5 Steps To Brewing The Best Cup of Coffee You’ve Had!

There is no such thing as the singe best cup of coffee because individual preferences vary so much. This article is aimed to help you perfect your personal favorite coffee and be able to rinse and repeat the process each and every time you prepare it.

 

It is not only about how your coffee tastes, but as much about when you drink it, what is the environment and so on. When you have slept well, are amongst people you love and at a location that you really enjoy, have a good cup java from a nice cup can feel like the best cup ever. When you drink that exact same coffee some other time or at another place, it might not be that great. The key word here is good.

 

Most of us can easily spot the difference between good coffee and bad coffee. There can be a lot of different brews that are good but you can’t make the difference which is the best, and there can be a lot of coffee that is brewed with too hot water to make it bitter, used a poor filter which leaves a taste on it, or just made from a grind that is not suitable for that particular brewing method.

 

This article is not meant to be the final word on brewing coffee, but the purpose here is to get you thinking about how you are making your coffee, and how you can easily improve your “Joe”. Here are laid out some of the most important things that affect the quality of your coffee.

 

Coffee Beans

 

I find it quite interesting that most of us don’t really think that much what type of coffee we buy. We usually buy something that we are used to purchase, something that our mother of father always bought, or something that is on sale.

 

The world is revolving around coffee these days, and you can easily find all kinds of varieties of beans online, or even from your local stores. Merchants and roasteries have noticed an uptrend around coffee, and are providing us with ample varieties of beans from around the world available at different roasting levels. Every single choice you make has an effect on how that cup of coffee will eventually taste, and choosing the main ingredient correctly makes a huge difference. Though some might argue that water is the main ingredient, since the end product contains mostly just water, but we will get to water later.

 

The environment in which the coffee bean grows has a huge effect on how it will taste. How much sun is it exposed to, how is the humidity, what are the nutrients that the plant absorbs from the soil, all make a difference in the nuances and if you pay attention you can start to notice these small differences.

 

Different plantations around the same area might even produce beans that have different tastes due to the way that they grow their coffee plants. I recommend being explorative and open to new brands and different varieties, since there are so many options to choose from you most likely have not yet found your favorite. Just something that you like a lot.

 

Below you will find some of the most popular coffee varieties and a small description of each. Some of the varieties originate from selective breeding and some from simple natural selection as the plants have been accommodating to the environment in which they are growing.

 

Most of the coffee that you are able to find around the world are either Arabica or Robusta. Robusta is mostly grown around Vietnam and in the Philippines from where originates the legendary and fancy  coffee that is passed through the digestive track of a civet cat called Kopi Luwak.

 

The Colombian Arabica is one of the best known varieties of Arabica, and it is well known for the intense aromas and light acidity. Popular ready made grinds include such as Sello Rojo

 

Ethiopia is another large produces of Arabica and three varieties originate from that region. The Ethiopian Harar,  Ethiopian Sidamo and the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. They all come from different regions of Ethiopia which is where the names derive, and are known for their complex and fruity flavors.

 

A complete and detailed list of all the kinds of Arabica known to man can actually be easily found from Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_coffee_varieties.

 

Once you find the types of beans you like and find a the perfect roast for your preferences, you need to store the beans correctly. Moisture and air do not do good things to your coffee beans, so you want to store them in a cool, dry and air tight place.

 

What we do here is quite simple and doable. Just get mason jars for each type of coffee you have, and store them in the fridge. That way you can have plenty of different varieties and roasts at hand, and you can be quite sure that they will keep for a long time. You want to grind them just before the use, so you’ll need a grinder too.

 

The Grind

 

Now let’s see… You have your coffee beans in order, and you have been storing them the right way. And you got yourself a good grinder? First taking the coffee beans from your mason jar, and pulling out your coffee grinder will really impress your friends if you know what I mean.

 

You don’t need to have a high tech super expensive grinder to get your coffee beans the way you like, but you need to be able to tweak the settings. The grinder has to be able to produce consistent granule size and you don’t want it to heat when you use it. Low noise is just a bonus here, but great if you have kids who are still sleeping when you are preparing your morning coffee! We actually recommend that you don’t get one with an electric motor. They are fast, but fast means heat and noise when it comes to a coffee bean grinder.

 

Basically you want a conical burr grinder, and not one of those that have spinning blades or any other way of grinding the beans. This type of grinders will produce the most consistent results and often you are able to change the coarseness of the grind in very small increments to get the right one for you.

