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Choosing the Best Coffee Grinder: The Ultimate Guide

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The old adage of “value in, value out,” applies more so to coffee than most other aspects of life. You’re doing yourself no favors with that cheap electric  grinder you picked up on sale last year. There’s an unofficial rule that for every dollar you spend on an espresso machine, half that should go toward a coffee grinder. The best grinders put out a consistent grind across the very fine to coarse spectrum. Combined with freshly roasted beans, the end result is a coffee experience fit for a king. Yet many coffee drinkers are still using blade-based grinders that deliver an inconsistent grind, resulting in a less flavorful mix of under and over-extracted coffee. Read More...

The Top Coffee Tourism Destinations

If you haven’t make your summer travel plans yet, it’s time to get cracking. Ditch the Blackberry, find someone to take care of the kids and check out our list of the best coffee travel destinations. It’s time to see the world! Read More...

Espresso 101: Why Everyone Needs a Good Knock Box

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Knock boxes are like the middle child of the espresso world– we’d never give them second thought unless they went missing. Perhaps this is a little harsh to readers with older and younger siblings, but the take home is knock boxes serve an essential purpose but are generally overlooked. They’re well worth the investment if you’re not already using one. Read More...

The Top 5 Coolest Etsy Coffee Mugs

Great coffee deserves a great place. Those 99-cent IKEA mugs get old very quickly and there are more options than the local Hallmark store for unique coffee mugs. Check out Coffee Krave’s favorite Indie picks from Etsy. Read More...

The La Pavoni Europiccola: Lever on a Budget

la pavoni Europiccola espresso machine

Lever espresso machines are all the rage these days. Manual control, while perhaps intimidating to the novice, with practice leads to the holy grail of espresso. The design of lever espresso machines– combined with the right hand– results in a shot that is sweeter and smoother than anything an auto can put out. Yet this espresso ecstasy doesn’t come cheap. Many lever machines run into the thousands. Let’s take a look at the La Pavoni Europiccola, a sub-$1,000 lever espresso machine for the coffee snob on a budget. Read More...

20 Famous Coffee Quotes


Last summer, Robyn posted some of our favorite coffee quotes from around the web. Forget the thoughts of  the common folk! What do famous figures think about coffee? As the 20 quotes below attest, they have nothing but good things to say about this truly remarkable drink. Read More...

The Science of Coffee: An Essential Guide to the Ultimate Wonderdrug

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Cover photo: Sarah Witherby | Main photo: Andy Schultz Read More...

The Beauty of Red Coffee Makers

Red is the color of energy and emotion, so isn’t it only natural that you brew with a red coffee maker? These bright red Ferrari machines add a centerpiece to your kitchen and let everyone know coffee is the boss of your household. Check out these beautiful red coffee makers for a change from the standard of white, black and stainless steel appliances of Suburbia. Read More...

Coffee and Dogs: A Tribute

A few readers objected when Coffee Krave posted Coffee and Cats: A Tribute last April. Sure, cats might be ok, but what about dogs? I suppose you can’t enjoy man’s favorite drink without man’s best friend. By special request, here’s a tribute to coffee and dogs. Read More...

Coffee Under Communism: A First-Hand Account from Poland

Coffee Krave reader and accomplished photographer Marek Lubacz got in touch with me last week and agreed to write a guest post about coffee in Poland under communism. It wasn’t until the formation of a new government in 1989 that Poland could begin to recover from communist rule. Today, the coffee culture is thriving, but Marek’s first-hand account of the state of coffee under communism made me realize how much I take freshly roasted beans for granted. Read More...

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