Watch profile of Alan Adler, inventor of the Aeropress coffee maker

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I use my beloved Aeropress coffee maker every day when I'm at home. Cory actually travels with his! Filmmaker and photographer David Friedman profiled the inventor of the Aeropress, Alan Adler. He is also the inventor of the Aeorobie Flying Ring.

Some inventions are just a better way to do something that’s already being done – an improvement on a product. Other inventions are pretty new and I would say that the Aeropress Coffee Maker is quite new. …When you look at the coffee brewing process, it’s interesting that it’s really just a succession of of shorter and shorter processes. A hundred years ago, people used to throw some grounds of coffee into a pot and boil it for as long as an hour. Whereas in 1950, there was quite a leap forward in coffee making called the “automatic drip machine” and it took about 5 minutes. The Aeropress cuts that time of 5 minutes down to about one minute.

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Kitten + Owlet + Coffee equals cute

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Hukulou Coffee in Osaka has several owls, but Fuku the owlet and Marimo the kitten are the star attractions, as they have become very good friends.

The posts below have some very cute recent videos.

Lots of great fan art on their Twitter feed, too.

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Cooking rice in a coffee pot flushes out arsenic

Rice contains more of the carcinogen arsenic than other grains, but researchers at Queen’s University Belfast, UK found that cooking rice in a simple coffee pot removed about half the arsenic. Read the rest

Breaking Bad themed coffeeshop opens in Istanbul

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Just don't ask your barista where they store the cash.

What coffee does to your body

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Caffeine is the world's most widely-used psychoactive drug. Four cups a day is, for average adults, about as much as it's safe to take, because of the mildly unpleasant things it does to us. Read the rest

Comic about the woman who invented the coffee filter

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Over at Backchannel, comic artist Andy Warner's illustrated the story of Melitta Bentz, a German housewife who in 1908 invented the coffee filter. Read the rest

New idea in iced coffee: the “Draft Latte” has been invented, and we want one

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La Colombe Coffee CEO Todd Carmichael came up with a cool idea, and made it real. Read the rest

A tempting offer

Spotted outside Fix Coffee on Whitecross Street in London. Read the rest

This game will make your morning coffee seem kind of scary

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Keurig coffee machines, with their clunking lever, digital menu and environmentally-hazardous pods, are already kind of creepy—and that's even before you're hooked on their precious, precious dark caffeine.

How much caffeine and alcohol should we (or shouldn't we) be drinking?

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Caffeine and alcohol, once thought to be associated with some health risks, are now making headlines for their health benefits – when consumed in moderation. So how many espresso shots, tea cups, beer mugs and wine glasses are considered healthy doses, and how many put us in the risk category? Two new studies get closer to finding the right balance. Read the rest

Keurig CEO blames disastrous financials on DRM

Keurig CEO Brian Kelley blamed a 23% drop in sales on his decision to use DRM to stop people from buying their coffee-pods from his competition. Read the rest

Starbucks Via instant coffee packs are great when you are in immediate need of a caffeine fix

I never travel without a few Starbucks Via packets in my bag. They are a godsend when I need a coffee fix and don't have time to seek out a coffee shop. My friend Kent Barnes recommended them, and I'll be forever grateful.

The packets are easy to tear open, and they dissolve quickly even in cold water. Sometimes I pour them in a small plastic water bottle, replace the cap, shake, and guzzle. I've mixed packets with cold milk, too. The coffee tastes pretty good, especially if you don't use too much water.

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Cold-brew chocolate: advanced topics

Ever since I blew my mind by cold-brewing ground cacao nibs, I've been experimenting with the process, and have discovered some amazing variations on the formula. Read the rest

This video captures exactly what it's like to order a coffee in San Francisco

This PBS video is basically a play-by-play of the last time I got a latte. Created by Steve Goldbloom and Noah Pink and produced by Nic Pollock for “PBS: Everything But The News.”

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San Francisco's Philz Coffee to Go National

San Francisco's favorite chain is hitting the big show, with plans to expand by 50% over the next year, according to TechCrunch. Read the rest

Free "freedom clip" turns off K-Cup DRM

Rogers Family Company Coffee and Tea is offering a free "Freedom Clip" that disables DRM in your new-model K-Cup machine, letting you use it with anyone's coffee pods. Read the rest

Rancilio Rocky Coffee Grinder, commercial quality grinder that fits on your counter

In the eight years I've been grinding my own coffee, I've burned out the motor on three grinders: a cheap blade grinder, then a Cuisinart burr grinder, and finally a Capresso grind 'n brew. Either consumer-level grinders are poorly made, or my workload of 4-5 pots of filter coffee per week plus the occasional enemy (no space for a wood chipper in my city apartment) is too intense. Having spent more than $300 on now busted grinders I decided to investigate what it would take to acquire a grinder that I might reasonably expect to last for a decade.

The Rocky has commercial grade grinding burrs and is rated at 7.7 lbs per hour. Rancilio refers to the Rocky as "quiet during operation", and maybe it is in a relative sense, but I've yet to find a device that crushes things at a volume level approaching "serene". It is slightly less obnoxious than my previous grinders at close range.

Though I was sufficiently assured that the grinder would stand up to my usage, the quality that tipped the scales towards the Rocky is one most coffee nerd sites don't mention: height. At 13.8" tall, the Rocky is much shorter than most prosumer grinders, and it was the only grinder of its quality that fits easily under my shelves. I've had it for two years at this point and it still grinds as if I'd just taken it out of the box.

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