We love John at brewingcoffeemanually.com , his write-ups are easy to read and understand, we seem to share a few basic and important values, keeping things simple and share the love! Here’s his take on how to make Iced Coffee Recipes for those warmer summer days. We’ve been playing a bit with COFFEEASY with John’s and other tips, it’s all fun, mostly with the Kalita Wave and the Aeropress.
Two billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world every day and 25 million families rely on growing coffee for a living. Over the past 15 years, consumption of the drink has risen by 43% - but researchers are warning that the world's most popular coffee, Arabica, is under threat.
Professional Barista and guitar player Reece Wilde reviews our Coffeeasy brewing station, coffee is what he does, all day, everyday, he works for the coffee event specialist at @thebarista. He knows a thing or two about coffee, and about guitars too!
If you drink coffee every day, you owe it to yourself to take care of your grounds or beans. If you store your food properly, there's no excuse for keeping your coffee in the wrong place. Your delicious coffee should be kept in the pantry, away from light and heat, not the freezer or refrigerator. Don't take it from us, here's the take on the subject by the respected people at the Huffington Post.
John Sylvan the inventor of the K-Cup, probably the most popular capsule among the millions of Americans who have a push-button coffee machine in their kitchen, has revealed that he ‘feels bad’ for environmental damage and no longer uses his own invention. “I don’t have one. They’re kind of expensive to use. Plus, it’s not like drip coffee is tough to make!” Read the full article here.
Another COFFEEASY review further to London Coffee Festival, great read from Brian at @BrianCoffeeSpot , especially the part that says :
"It’s well made, sturdy and compact and, in a kitchen where I’ve got a lot of coffee kit, most of which has never found a proper home, I find it a neat and convenient way to store a lot of different bits and pieces.
These days I use my COFFEEASY every time I make an Aeropress since it provides a very stable base when you do the final extraction.
However, it seems his spell checking tool as decided to go for Coffee Easy! Read full article here.
Various meta-analyses indicate that drinking coffee does offer many health benefits. Medical expert and media contributor Dr. Holly Phillips told CBS This Morning : "From these we can say that for most people, moderate coffee drinking is not harmful."
Moderate is defined as three to five cups per day. Studies have linked drinking java in this amount to a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, heart disease, and even melanoma. Drinking coffee has also been shown to lower the risk of death from all causes.
You'll be surprised to learn how many things you can do with coffee filter papers ; from removing nail polish to keep celery crisp, polish shoes, keep laundry smelling fresh ... Read full post here.
'Using water at 90C, certainly not boiling, she poured it out in tiny amounts from a thin-stemmed kettle over the coffee, waiting for it to pass into the glass pot before adding a little bit more.
And then the savouring as it was poured into the cup. The smell. The taste. No milk, no sugar, no need. It was delicious, quite delicious.'
Extract taken from Peter Day’s excellent article on the BBC magazine website
How the specialty coffee industry is changing for growers, sellers and consumers around the world. This BBC programme follows in pursuit of one of the most traded commodity globally - meeting coffee connoisseurs from every part of the chain, from picking the cherries to the last sip.
This beautiful Spirit espresso machine is one of my favourite pics taken at @LdnCoffeeFest , it reminds me of an old motorbike!
Big fans of coffee, here at The Test Pit we've always tended to review coffee machines and makers with a technological edge; digital displays, self-scanning pods (?), self-cleaning systems etc. But while machines like that are great if you just need a hit of caffeine then and there, there are those of us for who coffee brewing is a ritual and an art form to be perfected. If that is you, you'll love the COFFEEASY.
Read the full Test Pit COFFEEASY review here.
Personally I like the way it looks, it's easy on the eye and the colour scheme allows it to fit into most environments. The product also has a nice weight to it, feels very sturdy and robust. (I took it to Barcelona with me and so its survived the flights unscathed!).
The main advantage I see for me is that when using a brew method such as V60/aeropress I can see the flow of coffee. This means I can make an assessment on the flow rate and therefore alter my grind/water temp/coffee to water ratio accordingly, but also it means I can see if I'm going to overflow the mug or decanter.
Another advantage is for the Aeropress; I can honestly say I have used my Aeropress a lot more since having the COFFEEASY as it gives me a nice, sturdy, non slip surface for the final press and it also again allows me to see the pour. One thing I would say is that it doesn't work for the inverted method but that's not an issue, the inventor believes this method makes a more bitter coffee.
