Single Serve - Why it's great: Make one cup at a time without the fuss of grinding, using filters or cleaning a pot. How it works: Insert a sealed cup, pod or disc of grounds into the machine, add water to the reservoir, press a button and wait about a minute for brewing. Water is heated, moves through the grounds and directly into a cup. Automatic Option. Timesaver. Serves 1.
According to legend, coffee was discovered in 850 A.D. by an Ethiopian goat herder, and arrived in Europe in the early 17th century.
Multi-Cup - Why it's great: Brew up to 12 cups and enjoy a range of features – such as built-in grinders – to customize your experience. How it works: Add water to the reservoir and grounds to the filter basket. Water is heated, forced through the filter and into the pot below. Automatic Option. Timesaver. Serves 12.
More than 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year, making coffee the world's most popular beverage. It is also the world's most traded commodity, after crude oil.
Espresso - Why it's great: Bring cafe luxury to your home with automatic, super-automatic or commercial-grade machines. How it works: Fill the reservoir with water and the filter basket with fine grounds. Water is heated just below the boiling point and is pressure-forced through the grounds, then through spouts into cups. Consult the user's manual for detailed instructions as machine functionality varies. Automatic Option. Timesaver. Serves 2.
"Espresso" literally means "when something is forced out," referring to the way it is prepared: shooting pressurized, hot water through finely ground coffee.
French Press - Why it's great: The filterless design leaves essentials oils in the final coffee product, ultimately allowing a more full, fresh and complex flavor. How it works: Add coarsely ground coffee to the pot and pour in hot water, letting it completely and evenly saturate the grounds. Cover the pot and let it stand for four minutes. Then, slowly push down on the press to work the grounds to the bottom. Serves 8. Travels well.
Believe it or not, light roasts actually contain more caffeine than dark roasts.
Moka Pot - Why it's great: Extract caffeine and flavors from the grounds for a strong brew with this stovetop option. How it works: Fill the boiler with water and insert the funnel-shaped metal filter. Add finely ground coffee to the filter and bring water to a boil. Once the steam from the boiling water reaches its pressure point, it forces water up the funnel, through the coffee grounds and into the upper chamber where the coffee collects. Serves 2.
The "Bean Belt" refers to the band around the Earth between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, where coffee grows.
Teakettle - Why it's great: Heat water thoroughly, evenly and quickly on the stove or an electric hot plate. How it works: Add water to the kettle, heat the water, and pour into your French press or your mug. Serves 10.
All tea is produced from
a plant called Camellia sinensis. Tea variety is determined by the region in which it was grown, the time of year picked and the processing method.