Why Is Kona Coffee So Expensive?

By | December 12, 2018

My last post regarding Kona coffee and espresso failed to cover on key aspect of Kona coffee that’s very important. First of all I mentioned my first foray into Kona coffee a few months back was actually a Kona coffee blend that I bought on sale at my local Safeway. I mentioned the fact that this coffee was… Read More »

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The Health Benefits Of Coffee Consumption

By | December 12, 2018

Is coffee healthy to drink? There’s a lot of data to suggest it is healthy for most people although medical researchers are always testing and learning new things about coffee, caffeine, and related drinks such as teas. Here on Top Off My Coffee I’ve blogged a bit on the health implications of coffee. I’ve answered some related questions… Read More »

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The Best Coffee Maker Features To Look For

By | December 12, 2018

Want to buy a coffee maker? You’re going to have to make some big decisions. What exactly is the reason why some coffee makers are listed for $50 versus $100 or even $200. In some cases the $50 coffee pots look just as fancy as the $200 pots – what’s the difference and how do you tell what’s… Read More »

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The Best Way To Store Coffee Beans

By | December 12, 2018

Ever since I started buying my coffee beans whole and grinding them for my morning coffee I’ve been enjoying coffee even more than ever before. You really can taste the difference. So far I’ve been getting my whole beans ground at the store most of the time and then bring the ground coffee home but as I’m researching… Read More »

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The Best Super-Automatic Espresso Makers For The Home

By | December 13, 2018

It’s no secret that I think the best espresso maker for the average family is a simple stovetop espresso maker (have you seen the Moka Express?!?). But even still I recognize that the coffee produced on the stovetop is not exactly the same thing as true espresso so for purists I wanted to start a series here on… Read More »

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The Best 32-34 Ounce Travel Mugs For Sale

By | December 13, 2018

Looking for a large 32 oz or 34 oz travel mug? Want something that’s going to keep your drinks hot (or cold) a lot longer than a paper cup? There’s a bunch of options available but many are overpriced and they under-deliver. When you can buy cheap stuff from any old gas station you have to either not… Read More »

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Is Kona Coffee Good For Espresso?

By | December 12, 2018

Not long ago I was buying a small bag of beans over at my local supermarket. These days I buy a lot of my beans from Quackenbush, my local roaster, but I still do buy beans at Safeway from time to time if I’m running low or if I want to try something different that doesn’t cost much.… Read More »

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The Best Stainless Steel Stovetop Espresso Makers

By | March 11, 2019

Stainless Steel moka pots are a great alternative to the traditional aluminum stovetop espresso makers that have been on the market for generations. For those who are health conscious and are concerned about using aluminum when other options are available this is a no-brainer. Are you worried about the negative health ramifications of using aluminum in your kitchen?… Read More »

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