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The KRUPS Programmable Coffee Maker is a powerful and compact appliance in brushed stainless steel trimmed in carbon grey. Armed with this attractive piece of equipment, you will be able to brew a cuppa that’ll make you proud. And you will have the means of coffee production at home to liberate you from spending three dollars per cup at public places that serve coffee in paper ware to people who shuffle in lines to order and pay, and then wait for their names to be called over a loudspeaker by baristas with attitude and purple hair.
If some well-intentioned friend suggests that perhaps coffee is not a health-promoting beverage, offer a steaming hot cup of rich, sweetened coffee and cite the results of coffee research from respected institutions during the past 10 years. Begin, of course, by acknowledging your friend’s concerns and grant right off the bat that coffee can produce halitosis, stained teeth and the jitters. Sternly admit that it is certainly not a healthy practice for pregnant women. And before you describe the goodness of coffee, concede that it can produce insomnia and irritability. But just when your friend begins to relax and believe that you might be willing to come around to an anti-coffee point of view, mention (casually) that the Harvard School of Public Health finds that coffee drinkers enjoy fewer problems with gallstones and gallbladder diseases than the general population. And according to the Journal of American Medical Association, Parkinson’s disease appears less often in coffee drinkers than in coffee abstainers.
Of course there are more health benefits to drinking coffee, but never push your luck with a crusader. Gesture toward the cup in front of your friend and encourage a sip. If your friend ignores it, drink it yourself with glee and benefit in the ensuing hours from increased powers of concentration, a turbo-charged short-term memory, as well as a general tonic effect and sense of well being. Coffee’s ability to drive away the blues and cheer the soul was captured most eloquently by Henry Ward Beecher:
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“A cup of coffee – real coffee – home-browned, home ground, homemade, that comes to you dark as a hazel-eye, but changes to a golden bronze as you temper it with cream that never cheated, but was real cream from its birth, thick, tenderly yellow, perfectly sweet, neither lumpy nor frothing on the Java: such a cup of coffee is a match for twenty blue devils and will exorcise them all.”
When you consider the basic process for making coffee, which is to introduce ground coffee beans to boiling water, the KRUPS is one of the coffee makers that are a marvel of convenience. You don’t have to guess when filling the reservoir because it reveals the water level. It filters the water to improve flavor and reduce scale deposits. It has the power output to brew quickly and hot as well as a strength setting to increase flavor extraction. The KRUPS is one of the coffee makers that use paper filters, which are preferable to the permanent kind. You can program it in advance to brew at a time of your choosing. If you want to pour a cup before the brew cycle is complete, it lets you quickly sneak one without spilling. And then it shuts itself down based on your time preference. And as if these features were not compelling enough, the manufacturer covers its coffee makers with a warranty for two years. The KRUPS Programmable Coffee Maker is among the best in our review of coffee makers.