The Coffee Grinder “Mystique”
In search of the best burr coffee grinders of 2017.
The journey. Sometimes it begins with a gift. In my case, it was with a bag of coffee beans…
I’d been a coffee drinker for a long time and always use pre-ground coffee. That bag of beans posed a slight problem.
How to Grind Them?
I did what most people do. I hit up the local Target and bought an inexpensive blade coffee grinder. And put up for a while with all of the chunks, chips and powder that I used to get. Not knowing this wasn’t the best way to get a good cup of coffee.
Then, through trial and error and a lot of web surfing, I learned all of the little tips and tricks of using a blade grinder. Anything on how to get the best kind of grind you could out of one of them. Continued
Ready to slow down a bit? Really make the coffee making process personal? Then learn how to make pour over coffee. It just might be your ticket to really stop and smell the, well, coffee.
Pour over has become one of the more popular methods of making coffee. It has a huge following and really does make a pretty good cup of coffee. It even shows up at the local big name coffee shops.
So it’s not entirely a snob appeal kind of thing.
Depending on the equipment you choose, it can be quick and easy or nearly a celebration of art form.
Secura Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer
We review the 250ml MMF-003 vs. the 425ml MF-020
Don’t you just love sitting down to a fresh, hot latte or cappuccino in the morning? What’s your favorite? Is it the latte with the perfectly steamed milk? Or maybe it’s the cappuccino with the delicate cloud of foam on a wonderful mix of espresso and milk.
Whatever it is, wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t have to wait until you hit the coffee shop before taking the first heavenly sip? What if you could do this without leaving home?
Even better, not even having to get dressed…
You can if you have an electric milk frother and warmer prepped and ready for duty next to your coffee machine.
In this review, we’re going to talk about two popular models of the Secura Automatic milk frother: the MMF–003 250 ml and the MF–020 425 ml.
If you know you want the 250ml MMF-003 Secura milk frother, it’s here on Amazon. If you prefer the 425ml MF-020, click here.
The plan is to answer all of your questions so that by the end, you’ll have a good idea of which model suits you best.
Click in the table below for any pressing question, or carry on reading.
But first, let’s talk about frothers in general…
What Is a Frother?
A frother produces that rich, bubbly, and airy cloud of milk you love so much on your coffee. And that can be any milk of your choice.
For most folks it’s cow’s milk, whether that’s full fat, skim, lactose-free or whatever. But it could be soy, rice, almond, oat or even hemp milk.
What Does a Frother Do?
A frother uses hot steam or a physical mixer called a whisk to agitate the milk. This creates a mass of bubbles that rise to the surface to form that bubbly cloud.
All just waiting for you to spoon or pour it off on to your rich cup of espresso.
Why Do I Need A Frother?
There are manual ways to froth and steam your milk. Unfortunately, these are a little messy and don’t always get exactly the results you want. An automatic frother/steamer can make great foam time after time.
A frother is ideal for that quick cappuccino or latte. Or a standard Americano with a little amount of frothy milk. And you know it’s made the way you like it.
So, if you’re a budding latte artiste, listen up.
What Makes a Good Frother/Steamer?
For a good quality unit, look for these three key things:
- Easy to use for frothing or warming milk, so you don’t wait too long for your coffee
- Luscious quality froth that mixes smoothly with the espresso
- Easy to clean, with no hassle
What Is the Secura Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer?
The Secura Frother is a three-in-one milk preparation machine:
- Hot froth
- Cold froth
- Heated milk
So, you get a froth that is just right for your coffee, whether hot or cold. Or heated milk for a straight milk coffee if that’s your choice for the day.
The Secura MMF-003 (250ml) vs the Secura MF-020 (425ml)
Aside from their obviously different sizes, there are three main differences between the units.
1. The speed at which they froth your milk.
With the MMF-003, cold frothing takes 65 seconds. Where, on the other hand, the MF-020 takes 100 to 200 seconds to perform the cold frothing.
Volume, of course, plays a role in how long this takes. But the temperature of the milk plays its part. If you’ve just taken the milk out of the fridge, for example, both frothers will take longer.
Remember, if you’re frothing, make sure to fill only to the MAX guide mark on the inside of the container. If you overfill, the milk expands and will overflow making a, well, frothy mess.
2. The way they operate.
The smaller MMF-003 has one on/off button. This button is pressed for frothing or heating only. Pressing and holding the button for 2-3 seconds sets the frothing only operation. The flashing red light indicates the operation is complete.
Once complete, press the button again to turn the machine off.
The MF-020 has two buttons. The top button is for heating or frothing and the bottom button is for preparing cold milk.
The heating and frothing cycles both automatically stop when the milk is ready for use.
3. Ability to detach and clean the container.
The container of the larger MF-020 is dishwasher safe. Place it on the top rack and let the dishwasher do your cleaning.
You can’t do this with the smaller MMF-003, it’s manual cleaning all the way.
Are They Only for Heating Milk?
Nope, they’re more useful than that. Each model froths as well, both for cold and hot milk.
Cleaning and Use
How to Use a Secura Milk Frother
Both frothers are simple to use.
