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AeroPress Coffee Maker
Came across the AeroPress coffee maker recently (thanks bro). Looks a very interesting take on coffee making by using a mix of a filter and plunger. However the plunger is an air plunger to create even pressure as the brewed coffee passes through the filter paper. Supposedly to create a smooth filtered taste, but with greater flavour. And, to boot, its portable.

posted on: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

Where can you get a good coffee??
A good question indeed and there seems to be a worry amongst coffee aficionados that the "big three" are suffocating independent (quality) coffee shops in the UK....

posted on: Fri, 25 Jan 2008 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

(Not so) Upper Crust
Pondering what to do at Gatwick airport whilst waiting to fly out, what better than to sit down and ponder life over a pleasant coffee....

posted on: Sat, 19 May 2007 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

Geography is a flavour
I recently came across the somewhat dated (well 2006) Starbucks advertising, Geography is a flavour (why the Americans can spell flavour correctly, but not colour is beyond me). Its interesting that the ad campaign focuses on the "where" and "why" of geographical thinking for understanding coffee tastes. It also moves away from the more recent trend in categorising purely by taste, as per many modern wines (e.g. Sauvignon Blanc). However I think the last word has to go to the YouthBlog (you need to scroll down for the entry) which read the tag line slightly differently. And Ken, the last line was almost written just for you!!!

posted on: Mon, 23 Apr 2007 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

Dualit Coffee Maker Update
After two and a half years of faithful service my Dualit Espresso machine finally gave up the ghost. Many wonderful cups of coffee have been delivered by this machine, along with an awful lot of milk frothing....

posted on: Sat, 27 Jan 2007 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

Latte Heaven
Bit of a plug for one of my local coffee houses, Latte Heaven. Great coffee (using a blend of their own, roasted in Leighton Buzzard), a good menu of food and a nice place to chill out. The website is, well, not very good. It is template driven though and, amusingly, gives a link to the control panel for the site at the web hosts. Funny what people leave online. Anyway, if you're passing through Dunstable, give it crack. You won't be disappointed.

posted on: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

How to make coffee. Part 1.
Hill and Valley Coffee have written the first of a two parter on buying, brewing and enjoying your coffee. This provides an excellent overview on what makes good coffee, as well as principle brewing methods to get the most from each cup. This form parts of their blog which is available as an RSS Feed and something I check regularly!

posted on: Wed, 26 Apr 2006 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

Coffee Grinders
As a footnote to the earlier blog on good places to buy fresh coffe, it goes without saying that coffee beans remain fresh far longer than ground coffee....

posted on: Fri, 02 Dec 2005 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

Portable Coffee
Of course you can't always been near a quality espresso all the time which means the need for portable coffee solutions....

posted on: Wed, 30 Nov 2005 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

Freshly roasted coffee!
Like your coffee?? Well you need freshly roasted beans in order to get the best cuppa. Whilst unroasted ("green") beans retain flavour for months after they have been picked, roasted beans only last weeks, whilst ground coffee lasts days....

posted on: Sun, 06 Nov 2005 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry

Dualit Road Test!
I've been thoroughly testing a Dualit espresso machine (84009) for the last year. Yes it's a little expensive, but it makes fantastic coffee....

posted on: Sat, 05 Nov 2005 | path: /coffee | permanent link to this entry