When Coffee People Talk About Brewing: Chris Legler Interview

April 6, 2016

The Bonavita coffee makers are the current coffee maker for everyman. They are easy to use, forgiving of those who do not self-identify as geeks; those of us who just want to scoop our grounds in, fill with water and press go. Bonavita coffee makers were originally Melitta units, the first generation designed in Germany […]

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Housewares 2016 – Brewing Better Than Ever!

March 16, 2016

The International Housewares Show is another important trade show for coffee, yet it seems to attract few other coffee journalists. Why? I assume it is because many writers are still stuck thinking coffee is just another beverage ala wine or beer. Those items are brought to their final greatness, then sealed in packages until consumers […]

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World’s Most Advanced Automatic Brewer Explained. Behmor Brazen Connected’s Todd Larrabee

March 7, 2016

The Behmor Brazen was the most advanced coffee brewer I’ve ever tested, until this new Connected version came along. Joe Behm continues to innovate, always a step ahead of others who rush to implement his ideas. The big splash about this latest version is the ability to use your iPhone or Android to operate it. […]

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OXO 12-cup Coffee Brewer

March 4, 2016

Once upon a time, the way to brew 12 cups of coffee at one sitting was owned by Bunn and its use of always-hot water to make it possible to deliver 200°F (+/-5°) water to a grounds basket and run it through the grounds in an impressive three minute window. A consumer falling-out with the […]

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Behmor Brazen Connected Todd Larrabee Interview

March 3, 2016

Kevin Sinnott’s interview with Behmor’s Todd Larrabee for CoffeeCompanion podcast

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Which Entry Level Grinder?

November 27, 2015
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The missing mystery element in brewing is the grinder. There. I said it. Just like every heart doctor wonders if their newly released open-heart patient will exercise, every priest wonders if the just-forgiven sinner will truly repent and change their lifestyle, the coffee roaster must wonder how you’ll grind their beautiful fresh beans before brewing. […]

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Must We Become Coffee Snobs

October 8, 2015

A commentary on enjoying specialty coffee and how it can be ruined by rules and regulations.

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White House on Lock Down After Discovering Suspicious Coffee Cup

September 17, 2015

This is a story that, at first, seems silly to me. I mean there’s a package no one can identify and it turns out to be a coffee mug. Happens at my house all the time, but of course no one considers it suspicious. I get that the White House staff is a little edgier […]

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The Coffee Maker Emerges: SCAA Seattle Event 2015

April 24, 2015

I keep saying we’re living in a golden age of coffee brewing. This year’s Seattle SCAA Event brought more brewers. There are even a few coffee discoveries to report. Here are some highlights: Nick Kohout of Arcaia showed me some scales that, frankly, did not impress me at first. I mean, they supposedly have some […]

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International Housewares Show Coffee Report: 2015

March 12, 2015

I keep saying that if you don’t get into coffeemakers, your coffee at home will never be great. The best trade show for the gear isn’t a coffee show at all – it’s the International Housewares Show. It’s where I discovered the Chemex, the Aeropress, KitchenAid’s legendary 4-cup, Bonavita, Technivorm and of course my first […]

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