Move Over Chemex, There Is A New Slickly Designed Pourover Coffee Maker In Town

Introducing the Manual Coffeemaker No 1
Apr 7, 2014 11:00 am

Chicago-based Craighton Berman Studio designed their Manual Coffeemaker (the MCM) to work like a Chemex, but with the added feature of a dome-like enclosure that the designer suggests will keep your coffee warm. And it can be yours via a cool new Kickstarter campaign.

Good Morning, Here Is Some ‘Coffee’ From Our New Favorite Band Sylvan Esso

You like Feist? You like beats? You like coffee?
Mar 26, 2014 8:30 am

Amelia Meath, of Vermont folk trip Mountain Man, and producer Nick Sanborn (called Made of Oak when playing on stages) formed a side project called Sylvan Esso. Their standout single — “Coffee” — doesn’t really have much to do with Kalita or Aeropress. But who cares, it’s a pretty (and pretty interesting) mashup of styles and what we are listening to this morning.

Airports Are Stepping Up Their Coffee Game

Finally, it's safe flying for coffee geeks
Mar 19, 2014 9:00 am

One of two things are needed to fly and usually a combination of both: caffeine and alcohol. Even the staunchest coffee geek caves at the airport and springs for Starbucks or whatever else is available. But several airports around North America are stepping up their coffee programs to include single origin brews, specially trained baristas and pastries made by local chefs. Read on.

TOMS Shoes Branches Out Into Coffee

Buy a bag of beans, give a week of clean water
Mar 17, 2014 9:00 am

About five or six years ago is when you probably first noticed the shoes. TOMS classic canvas slip ons are functional, practical and cute to boot. And when you learned that for every pair sold the company gives a pair of shoes to a child in need, you went out and bought some. Now, TOMS is applying its One for One model to a new effort: coffee beans for you; water for a community that needs it. Read on.

To Tip Or Not To Tip At Starbucks? That Is The Big Question.

New app makes it easy to tip baristas
Mar 13, 2014 8:30 am

Making payments by shaking a mobile device. Adding gratuities without taking out a wallet. It appears that the future has arrived, and Starbucks is leading the way. An update to the company's app will allow users to pay via their phones – namely, by shaking them – and include an option to tip baristas digitally. But, with the opportunity at their fingertips, will people do so?

Infographic: How To Drink Coffee Like A Local In Paris, Rome And Barcelona

Know your Café Bombón from Caffè Lungo
Mar 11, 2014 9:00 am

Here's an infographic that details three coffee-obsessed European cities — Paris, Rome and Barcelona — and where to drink coffee there. Also, how to not look like a silly tourist while drinking your cortado in each city.

8 Best Local Coffee Chains Around The World

The best of the little guys in NYC, London, Chicago
Mar 3, 2014 10:00 am

Chances are you can’t avoid the airport Starbucks run. But once you’ve landed at your final destination, there’s no reason to settle for a big box coffee seller. Cities around the world have spawned their own little coffee chains — and chainlets — so that you don’t have to hunt down a decent cup of craft-roasted coffee all day. Here are 8 of our favorites.

What Does 'Fair Trade' Coffee Really Mean?

Why that sticker on the bag is a mixed message
Feb 19, 2014 10:00 am

When buying coffee, a lot of people look for the Fair Trade stamp of approval on the packaging. Fair Trade USA is a non-profit organization that certifies goods like coffee, chocolate and sugar are made according to a set of strict standards that encourages environmental sustainability, as well as ensuring that the people involved in production were treated and compensated fairly. Sounds admirable. But critics of Fair Trade claim that the certification no longer means what it used to. The question is: are consumers being misled? Read on.


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