No one wants a bad cup of coffee. Every bean drinker loves the euphoria of sipping upon a beautifully-crafted cup of coffee. One of the reasons so many folks end up with sludge or mediocre brew is most people hold that they don't have the time to make it the way a world-class barista would make it. KitchenAid is looking to solve this issue.
With the advent of their new Craft Coffee line of appliances, KitchenAid is seeking to take their coffee gadgets to the next level of quality. Amongst these are a sleek siphon brewer and a sharp-looking burr grinder, but the most familiar and accessible to the general coffee lover will be their Pour Over Coffee Brewer.
Taking cues from the pourover methodology of serious coffee establishments, this new KitchenAid brewer heats the water to a range of 198°F -204°F at the top of the brewer, which minimizes heat loss during the extraction process. The water spout has a shower head configuration to allow for maximum infusion during the pouring process. In addition, the brewing process allows for a steeping period prior to the coffee starting to drip into the awaiting carafe.
Curious as to the claims, I took this brewer for a spin. I used a similar ratio to my normal pourovers of 1:17 (about 28 grams for 2 cups of water) with a medium grind. The system proved extremely intuitive to program, with simple menu imagery and handy functions like the ability to increase or decrease the cups being brewed. The system also has a Roast Selector function which allows you to designate whether you have a dark roast (in which case you select "Dark Roast") or a light - medium roast (in which case you select "Medium Roast), but since I don't care for dark roasts, I only used the Medium Roast setting.
Overall, the coffee came out deliciously. The process was easy to initiate, the parts all worked together harmoniously and the resulting brews proved similar in quality to coffee I would have brewed in a manual pour over. Thus, if you seek a coffee brewer that mimics the skill of your neighborhood barista, give KitchenAids Pour Over Coffee Brewer a whirl.
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This post was sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of KitchenAid.