Fully Automatic Espresso Machines With Burr Grinders

By | December 13, 2018

A top of the line fully automatic espresso machine with a built in burr grinder is going to easily produce the best espresso possible in your kitchen with the least amount of physical effort. This is obvious but which units are going to give you the best value? Which super-automatic home espresso makers are going to be best… Read More »

Brian Mounts

Single Origin Coffee Vs Blends: What’s The Difference

By | December 12, 2018

Let’s be real. Normal, regular coffee drinkers don’t pay a lot of mind to this characteristic. But you are no normal, regular coffee drinker and you do care where your beans came from. The thing is, though both sides have their detractors and their advocates, both coffee types have their blessings and their curses. The real coffee aficionado… Read More »

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How Hot Should The Water Be In A French Press

By | December 12, 2018

I’m starting a series here on Top Off My Coffee where I discuss all the various aspects of making good french press coffee. I’ll be handling a lot of the common questions and discussing a number of the points of discussion coffee snobs typically have and then in the near future I’ll be publishing a larger overview of… Read More »

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How To Make Espresso At Home Without A Fancy Machine

By | December 12, 2018

I’ve always been a big fan of coffee over espresso because of difference in the volume of liquid between the two. A double-shot of espresso for instance is only 3.5-4oz compared to my standard 6-cup brew of coffee I tend to make every morning. What I’ve found to be a great middle ground between the two is the… Read More »

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How Often Should You Clean Your Coffee Maker?

By | December 12, 2018

Yesterday I posted an article titled: How Much Vinegar Does It Take To Clean A Coffee Maker. The short answer depends on how hard your water is and how often you brew coffee. Today I wanted to expand on the frequency side of the equation. How often should you clean a coffee pot with vinegar? The short answer… Read More »

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The Five Most Famous Places To Get Coffee In Seattle

By | December 2, 2018

Not too long ago I hit up Seattle for the first time – May actually. I was in coffee heaven. In the United States it would actually be hard for you to find a city with a more widespread coffee culture than Seattle. Maybe it’s the weather, there may be something in the water, but either way, truth… Read More »

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Best Espresso Machines That Use Pods

By | December 13, 2018

Looking for a great espresso maker that uses pods? Some of the best espresso machines let you use either pods or ground espresso depending on whatever you want to use at any given time. For the most part super-automatic espresso machines make the use of pods unnecessary as they grind the beans, and dose the grind without human… Read More »

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