Immediately after getting fully fed up with Black & Decker’s piece of useless junk, the Cafe Noir, I decided to go ahead and spring for the Hamilton Beach 12-Cup Brew Station based on the marvelous reviews I had read at good ol’ Epinions. For the most part, I was happy with that decision.
Bachelors seem to prefer a simple one small espresso maker. Finding the answers on rudimentary programs in industrial coffee maker. These include those like the Black & Decker Brew ‘N Go personal coffeemaker with travel mug that holds 15 ounces of coffee at one time. Many of the one cup makers are meant to brew into a large cup, mug or thermal mug that may or may not come with the coffee maker. They may or may not fit in a car cup holder as well. These espresso makers are great for a guy or gal who wants a first cup of coffee at home and then one for on the go. Whether driving a car or going by rail, bus or street car, the second half of a 15 ounce thermal mug appears to be a favorite choice.
Then I went to their website and found you needed a password, so I emailed them. Seems the Club Quarters hotel is for members only. They have locations all over: Chicago, two in NY, DC, London. theres quite a few. The only two ways for a non-member to stay there is either as a guest of a member, or booking available rooms via the web. They sent me their password anyway. That’s two plusses right off the bat.
When you’re first grinding your beans, don’t be afraid to stop and check the consistency of the grind. Different methods of brewing require different textures. The more coarse the grind, the less silt or fines you’ll have in your cup, while the finer the grind, the better for, say, a filtered espresso maker – much like a Keurig – but you don’t want to go too fine or you’ll overgrind and over extract during the brewing process.
If you serve wine, dry whites and reds (chardonnay, merlot, burgundy, shiraz, cabernet, pinot, etc.) do not need to be chilled before or following opening. Simply re-cork them. Sweet wines ( grenache, lambrusco, chabils, chianti,rose) should be refrigerated or chilled before and right after serving.
Futon couch bed with extra thick mattress. The futon is the ideal piece of dorm equipment. While your dorm will come with a bed and mattress, don’t use them. It’s impossible to really clean a mattress and who knows what happened on it last semester. Sleeping on a dorm mattresses is less comfortable than sleeping on a park bench. Choose the thicker coil spring mattress for your futon for best comfort. I made the mistake of purchasing the thinner futon mattress and it was miserably uncomfortable. I wound back at the mattress store begging for the better mattress. You can buy a quality futon and mattress set for around $200. Choose the wood vs. metal frame for better durability. Look for a futon with drawers built in the frame for storing clothing.
The price is worth it if you consider the convenience of just brewing coffee once instead of several times on a regular espresso maker. You don’t have to keep refilling a small coffee maker. You won’t have to deal with changing filters often. You just turn the percolator on and leave it. Following less than an hour, you will have enough espresso for at least 55 people.