 

If you are using a dripper, you usually want a relatively small, fine granule size. Not as fine though as you would want an espresso grind to be or for turkish coffee. For a french press you can use a bit coarser grind, but we do recommend using the finest possible to make sure that as much of the coffee is surrounded by water as possible.

 

Peugeot actually makes some of the best coffee mills  in the world, but for example the Hario hand grinder does a good job too. Both of these are of a good size for grinding a few cups at a time.

 

For espresso the game is completely different though. Trying to save money can actually bite back quite easily. At around $200 you start to get machines that can do the job quite well and also are very handy and easy to clean, but we’ll get to the grinders in another post you wait for that!

 

Water

 

After all, your coffee is mostly water. Water actually makes a big difference in how your cup of coffee tastes, since it too can have some tastes of its own. We recommend filtering your own water if you live in an area which has a water supply with a notable taste to make sure that you get a neutral tasting base for your coffee. You can of course use neutral bottled waters.

 

The taste of the water is not the only thing that affects your drinking pleasure, but the temperature makes an even bigger difference. If you are using a chemex, presso pan, high quality espresso machines, vacuum brewers,  or even an Italian mocha pot, you are able to control the temperature.

 

If the water gets too hot, the end result will be a bitter coffee as the fatty acids in the coffee bean will start to oxidise.  One excellent way to avoid this is to actually cold brew your coffee for around 10-16 hours in the fridge. Cold brew coffee will have a very different taste to other ways of brewing and you might even get hints of cola and beer from the brew.

 

The perfect temperature for your coffee when brewed with hot water is between 193 F (89,5 C) and 205 F (96 C) and never ever use boiling water. Some will argue that the closer to 205 F you will get the better, but all in all it is easy to understand why you need a reliable thermometer in hand when you are making your coffee. If you don’t want to use a thermometer or don’t have access to one when brewing, we recommend boiling water, removing it from the heat and adding 4-5% ice cold water and mixing it quickly before pouring it on the coffee.

 

This is a very handy method as not all thermometers are that reliable either, but honestly you should be able to get a reliable thermometer quite cheap off Amazon if you are serious about perfecting your cup of coffee. You will also need a really good quality scale to be able to accurately measure the water to coffee ratio correctly an reliably.

 

Brewing the coffee

 

Now let’s talk a bit about the actual brewing. Above are listed a lot of things about making good coffee in which you have very little control over. The things that you have a lot of control over are choosing the type of bean, grinding it to the perfect level of coarseness, having the right temperature water, perfect water to coffee ratio, and last but not least the brewing time.

 

Water temperature here is pretty much the only thing that is relatively constant, but the rest vary quite a lot depending on the brewing method. Typically you would use around 0.38 ounces (10.6 grams) of ground coffee to 6 ounces (or 177ml) of water. But like we have gone through above, these figures can vary on individual preferences.

 

When you are dripping coffee, you want the water to drip through the coffee grind in about 5 minutes. If you are making just a single cup of coffee, this can be quite difficult to achieve though so slightly less might be accepted. When you are using a french press you can deduct 1-3 minutes from this time. Cold brewing coffee can take easily up to 16 hours of you want to, and making a cup of espresso will actually require a very short time to brew. It takes longer to heat that 25-30ml of water to 190-192F (88-89C) than it takes to pass through the coffee in high pressure.

 

As you might realise from the brewing times. the smaller the grind the less time it usually takes. That is why you should actually try to use a grind that is as fine as possible for the method you are using and try to shorten the time, since almost all of the water soluble components are extracted rather quickly.

 

It might seem trivial, but we recommend setting a timer for your brewing. water temperature can vary a few degrees and it will not make a big difference, but brewing for a few minutes too long can make huge differences in the taste, as now different components of the coffee bean are starting to dissolve and can produce unwanted tastes.

 

Our Favorites?

 

To be honest… Those single serving french presses are probably the best things known to man. Even if you have more than one person drinking coffee at your house, you can get more than one and each of you can drink their favorite coffee. And if you want to have more than just one cup, it honestly takes 2-3 minutes of maceration and you are good to go for another cup.

 

Also a small one is very easy to clean by hand as you can rinse all the coffee crumbs and fat under hot water. Every now and then you should wash it thoroughly with dish washing liquid.

 

But basically you are done here. No matter which way of brewing coffee you choose, you need to keep an eye out for grind size, coffee bean freshness, water cleanness, water temperature, coffee-to-water-ratio and brewing time. Also choose your favorite coffee beans and have them roasted to the level you like to enjoy your coffee.