Remember to clean the container after removing it from the power base. And clean the accessories as well before you first use them.
Your first step is to fit the whisk for the type of milk you want. There is one for frothing and one for stirring. You’ll get to know which one is which pretty quickly, from the diagram in the manual. And the guide to fit the two whisks is straightforward.
There are two guide marks on the inside of the container for maximum volume:
- The top MAX mark for HEATING only
- The bottom MAX mark for FROTHING (also the minimum level for the smaller MMF-003)
- A third and lowest line/symbol in the larger MF-020 container. The line indicates the minimum amount.
Ensure you fill to the appropriate line/symbol, close the lid with a tight seal, and you’re ready to go.
How Easy Is the Secura Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer to Clean?
The Secura frothers have four sections you should clean after every use. Sounds a lot but there’s not much to it. The key is not to use anything abrasive.
The Base Unit:
- Wipe it clean. With a soft damp cloth or sponge
- Dry it with a different soft, clean cloth
- Use warm soapy water
- With the smaller MMF-003, remove the silicon ring from the lid
- Wash both and rinse thoroughly (reassemble for easier storage)
- There is no ring to clean on the Secura MF-020, just wash, rinse, and dry the lid
- Remove the milk residue around the axle with the soft brush supplied
- Wipe the exterior with a soft damp cloth
- Clean the interior using warm, soapy water.
- Dry both the interior and exterior with a dry soft cloth.
- You can wash the MF-020 container on the top rack of the dishwasher
- Remove from the whisk holder to wash in warm soapy water
- Rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft dry cloth before storing away from children
Is Your Secura Milk Frother Not Frothing?
Turn the machine off. Check to see if the whisk has been inserted into the holder correctly. Make sure the lid is placed securely onto the container. Otherwise, the whisk will not sit flat on the bottom to froth or stir properly.
Has Your Secura Milk Frother Stopped Working?
Ensure your power cord or plug is not damaged.
Check you still have power to the power point.
If you’ve just used the Secura MMF-003, you’ll have to wait 2-3 minutes before you can use it again.
If it’s still a problem, you may have a defective unit. See below for details on contacting the manufacturer.
Why is the Blue Light Flashing on the MMF-003?
The flashing light means too much milk is in use. If you let the machine continue to run it could breakdown. Turn it off and empty out to below the maximum line. You can then turn the unit back on and finish the frothing.
Milk Residue Sticking to the Bottom of the Container after Each Heating Cycle?
Don’t worry, this is normal. Cleaning is easy. Refer to the cleaning instructions earlier.
Lost One of Your Whisks?
Replacements are readily available on Amazon. Click here for the MMF-003 or here for the MF-020
Want to Contact the Manufacturer?
If you have any product questions or if your troubleshooting fails to fix your problem, you have to write in. You can contact Secura via email at email@example.com. Or complete the contact form on the Secura website.
Secura doesn’t take calls about products citing safety and liability reasons. Similarly no calls for technical enquiries. Their reason is “it may take in-depth analysis before they are able to respond.” They assign a dedicated specialist to your written enquiry and respond “as soon as possible with their answer.”
If your problem becomes a warranty issue, the key requirements are that:
- The frother was purchased within two years of the problem
- It was bought from an authorized reseller or distributor
- You have proof of purchase or receipt
You need to place the claim within 60 days of occurrence – this requirement is on the website not in the user manual warranty statement
And you’ll need to return to the manufacturer at your cost.
None of the sales literature or user manuals indicate where the Secura Automatic Frothers are made so it’s highly likely they’re manufactured outside of the US. But rest assured, they meet North American Electrical Standards, 120V 60Hz AC and are ETL approved.
- Simple to use
- Three-in-one heats milk, and froths both hot and cold milk
- Easy to clean
- MF-020 is dishwasher safe
- No temperature control
- MMF-003 has light indicator for cycle complete but no auto shut-off
- MMF-020 takes 2-3 minutes before you can use it again
Where Can I Buy a Secura Milk Frother?
The Secura Milk Frother may be available at your local kitchen specialty stores. They are available through Amazon where you can take advantage of Amazon’s generous return policy and quick, free shipping.
What’s the Conclusion?
The Secura automatic electric milk frothers are easy to use. And they produce excellent warmed or frothed milk. Our choice is for the MMF – 020 for its automatic shut off, larger size and ease of cleaning.
But either of these units would be great if you love milk-based drinks or hot chocolate. And there relatively quick. A couple of minutes and you have the milk and froth of your choice.
Why go to your local cafe when you get what you want at home dressed as you are.
Click here for the smaller Secura Milk Frother MMF-003 on Amazon. If you want the larger size on Amazon, click here for the Secura Automatic Electric Milk Frother MF-020.
The Rancilio Rocky Review
Tough, durable and with a reputation for quality.
Rancilio is known in the coffee industry for quality coffee making equipment. And a solid reputation for listening to their customers. This helps in keeping that quality high with improvements year after year.
The Rancilio Rocky grinder is a case in point. The grinder has been on the market since the early 2000’s, but continues to be one of the most popular grinders sold according to many vendors.
