Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Better Homes and Gardens Coffee and....

I was lucky enough to get 3 amazing BHG kitchen products to use & review.

The first 2 were the Bakeware and the Stand Mixer. The third, the Grind & brew coffee maker was a little tricky for me though. I couldn’t figure the right ratio of beans to water and wound up with weak coffee for days until I did a little asking around Twitter and a little research on my own. Now, I drink espresso, so the beans are smaller than regular coffee beans and you need a finer grind so through some trial and error I finally got the right mix and I’m happy when I smell the coffee brewing in the morning.

There is only one grind setting so I grind my coffee 3 times by pushing the on/off button for a few seconds until I hear the grinder slow then shutting it off and doing it once more before either just turning it on and letting it run a full cycle or setting the timer and having it brew for me before I get up. (I can’t even tell you how much I love that feature.)

This machine is Great! With a removable permanent filter (so no annoying paper filters!) The entire filter chamber comes out for easy cleaning and it’s so easy to use, just pull it out and drop it back in. The coffee maker also comes with a thermal carafe so no worries about dropping the glass coffeepot and breaking it and no worries about burnt coffee either since the stainless thermal carafe keeps the coffee warm for hours.

I love being able to grind my own beans for the freshest coffee possible and instead of buying a can of coffee that was ground who knows when for $7 I can get myself a pound of beans for $8.00 and get not only more out of that pound of beans than the can But some seriously fresh coffee. SCORE!

The BHG live better grind & brew coffee maker is sold exclusively at Walmart for $99 and is well worth it.

Check out the BHG Live better Facebook page and while you’re at it, vote for my entry in the BHG live better Coffee and... contest.