 

 

 

 

Robot Vacuum Cleaner iRobot 760 Roomba

Robot Vacuum Cleaner iRobot 760 Roomba

If you are looking for the best robot vacuum cleaner, you have come to the right place. This vacuum cleaning robot comes from the iRobot 700 series which is their new line of high quality home cleaning robots. They don’t only vacuum your home, they make it easy and trouble free for you. All you have to do is push “CLEAN” and you will have to robot go through your home getting rid of all the dirt, sand, pet hair, and dust on the floors and carpets. It automatically changes the cleaning heads to match the surface that it is on so you can be sure that it getts everything it goes over.

If you have some dirtier areas in your home, like the entry hall, it will spend more time on those exact spots which need more cleaning. Thanks to the advancements in robotics. iRobot has been able to create these high end robot vacuum cleaners which make it easy for anyone to have and maintain a clean home. You no longer have to walk through the house with a regular vacuum cleaner and end up with a painful back and hours of your time wasted. Now you can focus all your cleaning efforts in to re-arranging things and cleaning up table surfaces and getting rid of the trash.

When the Roomba 760 by iRobot is done cleaning, it will automatically return to the docking station – the home base. There it will also recharge its batteries, and this is the perfect time to empty the cleaning bin that is inside the robot. It is easily removed with a push of a button and can just dump the contents in your trash can. Depending on how much you use the vacuum cleaner robot, and how dirty your home is, you will have to replace some of the parts that wear down occasionally. The rotating brushes will wear down eventually, and they will catch some of the hair and dust on your floors, and there is equipment that you can use to clean them up.

The 760 Series is new and a more expensive series than the previous Roomba iRobot vacuum cleaners. Soem older models include the iRobot 560 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. For people that have pets there is the iRobot 562 Robot Vacuum Cleaner For Pet Hair, which comes with accessories that are directed towards pet owners as there can be quite a lot of pet hair on the floors and carpets even if they are regularly cleaned. These are all part of the older 500 series that also provides you with a lot of the same features as the 700 series, but comes with a slightly cheaper price.

The iRobot 760 Roomba robot comes with a dual HEPA filtration system which guarantees that the air coming out of the vacuum cleaner is perfect clear and free of dust mites and other allergens. The HEPA standards are the most rigorous air filtration standards used for home cleaning devices. A HEPA filter will have to remove at least 99,97% of all particles of 0.3 micrometers in size, and this one comes packed with a dual filter that will even further add to those odds.

It will run in to walls and furniture – that is the way it works. When it approaches an object the sensors on the side of it will tell it to slow down. It slows down and gently bumps in it to see if it is something that is solid or something that can be moved around. For example your curtains – it will go through them and get all the dust from under them and behind the curtains. It will not try to go through your walls, but it will gently bump in to them and rub alongside the walls using the side brush to make sure that it gets rid of all the dust and dirt near the wall.

Basically, this is one of the best robot vacuum cleaners we have found. The results speak for themselves, and this is also the best price for it you can find. Don’t take my word for it – try it out for yourself and you will realize that cleaning your home has never been easier.

iRobot 560 Roomba Robotic Vacuum Cleaner

iRobot 560 Roomba Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
So you like to have your house clean and spotless but you can’t find the time to be cleaning it all the time or you just don’t like to do it. Dont worry, I was once there and I found a solution that helped me and my family a lot. We no longer had to fight about who uses the vacuum cleaner on a monday and thursday, and who on a tuesday and saturday. We have pets so we have to vacuum the carpet and hard floors quite often to keep everything clean so we aren’t ashamed of our house when we have friends over. The solution for the problem was a robotic vacuum cleaner that did all the work on its own and all we had to do was set it and forget it!

Of course there is some minor maintenance like emptying the dust collector, but that’s pretty simple and something you like to do when you don’t have to worry about doing the actual work of vacuuming your whole house. Thanks to the advancement in robotics, there are now these house cleaning robots that can do many of the tedious tasks for you. They have been around for a few years already and not the prices are reasonable for almost anyone.

How does it work? Well to be honest I don’t really know. It seems to be mapping your home while it is doing the work and it quickly knows all your rooms by heart. Thanks to the low design it will get under the furniture like you never can with a regular vacuum cleaner, and it will also circle your table legs to make sure it gets everything. It can actually get quite close, and it also will get all the dust and dirt near the walls and corners of your home. For someone who has a pet or even multiple pets, getting the iRobot 562 pet series vacuum cleaning robot might be a good choice as it has been designed to handle a bit more of dust, dirt and pet hair. You will have to replace some of the parts more frequently the more there is work for the robotic vacuum cleaner, but to be honest that isn’t work at all.

