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.
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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.
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.
Is it an inefficient turkey baster? A giant syringe? Something less suitable for work? No, it's the AeroPress, a coffee brewer which uses nothing more than water, coffee, and a little of your own elbow grease to make a delicious cup. All the rage in Europe and mysteriously unsung on its own shores, the AeroPress is the sole non-athletic gadget manufactured by the team who brought us the Aerobie Flying Ring, and is one of the most versatile, portable ways to brew a delicious single cup of coffee.
As appreciation the craft of hand-brewed, manual coffee preparation has surged in the past few years, it's no wonder that sustainable innovation would follow suit. Enter Coava, a Portland, Oregon roaster whose passion for reusability dovetailed nicely with a passion for delicate, nuanced coffee.
Just steps from where the High Line takes flight, well-heeled Washington Street has itself a coffee shop apart from the others. Though the shop originally used Stumptown beans, they've already changed the game to surprising Annapolis, MD roaster Caffe Pronto.