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Bonavita's Porcelain Immersion Coffee Dripper: The Best of All Worlds?

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The dishwasher-safe Bonavita porcelain immersion dripper does everything what the Clever Dripper does except with very little plastic. We're happy to report this three-way compromise between the French Press, cone dripper, and plastic Clever dripper is a win-win-win. More

5 Coffee Splurges that are Totally Worth the Money

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Here's a list of splurges that are worth their weight in beans (or Benjamins). More

5 Coffee Splurges that Aren't Worth the Money

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Been saving up your beans in the interest of splurging on something special from the coffee aisle or the kitchen-appliance shop? Here are five expensive temptations to avoid. More

Cool Outdoor Coffee Gear

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Whether you're camping, picnicking, or basking in the radiant heat of the grill all spring and summer long, there's plenty of gear to help you stay caffeinated in the great outdoors. More

We Try 4 New Electric Hot Water Kettles for Coffee and Tea

Coffee Liz Clayton 14 comments

Coffee lovers love to argue techniques til the cows come home, but there's one incontrovertible fact. You can't make hot coffee (or tea!) without hot water. We checked out some of the newest electric kettles on the market and let me tell you...things got pretty hot around here. More

5 New Coffee Inventions Spotted at the Specialty Coffee Expo

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What happens when you gather thousands of coffee industry professionals in one large room to show each other all their newest innovations? Well, most of them gather around five or six booths which have the very coolest toys. Here are a few of our findings of the new and cool from last weekend's Specialty Coffee Association of America show in Boston, some of which may be appearing on counters near you very soon—maybe even your own. More

Why Doesn't the Coffee I Make at Home Taste As Good As Café Coffee?

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Ever wonder why the coffee your favorite barista makes you is always better than what you brew at home—even when you're using the same beans? Don't worry: You're not alone, and you're not necessarily doing it wrong. More

Now Steeping: The Softbrew Coffee Brewer

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The high-design Sowden Softbrew is an intriguing infuser that looks more like a tea-steeping pot than the coffeemaking carafe it is. But we like surprises, and this full immersion strainer-basket brewer has potential. More

How to Brew Coffee Using a Kalita Wave Dripper

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Introducing the latest obsession of coffee geeks: The lovely, hourglass-shaped Wave series of dripper pots from Japanese manufacturer Kalita. More

We Try the New Breville Infuser Espresso Machine

Maggie Hoffman 4 comments

Local cafés use giant beast-brewers such as the $6,500 (or more) La Marzocco; that kind of counter-candy just isn't in the budget. There are a number of disappointing, low-pressure options on the market, and then there's the generally-praised Rancilio Silvia, a little machine that the coffee geeks like to hack with a PID temperature controller. The rub? With the PID installed, that'll run you around $879 dollars before shipping. Can Breville's new $500 model compete? More

In Pod Veritas: We Try Starbucks' New Verismo Single-Cup System

Coffee Liz Clayton 8 comments

Starbucks announced in September the arrival of the "Verismo" automated pod machine, a push-button single-cup home espresso maker that offers the added functionality of brewing drip coffee and...wait for it...even steaming milk for you by using milk pods...all in one handy chute. More

3 Ways to Brew Better Coffee at Home When Money is No Object

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Home coffee setups don't have to be cafe-caliber to make a big change in your daily routine. But if you're the sort of person for whom money is no object—or are in charge of selecting just the thing for someone of the sort—we encourage you to break the bank and buy one of these lavish toys. After all, coffee, and you, are worth it—right? More

3 Ways to Brew Better Coffee at Home for Under $150

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Home coffee setups don't have to cost thousands of dollars to make a big change in your daily routine. As we've shown, you could be drinking more delicious coffee at home for just $25, $50, or $75. But those of you who've already grown bored of weighing your water and carefully cleaning out your flannel filter-sock are probably itching to really step it up. For you, we bring some ways to spend money that will bring you not only real return on flavor investment, but perhaps a little more countertop prestige... More

Now Open: Joe Pro Shop, NYC

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Finally filling a niche inexplicably underserved in New York City is the new Joe Pro Shop, a coffee shop that isn't a cafe, on a quiet, art-studenty block in Chelsea. The Pro Shop—which focuses on offering a changing selection of interesting beans (about five coffees at a time) from roasters across the country, as well as all manner of brewing gear—fills not just a functional but an inspirational role in coffee. More

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