How to Brew a Delicious Cup of Coffee at Home

A cup of coffee can brighten up the crankiest of people! It’s a beverage that’s known to be the life supporting system of most of the population in urban cities. But the steady rise in coffee prices of baristas and coffee shops are a heavy burden to our pockets. According to a report by National Coffee Survey by Zagat, the price of one cup of coffee in America had shot up to a whopping $3.28 in the year 2015! A much better alternative to the expensive cafeterias would be to prepare this beloved beverage at home.

Contrary to the popular belief, home brewed coffee is in no way inferior to the steaming cups of coffee available in cafes. You just need to right equipment.

Read on to know about the best coffee tools out there that can help you brew the best coffee, a perfect start for the day!


Pour over dipper

A kind of a Japanese coffee maker, the Kalita Wave Glass Dipper is pretty easy to use. Go for models such as the Hario V60 or a Chemex that sports a flat bottom and relatively smaller holes for better filtering. The Kalita Wave filters can complement these pour over dippers wonderfully.

Automated machine

The Technivorm Moccamaster KBT 10 cup is a product launched by the Netherland-based Coffeemaker Company, and though it is not the most aesthetically appealing product, the Moccamaster can make about 10 steaming cups of coffee in a matter of minutes! If you’re not sure which one to get then reading a few coffee maker reviews will definitely give you good perspective on what you really need.

And the thermal carafe can preserve the brew for about 6 hours- a lifesaver for home makers who’re constantly trapped in the kitchen every time guests come over.

Espresso Machine

You can now get professional quality espresso at home with the new La Marzocco Linea Mini, a machine inspired by the classic coffee makers found in the La Marzocco cafes that are famous worldwide. It comes with commercial grade bells and whistles, pre-infusion brew paddle, steam boiler, temperature regulator and LED lights.

K-Pod Machine

The Bunn Single Cup Coffee Brewer combines the best of professional quality and home use comfort. The Keurig K cup pods can grind both coffee beans and tea leaves. You can also manually control the machine deciding the flavour and consistency of each cup of coffee that you prepare.

French Press

The stylish sleek design and shiny stainless steel exterior of the Frieling French Press is pretty tough and durable. And the thermal dish wash friendly design makes it all the more desirable.


Coffee making is an art, a sacred ritual of sorts and what better way to prepare a cup of perfectly brewed coffee than with the Hario Technica 5 cup Coffee Syphon?! This coffee maker combines the age old Japanese tradition of brewing with the modern day technology of fire resistant durable glass framework for a more enhanced experience.

Cold Brew Maker

For cold coffee lovers the OXO Good Grips Cold Brew Maker is perfect with its user friendly design, easy controls and perforated dipper that effectively prevent any saturation. Also the automatic stop feature reduces the risk of overflowing and spilling.

Backup Brewer

AeroPress coffee maker is among the most efficient brewer backups, i.e. when your conventional coffee machine has some technical issues, AeroPress can save the day! The compact, potable design and compatibility plus the affordable price only add on to its charm.


Baratza Virtuoso Burr Coffee Grinder is known for its commercial quality and heavy duty framework. It can grind any kind of coffee beans without compromising on either the flavour or texture of coffee.


Scalers such as Bonavita Electronic Scale can measure up to 0.1 grams and hence is very reliable for measuring out the grinded coffee. It even comes with a timer further adding on to the efficiency of the product.

Water Filter

The Soma Sustainable Pitcher ensures that the water poured in the coffee maker is free from impurities of any kind. Its commercial quality filters, huge capacity and unbreakable plastic framework makes it a rage among customers.


The Bonavita Variable Temperature kettle runs on electricity and can keep the water warm for about an hour! Also the smart design consists of a long spout that would help you control the quantity of liquid you can pour at a time.


The Clive Coffee Tamper comes in four different wooden types and three basic sizes including 53mm, 58mm, and 58.3mm. The wooden framework is easy to carry from one place to another, while the variety in sizes increases its versatility.

Meatzza Random Recipe Challenge

For this months Random Recipe Challenge Dom at Belleau Kitchen is celebrating his 3rd year of Random Recipe blog challenge. We’re to choose a recipe book and open to a random page and create the dish from that page. My cookbook for this challenge is Nigellissima. I have been wating for this book for several months now since it had just been released a week ago in America. My random page happens to be a recipe called Meatzza and here it is..