These new iRobot vacuum cleaners are very clever and they don’t get tangled in carpets or corners like some of the old models could. It wasn’t something that would happen often but there were some people who experienced this, and that is why iRobot has been working hard on developing the navigation and sensing to make sure that it doesn’t happen. At the same time they have attached sensitive sensors around the robot to make sure that it knows when it is approaching a wall. It will get very close to the wall, slow down just a bit and then gently bump in the wall and hug it all the way as it cleans the dust and dirt near it. It will get everything that is even very close so you don’t have to worry about going behind it and cleaning up something it leaves behind – it won’t leave anything behind.

The counter rotating brushes work very well in getting everything there is to get. Your carpets are going to be deep cleaned as it goes through every inch of fibre there is. After it has cleaned your house, or is low on battery it will return to the docking station on its own and either wait for the next cleaning day, or get a re-charge. It will not always re-charge to save to batter – it will run the battery very low before getting more. This is a very clever feature as it will extend battery life quite some bit.

iRobot Roomba 562 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot

Irobot Roomba 562 Pet Series Vacuum Cleaning Robot
Trying to find an automatic robotic vacuum cleaner which will be able to take care of the hair that is coming off your pets? It doesn’t matter if you have cats or dogs, we all know that they shed quite a bit of hair. Some less than others, but quickly after cleaning the home you start noticing the hair on the floor again. You don’t have to pick up the vacuum cleaner again since you can let the iRobot Roomba 562 Pet Series vacuum cleaning robot take care of the problem!

Soem of the older robots might have had problems with being powerful and efficient enough to work well with pet hair. They can be hard to get off the floors even when you are doing it yourself, but this time it’s different. All you have to do is let the robot take care of it and you can just put your feet up and relax, or do what ever you were supposed to do when you noticed the floors were dirty and filled with pet hair in the first place. This robotic vacuum cleaner is very efficient and is packed with the latest technology to bring you a perfect result every time. The new more powerful battery is able to clean at least four rooms with one single charge, and once the battery is starting to be empty, the robot will quietly return to the docking station to get a re-charge. Once it’s done it is going to get back to work and clean your home again. Because it uses the battery almost completely before it goes to get more power, it makes the battery last longer, and you won’t have to replace any parts as soon as you would have to otherwise.

The advancements that have been made with robotics really show with the iRobot Roomba 562 as it is a very clever machine when going around furniture and figuring out what is in the room. It will not get stuck in to corners or have problems getting out of the room once it’s done as it quickly gets a complete picture of the room and is able to navigate through it while closely monitoring the cleanliness of the room. It won’t leave until the floor is clean, or it doesn’t have any more weapons against the dirt. It comes with two different cleaning bins that are designed respectively for everyday cleaning and to be used when there is more dirt on the floors.

This is one of the only vacuum cleaning robots out there that is able to honorably work in a house that has pets. It will brush deep and get rid of all the pet hair and dirt from your carpets and your hard floors. If you want it to only work when you are at home to prevent any unwanted situations between the robot and your pets, you can easily schedule it to do the work at certain hours. On the other hand you can schedule it to work while you are not at home if you are comfortable in leaving it active with the pets inside the house. This way you will never have to see it at work, you will just realize that you never vacuum cleaned the house, but it’s still clean!

Robotic Vacuum Cleaner iRobot Roomba 550

iRobot Roomba 550 / 551 AeroVac Technology Vacuum Cleaning Robot
Are you frustrated with cleaning? Most of us are. It can be quite difficult to ever make the cleaning process easy and comfortable, but there is a way to make it happen. Using a robot vacuum cleaner you can turn you home clean without even lifting a finger. Well actually you will have to turn the device on, but after that it will do all the work. First of all, it will automatically go from room to room and back to the docking station to re-charge the battery.

This robotic vacuum cleaner has a battery that will last at least four rooms before it needs to be re-charged. The technology is so advanced that it doesn’t need any time to detect the dirt on the floor, and it actually spends more time cleaning than most other robots. This makes it more efficient in homes where you have a lot of space to cover – the battery will last for a longer area at a time. It has brushes that rotate in different directions, pulling all the dirt and dust from the floor under the device, which makes it more powerful.

Thanks to the advancements in robotics we are able to present you with this vacuum cleaner robot that doesn’t have the problems that the early models used to have. This one has a very sophisticated navigation system which guarantees that it doesn’t get lost in one room and doesn’t find back to the docking station for a re-charge. There is pretty much nothing as annoying than coming home when you expect the vacuum cleaner to have taken care of all the pet hair and dust on the flood, and it’s stuck in a corner or in one room. These modern robots no longer suffer from those problems, and they are intelligent enough to prevent them from getting stuck anywhere.

