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Coffee table, meet coffee book

Table Service: 5 Great Coffee Table Books About Coffee

Left unattended, the ubiquitous coffee table quickly becomes a gatekeeper of everything from last October’s cable bill (you paid that, didn’t you?) to the feet of undisciplined friends and family. We know you run a tighter ship than most and appreciate how a well-placed read can stimulate conversations faster than a triple shot. Here's a crop of coffee-themed books worthy of displacing Ansel Adams or your decades-long dedication to the Maxim Hot 100.

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Great outdoors, great coffee

Camp Caffeine: Lessons in Outdoor Brewing

Something about sitting atop an unexplored peak to watch the sunrise while enjoying your favorite coffee just feels right. Maybe it's the sub-freezing temperatures and obligatory wind chill, or it's the all night trek catching up with you. With that in mind, we’ve got the best tried and true methods for brewing your favorite coffee for you next adventure, be it a weekend of car camping or a full blown backcountry expedition.

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These are a few of our favorite things

Photo Essay: Cars and Coffee

One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday is roll out of bed at 5:30 a.m., grab a camera and my jacket and drive 48 miles from LA to a business park in Irvine. There, on any given Saturday, hundreds of cars worth millions of dollars gather for Cars and Coffee, a special event where two common denominators create a mood of friendship, relaxation and shared passion.

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Watch closely now

Espresso, Intelligentsia

If you need proof of coffee practiced as an obsession, art form and science, this quick video -- a "how-to" on making a cup of espresso -- is exhibit A. Intellegentsia Coffee in Venice, California can come off as a little pretentious at first; but what you're really seeing is an unabashed expertise in truly great coffee. "We take every single step in the chain, from seed to cup, as seriously as possible", Kyle Glanville extols. We believe him.

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Coffee for the man on the move

High and Dry: 5 Best Instant Coffees

Instant coffee belongs to the category of cultural food relics, the type of product introduced at a World's Fair, perfected with the help of military research, and eventually relegated to the pantries of grandmothers everywhere. It's a food item for people at the fringes: too old, too tired, too time-strapped, cookies for breakfast, sweatpants all day. Coffee purists will swat it from your hand. But we've all got a little stash just in case, don't we?

Because the beautiful thing about instant coffee is that it's cheap, fast and the lowest-volume solution for getting a coffee fix on the move. We surveyed the market to find the best instant coffees readily available in grocery stores. We weren't looking for something that stacks up to a cup of Zambian Ljulu Lipati from Intelligentsia, but we did want a close approximation to freshly brewed coffee.

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Hot coffee, un-burned crotch

10 Best Mugs for the Morning Commute

Life seems to get difficult quick if you can't bring your coffee with you; but if you spill, your treasured drink can become a mortal enemy. Nobody wants that. The solution: a great travel mug.

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Better your inner barista

Single Origin Beans vs Blends: A Primer

Let’s face it: the average North American spends less time contemplating the beans behind his morning motivator than it takes his barista to scowl disapprovingly. To open his eyes and shed a little light into those dark waters, the GP team delves into the differences between single origin and blended coffees. Our goal? To arm you with information on micro-lot farming, blend aging and why that cup tastes the way it does. It's all about being informed and maximizing enjoyment in your every-morning drink. So put on your scholar cap, pour yourself a cup and read on to explore the methods used to turn those remarkable beans into a masterpiece.

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In Search of Higher Grounds

Coffee Beans: Know Your Regions

Where did that coffee in your hand come from? We profile the major coffee growing regions of the world, helping you make an informed decision when it comes to Brazilian versus Indonesian, Colombian versus Monsoon beans from India. Grab a cup and study up.

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Knowledge, Caffeinated Lore and Tools of the Brew

Introducing: Fortnight of Coffee

It's time to roll out the Fortnight of Coffee, two weeks of stories about our favorite morning drink. In our third issue (previously, Month of Beef and Bond Week) you can expect gear roundups, original storytelling, photo essays, videos and a few surprises. Hold on to your mugs. Coffee’s up.

Brew True

Behmor Brazen Coffee Brewer

Ask any coffee aficionado about the best method for brewing a cup and they'll rifle off one of several manual techniques. That's because doing it yourself is far more precise than your average Mr. Sloppy in terms of water temperature and distribution, which are key for the proper extraction

A baker's dozen for the culinary nut

12 Guys of Christmas: The Chef

Blame Anthony Bourdain and his gallivanting food porn circus. Blame Bravo’s utterly watchable, bro-it’s-not-reality-TV show, Top Chef. Blame the hipsters, the bandwagoners, the trust-funders -- and for Guy Fieri’s sake -- please, someone, blame Bobby Flay. Because if one thing

Fostering your addiction

La Colombe Pure Black

If you sneer when people ask "cream and sugar?" you have two problems: a mean attitude and a nasty coffee addiction. La Colombe Pure Black ($6) coffee concentrate aims to abate the latter (which, fortunately, may also dismiss the former).

