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Keep MacGyver Outta the Kitchen

The Australian version of the popular blog site Gizmodo features the mad cooking skillz of one MacGyver Chef in all his ‘glory.’ Now, we’re not recommending the Poached Chicken & Couscous made in a coffeemaker recipe outlined in the blog post, but it did give us a laugh.

Maybe we shouldn’t be so precious, eh? Who knows what lengths we might reach for if we were forced to cook out of a Super 8 motel room? Something tells us we’d probably just skip the chicken prep, though, and settle in for the night with a six pack instead.

Curvaceous Coffee

For lovers of eye-catching design and (possibly) great coffee, this concept design for a spherical coffee maker is on the horizon, if not quite yet available in stores.

The brainchild of University of West Bohemia Institute of Art and Design graduate Kamil Kurka, the coffee maker’s industrial look is also reminiscent of a sliced apple. The example here is in silver and black, but the other concept renderings are multi-colored — and we think we’re a fan of the red!

Cleancaf or Dezcal?

Lime, calcium and other trace minerals exist in nearly every water supply, leaving behind white scaly deposits when the water has evaporated. Removing this scale on a regular basis is an essential component of any coffee maker or espresso machine maintenance regimen — even if you have ‘soft’ water, there will be trace amounts left over time that can build-up and hinder your machine’s performance.

Some folks suggest using filtered or distilled water from the get-go, so that you don’t risk pitting your boiler through repetitive use of the acid required to remove scale. That’s certainly one tack to take, but we’ve found that we prefer the taste of espresso made with water that has some mineral content to it. Because of that, we descale our machines about every three months to ensure that no deposits build up and ultimately burn out the boiler.

If you prefer minerals in your java as we do, there are a couple of products on the market that will help you keep your espresso machine or coffee maker in tip-top shape: Cleancaf or Dezcal. Which is better? Again, it depends on your preferences.

Billed as a cleaner and descaler, Cleancaf combines descaling acid with a detergent that will also break down the oils left behind by coffee beans. It also features a blue dye that helps with thorough rinsing.

Dezcal, on the other hand, is a straight-up descaler — and an incredibly powerful one at that. While it doesn’t have a detergent component, it’s a much stronger product and removes more scale; also, it doesn’t have a blue dye, which we think is a good thing.

Of the two, we recommend Dezcal over Cleancaf, but we carry both of them so you can determine which product is right for you.

Your Daily Coffee, Courtesy of HAL

Maybe we’ve painted ourselves into a corner with the whole time-is-of-the-essence ideology that seems to influence our focus on developing new and improved gadgets that will save us time, but one thing’s for sure: We can’t stop now.

Enter a Windows XP powered coffee maker that will allow you to program your favorite coffee, access it over the Internet and initiate the brew so you can walk right into the kitchen and pick it up. It’s almost worthy of the Jetson’s…but, unfortunately, it’s just a home modification at this point. At least we know it can be done — and that’s half the battle, right?

Brew Tip: Flood-Free Joe

We have read user reviews of the DeLonghi DCF210TTC and DCF212T drip coffee makers that have referenced issues with water on the counter top or coffee not brewing into the carafe mess-free. When a customer of ours came in the shop with a similar complaint, we decided to figure out what the cause of this issue is — and if there is any way to keep it from happening. After all, who wants a coffee pot that leaks all over the counter?

After experimenting a bit, we determined that it’s a carafe design issue: To ensure that the coffee brews directly into the pot, you need to make sure that the carafe is inserted with the spout lined up to the back of the machine. We have found that if the spout is off to the side, the carafe doesn’t trigger the water release correctly and ends up brewing outside of the pot and sometimes leaking water during the brew process.

A poor design issue? Possibly. But with a little bit of extra attention before each brew, it’s definitely easy to work around.

New! DeLonghi Espresso/Drip Coffee Combo

Sometimes you feel like a drip…sometimes you don’t. Er, sorry. We know there’s a time and place for espresso, and if you live with someone who loves drip coffee and isn’t too hot on espresso drinks (or vice versa), these DeLonghi 2-in-1 models may just be the compromise that keeps your mornings peaceful.

Featuring programmable brew times, a flavor selector, milk frothing wands and simultaneous espresso & drip coffee brewing, these units will save you counter space and time.

New! DeLonghi Coffee Makers

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We just added several new DeLonghi Drip Coffee Makers to our line! These Italian crafted machines have tons of wonderful features, including programmable timers (so you can wake to the aroma of freshly brewing coffee!), an ‘Aroma’ button that will initiate a time-released extraction sequence to give you a rich, full-bodied brew and Pause & Pour functionality so you can grab a cup of joe quickly without waiting for the whole pot to finish brewing.