Every part of the economy seems to be going down, but prices at big coffee shops only seem to be rising. With bills, mortgages, and even tuitions on the line, you may not have enough spare cash to spend thirty dollars a week on the fancy coffees that used to get you through the afternoon rush. However, with one addition to your kitchen, you may not have to sacrifice your daily reward. By purchasing a gourmet coffee maker, you can bring specialty coffees easily and economically into your own home.
There are a variety of products available when shopping for gourmet coffee makers. One of the least expensive is the thirty dollar Grand Gourmet Pro 10-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker. However, many of these makers that claim the name “gourmet” have few qualities that would constitute them as such, being much more like any regular coffee maker and severely limited in options. Closer to real gourmet is the still reasonable GE 12-Cup Gourmet Coffee Maker (about forty dollars at home goods stores) which is programmable and able to produce fresh coffee and includes its own coffee press.
Another viable option is the Mr. Coffee HCLF Café Motion Hot Beverage Maker which retails for the same prices but has a much wider range of beverage abilities, being able to make cocoa, tea, and coffee. However, if one wants top of the line freshness, convenience, and taste, then there’s one more signature gourmet coffee maker to consider.
The Senseo gourmet coffee maker does cost a little more, retailing for over one hundred dollars. But this price may be worth it if you’re a coffee drinker who demands quality and requires quick and easy operation. Utilizing pods, the Senseo machines are easy to load and clean. Further, these pods are available in a huge variety of flavors, many of which mimic some of the most popular beverages listed on the big coffee shop’s menu. And if you’re a fan of tea or cappuccino, the simple addition of special pod holders turn the Senseo coffee maker into a tea maker and cappuccino machine.
All the beverages produces will sport a thin, frothy layer of foam, making them great gourmet treats for you and your guests. Though it’s often difficult to choose a system, consider the level of money you want to invest. Be sure to calculate for filters or pods if your choice requires them. Think about subscription services as well; many of the more gourmet sellers (Senseo included) offer affordable plans that deliver coffee and special offers right to your door for added convenience.
And on that subject, be sure to consider how much time you have to prepare coffee. If, like it is for so many, time is of great value, consider spending a little more on the initial investment to get a system that will ultimately make you life a whole lot easier. Remember, there’s no need to deprive yourself, even in a failing economy. You can still be the local gourmet, you just have to do it on a budget.…