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Home Living : May 22nd 2012
KITCHEN A WELCOME DAILY GRIND ... FOR COFFEE CONNOISSEURS Janita Singh The coffee machine, a staple in Australian kitchens. Top: Smeg s Classic & Linear and (bottom) Delonghi s Prima Donna range. AUSTRALIANS have had a long love affair with coffee. Coffee addiction is perhaps one of the last remaining socially acceptable substance addictions happily tolerated by everyone around us. And from the looks of mushrooming coffee stops at every street and corner, there is no turning back. Although Australian cafe cul- ture is booming, coffee experts say we still prefer a good home brew. And that's why having a coffee machine at home today is becom- ing increasingly common. But making that humble cup is cer- tainly not what it used to be. Italian manufacturer Smeg says the luxury of drinking freshly brewed coffee at home is some- thing coffee lovers do not take lightly, and the coffee machine is seen as a serious investment. The invention of the automatic coffee machine has become our morning saviour. And manufac- turers are responding by offering great choices. Automatic and manual coffee machines, plus pods and capsule technology come in a variety of styles and finishes. Smeg says its Classic and Linear built-in coffee machines are indi- cators of what consumers want. These are fully automatic so the strength, temperature and length of coffee can all be easily regu- lated. DeLonghi CEO, Paolo Albertoni, says Australian coffee lovers want the Italian experience, which is now easy to re-create at home. Smeg says anyone considering buying a coffee machine should check the following: Ensure the pump has suf- ficient pump pressure -- 15 bar is considered ideal Ensure the coffee machine can be adjusted to individual ta- stes -- not everyone likes the same strength of coffee For really fresh coffee, it should have an integrated coffee bean grinder. This will grind exactly the right amount of coffee required It should be easy to clean so that no stale milk is left in the milk line. Look for machines that have a built-in flush or rinse function 6 HLN - HOME LIVING: NORTH, Tuesday, May 22, 2012 MB HOMEMAKING ALL THE RAGE HAVING a coffee maker or ma- chine at home is all the rage. But if you're looking to buy, you may be overwhelmed by the choices avail- able. So do your homework before shopping. Your Need: Think how much coffee you make at home and how big the family is. For small famil- ies, a simple manual machine will do, but for big families with children buy something a bit more exciting, for instance a machine that makes hot chocolate. Money Matters: Coffee ma- chines can cost anywhere from $100 to thousands, depending on features, function, aesthetic ap- peal and fun factor. Attention to detail: Read through product details and look around. You can get anything from a filtered coffee maker, per- colator to fully-fledged fancy de- vice. Check models and popularity: Look around and invest in some- thing that will meet your family's needs for years. Anything additional: Some coffee machines can make expres- so and cappuccino, grind fresh coffee beans and automatically steam and clean. Ph 9837 9898 www.accentcurtains.com.au AUTUMN SPECIAL 20% OFFRRP FABRICS 2124482 22/5 • All types of soft furnishings, • Curtains, Blinds, Shutters. • Everything custom made by Experts • With over 30 yrs experience. IAN CUBITT S CLASSIC HOME IMPROVEMENTS MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS l LICENCE NO: 66902C CONCEPT DESIGN | COUNCIL APPROVAL | CONSTRUCTION | GROUND AND 1ST FLOOR EXTENSIONS Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains | www.classichomeimprovements.com.au BUILDER OF QUALITY EXTENSIONS Designed and built for your lifestyle 1300 721 150 2150313 1/11 www.fleurfurniture.com.au FRENCH STYLE BEDROOM AND DINING SUITES | CHANDELIERS LAMPS 267 Victoria Road, GLADESVILLE p (02) 9817 1844 | f (02) 9818 3257 Parking to the rear of shop | Closed Mondays -- Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm 2116078 16/8 Want to bag a bargain? Smart Shopper has the best local buys.
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