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  1. Top 6 Useful Coffee Accessories You Need

    Top 6 Useful Coffee Accessories You Need

    With more people bringing the coffee brewing experience into their homes nowadays, there’s been an influx of coffee accessories in the market. While some of these trendy gadgets are really attractive and tempting to buy, they aren’t particularly useful nor necessary. The result? A kitchen cupboard filled with unwanted brewing equipment and accessories we never use. But there are some innovative items that have proven their worth. Here are 6 accessories that aren’t only useful for every coffee drinker, but also transform the way we enjoy our coffee.

    Airtight Coffee Bean Canister

    [caption id="attachment_8443" align="alignnone" width="934"]a coffee canister with a calendar wheel on the lid Maximise the freshness of your coffee beans with the Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Coffee Canister. Photo from Coffee Gator.[/caption] A coffee bean’s greatest enemy is oxidation, moisture, heat, and light. We’ve stressed the importance of storing your coffee beans in a vacuum-sealed or airtight container to prevent them from going stale. One of our favourite airtight containers is the Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Coffee Canister. Its innovative freshness valves release carbon dioxide emitted from the roasted beans while locking out oxygen from entering the container. Moreover, the calendar wheel that sits on the lid allows you to log the bean’s roasting date so that you won’t be drinking coffee that has passed its shelf life.
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  2. Why the New La Specialista Is a Coffee Connoisseur’s Machine

    Why the New La Specialista Is a Coffee Connoisseur’s Machine

    Designed and created in the home of the espresso, Italy, find out why the De’longhi La Specialista is a dream come true for coffee connoisseurs. Whether you are a novice home barista or an experienced one, this semi-automatic coffee machine is a perfect combination of technology and craft. From bean to cup, enjoy full control of your coffee-making experience while the inbuilt advanced barista technology controls each variable for a flawless brew. Unbox your brand new La Specialista with us: Shop now, from SGD1,199.

    Sensor Grinding Technology

    [caption id="attachment_6156" align="alignnone" width="2437"]adjusting the coffee ground fineness knob on a coffee machine Enjoy the flexibility of adjusting the coffee ground fineness and dosage according to your preference.[/caption] For that exquisite shot of espresso, it boils down to perfecting the grind size. La Specialista’s Integrated Sensor Grinder doesn’t only ground beans with absolute precision, but also a consistent and optimal dose each time. With 6 grind settings, you can customise the grinding level and adjust the amount of espresso to be brewed for your chosen coffee beverage. With the bean sensor, you will never run out of beans while grinding midway.

    Smart Built-in Tamping System

    [caption id="attachment_6159" align="alignnone" width="2496"]tamping coffee grounds in a portafilter The smart built-in tamping syste
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  3. A Step-By-Step Guide: How to Descale Your Coffee Machine

    A Step-By-Step Guide: How to Descale Your Coffee Machine

    If your espresso machine is serving a pot of weak, off-tasting, tepid coffee and takes a longer-than-usual time to brew, chances are the machine may be lodged with limescale buildup. It’s now time to give your machine the descaling routine and attention it needs. How does one descale an espresso machine? Follow this step-by-step guide to ensure that the many pipes and small jets in your machine are sparkling clean. Prefer a quick video guide? Here’s a great place to start: Tip: We recommend descaling your espresso machine at least once a month to ensure your morning brew is packed with a punch each day.

    1. Get a Descaling Agent

    [caption id="attachment_6030" align="alignnone" width="2560"]coffee machine descaling solutions While DIY or homemade descaling agents may work, the best (and guaranteed) option would be a commercial descaling solution made specifically for coffee machines. Featuring the De’Longhi EcoDecalk Mini. Photo from De'Longhi[/caption] Some use vinegar, others use citric acid, and there are people who use lemon juice as a descaling agent — any all-natural descaling agents work (albeit with varying degrees of effectiveness, and note that some may be more corrosive to your machine than others). The best, though, is a commercial descaling solution. The De’Longhi EcoDecalk
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  4. 10 Ways You Might Be Using Your Coffee Machine Wrongly

    10 Ways You Might Be Using Your Coffee Machine Wrongly

    What does it take to brew a perfect coffee? Well, a lot. It starts with the coffee beans, then the coffee machine, and even the way you brew your coffee. One tiny mistake can drastically alter the taste and quality of your coffee. Let’s talk about several reasons why your coffee isn’t brewing as well as you want it to and how you can make it right to get the perfect homebrew.

    You use the auto-brew function

    [caption id="attachment_6081" align="alignnone" width="1439"]Menu function of a coffee machine An auto-brew function may be convenient, but your coffee may lose aroma and flavour, sitting on the warmer. Photo from De’Longhi[/caption] Most automatic coffee makers are programmed with an auto-brew function that allows you to brew your coffee up to 24 hours in advance. The function ensures a fresh, hot cup of coffee is ready on your kitchen countertop every morning. While this may be convenient and handy, ground coffee loses its aroma and flavour in mere minutes. The time that your coffee is sitting on the warming plate before you take your first sip may take away all the delicious aroma of a fresh brew.

    You pause your java mid-brew

    [caption id="attachment_6087" align="alignnone" width="2560"]milk frothing function of a coffee machine Don’t hit pause as your java mid-brew to yield the perfect homebrew. Photo from
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