How to Make Coffee Without Electricity?

Can we really make coffee without electricity?

There are various ways to make a joe without a coffee maker, or even without electricity. You can even make coffee without a source of heat, in other words without hot water.

Wait, don’t tell me you don’t even have a coffee pot. Don’t worry, we can show you even a way to make coffee without a pot. Depending on your setting, budget, and the pretentiousness of your taste buds, you can choose between the various solutions.

Coffee pot on open fire (actually a kettle)

Hot Brew vs Cold Brew – Which Is Better?

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The Best Milk Frother – Breville Milk Cafe vs Nespresso Aeroccino vs Secura

Pouring Frothed Milk for a LatteI personally love black coffee, sometimes I add a little sugar to it, but that’s all. During my time as a barista though, I made thousands of lattes and cappuccinos. I still make one from time to time for my wife, or my guests. I used to make it with the steaming wand, from my semiautomatic, but I got lazy, and my wife wanted to be able to make it when I wasn’t there. I tried to teach her the trade, but then I realized, why bother when there is an easier way… You probably understand that.

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5 Health Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee – Why Is Cold Brew Better than Drip Coffee

Cold Brew Filter BagCold brew, drip, or espresso, any sort of brewed coffee is good for us in moderation. There are numerous health benefits from drinking coffee. Coffee can boost the athletic performance, reduce risk of: diabetes, colon cancer, gall stones, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as improve the liver health. Cold brew, however, is particularly beneficial to our health, while reducing some of the side effects associated with consuming coffee. This is because the chemical profile of coffee brewed with cold water is different. I am not saying you should stop drinking your daily espresso, if your body agrees with it.… Read more

The Best Home Cappuccino Maker – How to Choose a Cappuccino Machine

Saeco Super-Automatic Home Cappuccino Maker What is the best home cappuccino maker? This has been a question that I have been asked a lot recently. Not an easy way to answer that question. It is easier when you know the person, their personality, budget, and barista skills. But when you write about it, you need to take all budgets in consideration, and all barista skills. At the end of the day a great semiautomatic espresso machine is good for me, but my wife hates to use it, she says is too geeky.

Everybody wants to know how to prepare a delicious espresso or cappuccino without breaking the bank and without causing too much fuss.

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Coffee Poster – Cappuccino vs Latte vs Mocha

This infographic was created initially to show in a nice graphical way what are the differences between the most popular espresso based beverages. We got a few compliments, and we thought we should turn it into a poster. It was a great idea, because people absolutely love this poster. To be honest, I never expected this poster to be so popular. Our designer also made a mousepad version, slightly different. You can find that at the bottom of the page.

Latte vs Cappuccino vs Mocha Poster

On the same theme, we made a mousepad that you can buy at zazzle.com.… Read more

Five Amazing Espresso Coffees – These might Be the Best Beans for Espresso

Espresso shotWhat if I told you I found the best beans for espresso? Would you believe me? Don’t believe me and don’t believe anybody for that matter. Not that I can’t recommend you some fantastic espresso blends. But when you have a few great choices, you can’t choose one blend over the other. All are great in their way, and you will probably like them all. Coffee taste, like wine, is subjective. It depends on the person who drinks it and their mood at that time.

Regardless of the subjective side of espresso tasting, there are a few objective things to consider when evaluating some espresso beans.

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Breville BES980XL Oracle – Espresso Machine Review

Breville Bes980xl Oracle Review

Breville Oracle is Not a Super-Automatic

The price tag of the Breville BES980XL Oracle is within the range of super automatic espresso machines, yet the Oracle is just a semiautomatic machine. Well, not exactly a semiautomatic either, but this is where it got me. You’ll see why in a bit.

Breville’s marketing team was inspired when they named its high end espresso machine “Oracle”. Yes, this machine has all the brewing answers espresso lovers were looking for. It seems a bit steep for a machine that doesn’t qualify as a super-automatic.

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Kopi Luwak Is the Most Expensive Coffee – Is Civet Coffee Worth the Price?

