Best Coffee Grinders Under $200

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If you want to improve your coffee, say java experts, upgrade your coffee grinder. Fresh ground coffee is an incredible improvement over brick or canned coffee that you buy already pre-ground. It’s one of the biggest reasons that coffee shop coffee so often tastes better than any coffee you brew at home. While any coffee READ MORE

Why You Should Weigh Your Coffee

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If you frequent coffee discussion groups — especially those that focus on espresso drinks — you’ll quickly notice that they talk about coffee measurements in grams rather than tablespoons. While weighing your coffee may seem like a pretension, there are some very sound reasons for using weight instead of volume to measure the amount of READ MORE

Our Favorite Mainstream Coffee Choices

Our-Favorite-Mainstream-Coffee-Choices Favorite Mainstream Coffee Choices

While it may sometimes seem that Maxwell House and Folgers have a lock on the coffee aisle, your local supermarket actually offers some great choices if you want a little more flavor and variety in your cup. Most cost a little more than the international brand names, and less than the pricey café brands. The READ MORE

Five Coffee Recipes to Spice Up Your Holiday Table

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If all you’ve ever done with your coffee is sip it from a cup, you’re missing out on some of the best flavors and qualities of the noble java bean. Just as some countries have wonderful recipes using cacao that go far beyond milk chocolate, there have always been cuisines that make use of coffee READ MORE

Coffee Kickstarters – Hot New Crowd-sourced Coffee Projects

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Coffee and Kickstarter seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. From the very start, coffee-preneurs have taken to Kickstarter and other crowd-source funding platforms to raise capital for their java-related projects. From the Able Kone to the new Arist coffee brewer, many of the best coffee innovations have been crowd-funded. Check out some READ MORE

Top Five Budget-Friendly Espresso Machines

Five Budget-Friendly Espresso Machines

A high-quality espresso machine can be a pricey proposition, but you don’t have to lay out a fortune to pull a decent shot. If your main goal is to make your own espressos, lattes and cappuccinos at home, these sub-$200 machines will suit your palate and your budget. No one is going to win the READ MORE

Is Shade Grown Coffee Good for the Birds?

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In a word, yes. Shade-grown coffee is for the birds — and the bugs, and the animals, and the environment as a whole. The answer is actually a lot more complex than that, though, and it involves knowing exactly what “shade-grown” coffee is, how the term can be deceptive and why it’s important for coffee READ MORE

Cooking with Coffee – Savory Dishes

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Cooks have used coffee as a flavoring for nearly as long as they’ve known how to make coffee, but most people think of coffee as a flavor for sweet treats. Coffee ice cream, coffee-flavored toffee, tiramisu — if it’s coffee-flavored, we generally associate it with sweet and milky treats. But coffee has a whole other READ MORE

The Three Coffee Waves – Pretension or Evolution?

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To a growing number of passionate coffee aficionados, coffee is more than a caffeine delivery system. Sometimes viewed as coffee snobs – and just a little bit nuts about coffee – these coffee lovers are reshaping the way that the rest of us view coffee. Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing READ MORE

Coffee Graduation Gifts

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Got a graduation coming up in your family? Think coffee when trying to come up with the perfect gift for the graduate? Why should you consider coffee gifts for graduation? Traditionally, graduation gifts acknowledge that the graduate is moving on to a new phase in his or her life. The graduate might be heading off READ MORE