Energy Efficient Coffee Makers

My coffee maker broke a few days ago and I set out to search for a replacement. I am not a huge coffee fan, but I do crave the aroma of fresh brewed coffee every morning and appreciate the caffeine jolt along with the sugar and cream (I sometimes think it is really the sugar and cream I crave, not the coffee, but that’s another article). As anyone with even a passing interest in coffee knows, coffee makers come in a dizzying selection of styles and types, from the most basic, no frills models to the ultra-complex machines that must, to justify their high price tags, do more than make a good cup of coffee. When I set out to replace my own basic, no-frills model, energy efficiency and reliability were the only two requirements I had in mind. My old keurig coffee makers were only three years old and I was surprised when it quit. It seems that few things these days are actually made to last longer than a few years. When these things quit, it’s tempting to throw them in the trash, but I could not bring myself to send the appliance to the landfill. I retired the coffee maker base to the clutter corner in the garage (who knows, maybe it can be fixed) and relegated the carafe to use for making tea. We are big tea drinkers in our house and always have a fresh pot, usually flavored with mint from our garden, resting on our kitchen counter.

EnergyStar.gov, on its website, lists a variety of home products that have earned the EnergyStar rating due to their energy efficiency, however, the site focuses on large appliances and does not give a list of energy efficient coffee makers. But the U.S. Department of Energy, on its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy site estimates that the average coffee maker can use anywhere from 900 to 1,200 watts of electricity every time it is turned on. That’s nearly as much as an energy efficient dishwasher, which can wash load of dishes for about 1,200 watts (without the drying feature). Toasters are also big wattage gulpers, using anywhere from 700 to 1,400 watts per use, according to the site.

To help shoppers know how much energy a particular appliance uses, the wattage is generally listed on the bottom of the appliance. My old, broken coffee maker used 950 watts of energy every time it was used, placing it in the not-so-bad category, as far as small appliances go. An electric tea kettle we use for heating water for tea uses 1,500 watts per use, but heats up more than enough water for more than one pot of tea.

In the end, I decided not to bring a new appliance into the house, settling instead for a French press coffee maker. The French press uses no electricity but does require hot water. It works much like brewing tea (in fact, the device can also be used for tea). Freshly ground coffee is placed on the bottom of the pot, hot water is poured in, then a specially-made plunger-like device that comes with the pot, is used to push the coffee grounds down to the bottom of the pot. What comes out is smooth, fresh coffee. Since the process is much like tea, we now only heat the electric tea kettle up just once with enough water for one pot of tea and one small pot of coffee, saving time and a bit of energy. There is one draw back to the French press coffee maker. As it is completely manual, it can not be preset the night before, so no more waking up to the intoxicating aroma of brewing coffee.

Magma Del Mar Natural Gas Grill Review

I live in an apartment with a teeny tiny balcony so I bought the Magma Del Mar Natural Gas Grill and just extended the natural gas line. It fit perfectly and it seemed suited for a lifestyle in the city where space is often a big problem and concern. Now I like grilling a lot so the Magma Del Mar Natural Gas Grill seemed like the solution for city slickers such as myself. First thing I noticed when I bought it was that the Magma Del Mar Natural Gas Grill really looks attractive. It’s made of stainless steel and it certainly looks good. I tried cooking a few steaks on it and I noticed immediately that it heats up really quickly and for relatively low heat, it cooks really fast. The ignitor also works great and as of yet, hasn’t been giving me any problems. I also like the fact that you can hide the gas tank away from view.

Just be careful because there seems to be a lot of flare-ups when I use the panini press with removable plates. Be sure to keep it a low setting. Of course, this isn’t ideal but there is a price to pay for convenience. You can’t have everything. It also might be best to cook one steak or one chicken breast at a time. So if you cook for a big family, the Magma Del Mar Natural Gas Grill may not be for you.

Another gripe I have with the Magma Del Mar Natural Gas Grill is the clean-up. Oil pools into the holes at the base just below the burner and cleaning up can be tough work. It also isn’t easy to remove the cooking grid and you’re going to need to exert a little force. But remember, you need to do this if you want to clean the grill properly so take note that this is something you have to deal with.

I would recommend the Magma Del Mar Natural Gas Grill to those who wish to grill but lack sufficient space to do so. I’m telling you, this is a really attractive piece of cookware and it gets a lot of attention from the guests. It is best, however, not to expect too much since there seems to be a few flaws in the design. Personally, I can live with the flaws (as long as I am able to get a decent steak or a grilled hamburger) but others might not be as forgiving.

Black and Decker JE2200B Review

The Black and Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup will make all your favorite fresh juices right from your own counter. It is currently available from ReviewYourJuicer.

Read more of the Black and Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup:

This juicer comes in a sleek and stylish design that is perfect for both effective and efficient juicing. To help you make a more knowledgeable purchase, here are its various features and the benefits you can enjoy from owning one.

Features of the Black and Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup:

  • 400 watts of power
  • Stainless steel cutter and strainer
  • Huge and convenient pulp container
  • Custom juice cup for easier measuring, serving and pouring
  • 2 – year limited warranty
  • Dishwasher – safe parts
  • Easy to use. This ergonomic juicer is easy to assemble and very simple to use. Place the fruit or vegetable inside, turn it on, and push. It’s a three step process that you will be continuously doing to enjoy fresh juices for the years to come
  • Quiet and fast juicing. The Black and Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup operates silently and juices so fast that you can make a lot of juice in a short, unbelievable amount of time.
  • Powerful. Equipped with a 400 watt motor, this amazing product can juice all kinds of fruits like apples, grapes, oranges and melons to various vegetables such as carrots, celery sticks and spinach.
  • Durable blades and strainer. Made from the toughest stainless steel, the Black and Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup’s blades can juice anything and last for a long time along with its strainer.
  • Safe to operate and saves space. This unique juicer has slip – resistant feet for safety and an integrated pulp container that saves counter space while holding a large amount of pulp.
  • Custom juice cup. Complete with an intelligently designed juice cup, all things were obviously thought out with this one. This juice cup has graduations that allow you to easily measure the amount of juice and a unique shape that makes for better serving and handling.
  • Dish washer – safe parts. With parts that can be safely cleaned using a dishwasher, nothing can stop your enjoyment in using the Black and Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup.
  • Warranty. This juicer has a 2 year limited warranty that is the longest that you can find with any other product of its kind.

Pros of the Black and Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup

  • Powerful and really dries up the pulp
  • Fast and quiet when juicing
  • Compact and ergonomic
  • Extremely simple to clean
  • Custom juice cup
  • High performance at a low price

Cons of the Black and Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup

Some users have shared that the mouth of this juicer is a little small, you can’t expect too much from a compact device but if you cut up the fruits and vegetables and place the pieces one at a time, it will work wonders for you.

Our Verdict On The Black and Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup

The Black and Decker JE2200B 400-Watt Fruit and Vegetable Juice Extractor with Custom Juice Cup is perfect for small scaled juicing and you can get it at a really good price. This is one deal that you have to try.