into is the Type of the chosen machine. There are pump- and steam-driven espresso machines that work pretty much similar but heat up to a different temperature. Unlike steam-driven machines that use the water of about 90 degrees for brewing espresso, pump-driven machines release boiling water but under considerably less bar pressure (around 3-5 bar).

Making the choice would certainly depend on your personal preferences. If you prefer a bitter taste of sprightly coffee, you would make more use out of steam-driven espresso machines while those, who prefer a milder drink, would surely like more espresso brewed with pump-driven coffee makers. Pump-driven machines are also considerably faster in brewing, halving the time required to make a cup of espresso.

Mr. Coffee ECM160 has 3 bars of steam pressure. Herewith, the water is heated in the closed tank and when the pressure is at the max level, it opens the valve and the brewing process begins. We assume that the steam might be a little too hot, however such steam increases the amount of caffeine in the served cup, so for some people it can only be an advantage. One cup is prepared within 2 minutes. Mr. Coffee ECM160 can make a genuine espresso and other delicious beverages like cappuccino or latte right at home. It can make up to 4 cups of espresso shots at a time, so it will be a perfect solution for the whole family.

Rice Makers

The Instant Pot IP-DUO60 Programmable Pressure Cooker makes our top five list because it can be programmed to make great rice and so much more. The Instant Pot offers preset programs for rice, porridge, and multi-grain. You can also use it to make everything from hearty stews to yogurt. The Instant Pot is great for cooking the same healthy foods you would prepare in a steamer, but as a pressure cooker, it works faster and uses less energy than a typical steamer. It even has two different pressure settings so delicate foods aren’t overcooked. It’s fair to say that some owners weren’t entirely happy with the way the Instant Pot cooked meat or other non-rice items, but pressure cooking isn’t like normal pot cooking, so there can be something of a learning curve.

The Zojirushi NS-ZCC10 Rice Cooker uses what they call “neuro-fuzzy logic” to sense the rice type and cooking style required. The machine takes this information and monitors/adjusts itself accordingly. This may sound complicated, but all you need do is press the buttons and leave the machine to do its job.

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