Monthly Coffee Subscription Programs: Our Picks

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 The word on the street: “Tony is obsessed with coffee like a record store nerd is with vinyl . . . Me, I trust the guy’s taste. I just want really good coffee. Send me the beans.”...

Making Yourself More Beautiful with Coffee Apr04

Making Yourself More Beautiful with Coffee

We’ve talked before about the health benefits of coffee. Today we thought we would wander out of the kitchen and over to the spa to talk about the beauty benefits of coffee. Considering how many seriously expensive beauty products make good use of the beneficial effects of caffeine, we are recommending a more budget-friendly, DIY approach to making yourself more beautiful with coffee. Coffee Exfoliating Scrubs Ground coffee is one of the finest exfoliants we know. It’s right up there with brown sugar, and that duo is the basis for our favorite DIY scrub: Mix equal parts coffee grounds and brown sugar. Add enough olive oil to make the...

Announcing the Espro Press Giveaway

Coffee Krave is excited to announce that we’re giving away not ONE Espro Press, but TWO Espro Press French press coffee makers. This no-grit press won our love back in August and is a top French press pick. We recently rated it number one in a list of the top Kickstarter coffee projects. Thanks to the team at Espro, we’re able to give away a small (8 oz) and large (32 oz) Espro Press to our readers. Do one or multiple of the following to enter (please use the widget below to enter) Follow us on Twitter (two entries)– Current followers receive a free entry Like Coffee Krave on Facebook (two entries)– Current fans...

Coffee and Cats: A Tribute Apr01

Coffee and Cats: A Tribute

The best part of waking up is Folgers feline in my cup (I’d take cat hair over Folgers any day). These desk creatures have a knack for sitting on our keywords, tearing up toilet paper and yes, getting into our morning coffee. Yet what would we do without these lifelong companions? Here’s to coffee and cats. 1. I can’t make coffee until he moves! Photo: Thomas Cizauskas 2. This one gets away with everything Photo: Peter Clark 3. Just sleeping in Photo: Jonas Söderström 4. Coffee isn’t for cats, or is it? Photo: Rachid H 5. Coffee Kitty Photo: Paul Lewis 6. A True Companion Photo: Tammy Strobel 7. Cat...

The Top Kickstarter Coffee Projects

When we are in need of occupying a spare minute (or hour . . . or two), we like to search for coffee-related projects on Kickstarter. The atmosphere of creativity and indie innovation makes browsing Kickstarter project descriptions feel like you have a front row seat to an ultra-exclusive think tank. Not yet familiar with the genius that is Kickstarter? It’s a crowd-funding platform for creative projects, and you can learn more about it here.   So, what coffee projects are trending? The Medium Espro Press: We haven’t been shy about our love for the large Espro Press. Back on Kickstarter by popular demand, this redesign project...

Crisis in the Fields: Climate Change and Coffee Rust Mar18

Crisis in the Fields: Climate Change and Coffee Ru...

It’s beginning to look like 2013 will go down in the history books as the coffee world’s annus horribilis. It’s the Year of Rust, or more specifically, Hemileia vastatrix, the coffee rust fungus. While never a welcome sight, the telltale orange dust can, in a normal year, typically be described as seasonal, commonplace and mild. The adjectives that are being used in coffee rust conversations this year conjure up a very different reality: severe, devastating, crisis. The rust compromises the plant’s ability to photosynthesize. A severe outbreak can lead to defoliation and die-off at the plantation level. Losses are projected to...

Do Coffee Shops Make You More Creative?

Does the ambiance of a coffee-shop put you in a creative mood? If so, you are experiencing the positive benefits of ambient noise induced processing disfluency. (I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to drop that phrase into dinner party conversation . . . ) Researchers hypothesize that being moderately distracted pushes you to a higher construct level, resulting in more abstract and creative thinking. Low levels of noise don’t create the same effect, and with higher levels the beneficial effects are outweighed by your reduced capacity to process information. So where is that ambient noise level sweet spot? According to a recent...

The Top Coffee Mugs for Geeks

  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, and Matthew Inman’s I Heart Tesla mug has pride of place on this list. Inman’s ode to Tesla: “Nikola Tesla was an insane...

Cooking with Coffee: The Best Recipes, Part 2 Mar04

Cooking with Coffee: The Best Recipes, Part 2

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 favorite thing to see on a breakfast table is red-eye gravy! This Texas pulled pork recipe has me paraphrasing Lyle Lovett: That’s right, I’m not from Texas. But Texas wants me anyway. Edible Marin...

Choosing the Best Milk Frother: A Buying Guide

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 the daily trek to your local coffee shop b)      Go the DIY route c)       Buy a dedicated milk frother   If you answered “c” – buy a dedicated milk frother, this...

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...

14 Coffee Gifts for Your Valentine

“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 3. To say: “My love will last beyond February” – a coffee subscription from Counter Culture Coffee   4. An artistic infographic: Know Your Coffees 5. To keep love hands-on and fresh:...

Top Ten Coffee Infographics Feb11

Top Ten Coffee Infographics

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. We love the subject matter (naturally). But, we would love this infographic even more if it referenced its sources. (We are of the firm belief that...

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 ...

An Introduction to Coffee Tasting Jan18

An Introduction to Coffee Tasting

“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. The full definition is a bit more nuanced. To lay the groundwork for appreciating that complexity, we need to start with a key delineation:...