Coffee Resources Guide for 2017
Welcome to the Wired for Coffee Resources page. We’ve loaded up the page with contact information for the various manufacturers of coffee makers, coffee grinders and other coffee related equipment that we review on the site.
Now, you’ll usually find we have the contact information on the reviews, but we figure, a good collection page like this makes it a lot easier to find if you’ve got a problem. So, make sure that you bookmark this page for easy reference in the future.
Click one of the links in the menu below to quickly get the information you need.
Super Automatic Coffee and Super Automatic Espresso Makers
Jura/Jura – Capresso
P.O. Box 9
20 Craig Road
Montvale, NJ 07645
Toll free HELP LINE: 800-767-3554
Monday through Friday 9 am to 9 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm Eastern
You can call the customer service desk at 888-389-4123 or contact via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm Eastern.
Call De’Longhi customer support at 800-322-3848
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday 9 am to 8 pm (ET)
You can also reach the company via mail:
De’Longhi America, Inc.
2 Park Way & Route 17 South
Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
Attn: Customer Service
Call Saeco customer support at 800-933-7876
Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern
Excluding Major Holidays
19400 S. Western Ave
Torrance, CA 90501
Call customer support at 866-BREVILLE (1-866-273-8455)
8am to 5pm (Pacific Time) Monday through Friday, excluding holidays
Breville asks that you not return products to this address without first talking to customer support and getting a Return Authorization number.
We highly recommend you do this, it’s pretty easy to lose a package in a huge support area.
Drippers and Other Manual Coffee Methods
11 Veterans Drive
Chicopee, MA 01022
Call customer support at 800-243-6399
Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters in San Francisco, California, USA is the importer of the Kalita Wave. As such, they own and manage Kalita-USA. You can get in touch here:
2271 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94123
Hours of operation 7AM–6PM Pacific
Call customer support at (415) 638-9227
Able Brewing says, “The best way to get in contact with us is through e-mail. Thanks!”
Able Brewing Equipment, Inc.
609 Ward St.
Martinez, CA 94553
Days of operation:
Monday – Friday. Closed all Holidays.
3923 – 120th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006-1120
Call customer support at 425-641-1245
8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific
Monday through Friday
HARIO USA, INC.
17777 North Center Court Dr. Suite 600
Cerritos, CA 90703
Call customer support at 1-800-23-BODUM (26386)
Hours of operation: 9 am to 7 pm Eastern Monday through Friday except national holidays.
Breville Click here for Breville.
Call their Customer Service Hotline at 1-800-767-3554
Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
*Eastern Time Zone
Mazzer Luigi S.p.a.
Via Moglianese, 113
30037 Gardigiano di Scorzè
Venezia – Italy
+39 041 5830200
+39 041 5831300
Manual or Handcrank Grinders
Hario Click here for Hario.
Breville Click here for Breville.
Capresso Click here for Capresso.
We’ll be expanding the list to include more information as we go along. Meanwhile, it you come across some information that would be useful here, let us know by dropping us a line here at our contact page.
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I found the Baratza Vario W grinder while scrounging around researching another topic. It all started with the following scene.
Tell me if this is familiar.
You go into a busy coffee shop or bakery that sells premium coffee. You start to place your order and then all of a sudden, it sounds like a weed whacker went off in the barista area.
You’re nearly screaming at the counter person to place your order.
Updated on January, 11 2017
Your coffee habit is costing you. Scary thought isn’t it?
And no, I don’t mean money, though that’s a concern. What I’m talking about is the price you’re paying for poor quality coffee. Continued
Crazy, isn’t it? Coffee is so popular and it’s everywhere. But, you don’t always want to go out for coffee.
For one thing, it’s time consuming to wait in line. For another, it’s costly over the long run. You can easily run your budget into the ground after shelling out $2-$4 or more for coffee every day.
Figure $750 – $1400. And that’s just for one cup.
So, what do you do?
Look for a good coffee maker, of course.
Man, it can make your head spin… Continued
Could it be? Can the Technivorm Moccamaster really prove to be the last coffee maker you ever buy?
It’s possible, the Moccamaster is made to be reliable and last a long time. But you might have some questions as to whether it’s really worth the $200-$300 price.
I know I did. Especially when you can buy any number of American-made coffeemakers for under $100. And when it’s just a coffee maker — no extra stuff like a grinder or the ability to make fancy specialty coffees, well, it’s something you want to look at closely.
Ready to check it out? Good.
Let’s take a look… Continued
Small coffee shops were a common attraction and dotted the highways and byways of the United States and Canada in the 1920’s and 30’s. For the traveler with a newly acquired car and taste for adventure, they were a welcome stop.
But as time marched on and the highways were displaced by the freeways, the little coffee shops were soon bypassed and forgotten by most travelers. They still had some local community traffic, but the vacationer and traveler was no longer stopping by.
Eventually, most of these went out of business and were torn down. There are some that have been renovated and turned into either historic displays or were returned to use as a working coffee shop.
We rounded up a few just for fun to get an idea of what’s out there on some of the side roads of Canada and America that are well worth dropping by and exploring. Continued