The mid-day slump
I think it’s fair to say we all experience the moment of the day where we need an extra little pick-me-up. For me, it’s those panicked moments while I am trying to get dinner on the table before the kids come home from school. Cooking, tidying, setting the table all take the backburner until I can get the coffee going.
As I start on what is seemingly mundane tasks-chopping veg, cooking dinner, wiping the counters down-I like to sip on a fresh cup of coffee. It helps me switch my focus from work-at-home-mom to mom. It’s my way of clocking out of my day job and clocking into my most important role-wife and mom.
Getting the Best Cup Means Taking the Right Steps
You’re going to want to invest in good beans because that is the first equation of having craft coffee in the comfort of your own home. By buying from a local cafe you can grab beans that have been roasted in the last 14 days–check the ‘roasted on’ date at the side of the bag and if possible only buy enough beans to last you about a week or two.
Invest in a good coffee grinder (like this Dose Control Pro from Breville) and grind your beans within a minute of making your coffee. The Dose Control Pro has 60 different grind settings from Espresso to French Press and I find my favourite is the 40.
Each cup takes 4 seconds to grind through the Dose Control Pro and I love that I can grind right into the basket of the Precision Brewer making it one less step to the perfectly brewed cup of joe intoxicating my senses and taste buds.
Breville Precision Brewer
The Precision Brewer helps you the same craft coffee you get in your small, local coffee shop into your hands. Once you experiment and find the perfect settings you will rarely spend money out of the house to get a great cup, you’ll be able to make it yourself. I know I just spent three paragraphs talking about how you should use small-batch artisan beans to get the greatest cup but I get a pretty amazing cup from the grounds I buy as well. The beans are important but the way the Precision Brewer works, it pulls the best out of even the worst coffee.
I actually had this machine sitting on my counter for 2 days before I even attempted to use it because I wanted to put the time into reading the manual. I had
big huge expectations for the machine and it did not disappoint.
Out of the box, the brewer comes with everything you need. There are three different coffee filter options depending on the amount of coffee you’re making: the cone-shaped filter basket insert, flat bottom brew basket with large paper filter, or the highly convenient gold mesh basket filter. I prefer to use the brew basket with a large paper filter or the gold filter personally because of the volume of coffee I make.
The Brew Modes
With six preset brew modes, your brewer will let you make coffee whichever way you like it. I’m very happy with the gold setting because I find it gives me a phenomenal and consistent cup of coffee each and every time. The brewer does its magic and adjusts the water to the correct temperature and brew time to meet the standards set by the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association). Firstly, I can’t even believe that there is an SCA and secondly, it’s amazing the Precision Brewer just knows what to do to make coffee amazing.
The fast setting helps you get your best cup faster. You can brew 12-cups in under 7 minutes and that is ideal when you have guests over and need to caffeinate a crowd–or if you just really love coffee.
If you like your coffee on the stronger side you can easily press the strong mode and get a stronger cup or carafe. I thought that strong would be for me but in all honesty between the measuring spoon included with the brewer and the gold setting my coffee does not need to be strong to deliver a good cup.
This may not be the ideal time for iced coffee but if you like to pour yours over some ice (and maybe Bailey’s–no judgement here) you can use the over ice mode to brew a stronger cup that still tastes delicious diluted over ice.
Full disclosure when I first heard of cold brew coffee earlier this year I thought that people were crazy and should probably try being a parent if they wanted a cold cup of joe. But cold brew is brewed differently, using cold water to steep the water with coffee over an extended time, and with the Precision Brewer up to 24 hours.
But wait a minute…
Even though you can get all these different preprogrammed brews you also get the option to adjust the settings manually to suit your preference.
The Speed & Heat
This brewer is fast, so fast that you will have up to 12 cups of coffee in less than 7 minutes. Thanks to it’s Precision Heating it maintains a stable temperature while heating and ensures that there is no unwanted bitterness or acidity in your coffee from too much heat or it’s not flat and weak from water that is too cold.
You have some options onto where you want your coffee to pour into: your fave cup, a travel mug, or my favourite–the thermal carafe. The carafe will hold up to 12-cups of coffee and it stays hot for many, many hours. I only made 12 cups of coffee once and I drank the coffee from 7 AM until 3 PM and it was still hot at the last cup. It was not fresh, but it was hot.
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Final Thoughts on the Breville Precision Brewer and Dose Control Pro
It is really nice to be able to experiment with the different grind options that the Dose Control Pro has. I’ve become so accustomed to just buying coffee grounds in the store I never noticed the ‘why’ of different types of brewers and the correct grind size to get a great cup.
If you have an espresso machine the Dose Control Pro also comes with:
- Portafilter Cradle – Small 50-54mm
- Portafilter Cradle – Large 58mm
- The Adjustable Razor – Trims the puck to the right level for consistent extraction
- Includes interchangeable razor for 50mm, 54mm and 58mm portafilter baskets
The Precision Brewer is the amazing Breville quality I have come to expect, plus more. I have not had time the
time need to tinker with all the bells and whistle on the brewer as the gold setting is better than some of the coffee I get out of the house at expensive coffee shops.
If you’re looking to take your coffee game to the next step or simply trying to cut down on buying coffee outside your home because the cafes make it better, the Precision Brewer may be your answer.
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