Linking Around - Beat the Winter Doldrums with these Fab Coffee Resources
It's an interesting Monday: January is here, the holidays are clearly behind us, and Winter is now at the point where I feel like it's offered me just about all I'm wanting out of it. Why interesting, then? Well, coffee-wise, there's a lot going on, but I feel like I, and those around me, are sort of missing out on the action. Winter doldrums kicking in? Perhaps. In light of that, then, here are a few links to some coffee things I find noteworthy:
Over on cleanhotdry, they pose an intriguing choice: espresso or brewed coffee? Take a look, as the poll isn't just a matter of preference. Be sure to read the comments, as the reasons given as well as those who voted and how they voted are just as intriguing.
Ben Helfen of Octane Coffee in Atlanta is fairly well-known in coffee circles for his latte art abilities. Unfortunately, that may now pale in comparison to his fame regarding his recently-posted but quickly-popular coffee brewing guide. The chatter on the web about this thing is nothing short of astounding.
Tom Pikaart put together a handy-dandy little brewing guide for the Hario V60. I brew mine slightly differently, but I still highly recommend his technique. Check it out!
The guys over at Slayer put together a little forward-looking post on what to expect for 2010. The main reason I esteem them -- their utmost dedication to craftsmanship -- is explored a little bit in that post. Such dedication is rare these days, and therefore, all the more noteworthy.
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The Fretta Iced Coffee Brewer is Hario's answer to brewing the perfect cup of iced coffee. Hario has combined their famous V60 brewer with a decanter and plastic diffuser to assure that the coffee is quickly cooled by hitting ice immediately after the brewing process. This quick heat transition is important in conserving the flavor of the coffee. The Fretta comes with 10 size 02 paper filters. We recommend that you purchase extra filters as well. To do this select filters as an add-on from the options on the right or go to our Hario 02 filter listing. Also recommend is a pouring kettle. We offer both the Hario Buono Kettle as well as the Kalita Wave Pot Kettle in the drop-down menu on the right.
$53.00Hario's stainless steel water kettle, the V60 Buono, has been spotted popping up in coffee houses and the kitchens of baristas for some time now. A detailed search on the web will reveal, for the moment at least, that the Buono seems to be widely accepted as the most useful pouring kettle available. What makes this kettle so popular amongst pour-over enthusiasts? Several reasons stand out.
First, the thin pouring spout enables greater pouring precision as well as a slower, more consistent and controlled rate of pour, both of which are very helpful in achieving a precise, prolonged extraction.
Second, the stainless steel construction and large 1 liter capacity contribute toward keeping up the brew temperature for the duration of the entire brew cycle.
Third, the ergonomics involved in the design of the kettle help to make using it much easier. This may not seem like much, but if you're brewing large batches of coffee and pouring for three or more minutes per batch, doing several batches of coffee will quickly become a chore if your kettle doesn't cooperate with you.
Combine all of these facets with the fact that the Buono is manufactured by Hario, a very popular name in the coffee-brewing community, and the kettle's popularity is easily understood. For best results, combine the Buono with a V60 Dripper or Chemex to get a truly exceptional cup of coffee.
$48.62Tampers are as diverse as the baristas who use them. Our new tamper meets the needs of almost any barista, whether professionally trained or newly beginning. With its durable aluminum handle and wide, smooth top, the tamper is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably into the palm unlike other overly rounded handles which can press a little too tightly into the hand of the barista, or flat topped handles which can become uncomfortable after extended use.
The base of the Prima tamper is of a hefty 304 stainless steel design. This solid steel base combined with the light, detachable aluminum handle adds balanced weight to the tamper which helps aid the barista in providing an even tamp, shot after shot.