First thing in the morning, it can be hard enough to find matching socks, much less troubleshoot what's awry in a cup of coffee gone south. While some problems can't be corrected with a simple re-brew, many can.
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As long as the sun is out (even if the wind is brisk), I'm game for a cool afternoon caffeine kick. But these days there's an entire menu of possible iced coffee brewing methods...even if you're just making yourself an iced coffee at home. Here's a rundown of a few different options.
It's time to put away the coffee scoop, the tablespoon, and the measuring cup: Use a kitchen scale for the most accurate and consistent coffee brewing. (It won't make you a geek, but it will make your coffee taste better.)
Weary of coffee fads? Perhaps you'd prefer something a little more five-hundred-years ago: it's time to dust off your ibrik and prepare a little Turkish coffee.
Introducing the latest obsession of coffee geeks: The lovely, hourglass-shaped Wave series of dripper pots from Japanese manufacturer Kalita.
Whether you're new or old to this kind of brewing, you may know that traditional French press brewing methods have lingered for years around the 3 to 4 minute infusion mark. Yet even this old guard of coffee preparation is not immune to new trends and thinking.
As the crisp days of fall and the last sunsets of summer fight for your affection, there's always time for one last stab at hot-weather refreshment (or if you're in Los Angeles, and it's still 100°). And though you've heard of cold brewed coffee, and Japanese-style iced coffee, there's yet another—faster!—way to brew cold. And goodness knows with winter rolling right in, time is of the essence.
Before we get into this, I'm going to give the quick reveal right up top for you folks who don't like to read (or skim). For the best sun tea, don't bother with the sun.
In order to make the perfect shot of espresso, the coffee's got to be under pressure—not only from the water being pushed out of the espresso machine, but also from the barista herself. Today we explain the what, why, and how of tamping. (May the force be with you.)
Cooling down by surrounding yourself with green is a perfect summer antidote. Fresh, reviving Moroccan mint tea can be prepared to drink throughout the day, and tastes just swell over ice.
Now that you've learned how to make the classic heart and rosetta on top of a latte, let's talk about another popular design: The tulip.
You can predict it each year: as the mercury climbs, legions abandon their thermally insulated mugs and scramble for cold coffee. Whether you're an old hand at cold brew, or new to the slow, all-night magic of preparing cool coffee for hot days, it's time to get out the strainer and get your chill on. Here's our step by step guide. Don't worry: the hardest ingredient to come by is time.
So you're already on board with the idea that your grinder is critical to making good coffee at home. But...do you maintain it? Crusty, crispy, bean-crumb-filled, coffee-oil soaked grinders can suck the joy out of your brew. A little diligence and regular care will keep things up to snuff—the first step is admitting you have a problem.
Like everything else coffee-related, mastering latte art ain't easy. (Thank heavens for that, because if it were I'd be out of a job.) With a little understanding of liquid physics and a whole lot of practice, however, just about anybody can pour some basic shapes into their morning latte. Here's a little primer to get you started.
So you've been making coffee at home for years, months, or weeks, and you've noticed that your brewing equipment could be, shall we say...a little less grimy than you'd care to admit. Proper cleaning and maintenance of your home brewing equipment is essential to both the longevity of the brewers and the continued great flavor of each cup you make at home. But as with many things coffee, there's a right way to do things—and a not-so-right way. Here's a quick breakdown on how to get the most out of your cleaning routine.
Want to wow your Valentine this year? Present them with a little lovin' first thing in the morning by learning how to pour a heart into their morning cup. Check out the slideshow for step-by-step instructions on crafting this basic latte art.
The handsome, hefty tetsubin. Is it a teapot? Is it a water kettle? Can it help heat your house? Is it best kept on the shelf? First things first: the name tetsubin is used, unfortunately interchangeably, to refer both to a cast iron pot used as a water-boiling kettle, and to a small cast iron pot used strictly to brew tea.
Siphon brewing allows for both a steeped, continually heated brew time, and a speedy filtered extraction that delivers a clean cup. Plus, it looks and feels like you are doing REAL SCIENCE, which is an ego boost we all need first thing in the morning.
You've likely seen the highly manual array of brewers migrate to the front bars of the best cafes: a small army of ceramic cones perched on a rack above what's soon to be your own custom cup of coffee. But as the choices multiply—and don't these things look just like the plastic Melitta cone in the back of your cupboard anyway?—which one is the best for your brew?