Christmas gifts of the day: Small appliances

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It used to be that small appliances were not at all welcome as Christmas presents. We’ve all heard the jokes about husbands buying their wives irons and vacuum cleaners. All that has changed. I for one would be more than happy with a robot vacuum cleaner; I’d immediately entrust it with picking up all the post-Christmas debris.

Equally, I’d be in heaven waking up to the smell of freshly baking bread and brewed coffee. These are smile appliances, not small appliances! 😉 

  1. iRobot roomba980 robot vacuum cleaner: £749.97, Appliances Direct
  2. De’Longhi Eletta Plus ECAM44.620.S bean to cup coffee machine – black / silver: £434, ao.com
  3. ART29601 7-bottle wine cooler: £189, MyAppliances
  4. Kenwood Premier Chef XL KMM715 stand mixer: £349.99, Currys
  5. Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Nutri Juicer – silver: £132, Amazon
  6. Cuisinart ICE30BCU ice cream maker, silver: £64.99, John Lewis
  7. SD-ZB2502BXC Breadmaker: £160.99, Panasonic

Oxo cold brew coffee maker

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Oxo cold brew coffee maker

We’ve just received this Oxo cold brew coffee maker to try out. We were very intrigued when we first saw it. It filters ground coffee without boiling water. According to the maker:

The cold-brew process is known for delivering smooth, low-acid coffee. Since the grounds never come in contact with hot water, the result is a less acidic, less bitter flavour. Steeping the grounds in cold water releases only the most aromatic flavours, and the concentrate created from the cold-brew process stays fresh longer than regular coffee.

How to use the Oxo cold brew coffee maker

It’s easy to use and store… and actually good looking enough to leave on view if you’re planning to use it regularly… which you might very well want to do after trying it for the first time. In effect, it produces a cold espresso. This has the perfect, intense coffee flavour which is ideal for using in baking, ice cream & frappuccinos – and with the addition of boiling water or hot milk to the cold press, a gorgeous cup of real, hot coffee – which knocks spots off a teaspoon of instant!

Oxo cold brew coffee maker box & leaflet

We’ve been trying it out for a few days now, It’s great having ready-made, real coffee that just needs hot water or milk added. It’s like making & drinking instant coffee but with the superior real coffee taste. We’ve got a funny feeling our latte and  frappuccino consumption is going to go through the roof!

Oxo cold brew coffee maker in action

Even if you’re not much of a coffee drinker, you can use it to cold brew your tea leaves.

Home-made Frappuccino using coffee brewed with the Oxo cold brew coffee maker

If you fancy getting your hands on your very own Oxo cold brew coffee maker, why don’t you enter our competition below? Give it a go!

Oxo cold brew coffee maker giveaway

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Gimme Five! Travel coffee presses

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travel coffee presses

I don’t know about you, but I can barely function without that first mug of coffee in the morning. When we wake up & set off at stupid o’clock and head off towards some car boot sale or other over yonder, I’m not always ready for that first cuppa. Plus, if we’ve a long drive ahead of us, we want to avoid having to make a pit-stop en route to use a public convenience.

With one of these travel coffee presses, we can prepare a brew just before we hit the road and pop it in our rucksack. We can then enjoy the aroma & taste of a proper cup of coffee either on the road or as we arrive.

Our favourite is the Cafflano, designed by a Korean businessman. Apparently he “loved his ‘proper’ coffee and drank several cups a day, but resented the high prices of coffee-shop coffee and didn’t want to spend a fortune on an espresso or capsule machine” – a man after my own heart!

It’s great because it incorporates a built-in ceramic grinder, hot water reservoir and drip filter. You’d be hard pressed 🙂 to make a fresher cup of coffee on the go!

  1. Healthy Steps coffee press: £7.40, eBay
  2. Cafflano Klassic coffee maker: £64.99, Lakeland
  3. Impress coffee brewer: £34.99, Firebox
  4. AeroPress coffee maker: £25, Whittard
  5. Aladdin Aveo flask with cafétiere: £19.05, Amazon

Cona coffee maker

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Vintage Cona Rex coffee maker with vintage yellow cup & saucer

 

We recently acquired this gorgeous vintage coffee percolator.

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It’s the Cona Model Rex – a design classic by the renowned artist Abram Games.

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Not only is the appearance striking, but it works really well and the build quality is excellent. It’s got quite an industrial or science lab look to it.

detail showing vintage Cona coffee maker's wick | H is for Home

We love the little details like the drip catcher and this hinged wick cover.

vintage Cona coffee maker dismantled | H is for Home

A number of institutions, such as the British Museum and the Science Museum, have examples of this model of percolator in their collections. Here’s a video demonstration of how the Cona coffee maker works…

Form & function meeting perfectly!