The Top Coffee Mugs for Geeks

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  Daniel, Editor-in-Chief here at CoffeeKrave, knows the fastest way to this writer’s heart is to add “science” or “geek” or “tech” tags to any assignment. With our love of Venn diagrams, our obsessively documented citations and our tendency to drop in random science shout outs (Hi there, Evangelista Torricelli!), the staff at CoffeeKrave is extremely well qualified to present this roundup of the top coffee mugs for geeks.   It doesn’t get better than Tesla. Seriously, it doesn’t,

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Cooking with Coffee: The Best Recipes, Part 2

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We had so much fun posting our roundup of savory coffee recipes last year, we knew we had to come back for Round 2. As previously noted, coffee adds depth of flavor and richness, while promoting caramelization. Think warm, deep, earthy flavors, with just the right amount of bitter. (In the right hands, a little bitter can be a very good thing.)   Here are five savory coffee recipes that caught our eye: Besides a cup of coffee, my

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Choosing the Best Milk Frother: A Buying Guide

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And what is a foam after all, but a big collection of bubbles? And what’s a bubble? It’s basically a very flimsy little latticework of proteins draped with water. – Alton Brown   Hypothetical Scenario: You, Dear Reader, have decided you want more foam in your life, on a consistent basis. Alas, you either don’t have a home espresso machine, or you have a home espresso machine but it isn’t up to the task.   Do you: a)      Make

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Moka Pots: The Stovetop “Espresso” Makers

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The topic du jour at CoffeeKrave this morning: Moka pots. More specifically, who loves them, who hates them and do they really make espresso? (Given the subject at hand, perhaps I should say Moka pots are the topic del giorno at CoffeeKrave this morning.) As for me and my house, I have never been especially fond of the Moka pot. I do have grudging respect for them. Having been challenged with this assignment, I believe I can maintain a

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14 Coffee Gifts for Your Valentine

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“Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.” — Charles Maurice de Talleyrand Looking for a sweet coffee gift for your Valentine angel . . . ? Just in time for Valentine’s Day, our top 14 suggestions for coffee-related tokens of your affection: 1. To present your love (and your coffee) in form Talleyrand himself would appreciate: A vintage Ibrik 2. For the beginning home roaster: A green bean sampler from Sweet Marias

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Top Ten Coffee Infographics

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To brighten up your Monday, we offer this list of a few (ten, to be precise) of our favorite coffee infographics. Have a favorite you don’t see here? Send us a link in the comments below! 1. The Compendious Coffee Chart – detailing 22 (!) different coffee production methods.   2. Social Media Explained…With Coffee – coffee as a vehicle for explaining the differences between social media platforms.  3.The Medical Benefits of Being Addicted to Coffee – We love the design.

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Commercial Coffee Makers: Just What Does My Workplace Need?

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If you count yourself among those wishing for better coffee in the office, we remind you (in the words of Star Trek Captain Jean Luc Picard): “Wishing for something does not make it so.” Instead of accepting the acrid taste of liquid cinder (associated with the “burner effect”), we urge you to question the dominant office coffee paradigm. Be an active advocate for better brew. “Half (50%) of the American workforce buys coffee regularly at work, spending more than

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An Introduction to Coffee Tasting

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“I’m a firm believer that understanding is developed through the act of comparison.” —Geoff Watts, Director of Coffee, Intelligenstia Coffee Coffee tasting—what is it and how does it work? As with other types of food and drink tastings, the objective of a coffee tasting is to compare the qualities of different samples of the product in question. As part of an ongoing process, coffee tastings allow the taster to build a mental Rolodex of flavors and aromas to facilitate future comparisons.

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How to Roast Coffee at Home: A Primer

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Back in August, we presented piece on Zen and the art of home coffee roasting, which included an overview of the process and links to the best of the tutorials around the web. We wanted to re-visit the topic, with a more in-depth look at getting started. Here we answer the three primary questions presented to us by newbie roasters: What equipment do I need? Where do I buy green beans? Where do I turn for help/guidance/therapy when I

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Finding the Perfect Coffee Shop

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How do you find “that place” in a new city — that perfect coffee shop that meets your particular needs as a coffee loving individual? However specific your preferences, we have an approach that we believe will land you in that sweet spot, a formula we have tested in some pretty far flung places. We also have some folklore to share that might, or might not, help you to hone in on the target. Tested Methodology for Finding the

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