Thanks to the very low profile design this iRobot Roomba 550 is able to get under even the lowest furniture. It will clean your floor under your sofa, and your TV-stand – something that you usually had to move furniture to achieve. The sensors around the robot vacuum cleaner will tell it when it approaches obstacles so that it doesn’t bump in to everything but it clears them very close to ensure that it gets all the dirt. Thanks to the powerful vacuum and the brushes that act almost like a brush and a dustpan combined, this robot is able to get the dust and dirt from the corners of the rooms as well.

This is a very sophisticated robot and it is built to last. The new design is modular which enables you to replace parts when they wear out. Don’t be worried though, they last easily for many years before you will have to replace anything. Also if you are familiar with the previous Roomba models you will realise that this one is a lot more quiet than any previous vacuum cleaner. Robots are evolving and this is easily notable when you see the Roomba 550 from iRobot do its work. You even don’t have to program the virtual walls in the system before you can get started – so basically all you have to do is open the box, and put the machine at work. Table legs are not a problem for it’s advanced robotics, and it will gently rub everything you have and circle it until everything is nice and clean.

One Cup Coffee Maker – The Best One There Is

Some people don’t need a huge 12 cup coffee maker to make their single cup in the morning. Using a one cup coffee maker is enough, and that is when you need to find the good coffee maker to avoid the hassle the comes with impractical kitchen appliances. These machines aren’t meant for single people only, but sometimes you definitely don’t need to make that much coffee, or you might be the only coffee drinker in the house. Just brewing one high quality cup is enough!

What most people don’t realize is that when you use a large coffee maker to make just one cup, it isn’t as good as it can be. That is why the baristas in coffee shops often just brew a single cup at a time. It makes just good coffee, and they don’t want to have a lot of java laying around and starting to taste bad.

What makes this the best one cup coffee maker?

If you haven’t already studied the amount of singe serving coffee makers here is it simple. Keurig produces the most popular, and the best ones around. The price range is very good for the quality. Many professional machines cost several hundreds of dollars, and if you are looking for a real barista quality brewer, you will most likely have to pay almost a thousand dollars for it.

There are others like Tassimo and Senseo which also produce these small coffee makers, but based on what we have tested, seen and heard, the Keurig doesn’t only look the best, but it works the best as well. The pumping mechanism is very high quality which will allow the water to be pumped efficiently and fast – you don’t want to wait several minutes for a single cup of coffee. A high quality pump is what you need.

Besides just the great looks and the good pump of the Keurig it has other features that makes it better when compared to others. The most important factor is the amount of kCups available – for this one, there is simply the largest amount of coffees and teas available for you to brew. Because, let’s face it, we will all get bored to the same single cup of coffee, and it can make a huge difference in your day if you choose to have a different, more exciting cup of coffee every now and then!

The build quality is one of the most important things that we look at when we review products, and when compared to its competitors, the Keurig is the sturdiest machine there is. From other brands it can be hard to find metal in the construction whereas this one cup coffee maker has a really solid construction, with brushed metal inserts and nice modern led lights that make this coffee maker look really good.

Some of the great features that we like in this one is the fact that it has a 48 ounce water tank that can be removed. Also the drip tray is removable whereas in other brands it is sometimes solid that can make the cleaning process quite tedious. It is 1500 watts which means it will brew quickly, and on the top of that it has an automatic 2 hours shutdown. So if you are in a hurry when you are leaving the house in the morning to get to work, you don’t have to worry about whether you left the coffee maker on by accident!

At first when we started looking for one cup coffee makers to review, we found quite a lot of Keurig reviews, and we understood that it was going to be a brand that should be taken in to account. We don’t usually want to believe hype, but we want to see it for ourselves, and that is where this one blew us away. Not only did it match the hype, but we actually thought that it was better than we had expected or could have expected from all the positive reviews.

One of the nice features that we found was that if you don’t want to drink coffee, you can use it to make tea if you have tea bags. It will boil a cup of water in 20 seconds – so just put the tea bag in the cup and let it rip. Most likely you will not use your kettle ever again because it can boil three cups of water in a minute – something that a regular kettle will usually fail in.

In the end, it might seem like a lot to spend over a hundred dollars on a coffee maker. If you use it once or twice you will realize the difference. The quality of coffee is good, and if you choose to buy the kCups in bulk, you will end up spending less than .40$ per cup – that’s a lot less than you would pay for take away coffee!

Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain

Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain

Have you been looking for a juicer machine that could take care of all your juicing needs? To make our review short and simple, this is one of the best juicers we have tested, and definitely worth the purchase no matter what type of use you are planning for it. Should you be juicing daily, or less frequently, this machine is cost effective with a price tag of under $100 which is definitely the best price for Breville BJE200XL you can find on the internet.

This machine will meet the needs of someone who juices on a daily basis, and even for someone who doesn’t want to use the juicer every day. It can be difficult to get to the habit of drinking a fresh glass of vegetable or fruit juice on a dialy basis, but this machine is here to help you get there. Because of its sheer power it is far better than many more expensive juicers we have tried so far, and it even beat the Jack Lalanne juicers we have tried before – this is how good of a machine it is.

The motor of this compact juicer is powerful enough to relief you from the need to push down the fruits and vegetables when you are making the juice – simply drop them in the shaft and they will be juiced to bits. We recommend that you use the cover on the shaft since the speed might shoot the bits and pieces upwards and result in you having to clean up the ceiling.

The juicer itself is indeed very compact just like the name suggest. Most people don’t realize that this is a machine that will easily fit on your kitchen countertop – unlike most machines that can end up taking more space than you have for it.

When we first received the box to review this machine, we were surprised because it was so small. At first we thought the juicer was in parts, but when we opened it we noticed that this Breville Juice Fountain is actually quite small even when it can produce 8 ounces of juice in a matter of seconds.

What we usually like to take in to account when reviewing juicers is the ease of use.  This one has one easy to use control where you can set it to juice. After use, you don’ have to worry about taking tens of minutes to clean, but for our test crew it took about 1-2 minutes to make it perfectly clean. That means we took it apart and cleaned it by hand! It is dishwasher safe so you don’t have to worry about cleaning if by hand if you don’t want to.

One thing that we noticed was that it didn’t produce as much juice as the Jack Lalanne machine. We mean that the pulp was very slightly wetter, which means that the centrifuge wasn’t able to get all the juice out but some was still left. There isn’t much of a difference, and to be honest no-one will ever notice that – it might even be that we just had some bad luck with it. Like we said before you don’t have to be looking for the cheapest price for Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain as we have already been able to track it down for you!

There are many reviews out there, and we must say that the majority of them are right about one thing – they have the best value. Their prices are within a reasonable range for most consumers, and the quality is high which guarantees a long life.

We have actually been reading quite a few different reviews on centrifugal juicers and especially the Breville BJE200XL  juice fountain when we were expecting the shipment of the juicer. We do this to make sure that we can pay attention to stuff that other find annoying. We even found reviews which said that this juicer has been used for over 2 years daily, and still shows no signs of fatigue. Generally one can expect that their kitchen appliances last for about 2-3 years without problems, and if there are no signs after two years of heavy use, the BJE200XL is definitely a good machine.

One of the reasons for it lasting so long might be the ease of cleaning. Many people are lazy in cleaning their juicer, and to be fair, the dishwasher always tends to wear down the parts. If the machine is as easy to clean as the BJE200XL , you can be sure that you are cleaning it more often by hand which will eventually lengthen the life of the machine.

Many of you don’t know where to buy this juicer, and that is why we have provided you with easy to access links at the top of this page. You simply have to click either the image of the juicer or the text below it to find yourself to Amazon. We recommend you use it for the sheer security of the purchase – they are a much more secure seller than most you can find!

DeLonghi DHB723 380-Watt Tri-Blade Variable Speed Handblender

Looking for a hand blender which will do it all for you? If you want it to be more than just an immersion blender, this is what you need  – yes it is that simple.

DeLonghi DHB723 380-Watt Tri-Blade Variable Speed Handblender

Many people who are looking for a machine that can do a little more than just work as an immersion blender, find that the DeLonghi DHB723 is way more than they were looking for – and they love it for it! The common scenario is to move in to a new apartment and not having a blender or a food processor which could do what you need, and basically you want something that is worth the money, and will get you all the things you need. Delonghi is a very popular manufacturer in kitchen appliances for many reasons, but on big one is the simple fact that they produce high quality appliances that last long and look good.

When the blender arrived, we were surprised at the size of the box that it came in! A probably 21″ wide, 15″ tall and six inches deep box arrived, and it had everything in it. We didn’t realize that it really came with all the attachments that you could ever need – it is not just a blender with one blade, you get the whole set with the price of one!

