My husband is one of those people who has to have his
gallon few cups of coffee in the morning when he gets up or it is like living with a drowsy grizzly bear. I’m normally a tea person myself, but in the last year or so have gotten into the habit of having a cup or two of coffee every other day or so. I think it came about because of the convenience of things like K-Cups. I wasn’t feeling like I was wasting coffee by making a half pot and not even finishing that much. So when the lovely people at Hamilton Beach contacted me and asked if I was interested in doing the first Brand Ambassador Campaign of 2015 by receiving and reviewing one of their 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Makers , I was thrilled. I thoroughly enjoyed working with them last year and hope to continue to do so for a long time. Their products are wonderful and this coffee maker was no exception.
The 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Makers is so darn convenient! It works for the coffee guzzlers like my husband because on one side you have a 12 cup carafe and can make a full pot to get going. On the other side is an individual brewer where you can make it one cup at a time using a K-Cup pod or the coffee reservoir that comes with it. Using the reservoir, you can use whatever type/flavor of coffee you prefer, not just a prepackaged pod. Better for the environment and less expensive. This side of the brewer works wonderfully for someone like me who does it one cup at a timeÂ So far, we are loving the FlexBrew. There is a bit of a learning curve with the K-Cup side as you insert the pods a bit differently and it can be tricky getting the insert in until you get used to it. But once you do, it’s easy peasy. The K-Cup side can brew up to a 14 ounce cup of coffee and like I said, you can use the insert it comes with to use your own coffee and not a pod. Another feature I love is that you can make the coffee regular strength or, as they call it, “bold”. Basically, bold has the coffee stay in the filter for a bit longer, thus draining out every bit of flavor and making a stronger cup of coffee. This works great for me on the days when I’m needing a bit more of a caffeine jolt.
As usual when I review one of their products, Hamilton Beach is letting me offer one of these Flex Brew Coffee Makers to one of my readers. That reader could be you! The entry form is down below *points down*
With the weather heating up, it was a natural choice for me to make a yummy coffee milkshake using coffee made in the FlexBrew. Oh my, this puts those drinks from a certain national coffee chain to shame. I used a chocolate caramel gelato (imagine that…me…using caramel :-P) and instead of plain old milk, I used chocolate milk in this. Then I topped it off with a cocoa whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup. With the coffee brewing time included, this takes maybe 7 minutes to make. You can be sitting on your porch with this
not particularly diet friendly drink in hand, enjoying the weather. And if you were really feeling froggy, you could throw a shot or two of Kahlua or Baileys in this to give it an adult flair. 😀
You know the drill… and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!!!!
Caramel Mocha Shake With Cocoa Whipped Cream
- 1/2 cup freshly brewed coffee (throw a couple of ice cubes in it to cool it down quickly)
- 2 cups chocolate or chocolate/caramel gelato (I used Breyers Chocolate Caramel Gelato)
- 1 1/2 cups good quality chocolate milk (please don’t use something like a Yoo-Hoo. I’ll cry. Those are just chocolate flavored water.)
- 2 cups ice cubes
- 2 tablespoons caramel syrup
- Cocoa whipped cream-
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- dash of vanilla extract
- Make your whipped cream while your coffee brews- simply combine all the whipped cream ingredients in a medium bowl and use a whisk to beat until firm peaks form, about 4 minutes. You can do it… work those arm muscles!
- Combine all the shake ingredients (and don’t forget to add that shot of Kahlua if you’re wanting to go that route) in a blender. Cover and blend on high speed until thoroughly blended, about 2 minutes.
- Pour into 3 glasses and top with the cocoa whipped cream. Drizzle with some extra caramel syrup.
Copyright Notice: From Cupcakes To Caviar images and original content are copyright protected. Please do not publish these materials anywhere without prior permission.
Hamilton Beach provided me with a 2-Way Flexbrew Coffee maker for myself and will send one to one winner of my giveaway, 18 years or older, in the United States. I received no other compensation for this and all opinions are my own.
Product Info for the Hamilton Beach 2-Way FlexBrew Coffee Maker-
- Single serve side:
- Compatible with K-CupÂ®*Â Packs or ground coffee
- Brews up to 14oz from ground coffee in travel mug**
- Adjustable cup rest allows for standard-size cups or travel mugs
- Better coffee extraction than the leading competitor
- 12 cup carafe:
- Brew a full pot of coffee
- Regular or bold brew strength
- Programmable timer with 2 hour automatic shutoff
- Automatic pause & serve to grab a cup before the brew cycle is done
- Durable, stainless steel features and dishwasher safe, removable parts
- Equipped with a â€œQuick Startâ€ Guide with simple, step-by-step brewing guidelines
- Customer service support available through a US toll-free number
- One-year warranty
- This model is the same as 49983A, 49983P and 49983S.
Brewing with a Single-Serve PackÂ
For some java drinkers, pouring fresh-ground coffee into their coffeemaker is the perfect start to their day. For other coffee lovers, being able to quickly insert a pre-packaged, single portion pack into their coffeemaker and enjoy a piping hot cup in a few minutes is a match made in heaven. The 2-Way FlexBrewÂ® Coffeemaker offers the added convenience factor of a pack holder, which allows quick instant brewing in less time than an in-store cafÃ© experience. Simply insert the single-serve pack and push the lever down â€“ thatâ€™s it.
Brewing with Ground Coffee
Pre-packaged coffee isnâ€™t for everyone or every palate. The 2-Way FlexBrewÂ® Coffeemaker caters to coffee aficionados by featuring a single-serve permanent filter brew basket that holds a variety of fresh-tasting ground coffee. You can grind your own coffee beans to the medium-grind setting or save time and purchase pre-ground coffee. Brands such as Folgers, Maxwell House, Dunkinâ€™ Donuts, and Starbucks are recommended because they are medium-grind coffees.
Note: Coffee that is ground too finely will cause an overflow. If you are unsure about the coarseness of your coffee, check with your coffee manufacturer.
About Homemade Brewing
Did you know that 86% of coffee drinkers still brew most of their java at home? With more and more Americans picking up the coffee habit and cutting back to save money, coffeemakers are now being designed to be more feasible and economical for the home budget and lifestyle.Â Source: 2012, National Coffee Association of USA