Coffee made with the pour-over technique consistently produces brighter, more flavorful coffee than you can get from a regular drip coffee machine. The technique isn’t quite as easy as it sounds, however, and you need to be patient while preparing a cup and you can only brew one cup at a time. It’s great when you have a few minutes to spare, but there are times when you just need to be a little bit more efficient – like those times when you are trying to prepare coffee or two or three guests at once.
Bodum b.Over Coffee Brewer is a stylish new coffee maker from Bodum that is designed to deliver high quality, pour-over coffee in quantities up to 40-oz. The coffee maker automates the pour-over process using a unique shower-head design that evenly distributes hot water over the grounds in the filter portion of the machine. The coffee brews and drips down into a vacuum-sealed, vacuum-sealed, double-walled carafe that will keep your flavorful coffee hot and aromatic for hours without requiring any reheating. For me, being able to brew great coffee in larger quantities is a huge time saver for days when I’m rushing around from project to project.
The Impress Coffee Brewer is a new product that french press fans will immediately be attracted to. It’s a single serve coffee brewer that also doubles as an insulated cup, so you can brew your coffee and take it with you without compromising on time or the quality of your coffee. Gamila, the maker of the Impress, recently sent me an Impress to try out at home and I couldn’t wait to test it out. I had a bad experience with another product that promised to do something similar, so I kept my fingers crossed that the Impress would live up to my expectations.
The brewer works like a french press. You place your grounds in the cup, fill it with hot water and allow it to brew for a few minutes. Then, you press down a filter canister into the cup, trapping the grounds, and you’re ready to enjoy your freshly brewed coffee. The primary difference between this and a traditional french press is the size of that filter. The holes on it are tiny – so tiny that not only will coffee grounds will not be able to get through it into your cup, but they will force so much water out of the grounds that brewing will cease completely. This means that, unlike a french press, you can really take your time drinking the coffee without worrying about it over-brewing. The Impress is also heavily insulated, so it will keep your coffee piping hot while you slowly savor it.
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As a blogger, I spend a lot of time in front of the computer and a cup of coffee is always helpful to get me going in the morning. I typically have to head to the kitchen to pour myself a cup, since I don’t have a coffee machine set up on my desk. One creative computer-lover decided that there was a better way to get coffee while at work without having to get up and leave the room. He designed the Caffeine Machine, a hybrid of a computer (yes, a fully functioning computer) and a 4-cup coffee maker to do two jobs in one. The hack was achieved through careful selection of a roomy computer tower and a compact coffee maker, and a little bit of tweaking. The creator is already thinking ahead to version 2.0, which might include an espresso machine instead of just drip coffee.
I’m not sure that I would be brave enough to attempt this kind of mod myself, but I’m pretty sure there is a market for such a thing if he ever decides to build on a bigger scale!
via Oh Gizmo
Coffee that comes from a vending machine is rarely good. If it is tasty, it’s because it is so loaded up with sweeteners (Cookies n’ Cream “Latte” from 7-11, anyone?) that you could never actually determine if there was coffee in it or not. But there is a lot of potential for a machine to actually make great coffee as long as it can be calibrated to properly pull shots, steam milk and put them together in just the right way. In fact, there should actually be less room for error with a machine-made latte than a man made one – so why don’t we have great vending machine coffee yet?
We might soon, since the Briggo Coffee Haus is planning to expand. Briggo is a company that is setting out to mechanize the coffee-making process by getting timing, temperatures, ingredients and recipes all down to a fine science. The result is that their Coffee Haus can pour a latte like a champion barista. The mechanized coffee kiosk takes orders via a touch scree or iphone app and prepares each drink fresh to order. It has the feel of a “real” coffee shop, right down to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, so it doesn’t feel as cold or sterile (or outdated) as a regular vending machine.
The Coffee Haus is not aiming to replace traditional coffee shops. It is actually aimed at places where quality coffee and quality coffee shop experiences are difficult to come by, such as airports, college and corporate campuses and hospitals. They might replace poor quality coffee vending machines and little kiosks that might only serve off brand black coffee alongside their muffin and granola bar selection (you know you’ve seen them, they’re outside almost every hospital), meaning that you might actually be able to look forward to a good cup of coffee the next time you have some time to kill in what would normally be a coffee desert.