Keurig vs Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Review

Keurig K Duo vs Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Review

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How you start your day goes a long way in determining your success and achievement for the day. There is no better way to start your day, than with a freshly brewed cup of coffee. The most important thing that determines the quality of your coffee, is the coffee maker used in brewing your coffee.

Keurig K-Duo

Hamilton Beach Flexbrew

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Keurig K-Duo Coffee Maker, Single Serve and 12-Cup Carafe Drip Coffee Brewer, Compatible with K-Cup Pods and Ground Coffee, Black

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew Coffee Maker, Single Serve & Full Pot, Compatible with K-Cup Pods or Grounds, Programmable, Includes Permanent Filter, Black (49950C), Silver

Single-Serve Cup Brewing

Yes

Yes

Carafe Brewing

Yes

Yes

Adjustable Coffee Strength

Yes

Yes

Travel Mug Compatibility

Yes (Up to 7 inches tall)

Yes (Up to 8 inches tall)

K-Cups

Yes

Yes

Ground Coffee

Yes

Yes

Water Tanks

1

2

Ideal Uses

Home

Home

Keurig K-Duo Essentials Coffee Maker

  • Brew an 8, 10, or 12-cup carafe and an 8, 10, or 12 oz. cup.
  • The 60 oz. water reservoir is shared between the single serve and carafe brewing, saving you time and simplifying your morning routine. Removable reservoir makes refilling easy.
  • Auto off feature for both your brewer and your heating plate: turns your brewer off 1 minute after the last single cup brew and turns your heating plate off 2 hours after the last carafe brew.

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My personal quest for a good cup of coffee: I am an avid coffee drinker who loves my coffee in the morning, at lunch, midafternoon and of course after dinner. I had often longed for a way to get fresh brewed coffee without making an entire pot, but was sorely disappointed at earlier attempts a single cup brewing by other companies. The pods were often inferior coffee and they either made the coffee too weak or too bitter. The machines were cheap and unfortunately the coffee tasted that way too.

The Keurig single cup coffee system, having been burned by these other machines, but boy! The system is brain dead simple to use( great for the morning) and the coffee knocked me out. Now you really can get a single serving -fresh brewed- cup of coffee at home in just about 3 minutes.

This site is here to share some information about the Keurig coffeemakers and the coffee that goes with it for other coffee lovers. If you love the taste of fresh brewed coffee as much as I do, you will LOVE the keurig K cup system. Not only does it make a great single serving cup of coffee but there are lots of flavors to choose from, so everyone gets the specialty coffee drink of their choice, no waste and no mess.

Keurig K-Duo coffee maker review read more here

 

Hamilton Beach FlexBrew

  • THREE WAYS TO BREW. Brew up to 12 cups with ground coffee on the carafe side or use dual purpose single serving to brew a pod or ground coffee on the other. The included pod holder and single-serve grounds basket easily handle both options
  • SINGLE-CUP COFFEE MAKER. Brew a cup with a K-Cup pod, another pod brand, or ground coffee. The included pod holder and single-serve grounds basket easily handle both options and the cup rest removes so you can brew into a tall travel mug
  • BREW A FULL POT OF COFFEE: This programmable coffee maker has Easy-Touch programming for wake-up ready coffee. After brewing, coffee stays warm for 2 hours and the power automatically shuts off. AutoPause & Pour lets you pour a cup as coffee brews
  • CUSTOMIZE YOUR BREW STRENGTH: Control how strong you want your coffee with Select-a-Brew: regular and bold brewing options
  • 2 SEPARATE EASY-FILL WATER RESERVOIRS: Each brewing side on this Hamilton Beach coffee maker has its own water reservoir that’s easy to fill and features a water window, so you always know exactly how much water to add

How to brew coffee at Hamilton Beach FlexBrew

 

When it comes to quality coffee makers, you can talk about Hamilton Beach coffee makers. When you purchase one of those, you will not have to bother about buying another coffee maker for years. They are guaranteed to last longer than most other coffee makers. They are very good, they come in different sizes, and exciting colors. One thing is for sure, you are promised an excellent and great tasting cup of coffee, whether is your first or last cup for the day.

Hamilton Beach coffee makers are manufactured with programmable clocks and features one hand dispensing, eliminating breakable carafes forever and keeping coffee fresh and longer. This versatile coffee makers not only has hot java waiting in the morning, but can brew coffee directly into the warp.

Hamilton Beach is a renowned name in the industry, with an experience spanning over a century. The company’s “Good Thinking” concept applies to their range of Hamilton Beach coffee makers, allowing customers enjoy delicious, fresh coffee without difficulty. Hamilton Beach coffee makers also features a 2-hr auto shut off, making sure there is no risk of flavor scorching, due to absence of a hot plate and insulated tank to maintain heat and flavor.

Therefore, if you are really thinking about what kind of coffee maker to buy, do not look too far, ask for a Hamilton Beach coffee maker, and be assured you would always wake up to freshly brewed coffee every morning. You would be glad you did!

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Coffee consumption has quickly increased in the USA  in the past few years. Aside from its wonderful taste and the stimulating affect of caffeine, coffee’s rising popularity is now due in part to social factors as proven by coffeehouses popping up all over. Many people cannot get their day started without their first cup o’ joe. The well known morning routine that resonates in so many households begins with the alarm clock, and ends with that much anticipated cup of freshly brewed coffee.
Of all the drinks in the world, coffee seems to have universal appeal.