Mostly it’s very tidy. Living back at home intended to have all sorts of chemexes, v60s, coffee bags and filters lying around in the kitchen and find they would get moved and hidden away in a bid to keep the counter top tidy. Now I find the COFFEEASY stays where it's put because it doesn't look messy and actually looks part of the kitchen so I'm no longer looking everywhere for the bits when I want to brew a cup of coffee!
Reece Wild - Barista at @thebarista
Just wanted to tell you my dad absolutely loves his new COFFEEASY for his birthday, we've been using it every day. Even my mum's hooked on it, and she's never been much of a coffee drinker.
Had family and friends around; they were all intrigued to see what it is - it was actually the main talking point of the party at quite a few moments. We've turned into coffee snobs - the kitchen's turned into a barista's cafe! I must admit, I don’t use the dreaded freeze dried stuff any more, just the proper filter stuff.
Thanks for the t-shirt and the mug guy! Try fitting a CD in the side slot …
With thousands of visitors attending The London Coffee Festival, it sure was the ideal place to launch the COFFEEASY™
It went really well. The idea was to show people what COFFEEASY™ can do and to get in front of as many sets of eyes as possible.
We made quite a few sales, including to people travelling back to from Turkey, Dubai, Holland and to the USA!
We had a lot of interest from coffee roasters on the trade days, they see it as an easy way to easily educate their clients.
We had lots of positive feedback with people were saying how ingenious and clever it is and describing it as stylish and and tidy.
Many people told us it was a great solution for storage and brewing, especially when used with the Aeropress.”
Someone, from the trade, told us - “Fantastic, who ever has come with this idea deserves an award!”
Read the article about our Aeropress Stand and Dripstation with review from Stephen Leighton and Paul Meikle-Janey in the well respected Boughtons Coffee House magazine.
Read the review of the Coffeeasy by Steve @hasbean
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A friend of mine asked me, what materials would I need to get started with home coffee brewing?
A few minutes searching and I found an article by Mat Honan on Wired published a few months ago outlining what he feels are the right tools for the perfect cup. While reading his article a few things became evident. One, the prices he mentioned are out of date. Two, he has an expensive wish list for someone looking to get into brewing coffee. And three, his recipe needs some lovin’. So I thought I’d do one better and update the prices and present an entirely different set of coffee essentials (that I personally own) that are 3x less expensive.
Mat’s Coffee Essentials (with updated prices):
The tools Mat selected are fantastic, there’s no doubt about it. But no matter how great these tools are, they are definitely not necessary to brew the perfect cup.
My Coffee Essentials (see photo):
And there you go. My list of coffee essentials is all you need to brew the perfect cup of coffee for 3x less than Mat’s selection.
Hand grinder you say. Yeah, trust me, it works. In fact, I’ll save you some time figuring it out. For pour over brews with the Hario V60 dripper use 10 clicks from fully closed on the Hario Mini Mill. That setting will produce an extremely consistent medium-fine grind. The particle size should feel similar to sand at the beach, small particles but still gritty.
How to make the perfect cup:
Measure 20g of coffee and grind medium-fine. Boil water to 195F. Pre-wet the filter and add ground coffee. With the dripper and mug on the scale, slowly pour the water directly in the center of the ground coffee. Stop the pour when the scale reads 40g, twice the coffee weight. Let bloom for 30 seconds. Continue the pour clockwise about the diameter of a quarter around the center. Pulse pour if the flow rate is too fast. Stop when the scale reads 300g. You should have poured an additional 260ml of water over 2:00 minutes for a total of 300ml over 2:30. This is a brew ratio of 15:1 (water/coffee).
The Thin Spout camps in the middle of this brew battle. Its moderate size, average flow rate, and simple design make it accommodating for just about any method, person, or application. A 700-mL capacity suits most single-cup brewers. In the hand, it feels comfortable and balanced. Water begins to flow at just the spot you'd expect and then arcs beautifully over the coffee bed.
Is Kalita's Wave Pot the classiest around? You tell us. Beautiful polished steel, an elegant spout, and a wooden handle make this one handsome kettle. Additionally, its flow rate is among the slowest and steadiest that we've tested. The kettle's shape requires a severe posture, docking it a few points for handling, but it remains a strong and stylish option for all pour-over brewing methods.