Coffee

Perfect Coffee at Home

Perfect Coffee at Home, written by former U.S. Marines Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez and available only on the iBookstore for iPad, is all about the joys and methods of brewing an awesome cup—you guessed it—at home. They explain all the factors that go into every cup, and how you can tweak them step-by-step to get the best results. Haft and Suarez…

Rancilio Silvia V3 Espresso Machine

For serious coffee fanatics, having an espresso machine at home can certainly be an expensive affair. Most of us aren’t world champion baristas though, and prefer not to break the bank to get our fix. The Rancilio Silvia V3 is a commerical-grade machine that, in the right hands, will brew espresso on par with what you’d get at your favorite local coffee…

Coffee Slingers T-Shirt

Coffee Slingers is one of the best coffee shops and roasters in my home town of Oklahoma City. If you’re ever in town you should really check the place out and get some delicious coffee, but a trip to OKC isn’t required to get one of their awesome t-shirts. The design of the roasting machine and the iconography are all great, plus…

Sowden SoftBrew Coffee Maker

I recently happened across an article in The Atlantic that piqued my interest in the Sowden SoftBrew coffee maker. (Because, I don’t already have enough coffee makers in my life, right? Please send help.) It’s essentially a ceramic kettle with a large, easily-removable, stainless steel mesh filter inside. In fact, it looks a lot like a tea brewer. The filter has been…

Eva Solo Coffee Maker

The same people who designed our favorite cheese grater are also the makers of a great coffee maker. Similar to a French press, the Eva Solo coffee maker uses a full-immersion brewing method. Just dump some coarsely-ground coffee and hot water directly into the glass carafe, seal off the top with the conical filter/stopper (also, make sure the outer neoprene sleeve is…

Porlex JP-30 Hand Grinder

(Pictured on right. Aeropress not included.) Let’s say you’ve organized your suitcase, but in your rush to get out the door you totally forgot to get your morning caffeine fix. As long as you remembered to pack your travel coffee gear the night before, you’re in good shape. Along with an Aeropress and a bag of fresh beans, you’re going to want…

Days of the Week Coffee Rack

Like it says on the tin, this is a rack that lets you store and display a week’s worth of coffee. Each day of coffee is represented by a test tube, which seems fitting. $46 at Meriwether of Montana.

Canadiano Coffee Maker

Okay, so maybe this trend of craz- er, inventive new coffee brewers is starting to get a little out of hand. It seems that we’re getting ever closer to some sort of Coffee Maker Singularity, and the Canadiano Coffee Maker is perhaps the next step in that process. Fashioned from a single block of wood (cherry, walnut, or maple), the Canadiano is…

Duo Coffee Steeper

The Duo Coffee Steeper is a Kickstarter project that combines the longer steeping time of a French press with the cleanliness of a pour-over brewer. The instructions are simple: load up the top chamber with coffee and hot water, stir, let the mixture sit for a few minutes, then twist the chamber to allow sludge-free coffee to pour into the bottom. The…

Ratio Eight Coffee Machine

If there’s one thing we at Tools & Toys (and many of our readers) are not in need of, it’s another coffee-making contraption. I mean, the lot of us are nearly full-on baristas at this point. But this beautiful, upcoming device called the Ratio Eight coffee machine definitely seems worth checking out. This machine looks like a cross between a Chemex coffee…

Snow Peak Coffee Dripper

Coffee and camping are two things that go together very well, but I feel like a lot of brewing equipment is too delicate for the outdoors. As much as I like my Hario V60, I’m not sure the ceramic would hold up well in my bag. The Snow Peak Coffee Dripper, another pour-over brewer, may be a solution to this problem. It…

Nespresso Aeroccino 3

Before the coffee geeks cry out with indignation: yes, I realize I am linking to a Nespresso product and Nespresso is a blight on the coffee-making world, but this is not one of their wasteful coffee pod contraptions. No, the Aeroccino 3 – no relation to the AeroPress – is merely a milk frothing machine, and a good one at that. It…

Impress Coffee Brewer

The Impress Coffee Brewer is a combination coffee press and travel mug that aims to make the brewing process a breeze. Put some freshly ground coffee in the press, pour in some hot water and let it brew for a few minutes, then insert the “cup” piece and push down all the way. It’s a lot like brewing with an AeroPress, except…

Exceptional Expressions of Espresso Poster

From the same folks who brought you the Compendious Coffee Chart poster (which is now available in coffee mug form) comes another coffee-themed print, Exceptional Expressions of Espresso. This beautiful 18″x24″ poster breaks down the ingredient ratios of 23 different espresso beverages, some of which we’ve not heard of but sound delicious anyway. We recommend hanging it near your coffee-making area for…

Pour Mason

One of the best ways to brew a great cup of coffee is using a pourover method — a couple of the more popular options are the Chemex and Hario V60 brewers. The Pour Mason is an interesting Kickstarter that aims to apply this same idea to mason jars. The concept is simple: twist one of the Pour Mason brewers onto a…

Coffitivity

Some people like to work in an office, while others – like myself – are at our creative best in a comfortable environment like a coffee shop. For those of us in the latter camp, Coffitivity is an excellent app for Mac, iOS, and the web that recreates the acoustic experience of working in a bustling coffee shop. Choose one of three…

Toddy Cold Brew System

There have been a lot of coffee makers and accessories on Tools & Toys over the years, but somehow, the Toddy Cold Brew System has never been featured (only mentioned once by yours truly). Maybe Shawn and Stephen just aren’t big fans of iced coffee, but it’s definitely one of my favorite things in the world, and this system is my favorite…

AeroPress Travel Cap

The AeroPress is an excellent coffee maker to take when traveling. I slide a dozen paper filters and a plastic bag of beans into the inside of the plunger whenever I’m going on a trip. The only problem is that the filters and beans have a tendency to fall out. To fix this problem, the guys at Able Brewing company made a…

Grady’s Cold Brew Iced Coffee Concentrate

You know what’s better than a cup of hot coffee first thing in the morning? A cup of iced coffee on a hot afternoon. I don’t know about you guys, but in my neck of the woods, it’s already starting to warm up outside as we get closer to springtime and I’m in full-on iced coffee mode. The thing is, iced coffee…

Camano Coffee Mill

The kitchens of many coffee nerds are practically overflowing with coffee paraphernalia, but a lot of that stuff isn’t very well-suited for traveling. Electric burr grinders are no exception to this, which is why hand grinders are so great. They can be tossed into a bag alongside your AeroPress for easy traveling. And if you’re willing to put in a little elbow…

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