Choosing the Best Co...

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...

Caffeinated at 30,000 Feet: Is It Possible to Make...

My philosophy toward airline coffee has always been, “Take what you can get and make the best of it.” Certainly the flight attendant would prefer I sit down, shut up and accept her meager brew. But it hit me– why can’t I make my own on the plane? Is it even possible? We set out to find the answer. Caffeinated at 30,000 Feet: Mile High Brewing Setups The constraints of a typical economy cabin don’t leave many options open. High-flying brewers need equipment that is a) portable and b) doesn’t require electricity. In this day and time it would take a brave soul to power up an electric kettle in the cabin,...

The Top 10 Coffee Makers: Unplugged

We have been in a list making mode recently at CoffeeKrave. To continue the trend, we present out Top Ten Coffee Makers. From the Espro Press to the Cona Vacuum Brewer . . . here are our takes on the top gear to grace your countertops. Authors Note: When Daniel, Editor and Chief here at CoffeeKrave, assigned me this article, I broke out in a cold sweat. Any “top ten” list is going to be subjective by nature, but a top ten coffee maker list? That’s one difficult combinatorial optimization problem right there. I decided the optimal way to constrain this search was to cut the cord. As in the power cord. In other words, this is the Top Ten...

Moka Pots: The Stovetop “Espresso” Mak...

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 certain level of objectivity. (Fingers crossed.) Related: Check out our French press guide Moka Pots: Espresso and “Espresso Approximations” A few words of introduction before we jump straight into...

Commercial Coffee Makers: Just What Does My Workpl...

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 $20 a week on coffee, an average of approximately $1000 a year. Better coffee in the office might help cut back this expense. Nearly one quarter (22%) of American ...

The Caféjo My French...

  Ever come across a product and say, “Huh? Why would anyone want that?” That was exactly my reaction when I came across the Cafejo My French Press on Amazon.com. The product’s creator touts that it’s the only French press on the market specifically designed to...