Coffee Culture

Navigating The London Craft-Coffee Scene, One V60 At A Time

In under a decade, a city transforms completely
Feb 4, 2015 9:00 am

Just a decade ago, it was nearly impossible to imagine a London as serious about coffee as it is today. Outsiders and local residents incurred great risk when ordering a cappuccino — they were likely to receive a bitingly bitter, collapsed-foam concoction in return. Thankfully, those Dark Ages of caffeinating have since lapsed, with London displaying a verve for the art of coffee-making and embracng a 17th-century café-culture-meets-Stumptown state of mind. Here are six favorites.

Caffeine Informer Teaches You How Much Caffeine Is In Basically Everything

Website is a caffeinated-drink watchdog
Jan 30, 2015 9:00 am

Caffeine Informer is an encyclopedia of sorts for — you guessed it — all things caffeine. In addition to having an eerily complete database of caffeine products sorted by category (coffee, soda, energy drinks, tea, shots), the website aggregates articles exploring caffeine’s positive and negative effects, withdrawal and overdose symptoms and potential for addiction. We combed through the product listings and came away with these five eye-opening facts.

Butter, Beans, Blah! 3 Coffee Experts Taste Test Bulletproof Coffee.

Coffee spiked with butter? It's a growing trend.
Jan 20, 2015 10:00 am

While hardcore coffee fans debate bean-to-water ratios, there's significant buzz building over another area of the coffee world. It's Bulletproof Coffee, the so-called toxin-free miracle drink that promises to help you lose weight and improve brain function — all by adding unsalted butter made from grass-fed cows and a coconut oil derivative directly into your daily cup. We wanted to find out what two coffee experts thought of the taste.

Startup Poursteady Thinks Robots Can Make Better Pour Over Coffee Than You

And execs at Facebook apparently agree
Jan 19, 2015 9:00 am

Two new individual automated pourover coffeemakers for the home recently came onto the scene: Chemex’s Ottomatic and Ratio. Both are very sleek and look nice on your countertop. But automation has been pretty absent for the professionals at the coffee shop. That is, until Poursteady recently entered the market.

What The Hell Is A Flat White? A New Poll Aims To Find The Answer.

Aussies, kiwis to address the coffee controversy
Jan 15, 2015 9:00 am

It's arguably the most fashionable espresso drink in America right now. But, does anyone really get what it is? We're talking, of course, about the mysterious "flat white." A new poll attempts to get to the bottom of this especially murky cup of joe, once and for all.

Chemex Just Announced A $350 Automatic Coffee Machine. Will It Change The Game?

Pour-over coffee, with some help from engineering
Dec 2, 2014 11:15 am

So what is this Chemex, you ask? It’s the hourglass-shaped pour-over coffee brewing device that basically makes the best cup of coffee you never knew existed. Do we sound excited? This is because the Chemex system — which includes using an extra-thick filter  — is no joke. Several FR staff members use it daily and it honestly changed the way we think about drinking coffee.  And now we hear they are entering the automatic game. A possible game changer.

Video: This Is Actually Your Brain On Coffee. For Real.

Adenosine receptors vs. many cups o' Joe. Fight!
Nov 14, 2014 9:00 am

If you're going to rely on coffee to get you to Friday afternoon, you should know it a little more intimately than "cup 1, cup 2..." and so forth. That's right, we're talking straight chemistry. Ever heard of a little nucleoside called called adenosine? Did we lose you? Come on back, it's just the science of caffeine receptors. Fill up cup 3 and learn exactly why you're watching this video so attentively. 

The Most Pleasant Pour Over Coffee Video You'll Watch Today

Break out the scale, top up your buzz properly
Nov 7, 2014 11:00 am

30 grams of coffee, 500 grams of water and a little tried-and-true technique will yield the best cup of coffee you ever made manually. You obtained, roasted and ground the beans, "borrowed" the scale from your roommate and followed Coffee Culture's foolproof guide to proper, delicious caffeination. Now inhale and take a long, satisfying sip. The early jazz soundtrack really enhances the whole thing, doesn't it?   

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