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    Published on September 1st, 2013 | by Greg


    Capresso And Primula: French Press Coffee And Quick Frothing

    There are plenty of ways to make great coffee, and a few separate methods to brew espresso drinks. But whichever you prefer, we’ve got an accessory for you, sure to make your morning caffeine ritual a little bit easier.

    Let’s begin with the Primula 8-Cup Classic French Press, a dishwasher safe, chrome version of the preferred European brew method. Perfect for those times when you’re having a brunch or breakfast party, they are easy to adjust to your liking. Make sure you grind properly of course; your fine espresso or even normal drip style won’t work as well as a nice, coarse grind. Cleaning is pretty simple, and the stainless steel filter fits snugly against the glass jar.

    There’s not much insulation, so don’t expect it keep your coffee warm long, Also, the eight cups mentioned in the name are mythical; expect to get more like four real cups out of the 32 ounce vessel. Granted, this is not built to last forever- the feet can be a bit unbalanced- but for the extremely reasonable price of $20 or so online, it’s hard to knock the Primula French Press. You can’t argue with the Classic.

    But if you’re more of a fan of lattes, cappuccinos, or other espresso-based drinks that require milk, then you should instead consider the Capresso Froth TEC Automatic Milk Frother. We’ve tried out several other milk frothers, and like this one, they often come with swappable heating or frothing options. As standalone units, they are much easier to use than the average milk frothing attachment on a basic espresso machine. They hold more milk and are easy to handle, plus this one’s German-made dishwasher safe glass pitcher is also transparent so you can see what’s happening, and isn’t metal that gets hot or could make your milk taste a little metallic. We needed to clean the disks by hand though.

    We were very impressed by the results though- foam is stiff, nicely ‘built’. It does take a while though; longer than some competitors. We tried using the Froth TEC with chai and hot chocolate as well, not simply coffee-based drinks, and it’s ideal for the upcoming winter months. For lattes only, it’s not quite optimal since we’ve seen faster, but our cappuccinos have turned out incredibly well at home and at work. Available now, online and in stores, for around $85.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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