Revitalize Old Rubber Vac Pot Gaskets

I love vac pot coffee. What’s not to love? It’s fun to brew and the coffee is as good as brewed coffee can be, without the sediment you get with a press pot. I also love to buy old vac pots, but as pretty as they are, if the rubber gasket is old and hard, […]

Testing the Hearthware i-Roast 2

This article was orginally posted as a 3 part series on, which is no longer operating. I have roasted an 80 gram batch of Costa Rican Tarrazu and a 140 gram batch of Colombian Supremo, and so far, it looks as if I will have to retire my Cafe Rosto. I have been roasting […]

Caffeine: Physical and Psychological Effects

Caffeine is classified as a methylxanthine, along with theobromine and theophylline. Of these three chemicals, caffeine had the greatest stimulant effect on the central nervous system and the skeletal muscles, and the least effect on the cardiovascular system. Absorption of caffeine is rapid. Its effects take about 30 minutes, which is the time the peak […]