THE PERFECT CUP OF GOURMET COFFEE MADE RIGHT AT HOME

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Frothing Thermometer: Getting  the Temperature Just Right for the Perfect Froth

My first love for personal single-serve coffee maker began at the Wanderlust Hotel in Singapore when I discovered just how incredible easy it was to brew a fresh cup of aromatic coffee. The hotel had a small Nespresso Essenza machine in the room and one afternoon, needing some boost from a long day, I popped one of the aluminum coffee capsule into the machine and seconds later the room was filled with an intoxicating aroma from the tiny cup. It wasn’t the first time I had seen the  familiar looking Nespresso machine in a hotel room but certainly was the first using one then. Then, during the Great Singapore Sale 2011 while waiting for a friend at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, VivoCity again in Singapore, I came across the CBTL Kaldi coffee machines in a variety of eye-catching colours (I swear my heart skipped a beat for a moment hit by a dilemma if I should bring one home).

Luckily for me, the timely discovery of CupaCoffee Brunei made sure I didn’t have to starve my craving for home made gourmet coffee. Say hello to Caffe Tiziano, a high tech looking personal coffee machine that uses Caffitaly capsule system — the same system used by Coffee Bean’s CBTL Kaldi single serve beverage system. For the same cost as the CBTL Kaldi in Singapore SGD$389 you can order one in Brunei (available in Silver and Gold) and have one delivered to your home along with your choice of Caffitaly capsules. I’ve assembled my own set of photos for what is clearly lacking on CupaCoffee’s website and also on the web (y0u’ll most certainly end up with a dozen YouTube videos when you Google this — also useful if you like videos).

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I had wanted to use a really elegant and also rather premium double-wall insulated Espresso glass for this shot but timing and availability was not in my favour so this generic black cup will have to do for now.

A side profile of the Nautilus that shows everything you need to know about the unit at a glance.

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Top view of the coffee machine featuring a removable 1.2L water tank and integrated frothing nozzle

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6 out of 9 available coffee aromatic flavours locked in a patented professional capsule system that ensures consistent brew. An advantage of the Caffitaly Nautilus is its ability to use CBTL capsules in this machine.

Lifting the red lever the first time opens the cover that reveals the capsule holder underneath the cover.

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A front accessible tray holds up to 15 used capsules. Lifting the red lever after a brew automatically discards the capsure into the tray.

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The patented structure of the capsule consists of ground coffee, upper and bottom filter (not visible) and polypropene (PP) cup assures the ground coffee is effectively and consistently brewed. Capsule containers are filled with inert nitrogen gas to keep the ground coffee fresh at all times.

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When the green LED lights up, aromatic coffee is just seconds away. Choose Espresso (40ml) or Long Coffee (110 ml) depending on your how much a boost you need.

I made a cup of Long Coffee using the Corporso capsule (Asian and Western African Robusta sweetened by Arabica temperament). Corposo is full-bodied round aromatic coffee with a velvety after taste.

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A strong feature of this Caffitaly system over other designs such as the CBTL Kaldi system is its integrated steam nozzle to froth milk for cappuccino, latte or hot chocolate beverages. Milk frothing produces considerable amount of heat and machine needs to cool down before the machine can be used again.

Tip: Page 12 of the owner’s manual documents a way to reduce the cooling period.

I made a Cappuccino this morning a day after this blog post was published to give you a visual of how well the milk frothing works on this machine. The milk can get extremely hot if you froth it too long but it works very well for a single serve beverage system.

 See also: CAFFITALY ESPRESSO SERVED IN A BODUM PAVINA DOUBLE WALL GLASS

Traditional Penan handcrafted bamboo basket holds a little over 70 Ecaffe & CBTL Caffitaly capsules.

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It’s expected that tiny amounts of excess coffee from the drip nozzle will invariably end up in the tray. The plastic tray and aluminium cup holder are easily removed and cleaned under running water.

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All pictures here originally photographed with the Canon Powershot G11

All that’s been shot and blogged here, I have a choice of this gold unit or an entirely silver one both have its own merit. So, I clued my Twitter followers and Facebook friends in to my dilemma and let them help decide towards a decision.