Putting the iCoffee to the Test

February 16, 2014

Anyone who loves coffee, knows that a perfectly prepared cup of coffee is a combination of a great coffee that is brewed to specific standards. And that cup can be prepared in a variety of methods – French press, drip, pressure brewed, pour over . . .  Lately, I’ve been drinking coffee brewed in the […]

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Maintaining a Clean Coffee Machine

August 22, 2013

Go ahead, you can confess to us. We know that it’s been a long time since you’ve even thought about cleaning your coffee or espresso machine. It’s too much trouble, and in the end it doesn’t matter, does it? In fact, a dirty coffee or espresso machine will add impurities to the cup, leaving a […]

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Foamed and Frothed: Home Frothers

May 6, 2013

Level:   Cafe au lait, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, and more. All those delicious coffee beverages that incorporate milk – steamed or frothed – always seem perfectly prepared when created by your local barista. But, once you try your hand at these at home, results are often less than satisfactory. The first thing to remember is […]

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Coffee Grinders: A Quick Look

April 2, 2013

A proper grind is essential to brewing a great quality cup of coffee, but not all grinders are created equal. We caught up with Kyle Anderson of Baratza to get some tips on what to look for in a grinder.           Coffee Universe: What are the telltale signs that indicate that […]

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Vacuum Brewing: A Conversation with Bodum USA

March 19, 2013

The first glass vacuum pots began to appear in Germany at the beginning of the 19th Century, and quickly became a fashionable way to brew coffee. Not only did vacuum brewing offer an upgrade to the brewing methods previously used, but the method provided a unique view of the brewing process that captivated the senses. […]

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Coffee Brewers: The Latest from the International Home & Housewares Show

March 9, 2013

I recently returned from a trip to the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago – and I have to say, I drank a lot of coffee. Not out and about in the city – although there were some great coffee shops in town, but instead inside the convention center. There, I had to opportunity […]

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Manual Brewing — The Basics

September 16, 2012

Level: Jason Dominy of Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters (and member of the Coffee Universe Editorial Advisory Board) gives us a primer in Manual Brewing. First off, manual brewing (or, hand brewing), refers to brewing coffee without an automatic device. Aside from the boiling of water, it’s all done by hand — manually. Manual brewing has […]

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