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How I fell in love with the Chemex

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It was a quiet Wednesday in Houston when I ventured to a small coffee shop in the Montrose area near my workplace. The barista asked if I was in a hurry, to which I replied, “Not at all!” – And I am so glad I wasn’t. He shot me a smile as he introduced me to the wonders of the a new coffee maker. It was a strange brewer that resembled a flower pot. He meticulously went through the

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The Top 5 Coolest Etsy Coffee Mugs

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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. 1. Fill the Line Normally I’m not a fan of “Give me coffee” or “Grumpy until I get coffee”-type mugs. They’re too cliche. This “Fill the line” concept puts a new spin on an old adage.   2. Spiky Coffee Mug No

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The La Pavoni Europiccola: Lever on a Budget

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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

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Coffee Krave’s Guide to Milk Alternatives

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Today’s topic: milk alternatives, the synonyms of which (milk substitutes; non-dairy milks; plant milks; plant-based milks) are almost as numerous as the varieties of the species: soy milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, oat milk, hemp milk, sunflower seed milk, cashew milk, peanut milk, coconut milk . . . (The official label on the CoffeeKrave research file for this article reads: “un-milks.”) We considered conducting a taste-test of popular brands of milk-alternatives and writing up a review, with our own

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Coffee Under Communism: A First-Hand Account from Poland

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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. You can see

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The Top 10 Coffee Makers: Unplugged

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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

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Going Blonde? The Trend Toward Light Roasts

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For the past few years, talk surrounding the virtues of light roasts has been trending in the coffee community. I can remember the morning (November 29th, 2011) when I read “I’ll have a tall blonde please.” Starbucks, known for a distinctively dark roast, had announced that they were introducing a new line of lighter roasts. Starbucks went “blonde” in their terminology to avoid linguistic confusion – “light” (when removed from its roasting-specific content) having the potential to imply that

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Monthly Coffee Subscription Programs: Our Picks

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With the majority of our daily communications happening online, it can get a little lonely in your mailbox. If there is room in your budget, consider signing up for a coffee subscription. It’s the best cure we know for coffee lovers who are channeling their inner Charlie Brown while peering into an empty mailbox. It’s also the best way to sample small batch beans from the top indie cult roasters. A few of our favorite subscription options: 1. Tonx

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