& COOKING ARTICLE
fact that traditional pubs are closing every day around the
country continues to be news, but it's rare that there is
any coverage about something that seems to be going in precisely
the opposite direction namely the way that every day
a new coffee outlet seems to open up nearby.
A few centuries ago the term 'coffee shop' was something
akin to a drinking den, where the fringes of society gathered
to plot and plan and generally while away the time. So pretty
much like a pub, then.
Even as recently as the Fifties in the UK coffee bars were
where the dreaded early rock and rollers hung out listening
to their dangerous Shadows records, and a few years later
the Mods were all engaging in their Italian flirtations by
hanging round drinking cappuccinos.
Today things couldn't be more different. Every high street
in the country has a couple of major chain coffee shops and
a sprinkling of independent ones, and your choice of coffee
style says more about you than your brand of smartphone.
All this has led to an explosion of interest in how to make
the perfect cup of coffee at home. It's no longer about what
grinder you use for your beans, or whether you prefer a stove
top espresso maker to one of the many coffee
machines on offer. What really matters is how well
you can make your own cup of coffee.
The Tassimo range of machines is pretty much an ideal answer.
With their stylish design they look at home in all types of
kitchens, but it is the use of cutting edge technologies that
really sets them apart.
Manufactured by Bosch, the unique 'intelligent barcode technology'
each machine has means that it makes the perfect cup no matter
what your particular preference is.
The barcode printed on every T DISC (the pod that you choose
to make your own brew) contains information about the amount
of water, brewing time and the precise temperature needed
to make each drink.
As the machine also makes tea and hot chocolate as well as
a full range of coffees, this is extremely important, as each
different brew needs a totally different approach.
Another clever bit of tech that makes a difference is a flow
heater, which means that theres virtually no heat-up
time so you can brew your drink right away. This also means
that the machine uses a very low level of power consumption
and switches off immediately after use, making it one of the
most 'green' coffee makers on the market.
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