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  1. #11
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    Apr 2011
    How about a mypressi Espresso Maker?

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    Last edited by veraderock; 11-28-2012 at 02:35 PM.

  2. #12
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    Nov 2012


    I have a few ideas....

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    Thomas Hammer bin7 Coffee
    The absolute best coffee my wife and I have ever had is the bin7 blend from Thomas Hammer Coffee in Spokane, WA. It's kind of expensive, but they only sell it once a year, right after Thanksgiving, and it usually only lasts about a month or two. It comes in really nice "air release" tin. Here is the description from their website:
    This BIG and unique peaberry coffee boasts a balanced cup with complex layers of flavor. It offers up a citrus tartness fused with a hint of sweet chocolate, aroma of toasted cocoa and nut and a lingering, syrupy finish. Savor this one with friends -T.
    The description is accurate. It is a REALLY good cup of coffee.

    Buy Here: https://webstore.technologyservicesm...=1&Item_ID=145

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    Filtron Cold Brew Maker
    Another favorite of mine is the Filtron Coffee Brewer. As we speak, I'm drinking a cup of coffee from our latest batch of this stuff. If you are not familiar with the cold brew method, basically, it's where you let water sit in ground coffee for a certain period of time. The end product that you drain out is extremely concentrated coffee that you add hot water to. The process of having the water sit in the ground coffee removes up to 67% of the acidity in coffee, leaving you with the smoothest coffee you've ever had. It's highly caffeinated, but it's easier on your stomach. It's pretty much the only way that my wife and I drink coffee anymore.

    The brewed concentrate lasts for 5-6 weeks and stores in a container that Filtron provides. My wife and I host a lot of people at our house that drink a lot of coffee. We are able to do this fairly affordably by using the Filtron Coldbrew by purchasing the 3lb "House Blend" from Costco. It's roasted by Starbucks and it's a medium roast. It's not too bad in the Coldbrew and it's $18 for 3lbs.

    This fellow demonstrates how the Filtron system works.

    Cold Brew Coffee - YouTube

    Buy Here: Filtron Cold Water Coffee Concentrate Brewer: Kitchen & Dining

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    Toddy Cold Brew Maker
    A similar and less expensive system to the Filtron is the Toddy. Same process, but I think it brews less coffee than the filtron.

    Buy Here: Toddy T2N Cold Brew System: Home & Kitchen

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    Capresso Infinite Conical Burr Grinder
    Because we have 5 adults living in our household that all drink coffee and because we have 30-50 adults coming through our home on any given week, our Cuisinart Coffee Grinder finally bit the dust. Last month I did a ton of research on coffee grinders and found that they are not all created equal. I finally landed on the Capresso Infinitely Conical Burr Grinder. Basically what I found is that Conical Burr grinders are the best kind. They are built for the long haul and they are not near as noisy because. With our Cuisinart, people couldn't talk and hear themselves while it was going, but with this Capresso, you can totally hold a conversation while it is grinding. We paid a little about $120 for it to get the full stainless steel version, but it should last us for a very long time.

    Buy Here: Capresso 565 Infinity Conical Burr Grinder, Stainless Steel: Kitchen & Dining

  3. #13
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    Mar 2011
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    Torani Variety Pack, Regular, 25.4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)

    • Pack of six, 25.4-ounces per bottle (total of 152.4 ounces)
    • Includes one bottle of each of vanilla, hazelnut, caramel, peppermint, raspberry and french vanilla
    • Can help you make truly creative flavored teas, lemonades, smoothies, italian sodas and more
    • A careful blend of all-natural extracts
    • Made using only the finest ingredients
    • Expiration date of the product is found on the outside of the box
    Buy Here! Torani Variety Pack, Regular, 25.4-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6): Grocery & Gourmet Food

  4. #14
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    Mar 2011
    San Jose CA.

    KRUPS Espresseria Full Automatic Espresso Machine


    • Automatic espresso and coffee settings
    • Uses any unground beans
    • Built-in milk frother
    • Removable coffee grounds tray
    • Comes in red and black


    • MSRP: $1,200 ($740 on Amazon)

    Krups Espresseria Full Automatic Espresso Machine

    KRUPS EA82 Espressaria Full Automatic
    Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine

    A lifetime of quality craftsmanship and beautiful design since 1946

    Combining Passion, Precision, and Perfection, KRUPS EA82 Espressaria Full Automatic Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine perfects the art of coffee and espresso preparation and simplifies it into an easy-to-use, all-in-one kitchen appliance.