The blades were individually guarder with a plastic film which is quite good – it keeps the blades sharp during the shipping and handling. This way you can be sure that you will be getting a high quality machine right to your doorstep!

When we first started using it as a hand blender, we noticed that the handle was very comfortable and you could get a good grip from it. It is made of rubber, and you can hold it even if the going gets tough – this is actually more important than you would think, because when you are using it for a longer time, you notice that your hands start getting weaker. As usually this DeLonghi DHB723 had a power button which you have to hold down – this is a safety measure which is implemented in almost all hand blenders. You don’t want the blender to run if you accidentally drop it, since there is only the small blade guard protecting anything from getting in there.

There is a two button power settings and you have a top dial which alters the speed of the blender. The speed selector has 5 different settings in it, and in total there are 6 speeds. Thanks to the very long cord, you won’t have to worry about it running out. When compared to the Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick this one has definitely more power, even though we kind of were under the impression that was a really powerful model. Well for the slightly bigger price tag, you are getting way more power and a lot of nice attachments.

The attachments are attached with a two button system – you have to press both of them to release the attachment. You will have to twist them to get them on and not just push it. These are the attachments you get with it:

  • Stainless Steel Tube Tri-blade; This is a very god attachment to puree anything. The blades are slanted and they will cause a nice whirl in the liquid, but even if you are going for frozen fruits you will get the job done – remember to add some liquid though. Because of shape of the blades it is supposed to not suck the blender to the bottom of the container.
  • Plastic Tube Tri-blade; The same thing goes here as above, but the whole thing is made of plastic. So you can use it even in metallic bowls and don’t have to worry about braking the thing. One thing that we found especially easy to do was making soups from steamed vegetables.
  • Blending beaker; 24 ounces plastic container that you can wash in the dishwasher. You can use it with any of the other attachments.
  • Food Processor; The cap is attached to the blender, and to the bowl which has the food processor blades in it. Everything snaps on nicely and you can be sure that they stay locked. It is a really powerful food processor, but keep in mind that it is only a hand blender, and even if the DeLonghi DHB723 has a 380-Watt engine, it won’t match a big food processor. But you can do quite a lot of things with it that you would usually need a food processor for.
  • Whisk: If you like to make whipped cream, crepe batters mousses and everything that will end up looking like a foam, this is what you want to have. You don’t have to get a separate whisker, but you can use your DeLonghi DHB723 to do all of that action. Don’t try it for too heavy stuff though, as I am sure it won’t take it.
There are a lot of hand blenders out there, but if you don’t know which one to buy, read our other hand blender reviews. You might be surprised just like with the DHB723 that you don’t necessarily need to get all the kitchen appliances you thought you might need  – one machine could be enough!

KitchenAid KHB100 OB Hand Blender

Looking for a hand blender now are you? One of the best hand blenders available, is the KitchenAid KHB100OB Hand Blender. We have been reviewing quite a lot of hand blenders, and this is perhaps the best immersion blenders that we have found.

If you go through the internet and find some information about this blender, you will find one thing. A lot of people think that you can’t go wrong by buying a KitchenAid. They are well known to make products which not only are easy to use, functional and durable, but also they look good. These are all things that are important for many consumers these days.

When you have a stick blender like this you really want it to work just like one. If you haven’t got one, then I really suggest you get one, perhaps the KitchenAid KHB100OB as it is a really good one. These appliances have been designed to give you fast blending in any bowl or glass, or even a bottle which has a wide enough mouth for you to fit the head in.

KitchenAid KHB100OB Hand Blender

Because they are loaded with power, and the KitchenAid KHB100OB Hand Blender does not make a difference in this area, you will get a fast chop of anything you put in there. Consider you want to make a nice tomato soup for your family. You need a bowl, where you will add the tomatos, and simply put the blender on an squish all the juices out. Add some spices, some cream and you are good to go!

These are things that can be quite inconvenient to do with a food processor, and an immersion blender is superior in these things. If you have a regular blender, you are familiar with the fact that every now and then, everything just sticks in there, and even if the blades are moving there is nothing happening. You had to put a spoon or a knife in there to make it happen once again. With the KHB100OB, this is no longer a problem as you can keep the blades moving all the time. You can control the angle at which you blend, but it is suggested that you keep it quite horizontal to avoid having to wash your kitchen walls afterwards.

In this particular KitchenAid KHB100 OB (Onyx Black), our test group found out that the blender is very precise. The speed control is accurate, and you can just apply short pulses in order to get just a rough blend of something. This way you won’t have to liquify everything you put in there, but you can actually just chop things roughly.

