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Something strange and wondrous is happening over at Krups these days. You get a sense of it when you open up the product manual for their new FMF5 Drip brewer. It's all right there, on page 7, even before they start telling you how to use the machine. To quote:
Making the Perfect Cup of Coffee
Making the perfect cup of coffee is something different for everyone. It is an art and a science, that is not only affected by the coffee used, but also by the equipment. The water, the water temperature, the time the water is in contact with the coffee, the grind, the type of filter, all play an important role in determining the flavor. Fine tuning these aspects is the art of making the ultimate cup of coffee.
And it goes on from there. There's four main principles lined out: the water, the coffee, the grind, and the proportions. In the coffee portion, they state some things that average consumers may not know, including the types of coffee (arabica and robusta), how arabica has less caffeine, and it even goes into (gasp) touching on coffee origins! The grind section is also good - Krups' first sentence is, "Use the proper grind finesse and grind just prior to brewing". Amen brother!
Now, I say "something strange and wondrous", because if you're a regular reader of CoffeeGeek, you know the bad luck we've had in the past with Krups drip brewing products. Underpowered, more attention paid to gizmos than to the quality in the cup, burnt, overcooked coffees on the burner, you name it. I'd pretty much given up hope that Krups, a brand I've long admired for excellent styling and a "lifestyle product", would ever "get it" on the quality side in the cup.
Then along came the Moka Brew, something just amazing - and unfortunately Krups decided to discontinue it. And the Krups Orchestro Dialog machine came along, in many ways setting the standard for super automatics in its price class, and that too was discontinued. My hopes would get up, then come down again.
But things are looking up once again if you’re a CoffeeGeek and like the look of Krups products, because in the last two years, we’ve seen a revitalized Krups. The company saw some restructuring just under two years ago and since then, they seem more and more to have a concentrated focus on narrowing the brand offerings and focusing much more on the most important thing about coffee - quality in the cup. I’ve seen it already in their economical XP Series of espresso machines, and their forthcoming XP7000 Series super auto is poised once again to potentially set the bar for what can be achieved in a super automatic at a certain price point.
And we have the new FMF line of auto drip coffee makers, replacing all their old models. Do the new FMF and FME series of brewers raise the bar for Krups and their offerings? When we complete our QuickShot review, we’ll give our honest opinion on that, but for now, here’s an introduction to the new line of coffee brewers from Krups that replaces almost a dozen old machines, put out to pasture.
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