Tag Archives: Coffee

Cheap, easy, no-mess cold-brew coffee 3

I’ve just finished teaching week four of the amazing Clarion Science Fiction Writers’ Workshop at UC San Diego; in addition to spending a week working closely with some very talented writers, I came up with a new and cheap way to make astounding cold-brew coffee. I bought a $10 “nut-milk” bag and a plastic pitcher. Every night before bed, I… Read More »

Cheap, easy, no-mess cold-brew coffee 5

I bought a $10 “nut-milk” bag and a plastic pitcher. Every night before bed, I ground up about 15 Aeropress scoops’ (570 ml) worth of espresso roast coffee — the $20 Krups grinder is fine for this, though I wouldn’t use it with an actual espresso machine — leaving the beans coarse. I filled the bag with the grind, put… Read More »

Coffee Joulies: clever coffee temperature regulators on Kickstarter

A couple of engineer/designers named Dave have a Kickstarter project to fund production of “Coffee Joulies,” a little gizmo that brings your coffee down to the optimal temperature and keeps it there. One of my big beefs with many of the Kickstarter projects I see is that their originators don’t give any indication of their… Read More »

Coffee Common Launches

(photos by Kyle Glanville) I take my coffee pretty seriously. So the idea of some of the most respected names in the coffee business—who, under normal circumstances, consider one another competition—coming together to work towards a common goal is very interesting to me. As a consumer I’m always trying to get my hands on really… Read More »

The new Starbucks cup holds an entire bottle of wine

Rob Cockerham of Cockeyed.com says: “Its not the largest cup in America, but the new Starbucks Trente is big. Thirty-one ounces. “That’s about 5 ounces more than a bottle of wine. “Today after work I stopped in to get a giant iced coffee. In the evening, I replaced it with something more appropriate for dinner.”… Read More »

Caffeine Kills

What is the lethal level of caffeine consumption? Apparently, it’s somewhere below “spoonfuls” of a caffeine supplement that a British man purchased over the Internet. Papers around the world are abuzz (sorry) about the death-by-stimulant of Michael Lee Bedford. The recommended dose on the packet is 1/16th of a teaspoon–I know I have my 1/16th… Read More »

Melitta Perfect Brew Cone

This simple plastic cone coupled with a filter is the best tool I have found for quickly making great tasting coffee. I have tried a French press but found the coffee to be gritty and bitter. Automatic drip coffee makers are expensive and don’t provide much control over water temperature, not to mention the amount… Read More »

Cold-brew coffee maker

One of the most delicious cups of coffee I ever had was cold-brewed — the coffee flavor slowly diffused into cold water. No bitter, acid taste, just sweet and aromatic awesomeness. I have no idea if Hammacher Schlemmer’s cold-brewer makes a decent cup of joe, but you get the idea. The hourglass does not require… Read More »

The sad fate of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster

Last night my friend Colin and I went to Meltdown Comics & Collectibles in Los Angeles to listen to comic book historian Craig Yoe’s (center) presentation on the weird, sad life of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster. Here’s my glossed over summary of Yoe’s fascinating presentation (which included lots of great slides that you can’t see… Read More »