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: Blue Bottle Perfectly Ground for Pour Over (Oakland, California)

When I bought Blue Bottle’s Kenya Embu Gikirima in whole bean format, I placed an order at the same time for the same coffee in Perfectly Ground, ground for pourover. Perfectly Ground is the name for Blue Bottle’s new line of coffee which has been ground and then directly sealed in individual oxygen-free bags so […]

The best of 2016

It’s that time again! I had fun recalling the last 12 months of coffee adventures, though I realized that my coffee consumption was down from this time last year. In 2015, I was generally aiming to write two bean reviews a week, but I found that schedule to be unsustainable; in 2016, I was pretty […]

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: […]