Review: LUME rechargeable travel burr grinder and camp light

This review is wildly overdue, but better late than never! Back in 2017, I backed a Kickstarter project for LUME, which billed itself as “The World’s First Travel Coffee Grinder and Camp Light.” I received the product in late 2017/early 2018, but I never got around to testing out the grinder or writing this review […]

Review: Rite Press – “The ‘No Mess’ French Press,” 1/2 Liter in Silver

Review update from Margaret (February 3, 2019): This review was written based on the Rite Press unit I received in late November/early December 2018, but given that as of February 2019, it appears that the majority of the Kickstarter backers have yet to receive their presses and the company is being evasive and difficult with […]

Review: Prismo AeroPress Attachment from Fellow Coffee

My sister and I were wandering around San Diego’s Little Italy over the summer, and when we visited the James Coffee Company location on India St., I had a fun time geeking out with the employee on duty over everything they had for sale (while my sister watched, bemused). This Prismo attachment caught my eye […]

Experiment: Bleached vs. Unbleached Chemex filters

When I started doing pourover coffee at home, I ran into the question of whether to buy bleached or unbleached filters for my V60 and Chemex (and indeed, it’s also a question to consider if you have an automatic drip coffeemaker). I began my manual coffee journey with unbleached filters. Why? Well, it was partly […]

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: 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 […]