Dads and Grads – A Coffee Gift Buying Guide

No matter what the occasion, it is sometimes hard to come up with coffee-related gift ideas, especially if you already have a budget in mind. Here is a gift buying guide for all budgets, that should help you satisfy the coffee aficionado in your life, whether they be a Dad or a Grad. Under $25 A […]

Bonavita Coffee Maker versus the Technivorm Moccamaster

For a long time, the Technivorm Coffee Maker reigned pretty much king for the coffee geek who wanted a semi-automatic drip brewer. It brewed at the right temp for the right amount of time, had even saturation of the grounds, a thermal carafe, and was built like a tank. It was made in the Netherlands, […]

Bialetti Diva I Caffe d’Italia Review

There are several single-serve pod style coffeemakers on the market: the ubiquitous Keurig that takes K-Cups, the Tassimo, and the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) Kaldi, just to name a few.  The most common use for these is for brewed-style coffee, typically at 6-8 ounces of coffee per serving. But when it comes to the […]

Making German Ice Cream Coffee (Eiskaffee)

Eiskaffee is German for Ice Cream Coffee. It is darn simple to make, and really hard to screw up. It is great for hot weather, especially when you want coffee, but not hot coffee. It is somewhat reminiscant of a root beer float, with a little less sweetness and calories. Best of all, it takes […]

The Naked Portafilter

You may have been wondering if there are any cool new coffee toys to improve your Barista skills. Oh sure, there are the ubiquitous click tamper thingies, and of course the ever so sexy bathroom scale to measure your tamp pressure. One word – BORING! But if you want something that says “I know Starbucks […]

The Coffee Martini

Martinis used to be a stiff drink. After all, it’s mostly hard liquor. Then James Bond came along and made the martini hip, and sometime in the 80’s or 90’s, they started adding “tini” to the end of everything, and the modern foo-foo martini was born. If done right, the “Coffeetini” or “Espresso Martini” can […]