Whether you want to serve a warm cup of something that actually tastes delicious to your non-caffeinating friends, or simply want to be able to close out a festive meal perfectly without being kept up late, we've selected five great decafs that actually taste like the great coffees they're made from.
These limited-time seasonal blends are balanced for taste and packaged for giving as gifts, and we've selected a few of the finest to ease the stress of the holiday season.
As with wine and coffee, chocolate lovers increasingly have the benefit of being able to identify incredibly specific growing origins of their favorite finished product. But do we make assumptions we shouldn't based on the label? What can we really know about what a chocolate is going to taste like based on the country of origin written on the bar?
Instead of seeing the Dunkin Donuts Red Velvet Latte as a coffee drink with flavor syrup in it, I prefer to look at it as a pink hot chocolate with caffeine. See how easy that was?
In one of life's not-so-small miracles, chocolate really does grow on trees. And in the rainy hills of the Dominican Republic, this is especially true. Serious Sweets recently ventured to this lush island with French chocolatier Valrhona for a tour of their partner farms and a crash course in the DR cacao landscape.
Yep, Portland found one more thing they could infuse with booze. This time, a beautiful single origin coffee from El Salvador, aged in an oak Pinot Noir barrel.
Did you know they grow coffee in Uganda, Haiti, and China? We explore some growing regions whose coffee is becoming more available.
Whether you're looking to find a flat white in a true Aussie tradition or simply hoping to get your lamington on on the side, we've compiled a quickstart guide to the Down-Under-infused cafes of New York City.
The latest (and strangest?) iPhone apps to help you brew the most leading-edge cup of coffee.
As a fruit, coffee is fresher at certain times of the year. But keeping score can be hard. Between what's arriving to roasters now, countries with multiple harvest seasons, and the time it takes coffee to travel from its country of origin to the roaster, it can be hard to know what's freshest. We've rounded up a few autumn-appropriate coffees in season now that represent the cream of the current crop.
If you're a trader in need of a treat, or a venture capitalist in search of an adventurous cappuccino, we offer a brief survival guide.
At New York City's Simit + Smith, a small chain whose third Manhattan store opened this week in the Financial District (within 100 feet of both a Starbucks branch and an independent, third-wave cafe, Blue Spoon), Turkish coffees are prepared to order for workers, traders, Turkophiles, and tourists alike—all in a fully automated Turkish coffee machine.
Beginning the week of October 21, Bell's will introduce Two Hearted Ale, Amber Ale, Bell's Porter, Kalamazoo Stout, Oarsman Ale and the newly renamed Midwestern Pale Ale (formerly just "Pale Ale") to markets in Western and upstate New York. That's right—not New York City. At least, not yet.
By now, most enlightened coffee drinkers know the difference between a single origin coffee and a blend. Or do we? Last week, Starbucks added an Ethiopian coffee to their offerings, billed curiously as a "single origin blend".
We've updated our midtown coffee guide from nearly two years ago to include some of the area's greatest new additions.
The Clover, a five-figure priced single-cup coffee brewer, is back, and Starbucks is putting 500 more in Starbucks locations around the world, starting now. Teamed up with a renewed emphasis on their Reserve Coffee line, this marks a big step in Big Green's interest in showcasing microlot, by the cup coffees.
Portland is arguably one of good coffee's best towns. Here's our guide to a few of the best cafes to visit.
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.
It's an unavoidable factor in the coffee world that your unroasted green coffee beans must travel a long distance, sometimes under difficult conditions, and then—what happens? Your coffee does not go straight from the boat to the roastery. It sits in a little-observed purgatory at a major shipping port: the coffee warehouse.
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.
As the mercury's climbed in New York, cold, fizzy, and sweet-treat summer coffee drinks have spiked as well. We hunted down five local takes on sweet refreshment.
The beer program at Colectivo (previously known as Alterra Coffee Roasters) launched in a home beer lab under the control of the company's green coffee buyer, George Bregar, and coffee roaster Shawn "Roscoe" Bigelow. The two drew upon the palates and methodical workflow style they'd learned in coffee sourcing and roasting, applied to their innate Wisconsonian love of beer.
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.
Coffee from Bob Marley's son, Robert De Niro's wife, and Joey "Drummer for Aerosmith" Kramer.
We took some time with three influential roasters in the specialty coffee industry to talk a little bit about how they got into roasting to begin with, and where they've taken it now.
There are few neighborhoods more pleasant for a coffee wander than those on the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan. There must be something in the proximity of the East River that just brings the magic—wait, scratch that—at least there's something in the community, anyhow. This list comprises a handful of our favorite coffee destinations in the neighborhood.