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Coffee Mixology: A Primer

illy<p>Along with colleagues and my good friends Michele and Heidi, I've done a good deal of experimenting over the past 10 years, developing, tasting, rejecting, reinventing, and refining hundreds of coffee cocktails, both with and without alcohol, nearly exclusively espresso-based. Through all our …

The Upside Down AeroPress Coffee Brewing Tutorial

When it comes to brewing coffee with the AeroPress Coffee Maker, there are two main methods. The first method is described both in the directions …

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5 Coffee Gadgets For Design Snobs

Nowhere are the perils of thoughtless design more apparent than in a cup of coffee. The mug that spills coffee in your lap. The flimsy French press that shatters when it slips through your overcaffeinated hands. The tempestuous coffee maker that sputters and sighs and leaks all over the counter. …

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Brew coffee 19th century style with a balancing siphon

Vacuum-brewed coffee has been a favorite of connoisseurs since the late 1700s. Originally stacked vertically, a heated vessel of water forces boiling …

Using a Siphon Coffee Maker

You may have never heard of siphon coffee making. Then again, you may have read about it in the New York Times and thought it was some $20,000 gizmo …

Who Discovered Coffee?

Almost everyone needs a good cup of joe in the morning to get them going, and, according to legend, it’s all because of a 9th-century Ethiopian …

Coffee Beans Have Their Own Class System

Robusta coffee beans have been dogged by deep, long-standing prejudice in the java industry. One London company is hoping to spearhead a revival because global warming and increased international demand means quality coffee supplies can't come from...<p>Not all coffee beans are created equal. In fact, …

How to order the perfect coffee around the world – and the best cafes

Cafes are great places to get a feel for a city but if you simply order a “coffee” or “café” in a non-English-speaking country, you won’t always get the drink you’re expecting. To save you from coffee disaster, we’ve listed the most popular varieties in 10 cities. And if we’ve missed your …

Want to Open a Coffee Shop? Consider These 3 Tips First

When I was planning to open my first coffee shop back in 2002, there was very little information available online to help me get started. There were some training classes, but they were all a couple hundred dollars, which is a lot to spend when you're starting out and unsure whether these big …

How to Spot a Quality Cafe

Recently, I spent a week doing cafe crawls in my fine city of Vancouver. Most of the people I went out with were seasoned coffee professionals, but …

A user's guide to modern coffee: Know your long blacks from your flat whites

Our obsession with coffee shows no signs of abating: 85 per cent of us will visit a coffee shop in the next seven days. And it's independent coffee …

A brewing kit for coffee aficionados on the go

Traveling in France years ago, I found the coffee was always a shock. I loathed the big cups of Nescafé cheap hotels served up for breakfast. And the café crème you got at the corner café wasn't much better--acrid and not quite strong enough. And overpriced to boot.<p>Fed up, I rigged up a brewing kit …

The Search For The Perfect Cup Of Coffee Can Be Such A Grind(er)

In the tiny town of Troy, Idaho, Barb and Doug Garrott have spent the past three years perfecting a machine that could change the morning routines of …

Study: coffee enhances long-term memory retention

Whether you grab a cup of the brown stuff first thing or look forward to grinding your beans at work to stiffen the flaccidity of the dreaded …

Which Milk Is Best for Coffee?

<b>Author's Note:</b> For the month of November, I'm going to explore milk and its (delicious) relationship to coffee. Got questions about milk? E-mail me: [email protected].<p>Milk and coffee are obviously the best of friends: They've been combined since some of the earliest days of caffeination, for both …

6 Countries You Maybe Didn't Know Grew Coffee

Even the most passive coffee connoisseur can rattle off a few of the world's biggest coffee-growing origins: Brazil, obviously. Colombia (thank you, Juan Valdez). Ethiopia, the birthplace of coffee. But have you had coffee from India? Peru? East Timor? The coffee growing regions of the world—of …

20 Unique Coffee Experiences From Around the World, Part 2

<b>“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?”</b> <br>― Cassandra Clare, <i>City of Ashes</i><p>When you travel, you have this amazing …

Advice for the Pregnant Coffee Addict

Are you going crazy craving for coffee? Read this humorous advice for helping you get through this caffeine-challenged time.<p>You know your Blue Mountain from your Kona, and your barista sends you Christmas cards every year. But now that your baby's on the way, you're gonna have to cut back just a …

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5 Coffee Myths Debunked

Coffee misconceptions are as ubiquitous as Starbucks locations: Every time you turn around it seems like someone's spouting off about this or that "fact," the latest (probably not-peer-reviewed) health study, or cockeyed interpretation of "tradition." Today we dispel five common old wives' (or …

The Difference – Sourness & Acidity

As mentioned in the last post, we are currently working on a water project that will become a little book. Part of that process is the inspiration …

The Good Case — The Good Guide to Home Espresso

10 Buzzworthy Gadgets for Coffee Lovers

You know we love us a good cup of joe here at Brit HQ. With all the new ways to brew at home or even on the go, it feels like we’re swooning over a different way to get our buzz on just about every week. But why should we keep all that coffee-related intel to ourselves? Presenting 10 gadgets for …

There Are 29 Types of Coffee Drinkers. You Are Definitely One of Them.

Coffee's a very personal thing. Some people will only drink at certain chains (whose caffeine counts are listed here!), others demand a bubble bath's worth of cappuccino foam, and then there are the aficionados who swear by sophisticated gadgetry like the "Aeropress" or the "drip coffee machine in …

5 Common mistakes when brewing coffee

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Christmas Gift Guide 2017: 30 gift ideas for coffee addicts

Glass, Brew, Cork | US & Canada

100% of profits* donated to Sea Shepherd during Plastic Free July<br>*online sales only<p>Our tempered glass reusable cup, featuring sustainably-sourced …

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The Best Coffee Gear [Updated]

Good coffee tastes amazing, can be a great comfort, and is fun and easy to make well with the right tools. Coffee is also good for you, having been …

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …

How to Pick the Right Coffee Brewer

In the universe of coffee-brewing equipment, there are obviously myriad pros and cons for each brewing method and tool available. When trying to sort through the morass, however, there are probably two things that are at the top of everybody's list when selecting a morning coffee maker: <b>How fast and</b> …