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Chris from Prima Coffee Equipment

About the author

Chris is Prima's token hippy, hailing from the Pacific Northwest and newly arrived in Louisville. A degree in music and theology, an enthusiasm for coffee, and a gig as Prima's main blogger hint at how he spends most of his time. He and his wife have a thing for local eateries, craft liquor, and small towns with big charm.

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VIDEO: Coffee Siphon Brewing Guide

The siphon is the most complex of all manual brewers and the cup it produces might be the most unique. For a clean, full, and flavorful coffee, hit play and let Chris walk you through the whole process.

Siphon brewing guide video

How to Brew: Clever Coffee Dripper

The Clever is one of our favorite coffee makers for no-fuss, no-matter-where, single-cup brewing. Gather a few familiar tools, quality ingredients, and your new Clever and you'll have a delicious cup in front of you in just minutes, sans hassle.

Clever Coffee Dripper brewing video

LIVE COVERAGE: Big Eastern Brewers Cup Finals

The end of the Big Eastern Brewers Cup is just about here! We've seen dozens of top notch services this weekend — and tasted most of their fabulous coffees — but now it's time to watch the last of them and learn which of the final 12 competitors our judges scored highest.

Big Eastern Brewers Cup finals blog

LIVE COVERAGE: Big Eastern Brewers Cup Day 2

Welcome, watchers near and far, to the 2nd installment of our LIVE Big Eastern Brewers Cup coverage! You're looking at the internet's only on-the-fly, off-the-cuff, all-inclusive report of everyone's favorite filter coffee comp. Come see what happens on day 2!

2014 Big Eastern Brewer's Cup day 2

LIVE COVERAGE: Big Eastern Brewers Cup Day 1

The next phase of the United States competition season is upon us! This weekend, the SCAA, the BGA, and sponsors like Prima present the Big Eastern Event. Watch with us – on the web or in the flesh – as Brewers Cup competitors bring their best, hoping for a spot on that national stage.

Big Eastern Brewer's Cup Friday live

Deals for the New Year

Prima New Years

Resolve to brew better in 2014 and get going with great deals on new gear. We're kicking off the year with a 5-day sale on some of our favorite equipment. So copy down these codes, set your reminders, and sit tight: we're in for a yummy year.

A Comparison of Pour Over Brewing Kettles

Bonavita Kettle, Hario Buono Kettle, Kalita Thin Spout Kettle, and Kalita Wave Pot Kettle

Every trade has its tools, and that of manual coffee-making is no exception. One of the most important tools — especially for pour-over brewing — is the kettle. And, if you ask us, these are the best ones out there.

Holiday Gift Guide for Coffee Lovers

Coffee lover's holiday buying guide

Introducing: the ultimate buying guide for coffee lovers. Varying degrees of geekdom organize the coffee universe and, to simplify your holiday shopping, we’ve laid out this wish list accordingly. Who's on your list?

Espresso 101: What is it?

Espresso 101 blog

If you spell espresso with an "x", you can't tell a frapp from a capp, or when I say "demi", you think "Moore", you might be an espresso noob. But don't let that get you down – we've got a quick fix.

How to Make Espresso

You know what espresso is, and you know it's for you. But where do you start? With this beginner's guide, we'll point you in the right direction – and we promise you'll like where this is going.

Espresso and Milk for Beginners

Espresso and milk

Coffee and milk is a classic combination – just look at any café menu. To make your own espresso-based drinks, grab a pitcher and the milk of your choice and let's blow off some steam.

Espresso Machine Maintenance

Espresso machine maintenance

You and your machine make great espresso; let's keep it that way. Taking care of your espresso equipment will ensure that it lives a long life and always does what it should. This is your chore list.

Choosing Espresso Equipment

Beginner espresso equipment recommendations

With fresh knowledge, it's time to ask: do you have the gear to get going? Here are half a dozen machines and grinders that we could recommend without thinking twice.

How to Brew: Kalita Wave Pour Over Coffee Dripper

What's the Wave all about? Is it the new V60? How does it even work? We're so glad you asked. In this film, Chris demonstrates how to make a proper cup of coffee with the ubiquitous Kalita Wave dripper.

Kalita Wave brewing video

Video Vault: Baratza Forte Comparisons and Tutorials

The Baratza Forté is the newest coffee and espresso grinder on the planet – what in the world is it all about? We've pitted it against some classics and peeked under the hood to help get the word out: this grinder's got guts!

Baratza Forte video

Baratza Forte Review: 3 Reasons You'll Love this Grinder

Fresh from the vaults of innovation, the Forté has arrived. So what's the chatter about? This review will get you close and cozy with Baratza's newest grinder, where you'll find out if it's really hot stuff — or all hype.

Baratza Forté coffee and espresso grinder review

Film: Relive Coffee Fest's Best Moments

Coffee Fest is behind us, but we're still reeling from awesomeness overload. If you missed out on the exciting weekend, we'll bring you up to speed with this mini documentary.

Coffee Fest highlights film

Coffee Fest Report or: How We Survived Day 3

It's been a heckuva weekend but, as Nelly Furtado once told me, all good things come to an end. Let's take a teary-eyed look at what happened on our last day at Coffee Fest Chicago.

Coffee Fest Chicago day 3

Coffee Fest Report or: How We Defeated Day 2

Ah, a new day. It’s smooth sailing from here. We’ve learned the lay of the land, found a rhythm, and – most remarkably – caught up on sleep. So what went down on day two?

Coffee Fest Day 2

Coffee Fest Report or: How We Conquered Day 1

And we’re off! Day one of Coffee Fest Chicago was all sorts of crazy. A dozen coffees and a pile of pizza later, we're feeling a second wind and we're ready to take on the weekend. First, a look back at Friday’s festivities.

Coffee Fest Day 1