    Whether you want an espresso, coffee, creamy cappuccino, or simple cup of tea, the KRUPS EA82 Espressaria Full Automatic Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine has been designed so you can enjoy cafe quality beverages at home. Thanks to its compact Thermo-block System, 15 bar pump and stainless steel burr grinder, you will get the perfect cup of coffee or espresso every time.
    The KRUPS EA82 Espresseria Full Automatic Coffee Maker and Espresso Machine features a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen to help you personalize your coffee/espresso size, strength, and quantity of your drink. An easy-to-use steam nozzle froths milk in seconds for a creamy, hot latte, or cappuccino. The quiet and efficient conical burr grinder prevents overheating and preserves the aroma of the beans for a superior cup of coffee or espresso. The water filtration system guarantees a better tasting cup of coffee and prolongs the life of the machine.

    Amazon Link - KRUPS EA8255001 Espresseria Full Automatic Espresso Machine with built-in conical burr grinder, Red: Kitchen & Dining
    Last edited by wicked; 11-28-2012 at 11:58 AM.

  5. #15
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    Mar 2011
    San Jose CA.

    Hario V60 Drip Pour Over Coffee Scale and Timer VST-2000

    Making the perfect pourover is now made easier with the Hario coffee weight scale and timer. The scale measures in 0.1 gram increments which make your coffee more consistent than ever before. Not only that, the scale includes a timer to help you perfect that pour as you use the Hario V60 setup.

    Product Details

    • Amazon Sales Rank: #11848 in Kitchen & Housewares
    • Color: Black
    • Brand: Hario
    • Model: VST-2000B
    • Dimensions: 1.18" h x 4.72" w x 7.48" l, .60 pounds


    • Make consistently great coffee every time!
    • The Hario scale measures in 0.1 gram increments
    • Includes a drip timer for perfect bloom times and pours each time.
    • Max weight of 2000 grams
    • Uses 2 AAA batteries (included)

    Price: $69.99 : Amazon Link - Hario V60 Drip Pour Over Coffee Scale and Timer VST-2000: Kitchen & Dining

  6. #16
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    Nov 2012
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    Cuissential SlickDrip

    A quick pour-over is essential to any coffee connoisseur's weapon bag. This SlickDrip Pour Over collapses into a very portable unit. You can throw it in your purse, briefcase or backpack very easily. Pour-overs are not bad for making a good cup of coffee in a pinch. The problem with most is that they are an awkward shape. This one isn't. You can put it anywhere easily.

    Buy Here: Cuissential SlickDrip - Collapsible Silicone Coffee Dripper, Filter Cone: Home & Kitchen

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    Kitchen Trolley

    This would probably seem silly to most people, but when you host as many people in your home as we do, it's nice to free up the kitchen a little bit. We put all of our coffee and tea supplies, hot water pitchers, cream, coffee machine, and cold brew carafe on something like this. I couldn't find the exact one that we have but this one is very similar. It's nice to be able to have our hot drink station just outside of the kitchen so that traffic doesn't get so clogged.

    Buy Here: Catskill Craftsmen Kitchen Trolley, Black Base/Natural Top: Home & Kitchen
    This One Is Also Nice: Home Styles 4508-95 Dolly Madison Prep and Serve Cart, Black Finish: Home & Kitchen

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    Breville BES900XL Espresso Maker
    I don't know about you, but we love serving our guests great espresso drinks. We've had an older model consumer Starbucks Espresso machine for a while, but it wears out quickly when we need to make a lot of drinks. It really can't keep up. And sometimes the steamer just decides not to work. If I had the money, I would like to get my wife something like this. She's a great barista and she could do wonders with a good reliable machine. It's basically a commercial machine in a consumer package.

    Checkout the review of this machine: Breville BES900XL Review - YouTube

    Buy Here (if you have the monies): Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler Semi Automatic Espresso Machine: Home & Kitchen

  7. #17
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    San Jose CA.

    Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder

    Porlex is a Japanese company that specializes in food grinders. This grinder is very well made with a well thought out design. This is one of the most compact, useful grinders on the market. The silicon allows you to have a firm grip on the cylinder while grinding. The handle comes off and you are able to store it alongside of your grinder when you are not using it. The grinders inner spring helps keep the grind consistent even when grinder for coarse brewing. The stainless steel body makes the grinder indestructible and static free. The ceramic, conical burrs are easy to clean, will last long, and will remain rust-free.

    • Ceramic conical burrs with wide range can grind from powder to french press
    • 20 gram capacity
    • 47 mm diameter and stands 130 mm tall
    • Made in Osaka, Japan
    • Stainless steel, static free body

    Price: $75.00 - Amazon Link - Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder: Kitchen & Dining

  8. #18
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    San Jose CA.

    Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

    Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Kettle

    The Bonavita Variable Temperature Electric Kettle is a 1.0 liter capacity stainless steel kettle with many unique features. Users can select from six present temperatures or can set their own temperature from 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) and up. The 1000 watt heater boils water quickly and will hold the set temperature for up to one hour. The kettle has a unique spout that allows for a very controlled water pour that is needed for manual brewing of coffee and great for tea steeping as well. Our kettles have been used by World and US Champion Baristas based on its build quality and pour control.


    • Temperature set/hold for 60 minutes
    • Accurate to within 1-2 degrees F (or 1 degree C) to set temperature
    • Count up timer for timed coffee brewing or tea steeping
    • Actual water temperature displays on LED
    • 1.0 liter capacity
    • Powerful 1000 watt heating element (AC 120V 60Hz)
    • Commercial UL certified (USA); UL rated in Canada


    Six preset temperatures or user-selected in one degree increments from 140 degrees F (60 degrees C). Holds set temperature for one hour. LED display shows water temperature. Display accurate to +2 degrees F.


    Unique spout for pour control. Use for manual coffee brewing, tea, or your favorite hot beverage.

    1-Year Warranty

    The Bonavita BV382510V Variable Temperature Electric Kettle is fully UL Certified for safety compliance and features a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

    Price: $89.99 - Amazon Link - Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle: Kitchen & Dining

  9. #19
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    San Jose CA.

    Chemex Drip Coffee Carafe - 6 Cup

    Coffee purists appreciate the classic styling of this carafe with wood collar and tie. The Chemex filter drip method eliminates bitterness, and the slow brewing allows full flavor from the best coffee beans. Unlike flat bottom filters, the conical shape concentrates grounds at the bottom of the filter, ensuring a clear flavorful coffee without fail.

    • The Chemex coffee maker has been brewing clear, pure, flavorful coffee without bitterness or sediment for over forty years and remains one of the purest methods of brewing.
    • Coffee can be made at the preferred strength.
    • Simple to use: Place grounds in the cone-shaped filter at the top and pour hot water over them.
    • The polished wood collar and leather tie serves as an insulated handle.
    • Elegant, eco-friendly and simple!

    Price: $36.95 - Amazon Link -
    Chemex Drip Coffee Carafe - 6 Cup: Kitchen & Dining

  10. #20
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    Mar 2011
    San Jose CA.

    The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes

    One of the country's most celebrated roasters explains how to choose, brew, and enjoy the new breed of artisan coffees at home, along with 40 inventive recipes that incorporate coffee or taste good with a cup.

    Coffee is experiencing a renaissance and Blue Bottle Coffee Company has quickly become one of America’s most celebrated roasters. Famous for its complex and flavorful coffees, Blue Bottle delights its devoted patrons with exquisite pour-overs, delicious espressi, and specialized brewing methods.

    Yet as coffee production becomes more sophisticated with specialized extraction techniques and Japanese coffee gadgets, the new artisan coffees can seem out of reach. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee explains this newworld from farm to cup, exploring the bounty of beans available and the intricate steps that go into sourcing raw coffee from around the globe. Blue Bottle founder James Freeman coaches you through brewing the perfect cup ofcoffee, using methods as diverse as French press, nel drip, siphon, and more to produce the best flavor.

    For coffee lovers who want to roll up their sleeves and go deeper, Freeman explains step by step how to roast beans at home using standard kitchen tools—just like he did when starting out. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee also introduces a home technique for cupping, the industry method of tasting coffees for quality control, so you can hone your taste and share your meticulously roasted coffee with friends.

    Rounding out the book are more than thirty inventive recipes from Blue Bottle pastry chef and former Miette bakery owner Caitlin Freeman thatincorporate coffee or just taste particularly good with coffee, such as Saffron Vanilla Snickerdoodles, Stout Coffee Cake with Pecan-Caraway Streusel, Affogato with Smoky Almond Ice Cream, Coffee Panna Cotta, and more.

    With more than one hundred stunning photographs showing coffee’s journey from just-harvested cherry to perfect drink, this distinctive and deep guide to the new breed of amazing coffees from one of the top artisan coffee makers will change the way you think about—and drink—coffee.

    Hardcover: 240 pages

    Price: $13.98 - Amazon Link - The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee: Growing, Roasting, and Drinking, with Recipes: James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, Tara Duggan: 9781607741183: Books


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