Does Coffee Make You Dehydrated?

By | May 25, 2018

I drink a lot of coffee and have done so for years. These days I drink less coffee in terms of volume than ever before but the coffee I do drink is a bit more potent. For a while my wife has been telling me that I need to drink other “non-coffee” drinks to stay hydrated but without… Read More »

Brian Mounts

Does A French Press Make The Best Coffee?

By | May 24, 2018

I sure think it makes the best coffee but it doesn’t offer a lot of versatility in the specialty drink dept. Depending on your level of sophistication you can make a really great coffee that is either strong or weak or anything in between with a french press. You can easily play with brewing times to optimize your… Read More »

Brian Mounts

The Best Coffee Grinders Under $50

By | May 24, 2018

The very first coffee grinder I ever owned was a super cheap electric blade grinder that cost me somewhere around $15 or so. I bought the thing somewhere around 2002 when I moved into my first apartment. I knew nothing about grinders at the time but I was buying whole bean coffee every now and then and this… Read More »

Brian Mounts

Q&A – Can You Make Espresso With A French Press?

By | May 24, 2018

Since I started working on this website not too long ago I’ve come across question after question relating to espresso and fine coffee making. One such question has I’ve seen in many variations and it has to do with the preparation of espresso at home – you know, without going out to a store or buying a thousand… Read More »

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French Press Coffee Can Increase Your Cholesterol: Is This True?

By | May 24, 2018

While ding some research on my last post on coffee induced dehydration I found an interesting set of stories on the risks of unfiltered coffee on one’s cholesterol levels. First I came across an article published on NBC news discussing some of the basics of the findings. In short researchers in recent years have determined convincingly that people… Read More »

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How Hot Is The Water In A Coffee Maker?

By | May 24, 2018

Ever wondered how hot the water is in a coffee maker? I first wondered this back when the woman sued McDonald’s for serving coffee that was too hot. This was but a passing thought in an adolescent mind but since then the question became important to me because it matters a great deal in making good coffee. Why… Read More »

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Are Contigo Travel Mugs Dishwasher Safe?

By | May 23, 2018

Kind Of… Let Me Explain I’ve used many a travel mug in my day and there’s always one thing I wish I could do with my mugs – I want to be able to throw them in the dishwasher without damaging them. I have plenty of experience in putting cheap mugs in the dishwasher and finding them not… Read More »

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