After I’ve sliced it into portions the Meatzza resembled a Meatloaf because of its thickness had I used the correct size pan it would’ve been thinner for the meat to resemble as the crust. The way Nigella intended it to be. I did have the correct pan size I don’t know why I didn’t use it, just forgot about it. The ingredients are quite similar of a meatloaf. It tasted like it as well. The dish had mixed reviews from my judges and myself. There was a no, two yes, and one confused. I’ll be making this again with the correct pan size, it should make a thinner minced meat crust to see if my “no and confused one” will change their mind and my yes’s prefer it. : )

2 pans of Meatzza


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • butter for greasing
  • 1 x 14 ounce diced tomatoes/drained
  • 1 teaspoon garlic flavoured olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella (not buffalo) halved then sliced
  • few leaves fresh basil



Preheat oven to 425F

In a large bowl using your hands, combine beef, Parmesan, bread crumbs parsley, and eggs. Grate in the garlic and add some salt and pepper. Do not over work it , just lightly mix together, or the meat will become compacted and dense.

Butter a shallow round baking pan of about 11 inches diameter and turn the meat into it, pressing the mixture lightly with your fingers to cover the bottom as if the seasoned ground meat were your pizza crust.

Make sure you’ve drained as much runny liquid as possible out of your can of diced tomatoes, then mix the tomato with the garlic flavoured oil, oregano, and some salt and pepper, and spread using a rubber spatula, lightly on top of the meat base. Arrange the mozzarella slices on top and then put in the oven for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from the oven and let it sit for 5 minutes, then adorn with some basil leaves and bring it to the table before cutting into wedges, like pizza.

Bulgogi (Korean Barbecued Beef)

This spring season has just been kicking my bum and not only mines but my children as well. My children both have asthma and when allergy season strikes it strikes the entire household. My little one’s had fallen ill due to allergies and breathing problems. I have been nursing them lying awake day and night making sure they are breathing and not out of their sight. They are both feeling much better now

Now its my turn. That’s how it usually goes kids are healthy, send them to school, they catch something from other children, bring it home, mummy takes care of them and when all is well, I then start to feel unwell and I’ve caught the bug. It’s a long journey for me back to my normal self since I am also dealing with my own lung issues. When you can’t breath nothing else matters and it’s the worst and most helpless feeling in the world. I nurse myself back to health. It’s been a struggle to get anything cooking in the kitchen so we’ve relied on some ready made meals. Everyone in the house has been doing the best they can.

Anyway, I tried to recreate a recipe that we tried a while ago from a Korean restaurant called Bulgogi (Barbecued Beef). When my son first tried this dish he loved it and he’s our picky one. My darling daughter’s more adventurous with food so she’s much easier to feed. Here’s how our Bulgogi turned out.

Thank you for continuing to support my culinary adventure, visiting my blog and for leaving lovely comments… Puts a smile on my face : )

Bulgogi (Korean barbecued beef)


  • 2 sirloin steak
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • half an onion diced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • some coriander (cilantro) leaves
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


Slice the steak into small strips I just chopped mine up. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and let the steak marinate for an hour cover it in cling film and leave in the fridge. I couldn’t be bothered to wait for an hour so I didn’t marinade. After I’ve created the marinade I mixed it into the steak and placed it on a frying pan with the olive oil over medium heat. I fried the steak until the meat has cooked and sauce have reduced. Ready to serve over rice.. : )

Sticky Lime Chicken

This is another recipe that my chic-a-dis and I made during spring break. I love being in the kitchen with them cooking and experimenting (playing) with recipes. We were working with ingredients that we’ve already got in our pantry and fridge so there was no need for a trip to the grocery store. My babies love dishes that are savoury and citrusy. Oh, and did I say sweet? Well not too sweet just a hint of it if it’s not dessert. The honey in this recipe gave it just that. So what I’m getting at is that my little one’s love savoury, citrusy, salty, sweet combination.

sticky lime chicken


  • 4 skinless and boned chicken breasts
  • zest of one lime
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • pepper


Preheat oven to 375F.

Place the chicken breasts in a roasting pan. Mix together the lime zest, juice, honey, oil and garlic in a small bowl. Pour the mixture on the chicken and season with pepper. Place in the oven and baste every 10 minutes. Cook for 35-40 minutes until the chicken is tender and there are no pink inside. As the chicken cooks the liquid in the pan will thickens, it will give it that sticky coating. Once the chicken is cooked rub the chicken on the pan to get the rest of the tasty sticky juice on both sides.

Serve it with veg or rice. Better yet serve it with both.

Enjoy! : )