The world of coffee is vast, covering not only the end product but also every step of the way. We decided that to provide the best reviews on the beverage itself, it depends on the machine and method used to create every rich, satisfying mouthful. So whether you’re looking for the perfect espresso machine, or the best beans to make a delicious cappuccino or mocha, we’re on it.
Our desire to test the best beans has taken us to Guatemala – arguably the best producer of coffee beans, known for their chocolaty undertones, Jamaica’s famous and much admired Blue Mountain, and Colombia. Arabica beans from this South American country are rich and deep in taste, robust enough to remain balanced with the strongest espresso. Kenya and Ethiopia, on the continent of Africa, have also been targeted by our coffee experts, all of whom swear that these taste testing missions are hard work and not to be confused with a holiday at all!
The equipment, too, has been tried and tested, and while coffee is relatively subjective, the machines are not. This ensures that our reviews are honest, unbiased, and reliable. In order to create the perfect cup of Joe, the beans should be ground, and so we’ve checked out grinders – both hand and electric, and with different types of grind, super fine, all the way to rough-hewn rocks of coffee! We looked at espresso makers and refreshingly simple French Presses, weighing them for style and effectiveness, with only the best making the grade.
Coffee machines come in a huge variety of types, from drip coffee filters through to the largest professional beasts, and everything in between. We also tried the vast array of capsule and pod coffee machines. These are relatively new to the market but have made a real splash with their cost-effective, no-effort beverage production.
Whether you drink coffee on the go for breakfast, or you’ve always got a mug in your hand, coffee makes the world go round, and we’re here to tell you how to make it go just that bit better.