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Hario V60 Buono Kettle Review

Making pour-over coffee is one thing. Mastering the art of the pour is another. Pour-over coffee makers require not only the right temperature water and grind, but a steady and consistent pour technique. Pour too fast, and the coffee will taste under-extracted. Poor too slow, and the water will not be the right temperature. Poor unevenly, and some grounds will be over-extracted. Others will be under-extracted. The Hario V60 Buono is a water kettle designed with pour-over coffee (specifically the Hario V60) in mind. I’ve used this kettle with both my plastic and copper Hario V60s for quite some time.

Accessories, Mugs,

The Top 5 Coolest Etsy Coffee Mugs

Great coffee deserves a great place. Those 99-cent IKEA mugs get old very quickly and there are more options than the local Hallmark store for unique coffee mugs. Check out Coffee Krave’s favorite Indie picks from Etsy. 1. Fill the Line Normally I’m not a fan of “Give me coffee” or “Grumpy until I get coffee”-type mugs. They’re too cliche. This “Fill the line” concept puts a new spin on an old adage.   2. Spiky Coffee Mug No one will mess with you or your coffee with this made-to-order mug. Attach it to a stick and you’ve got a

milk frother
Accessories, Milk Frothers,

Choosing the Best Milk Frother: A Buying Guide

And what is a foam after all, but a big collection of bubbles? And what’s a bubble? It’s basically a very flimsy little latticework of proteins draped with water. – Alton Brown   Hypothetical Scenario: You, Dear Reader, have decided you want more foam in your life, on a consistent basis. Alas, you either don’t have a home espresso machine, or you have a home espresso machine but it isn’t up to the task.   Do you: a)      Make the daily trek to your local coffee shop b)      Go the DIY route c)       Buy a dedicated milk frother   If

green coffee beans
Accessories, Coffee Roasters,

How to Roast Coffee at Home: A Primer

Back in August, we presented piece on Zen and the art of home coffee roasting, which included an overview of the process and links to the best of the tutorials around the web. We wanted to re-visit the topic, with a more in-depth look at getting started. Here we answer the three primary questions presented to us by newbie roasters: What equipment do I need? Where do I buy green beans? Where do I turn for help/guidance/therapy when I run into a glitch (or two or three)? Roasting Coffee at Home | What equipment do I need?   Roasting can

An electric kettle
Accessories, Kettles,

What is the Best Electric Kettle for Coffee?

“We had a kettle; we let it leak: Our not repairing made it worse. We haven’t had any tea for a week… The bottom is out of the Universe.” Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Poems of Rudyard Kipling Check the end of the post for our best electric kettle picks. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, we have a pretty strong aversion to unitaskers in the kitchen. The exception to our unitasking rule is when a tool does one thing really, really well, and that one thing is something you have to do on a daily basis. If you use a

home coffee roaster
Accessories, Coffee Roasters,

The Behmor 1600: A Smokeless Home Coffee Roaster

You know the saying—where there’s smoke (and noise, and chaff), there’s a home coffee roaster. Only not so much of that with the Behmor 1600: A Smokeless Home Coffee Roaster ($299). {OK—not entirely smokeless, but closer to that platonic ideal than most.} Behmor was the first brand to break the $300 price point with a home drum roaster, and they added features that make home roasting a much, much more enjoyable experience. As we noted in our post on Home Coffee Roasters, roasting coffee can be time intensive, labor intensive and messy. The design of the Behmor 1600 takes some

Coffee travel mug
Accessories, Mugs,

The Best Coffee Mugs to Keep Coffee Hot: Our Picks

By the time I make it to the subway during the winter, my coffee is already cold. I can’t think of a worse way to start a commute. After repeating this experience one time too money, I sought out a travel mug that keeps coffee hot for hours. I researched many different options on the way. Here’s our list of the best coffee mugs that keep coffee hot. 1. Contigo Autoseal West Loop- A Solid Pick The Contigo travel mug wins our top pick not because of its ease of use and very reasonable price point. The West Loop keeps coffee hot for

Accessories, Milk Frothers,

Nespresso Aeroccino: The Nespresso Frothing Companion

You all know the famous saying: a man is nothing without his frothed milk. (I have that embroidered on a tea towel at home.) Today we’re taking a look at the Nespresso Aeroccino line of milk frothers. These beautiful little devices can make your cappuccinos and lattes more delicious. The Nespresso Aeroccino milk frothers can be a great complement to your current coffee maker, even if it’s not a Nespresso machine. This machine is great for anyone who wants a coffee drink with foamed milk at home, but doesn’t want to head over to a coffee shop to get it. In

Coffee Joulies
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Coffee Joulies: A Review

If you were to draw a Venn diagram of coffee aficionados and tech geeks, Coffee Joulies would be in the intersection of the two sets. {Hang on to your hats here, as we will be transitioning from Venn diagrams to physics textbooks, thermal energy and the properties of phase change materials shortly.}   Coffee Joulies: The Product Coffee Joulies are stainless steel “beans” filled with a plant-derived phase change material that melts at 140 °F. The concept behind the product is that the Joulies will absorb thermal energy (melting the material sealed inside), bringing the temperature of the surrounding coffee

Accessories, Mugs,

Toilet Coffee Mug

Make crappy coffee? There’s no better way to drink bad coffee than with this toilet mug. And since it holds 12 ounes of liquid, there’s plenty of room for all the foul-tasting sh*t you can add. This would make a great gift for a friend who makes notoriously awful coffee, or maybe a plumber as well. According to the manufacturer, the toilet mug is not covered by warranty, so take careful not. My guess is that the ceramic material and shape of the mug make it more prone to breakage. It is dishwasher and microwave safe, however. I can think