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How to Descale Your Automatic Coffeemaker, and Why You Should

Coffee Liz Clayton 21 comments

Your coffeemaker's success relies, in large part, on your partnership. For all your fancy coffeemaker does for you each day, do you give back? Do you listen to its needs? Do you, in fact, descale? More

The Brazen Brewer Brings Precision and Deliciousness to Home Coffee Brewing

Coffee Liz Clayton 6 comments

The single biggest flaw in your everyday automatic drip coffeemaker is temperature control. The Behmor Brazen Coffee Brewer tackles that problem head-on, and also allows for a programmable pre-infusion period. More

Ask A Bartender: Essential Tools for the Home Bar

Ask a Bartender Carey Jones 5 comments

We asked professionals across the country about the most essential tools for a home bar. Here's what they recommended. More

Throw Away Your Blade Coffee Grinder

Coffee Nick Cho 71 comments

If you want to improve the coffee you're making at home, the best thing you can do is upgrade to a burr grinder. More

The State of the Art: What's New in Coffee Equipment

Coffee Nick Cho 12 comments

Let's take a look at some of the newest trends and innovations in coffee equipment, and I'll share a few of my personal opinions on them. More

How to Pick the Right Coffee Brewer

Coffee Meister 7 comments

If you're considering a bit of coffee gear, let us help you find the one best suited to your needs. More

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

Coffee Liz Clayton 2 comments

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

Tips and Tricks for Making Juice, No Recipes Required

Juice and Smoothie Recipes Carolyn Cope 2 comments

This is a guide to help you squeeze the most possible deliciousness out of your juicer, even without using recipes. We'll talk flavor balance, texture, and tips for getting the most out of your equipment and ingredients. More

Taking Espresso Off the Grid with the ROK Espresso Maker

Coffee Liz Clayton 1 comment

Can this device—which looks sort of like a gigantic Rabbit wine opener—actually make a decent shot of espresso?Depending on your level of persnickitiness, yes. More

How to Brew Coffee in a Neapolitan Flip Pot

Coffee Meister 6 comments

You might flip over this charming little Italian coffee brewer—literally, since that's how it works. More

Is Molecule-R's Cocktail R-Evolution Molecular Mixology Kit Right for You?

Nick Guy 6 comments

Have you ever thought about making Bloody Marys that look like tomatoes? How about spherified sake bombs? Modernist cooking techniques popularized by chefs such as Ferran AdriĆ  have moved out of the kitchens and into the bars—why shouldn't you be able to get in on some of the fun? More

A Look at the Steampunk Coffee Brewer

Coffee Liz Clayton 4 comments

This tricked-out-siphon-turned-glass-pipe-organ brewed coffee contraption may be arriving soon at a coffee place near you. Building on the popularity of by-the-cup brewed coffee, the Steampunk tries to do one better on the super-elaborate, high-ticket brewers like the Bunn Trifecta and the Clover: and do it four different, programmable cups at a time. More

3 Ways to Brew Better Coffee at Home for Under $75

Coffee Liz Clayton 9 comments

Home coffee setups don't have to be wild and crazy to make a big change in your daily routine. In this third of a series, we'll explore three easy ways to make huge improvements in what you taste—and how you think about brewing—each and every day. For those looking to take their home coffee bar to the next level, we offer a few ways to go big without robbing the bank. More

Cocktail Gear: A Good, Cheap Boston Shaker

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 4 comments

June was an unexpectedly hectic month in the Cocktail 101 household. We found ourselves uprooted, from Rhode Island to Brooklyn, as my wife started a new job in midtown Manhattan. In short order, we found an apartment and then moved ourselves, our few necessary items, the baby, and the cats. But all our stuff was still in a storage warehouse in Providence—including (oops!) my bar gear. More

Which Fancy Automatic Drip Coffeemaker Is Best For Me?

Coffee Liz Clayton 18 comments

We braved weak cups and weaker circuit breakers to test out three higher-end home drip coffee makers, each of which aims to bring a higher quality experience to the automatic-drip (coffee) table. More

Back to the Grind: 5 Great Coffee Grinders

Coffee Liz Clayton 21 comments

If there's one obstacle between you and your coffee it's how to get beans dissolved into water, and without a coffee grinder on your side, you're going to lose the battle. Though there are a lot of lazy-man's-beliefs about what's suitable for home coffee brewing, there's one essential truth: grinding fresh, and grinding in a good coffee grinder, is perhaps the single most important thing you can do to make your good coffee taste great. More

Cocktail 101: Tools You Do Not Need

Cocktail 101 Michael Dietsch 6 comments

We've spent the past few weeks talking about what you need to have on hand at home to make great cocktails. Today, I'm going to tell you what you don't need, at least not for a home bar. More

Serious Espresso At Home: Finding the Right Machine

Meister 17 comments

Tired of having to get out of your pajamas in order to get your morning macchiato? (Well, without attracting sideways glances, anyway.) If you have a daily double-espresso habit, you might consider bringing it into your kitchen, on account of both the convenience and the cash: A home unit can pay for itself relatively quickly—depending on your dependence. More

5 Tools to Help You Become a Home Barista

GreenwayBarista 2 comments

How do we get that great shot of espresso, or that award-winning cappuccino, at home without the shiny commercial machines and professional grinders? Here's a list of five great home-brewing tools for making that perfect cup every morning. More

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