The Fort Knox of coffee

Friis Coffee Vault

We appreciate the chain cup o' joes that keep us rolling on the road; but at home, we especially attend to the efforts and offerings of the world’s coffee-roasting elite. To make sure those efforts don’t go to pot, keep your

Rise and Grind

Baratza Virtuoso

Regardless of what those holiday commercials suggested as you were growing up, you can’t get excellent coffee by just scooping it out of a refrigerated red container. Grinding fresh beans is the fastest way to improve the quality of your coffee,

Map o’ Java

Compendium of Coffee

We like our women coffee strong and sweet but regardless of your preferences, the Compendium of Coffee has the range covered. An exploration of the various grinds (extra-coarse to extra-fine), production methods (steeping, pour-over or drip, vacuum, or pressure) and

Discovering Local Frontiers

Drafting It | Todd Carmichael of La Colombe

As the co-founder of the Philly-based coffee roaster, La Colombe, and the company's main sourcer, Todd Carmichael spends much of his time traveling the world in search of the highest quality, ethically traded coffee available, and soon you'll be to able to follow his adventures through his upcoming Travel Channel

These beans count

Starbucks Indivisible Blend

Whether or not you’re a fan of the recently passed health care legislation, we can all agree that the good ol’ US of A could use a little help these days. That’s why the Seattle-based coffee giant has introduced Starbucks

Counter art

Cafino Coffee Maker

The Cafino Coffee Maker ($165) is a lean coffee brewer with a tasteful aesthetic meant to ease the daily grind. Made of borosilicate glass (thermal stress resistant -- think Pyrex) and stainless steel, this Tassilo von Grolman designed brewer utilizes a

Brunch. Anywhere.

Nau Luxe Cafe Kit

Camping requires plenty of tradeoffs, but your morning routine is one area where you shouldn't have to sacrifice. Highly functional and highly stylish brand Nau felt your pain and collaborated with Snow Peak to create the Nau luxe

For pressing needs in the outback

GSI Personal Java Press

There’s nothing like the great outdoors, and for your money, that first cup of coffee on a cool wilderness morning is as good as it gets. But such serenity is easily undermined by a flat, bitter cup of instant coffee. Your

K-Cup, The Next Generation...

Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System

We’ve previously discussed the virtues of the Keurig brewing system and its thankfully-ubiquitous K-cup as a handy solution for a quick fix of caffeine. Now after years of success, it’s time to introduce K-cup’s second act – the
DiCaprio joe

La Colombe Lyon Charitable Coffee

Philadelphia-based La Colombe Torrefaction has already captured the hearts of the coffee community and it looks like the charitable clique is next. Their new Lyon coffee ($13) is the result of an alliance with Mr. Amsterdam Vallon himself. 100% of

A better brew from Brooklyn

Kickstand Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate

Kickstand started back in 2010 out of a shared passion for sustainably grown coffee and cycling. Founders Neal Olson, Aaron Davis, Peter Castelein and Benjamin Schleif mixed the two loves by biking their cold brew serving "mobile coffee stand" to

Im-press-ive

Kickstarter: The Espro Press

Compared to standard drip methods, the French Press (or cafetiére as it's known in the rest of the world) does an excellent job of brewing a great tasting cup of coffee. But it isn't perfect. In fact, many java-elitest feel the

No Average Joe

GP Primer | Skip the Drip: How to Manually Brew Better Coffee

Auto-drip coffee is entrenched in American culture for three reasons. It's cheap, easy to make, and has a relatively consistent taste wherever you order it, apart from the random Chicory-spiked landmines you can stumble on down south. Those benefits have

Just Don't Drink It

Wash With Joe

Coffee and a hot shower form a one-two punch that gets many of us out of the house and ready to work. Short of bringing your mug in the shower, Wash With Joe ($24) is the best way we know

No Simple Joe

Stumptown Hair Bender Espresso Blend

One can't help but think that when Stumptown decided to name this blend Hair Bender they were considering the origin's complexity versus the zippy after-effect. Made from coffee sourced in all three coffee growing regions (Latin America, East Africa and

One Select Brew

La Colombe Atelier Haiti Blue Forest Coffee

Founded by Todd Carmichael and Jean Philippe Iberti, the Philadelphia-based La Colombe Torrefaction has built an admirable reputation among the coffee-roasting elite. Their select beans can be found in gourmet restaurants throughout the country, or in their own La Colombe Cafes

Four Loco? More like pour Stumpco.

Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee

We've been fans of Stumptown coffee ever since we first encountered the Portland, Oregon brewer a few years back. Since then, the brand has gained notoriety, even opening an outpost in NYC at the trendsetting Ace Hotel. Recently, Stumptown

On the Scene Caffeine

Handpresso Outdoor Espresso Kit

A reader recently wrote us to ask if we knew of any solutions for making coffee at a picnic. It seemed a bit strange considering we're in the middle of February, but we can't blame people for planning ahead. While the

Get Iced, Minus the Smirnoff

Fretta V60 Iced Coffee Maker

We have all tried (and failed) to create iced coffee by brewing a pot, and immediately pouring it over a glass of ice. A true glass of iced coffee however takes time, patience, and effort. Or at least that's what