Civet coffee or kopi luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. Why is it so expensive, many people ask? Is it all the same no matter where you buy it? The short answer is: Genuine kopi luwak is rare. There is a limited amount of genuine kopi luwak, and that drives the price up. Unscrupulous entrepreneurs though, have found ways to produce more civet coffee. We will show you how to minimize the risk of getting fake kopi luwak, and get the best quality beans. Foraging for civet coffee

What Is Kopi Luwak?

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Peaberry Coffee – Is It Really Worth the Price?

Peaberry Coffee - Kona If you have heard of peaberry coffee, you may have wondered what it is and why it is so expensive. Peaberries have a rather interesting origin, and a complicated harvesting method.

Can you bake a pie with peaberries? No, but the coffee brewed with peaberry coffee beans is delicious. Want to learn more? Read on.

What is Peaberry Coffee?

Peaberry vs regular coffee beansPeaberries are developing in a coffee cherry where one of the beans fails. Some people think this is a mutation. The coffee cherry normally contains two pits. The two coffee beans are flat on the interior side and round on the outer side.

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Dutch Cold Brew Coffee – What Is it and How to Make it?

Dutch Cold Brew Coffee on the street in Taiwan

Thanks to the innovations of baristas, the world of coffee is ever-evolving. We are always trying to find the best way to preserve and enhance the delicate flavors of coffee beans to create the perfect brew—but this isn’t new. Centuries before Starbucks, about three hundred years ago, the Dutch discovered a way to brew coffee that creates quite possibly the finest coffee taste to date, and it’s making a quick comeback. The Dutch might have forgotten the method, but the Japanese and the Koreans developed the method and transformed it into art.

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The Combination Coffee Espresso Machine – A Guide and Reviews

The new hype in the home coffee brewing is the combination coffee espresso machine. If you’ve ever been mesmerized by the motions of your barista behind the counter while you waited on your latte, you’re not alone. There is a certain meditative quality to espresso drinks: brew the espresso, steam the milk, pour the espresso, pour the milk, wipe off the steam wand, flush the wand, repeat. Baristas are passionate for a reason. Coffee is a lifestyle.Combination Coffee Espresso Machine Now, you don’t have to fill out an application to your local coffee shop to experience the bliss of being a barista.… Read more

Single Origin Coffee Beans – Why Are they Better?

You may have heard the term “single origin” being used by your favorite barista while they’re whipping up your creamy cappuccino, and you might not have paid much mind to it. But what does it mean? And should you care? The coffee industry has become increasingly complex as more and more baristas are taking their passion and experimenting with it, and discovering new ways to brew. But what does this mean for your morning cup of joe? Would buying single origin coffee make your cup better, or just more expensive?

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Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters – Artisan, on Demand Roaster

I met Chris Curtis online on Twitter, where he was promoting his coffee roasting business. He said that his company roasts on demand, because they want to ensure the best and the freshest coffee on the market. I got some coffee beans from him, and I absolutely loved them.

Espresso Shot and Sesame Snaps

Chris’s company, Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, but they ship coffee everywhere in North America. They have some of my favorite beans, which made me curious to try them. They roast Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Brazilian Cerrado, Sumatra, and a pleasant surprise for me, their Colombian Supremo, which I didn’t try before.… Read more

How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home, and Why Do It

How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home I love home coffee roasting, and I’d do it on a regular basis, if I had the time. But time for me is the most expensive commodity, so I need to manage it carefully. Because of that, I have to rely on coffee roasters for my brewing needs. Anyway, I needed some specially roasted beans for my cold brew concoction, and no roasters seemed to have anything close to my needs. I dusted off my coffee roasting skills, and proceeded with the task at hand.

Why Roast Coffee at Home?

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Best Coffee for Cold Brew – How To Choose the Best Coffee Beans for Cold Brew

Toddy Cold Brew Coffee SystemI just roasted a batch of what I like to call “the best beans for cold brew”. I like to roast my own beans, but I rarely have enough time for this. I usually find what I need at the local roasters around home, or on Internet. This time, however, I wanted something special, so I took the time to roast myself. Total success. I am not going to discuss roasting here, I will only show you how to pick a great coffee for your cold brew, and I’ll do a couple short reviews for beans that I tried before.

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