Review: Java Maestro Stainless Steel Pour Over Cone Dripper

My post regarding shopping for manual coffee brewers gets into this topic in a little more depth, but there are two basic styles of manual coffee makers: pourover and immersion. Both have their pros and cons. This dripper from Java Maestro is an attempt to combine the best of both worlds into one brewer. Disclaimer:

Review: Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug

I was lucky enough to be treated to not one, but TWO new coffee travel mugs for Christmas. I had previously shopped for travel mugs by looking at Amazon reviews, but as often happens, reading all of the reviews paralyzed me and I was unable to decide between the Zojirushi and the Contigo mugs. As

Review: Minipresso manual espresso maker

Note from Margaret: For my first guest post this year, I’m thrilled to feature an equipment review from my dear friend Rosalyn Story! As with most coffee lovers who came of age before the Starbucks revolution, my taste in coffee has evolved over time. From the tin of ground Folgers and Butternut in the kitchen cupboard of my childhood to

Review: Bonavita Variable Temperature Electric Gooseneck Kettle

If you are interested in making pourover coffee at home using a Hario V60, Chemex, Kalita Wave, Bee House, etc., having a gooseneck kettle is a really nice tool – some would even say essential, for the increased control it gives you over the flow of the water. I’ve had this Bonavita kettle for 2.5 years

How to make a delicious cappuccino at home on a budget

Cappuccinos (and lattes, and mochas, etc.) are delicious, but they are rather expensive. There’s a reason for that; they are all espresso-based drinks, and espresso machines are NOT CHEAP. Commercial espresso machines can easily run over $10,000. You’re also paying for (hopefully) top-quality beans and the time and expertise of your barista. But is there

“Help! I need a grinder – what should I get?”

Yay, grinders!! As much as I geek out over hi-tech stuff like espresso machines with E61 groupheads, pre-infusion, PID and bottomless portafilters, any coffee geek will tell you the most expensive espresso or coffee machine is nothing without a quality grinder. In fact, it’s not uncommon for people to spend MORE on the grinder than