The shaft comes off nicely and it is easy to clean. Many hand blenders have a plastic shaft, and this is not the case in this machine. We have reviewed other hand blenders in the past where we had a metallic shaft, and we have come to the conclusion that it’s better. You will have to sink the shaft in the liquid you are blending, and in some cases the plastic might absorb colors and aromas. This doesn’t exist with a metallic hand blender shaft. We actually think that once you get this KitchenAid KHB100, you are going to enjoy using it for decades to come. It just feels that solid.

When comparing to many others, this machine is a step up, and even if the price isn’t that big, it really fights with the big boys of blending. We might even say that it comes close to being a professional level blender. Some people might be frightened because of the size – this can be a bit bigger than your average immersion blender, but it is packed with features, and does every job you can think of throwing at it.

Because this KitchenAid KHB100 is so easy to use, we think that many people will find themselves using it quite a lot, and finding new ways to keep in in their hand! Just keep the blender on the countertop – it looks good enough for that – and pick ip up when you feel like blending or chopping something up.

You can even buy sets which have additional attachments for you to enjoy. This way you can basically do anything effortlessly, should it be whipping cream, making a soup, or chopping stuff. Just with the cup and the standard blades though, you will still be able to do quite a lot!

Often you find that a hand blender makes quite a bit of noise, and thai is where the KitchenAid KHB100 makes a big difference. You can be absolutely sure that is one of the most silent ones we have ever tested!

Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick Hand Blender

When we first received this hand blender for testing, we were quite excited because we had heard so much good about it. It costs under $30 but it acts like many immersion blenders which cost double – that is why we wanted to see if all the attention it had been getting, was worth it. If you are a lazy person and don’t like to read through the whole review, I will break it to you right here. This blender is definitely way more valuable than it costs – you will only pay under $30 for it but you are going to get a $60 hand blender.

The way we are going to test these hand blenders is that we put them through a series of mundane tasks and see how they perform. We will be making soup from different vegetables and we are going to crush ice, frozen fruit, onions, garlic, nuts, seeds and so on. We are also going to test the durability, and see how long it really takes to overheat one and have it automatically shut down. All these are signs of build quality and the level of the parts used in it. Also we are going to do basic cleaning on them and see how easy it will actually be to use every day. Many people have these huge food processors that they never use because they are hard to clean, a hand blender like the Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick can do many things like a food processor, but requires very little maintenance or even preparation. It is quite small so you can keep in on your kitchen countertop at all times and then just pick it up when you need it.

The Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick hand blender comes packed with a stainless steel blending shaft, which is exceptionally good for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s stainless steel, it’s forever and it’s recyclable! Plastic will start getting stains and you will soon notice that they white plastic is not white anymore. The blending shaft is the part in all immersion blenders which you put in the liquid you are blending – it is bound to get dirty. In this particular machine it can be washed in the machine, but honestly you rarely need to. Most of the time we noticed that just running it under some hot water was enough to clean it – talk about easy to clean! We used broccoli, carrots, tomatos, potatoes and made a soup of everything. Just using water we could clean the blending shaft very well – if you are worried about bacteria you can always use a mild dish washer when you do this, but most of the time this isn’t necessary.

The power in the Cuisinart CSB-76BC Smartstick is quite remarkable as it has a 200watt motor. Some people find it even too powerful, but we recommend that you use a deep bowl or the nice and handy cup that comes with the blender to make whatever you are using it for. Keeping the blade near the bottom of the cup will make sure that you get all the solid parts to get through the blade, and that none of the liquid sprays out of the cup. The cup is especially handy with this as you can support your arm on the edges of the cup – because of the powerful motor in the blender there is quite a bit of suction towards the bottom of the cup.

There are two minor things that we don’t like about this blender, but all in all we are very satisfied with the quality and the price. First is the fact that the upper part of the blender is made of plastic. So the housing for the motor is plastic, and when you have a 200-watt motor which could probably mow your lawn, I would like a heavier case for it. This isn’t a problem though and you will most likely not even notice it unless you were expecting it to be stainless steel as well. The blending shaft is stainless steel though, and that is the part that is the most important.

Another thing is we would have liked to see at least two different speeds. Since some of our test crew didn’t like the all so powerful motor on it, they would have liked a slightly slower speed for less demanding tasks in the kitchen. For example it is a quick tool to mix your hot chocolate, but you don’t really need all that power to do that. Just a small twirl will be enough for those minute things.

Even so, overall this is one of the best hand blenders we have ever tried, and it definitely combats some of the much more expensive appliances.