Gourmet coffee is available in many coffee flavors: French vanilla, chocolate, mint, almond, pumpkin spice, amaretto, Irish crème, Swiss mocha, vanilla, peppermint, and just about anything else you can imagine! If there is any flavor that you really like, you will be able to find it!

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There are many different recipes for a great cup of coffee and many variations on how they are served. The cooking methods require specific kitchen gadgetry to help make the best rated coffees.
With all of the new recipes available at coffee shops, restaurants and even at home, it is possible for anyone to make the best rated coffee around. This includes caffeine and decaf varieties.

Coffee got its beginnings around 900 A.D. where it was at first used as a stimulant. It was also at times used as a wine and a medicine. It doesn’t look like anything is much different today.
Where did the good old days go where you could get just a regular, good cup of coffee all across America.

An interesting fact is that coffee is second to oil in dollar volume as a world commodity.

The 4 Most Popular Coffee Brewing Methods

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Coffee Brewing Methods range from popular Espresso or French Press methods to lesser used methods like Turkish. Here we explore the four most popular Coffee Brewing Methods.

Let’s start with the Drip Filtration style.

Drip Filtration is probably the most popular method of all. The Drip Filtration machine works by spraying hot water across ground coffee that is held in a conical shaped filter. The hot water then slowly moves through the ground coffee. Once the water reaches the bottom of the conical filter, it drips into a container beneath it.

The most widely used conical filters are made of paper, while expensive stainless steel or gold conical filters are also available. Yes I did say gold. When buying paper filters, be sure to use oxygen bleached paper. Chemically treated papers may affect the taste of your coffee. Another point to be aware of with paper filters is that you may also have some of the flavorful coffee oils trapped by the paper filter. It is the oils that produce the rich crema when you make an espresso.

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The grind is also important with Drip Filtration. If the grind is too fine, you may clog the pores of your filter. You can avoid this by using a course grind (read about grinding here).

Finally, if you do not expect to drink the full pot of coffee, either by yourself (all that caffeine….) or with friends, beware the constantly heated coffee. It loses its flavor and may even become bitter. And the golden rule….never reheat coffee.

One of the simplest of all Coffee Brewing Methods is the French Press or Plunger. This is probably the easiest way to make great coffee!

The French Press works by directly mixing ground coffee with near boiling water. The coffee flavors get drawn out into the water and then the press or plunger is depressed, separating the exhausted coffee grind from the brew. While the process has a similar taste to the Drip Filtration style, the French Press can extract more flavor from the coffee grind by extending the brewing time. But be careful. Manual infusion requires you to get your timing right. If you let the brewing process run too long you may end up with a bitter coffee. Conversely, if you brew too quickly you will have a weak tasting coffee.

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One more point, use a course grind. You don’t want fine ground coffee escaping through the metal filter and into the brew. A dusty cup of coffee is not an experience worth having.

Probably the most popular of the Coffee Brewing Methods in recent times is making an Espresso using a machine.

So how does an Espresso machine make a great cup of coffee? Super hot, pressurized water is forced through fine ground, tightly packed coffee. The pressurized infusion process ensures that the water stays in contact with the coffee grounds long enough to draw out much of the coffee ground flavor. The water then finds a path through the coffee grounds. And the coffee commences to pour into your cup. When the water finds a path through the coffee grind it is referred to as the ‘shot being pulled’ through the group.

The sign of a good espresso, using fresh coffee beans, is the richness of the crema. Crema is the hazelnut foam that sits on the surface of the coffee. This is produced by the pressurizing process and the oils of the coffee bean. Oils break down with time, and so a rich crema will be produced using fresh beans.

And if you didn’t catch it when I started talking about Espresso, use a fine grind. Using a course grind allows the water to ‘brush past’ the grind rather than infuse with it. Using a course grind will still produce a good coffee, but it will taste more like a coffee produced using a Drip Filter coffee brewing method rather than true Espresso coffee.

The most Italian of all the Coffee Brewing Methods would have to be making Espresso coffee using a Moka Pot.

The Moka Pot style is also known as a Stovetop coffee pot. Moka pot’s come in several sizes including 2, 4 or 6 cup capacities. The Moka Pot a simple 3 piece pot. The water reservoir is at the base, with a coffee basket in the middle and the brewed coffee ends up in the top.

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The coffee brewing method is very simple. The pot is placed on a stove top which heats the water in the lower reservoir. As the water reaches boiling point, the steam rises and the water starts to push upward through the coffee grounds. This continues to travel up the central funnel and seeps into the top chamber where it comes to rest. The process finishes when the coffee stops moving into the top chamber. This should only take a few minutes to brew depending on the cup size of the Moka pot.

The grind should be a fine grind, similar or finer to that used in an Espresso machine. If you want to fill the coffee basket the way traditional Italian drinkers do, then heap the coffee grounds high in the coffee basket and screw the two pieces together. Don’t worry about compacting the coffee. When the top half of the pot is screwed on, the grounds will be compacted by the filter screen. You should end up with a dry, compacted puck of coffee grounds at the end of brewing.

So there you have it. The four most popular Coffee Brewing Methods.