Feature Article - January/February 2017

Turning Houses Into Homes

The Most Motivating Housewares & Home Goods

By Emily Tipping


True Brew

Coffee makers are particularly popular right now, and there's enough innovation and interest in this category to warrant its own remarks. While many folks still stop daily for their $5-plus cup from the popular coffee chains, many choose to personalize their cuppa joe at home.

"Personalizing your food and beverage experience is a big trend," Sawicki said. "'How do you like your coffee?' used to mean, 'Do you want cream or sugar?' Today's consumer has opinions and preferences for brewing methods, dark or light roast beans, country of origin of beans, frothed or steamed milk, type of milk and flavor add-ins, in addition to choice of beverages, from espresso and ristretto to cappuccino, latte macchiato or flat white. This has inspired new creativity and technology in countertop appliances for brewing the best at home.

"Very popular right now are coffee and tea appliances that deliver something special," she added. "An automatic coffee machine with a color screen that guides you through recipes for show-stopping coffee specialties. An iced tea maker with customizable brewing options. A 21st century percolator with retro-style and modern features. An automatic milk frother with hot and cold settings that can also whip up frothy hot chocolate or steamed hot apple cider. A stylish glass water kettle with variable temperature control to brew any type of pour-over coffee."

"Auto drip coffee makers after a few years of decline are experiencing strong sales increases, as single-serve coffee sales have slowed," Izykowski added.

Anderson called out the expansion of multi-functioning machines: "Not just a standard coffee maker, but a machine that'll do a cappuccino and a latte and an espresso. Growth in those categories are fueled by people starting to realize that they can get nice quality final product made at home just like they're used to at Starbucks or Petes."

With its 16-ounce capacity, the Capresso Mini Kettle is the go-to choice for small kitchens, travel, office desks and more. Compact and portable, it features a micro filter that traps any particles before they reach the cup. It is ideal for boiling water for freshly brewed tea, pour-over coffee, cocoa mixes, hot soups, instant oatmeal and more. It features dry boil protection and automatic shut-off to ensure safe and worry-free operation. The heat-resistant base is safe for any surface.

The Hamilton Beach Compact and Contemporary 10 Cup Thermal Coffee Maker features three brew-strength settings, including regular, bold and robust, providing the user with ultimate control. It features a cone filter basket for better extraction, which provides better tasting coffee. The vacuum-sealed insulated stainless steel carafe features thumb-activated easy pour. Convenience features include: easy-fill water reservoir, programmable with two-hour automatic shutoff, easy-to-see water window, Auto Pause and Service, and backlit display for maximum visibility of controls. It comes with a Melitta sample filter pack.

The JURA E8 is a coffee bar for the home. Jura's exclusive barista technology, Pulse Extraction Process, brews the most flavorful espresso every time. The One-Touch Cappuccino function lets you make cappuccinos, latte macchiatos, flat whites and more. A true bean-to-cup experience that's freshly ground, not capsuled. The large color display makes it easy to personalize your brew.