As we close off Breakfast Week here on The Kitchn, I couldn't help but share this brilliant setup for all you morning espresso lovers. Elsie (of the blog A Beautiful Mess) has a much-loved espresso machine and a tiny kitchen. But when she could no longer afford to give up precious counter space to her beloved machine, she came up with pretty swell solution. Move over, cocktail carts. She just stole your idea and made it better!
At my house we have a sleek little Nespresso machine and an older, heavy Italian model that belongs to my boyfriend, Sam. Both have prime real estate on the counter: Sam uses his almost exclusively; I use mine almost exclusively. He calls my espresso "faux'spresso," insisting it doesn't taste as good and lamenting the fact that the pods are so wasteful. In a way, I agree. And yet, I wouldn't have it any other way.
I've been thinking about coffee (drip coffee, not espresso drinks) a great deal lately and about how much we love it in comparison to how much we pay for it. Many folks make drip coffee at home and others like to grab a cup on their way to work or as a mid-afternoon break. And as you've likely noticed, the price varies from cafe to cafe, from bean to bean, from city to city. So I began to wonder: where do you draw the line between an acceptable price for drip coffee and an over-the-top expenditure?
If you live up north, you may not be craving a cold brew this time of year. Down south in Texas, though, I'll tell you that things are quite different. Temperatures are already hitting 80 degrees! But when I want to hang onto that January cool for just a bit longer, I make a French pressed cold brew coffee with a little sea salt and caramel.
The Huffington Post recently wrote a piece insisting most of us don't know what bad coffee looks like. The article insists that, contrary to what so many of us may think, dark roast coffee is actually bad coffee. I couldn't help but recall the uber-dark, oily beans that my parents always bought, and how at coffee shops today I always insist on "the darkest roast you have on hand." But maybe I'm one of those people the author is referring to. Am I actually buying bad coffee?
While at my mom's house over Christmas, I had the opportunity to use her fancy milk frother each morning to make cappuccinos or frothy tea in the afternoon. I became spoiled quickly. The thing made perfectly frothed milk with the press of a button. Upon coming home, I knew I needed to figure out a substitute that wouldn't break the bank but that was just as convenient: enter the Aerolatte!
For coffee and tea lovers torn over what to drink in the morning, you may never have to choose again: scientists have brewed a tea made from the leaves of the coffee plant. They're calling it the coffee tea leaf. Behold the future, friends.
Whether you're sensitive to the caffeine in tea and coffee or simply looking for something different, there's a wide world of alternatives. Some are delicate, like "white coffee" made from orange blossom water, while others are earthy and robust, like rooibos or roasted barley tea. Here are a few of our recommendations for caffeine-free hot drinks. What are your favorites?
Coffee lovers encompass a range of obsessions: it's about the bean, the flavor, the caffeine, the ritual, the process, the experience. Whatever your coffee lover's particular focus, we have a gift idea for you.
The good news for coffee lovers just keeps on coming. A study published in the December issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that coffee appears to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. This is just one more study in a long line of studies claiming the benefits of coffee far outweigh the risks.