ADDING TO THE FLAVOR; ACCESSORIES ARE ENHANCING THE COFFEE-DRINKING EXPERIENCE FOR CONSUMERS.
Several new offerings in coffee accessories are designed to enhance one's coffee-drinking experience, such as zip-up scuba-type gear from companies like Bonjour and Eva Solo that encase French presses in insulated jackets tailored to keep brewed coffee warm.
Accessories can turn an ordinary pot of coffee into one of gold , if they are Elfo's Swissgold coffee and tea filters. Elfo distributor Frieling has moved beyond the basic filter to offer gold filters designed for electric coffee machines, teapots, individual mugs, ice tea makers and French presses. The idea is that the 24-karat gold foil doesn't cut back on flavor extraction. And while even gold may inspire envy, it doesn't impart flavor of its own, a fine thing when brewing coffee.
There are a host of gadgets that help fine-tune brewed coffee: Bonjour and Bodum are among those companies that offer milk frothers that rapidly whip milk for cappuccino, letting consumers bypass the frothers on electric espresso machines.
And because much of the coffee made at home is being brewed for the road, a host of products that make it easy to transport are released every year. New to Frieling is a leather flask stylish enough to replace the upscale coffee-house logo on the paper take-out cup. The Senator comes in four sizes; has a double-walled stainless-steel flask; and a large-enough opening to accommodate ice cubes, should one, like perhaps some senators, decide not to limit their refreshments to hot coffee.
Most companies that make coffee accessories also produce a variety of coffee and espresso cups and saucers. New this year from Bialetti is a range of porcelain designs, including sugar bowls, coffee, cappuccino and espresso cups. The handles and saucers are made of high-impact plastic to complement the porcelain cups and come in gift sets.
Over on the electrics side of the coffee-accessory world, Cuisinart has a new, larger-capacity coffee grinder. The Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill can accommodate up to a half pound of coffee and grind enough for 18 cups. Other features include an 18-position grind selector -- from ultra-fine to extra-coarse -- and an automatic shutoff. Suggested retail is $80.
The new Krups GVX1 Burr Grinder has 17 grind positions, from espresso to French press. The burr-milling system avoids overheating and preserves aroma, while the removable burr allows for easy cleaning. As a safety feature, the unit will not operate unless the lid to the bean hopper and coffee container are in place. It is available in white, black, or black with chrome accents and retails for a suggested $80.
KitchenAid recently added the die-cast aluminum Pro Line Burr Coffee Mill to its lineup of professional-grade kitchen appliances. With 15 different setting, the burrs can also be set manually. The system avoids overheating the bean and a seal helps lock the coffee bin in place to avoid grounds from seeping out. It is currently a Williams-Sonoma exclusive in Pearl Metallic or red and retails for $199.
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|Publication:||HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network|
|Article Type:||Product/Service Evaluation|
|Date:||Apr 26, 2004|
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