coffee

How Do You Create Latte Art At Home?

Don’t expect to succeed your first time. Or fifth.
Apr 17, 2015 9:00 am

Making latte art is hard. There, we said it. The beauty of the finished product, however, just might be worth the hard work involved to master it. Think of the last time you walked out of your local coffee shop with a freshly poured latte, topped with a perfectly assembled steamed-milk heart or tulip. We’re betting you took at least a second to admire it (Instagram it?) before that first sip. Here’s a short instructional video on how to pull it off.

Does The Oxo Cold Brew Coffeemaker Really Make The Best Iced Coffee?

We tested it out so you don’t have to
Apr 15, 2015 9:00 am

Like skinless franks and Mister Softee, cold brew is a summer staple. Far more than hot coffee diluted by ice cubes (don’t do that), it’s a highly caffeinated coffee concentrate, the result of steeping grounds in cold water for anywhere between 12 and 24 hours. We took the new Oxo Cold Brew Maker for a jittery test drive.

What Exactly Is Espresso?

There’s some science behind that little cup of joy
Apr 10, 2015 9:00 am

We all love a well-made espresso, its strong aroma yielding to that first energy-boosting sip early in the morning. But what is it exactly, and how is it made? Luckily, our friends at ChefSteps wrote in to shine some light (roast?) on the matter. A video with some informative insight about the tricky little beverage just might make you respect your local bearded hipster barista that much more tomorrow morning.

The Best-Designed Coffee Bars, Roasters And Shops Across America

Drain a cortado. Stick around for the vibes.
Apr 1, 2015 9:00 am

Yes, coffee is sometimes sipped solely for the caffeine rush it delivers. The soulless to-go cup purchased from a corner bodega, the iced latte glugged in a fluorescent-lit Starbucks. But when a coffee operation puts as much effort into its ambience as the drink itself, it’s easy to see why people will linger until well after their espressos have been drained. From a Philadelphia icon that doubles as a rum distillery to a onetime Nashville recording studio serving up baked strawberry cream-cheese doughnuts, these nine coffee shops are so damn good-looking, you won’t want to leave.

La Marzocco’s Linea Mini Is The New Coveted High-End Home Espresso Machine

It measures only 14" by 21" and is counter-ready
Mar 30, 2015 9:00 am

If youve ordered a latté in any coffee shop from San Francisco to Florence, youve likely seen your espresso pulled from the iconic La Marzocco machine (even Starbucks originally used them before opting for a more automated system). The brand has been a go-to for baristas around the world since the company was founded in 1927. Now the company will ship the luxury, professional-grade espresso maker straight to your kitchen starting this May.

This Useful Scale Was Built With Pour-Over Coffee In Mind

Stylish functionality for coffee enthusiasts
Mar 19, 2015 9:00 am

Whatever level your coffee know-how, this minimalist, six-inch square device makes a very convincing case for dialing up your pour-over game. Acaias Pearl coffee scale, which its makers are touting as the first and only of its kind on the market, was designed specifically to measure the entire pour-over brewing process: the amount of grinds, the time, the pour amount and the infusion rate.

Beyond Biodegradable: Plantable Coffee Cups Might Be The Future

Get your coffee in a seed-embedded container
Mar 16, 2015 9:00 am

If you think your biodegradable to-go cup is a smart way to go with your regular coffee order, get ready for this plantable version containing indigenous seeds. It’s the most proactive coffee cup we've seen yet.

The Dead Rabbit Might Have Perfected The Irish Coffee. Here Is How To Make It.

Hint: Use good whiskey and skip the Reddi-wip
Mar 5, 2015 2:00 pm

New York's acclaimed Dead Rabbit has quickly developed a reputation for its excellent Irish coffee. With good reason. Proprietors Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry worked on the recipe hundreds of times before ever serving it to customers. Cocktail writer Naren Young gets into the specifics of how they make it great.

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