ood providers, from punks who do the highest-end artisanal donuts out of a tricked-out van to the white-tablecloth-and-napkin set, may be genius-like in preparing comestibles...and will then smack you in the throat with the worst tasting coffee imaginable. Stale urns of scorchy, low-quality coffee, or perhaps a thin and bitter espresso prepared by the bus-boy. Why, for the love of all things warm and brown, why?
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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.
Even the most coffee-unsavvy have probably heard about barista competitions by now—if only via those who wish to mock them, like Stephen Colbert. But the newest competitive coffee-brewing frontier hits a little closer to the home kitchen, and comes to New York City this weekend in the form of the Northeast Regional Brewer's Cup contest.
There's no more romantic present than something shared—unless it's a cup of wonderful coffee brought to you in bed, that is. Assuming your favorite person already has that base covered, here are a few loving suggestions for the coffee person in your life.
A little advance planning—and some quick cheats to set yourself up to win—can ensure your post-Thanksgiving (or post-any) feast ends on a high note.
It's easy, it's delicious, and it couldn't be more stylish. In recent years, the super-simple Chemex coffee brewer has come out of the garage sale and into the limelight and regained its place on the counter and coffee bar. The handsome flask-carafe is American-made (Pittsfield, Massachusetts) item of both form and function, available surprisingly widely from grocery store aisles to haute cafes. So how do you make coffee in it?
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.