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Coffee Makers,

Caffeinated at 30,000 Feet: Is It Possible to Make Your Own Coffee on an Airplane?

My philosophy toward airline coffee has always been, “Take what you can get and make the best of it.” Certainly the flight attendant would prefer I sit down, shut up and accept her meager brew. But it hit me– why can’t I make my own on the plane? Is it even possible? We set out to find the answer. Caffeinated at 30,000 Feet: Mile High Brewing Setups The constraints of a typical economy cabin don’t leave many options open. High-flying brewers need equipment that is a) portable and b) doesn’t require electricity. In this day and time it would take a brave soul

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Coffee Makers,

The Beauty of Red Coffee Makers

Red is the color of energy and emotion, so isn’t it only natural that you brew with a red coffee maker? These bright red Ferrari machines add a centerpiece to your kitchen and let everyone know coffee is the boss of your household. Check out these beautiful red coffee makers for a change from the standard of white, black and stainless steel appliances of Suburbia.

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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

la pavoni Europiccola
Espresso Machines, La Pavoni,

The La Pavoni Europiccola: Lever on a Budget

Lever espresso machines are all the rage these days. Manual control, while perhaps intimidating to the novice, with practice leads to the holy grail of espresso. The design of lever espresso machines– combined with the right hand– results in a shot that is sweeter and smoother than anything an auto can put out. Yet this espresso ecstasy doesn’t come cheap. Many lever machines run into the thousands. Let’s take a look at the La Pavoni Europiccola, a sub-$1,000 lever espresso machine for the coffee snob on a budget.

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Coffee Makers,

20 Famous Coffee Quotes

Last summer, Robyn posted some of our favorite coffee quotes from around the web. Forget the thoughts of the common folk! What do famous figures think about coffee? As the 20 quotes below attest, they have nothing but good things to say about this truly remarkable drink.

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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

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Coffee Makers,

An Introduction to Coffee Tasting

“I’m a firm believer that understanding is developed through the act of comparison.” —Geoff Watts, Director of Coffee, Intelligenstia Coffee Coffee tasting—what is it and how does it work? As with other types of food and drink tastings, the objective of a coffee tasting is to compare the qualities of different samples of the product in question. As part of an ongoing process, coffee tastings allow the taster to build a mental Rolodex of flavors and aromas to facilitate future comparisons. The full definition is a bit more nuanced. To lay the groundwork for appreciating that complexity, we need to start with

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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