Coffee

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 been compounded now that the process of measuring grounds, water, and finding a filter has...

Easing the Daily Grind

Breville BDC600XL YouBrew

The intelligent new Breville BDC600XL YouBrew ($280) is a grinder and brewer designed to dish out the perfect amount of coffee your jittery caffeinated-heart desires (as long as it doesn’t exceed 12 cups at a time). Yes, you can do this today by adjusting the amount of coffee and water in your standard dripper, but...

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 of to combine these two daily steps. Packed with a healthy helping of Arabica coffee...

Porta-Joe

Coleman Propane Coffeemaker

There are plenty of ways to get your coffee on in the great outdoors. The Coleman Propane Coffeemaker ($90) just happens to look and operate like most home java makers, which can reassure less savvy campers worried about missing their fix. Unlike other alternatives, this brewer can also produce a full 10 cups in one...

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 Indonesia) Stumptown Hair Bender Espresso Blend ($12) is not only their most popular coffee but...

Keep the Star and Leaving the Bucks

David Lynch Signature Cup Organic Coffee

No, this isn’t a surrealist joke from one of his films. Instead, David Lynch Signature Organic Coffee ($10/Lb) is yet another tangible extension of the creative, and often crazy mind of David Lynch. Fans of his work and coffee aficionados alike can choose from one of three kinds of joe including a house blend, an...

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 in NYC, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The Atelier line, however, is a caffeinated skunkworks of...

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 launched a new line, bringing the fantastic taste of cold brewed coffee to the masses. It’s...

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 GSI Mini Espresso Maker is ideal for roughing it, the Handpresso is a slightly...

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 we thought before discovering the Fretta v60 Ice Coffee Maker ($33), which effortlessly brews a...

Roughing It Without Coffee? Yeah, Right.

Brunton Flip N’ Drip Coffee Maker

We’ve got a soft spot for Bruton’s line of outdoor products. Brunton’s new Flip N’ Drip Coffee Maker might just take the cake though for satisfying both inventiveness and purpose. Built to help outdoorsmen of all interests get their day going with a jolt of the world’s favorite caffeinated beverage, the Flip N’ Drip combines...

Espresso Technology Done Right

Illy iperEspresso & The Francis Francis X7

Recently here on Gear Patrol, we’ve had a great dialogue about one of man’s favorite drinks, coffee; we’ve collectively debated the various ways the brew can be prepared and consumed. Some of us seem hell-bent on using a french press as the only way of doing the brackish ambrosia justice, while others in the business...

Boil Like You Mean It

Breville Variable Temperature Kettle

All of this talk of glorious, French-pressed coffee got me thirsty to thinking. Sure, boiling water is a pretty simple task, but what simple task hasn’t been made better by the advent of a wonderful gadget to perform it for you. Wheras I love a nice stove-top kettle as much as the next guy, I’m...

The Evolution of Espresso

Handpresso

Like most of the writers here at Gear Patrol, I’ve developed an addiction and a fine appreciation for caffeine. A straight cup of black coffee is my standard, but I like to up the ante with an occasional shot of espresso. I’ve owned the nice combo machines that froth the milk and pull shots, but...

One Cup Coming Right Up

Keurig Mini Brewing System

After reading Dusty Overby’s review on the Keurig Brewing System (aka: K-Cups), I was convinced I needed one for my home. The simplicity of the system (read: busy schedule) with an absolute need for space utilization (read: New York apartment) made one of the available options a perfect solution. Forgoing the larger Keurig Platinum Brewing...

Improve Your Coffee with the Push of Button

BonJour Primo Latte Frother

Let’s face it, there is an entire industry dedicated to producing highly specialized (and some would argue pointless) kitchen gadgets. This industry exists because in the mid 90s the kitchen became The Place to deck out in the home, and Williams Sonoma, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, etc. needed shiny stainless steel things to line...

Keurig Brewing Systems and K-Cups

I have a raging passion for coffee.  Morning, noon, or night, it matters not; I’ll gladly down a cup of joe.  Unfortunately, the rest of my family does not share in my frequent cravings.  My wife simply won’t touch the stuff (she’s hopelessly devoted to tea), and, for some unknown reason, neither of my infant...

The Pessimist’s Mug

A Dour Perspective On Your Morning Cup O’ Joe I’m not a big fan of pessimism. In fact, it’s a characteristic I find loathesome unless it comes served with two heaping scoops of sarcasm. Appropriate for Monday mornings, the Pessimist’s Mug is a perfect gift for someone you know (or yourself) that looks upon the...

Patron XO Café

First It Was Silver. Then Gold. Now Coffee. During the next restocking of your bar make sure to leave room in your arsenal for Patron XO Café. Yes, we know the stereotypes about flavored alcohol, but you’ll never find this sneaked into a slumber party. Trust us. Patron XO Café is a meld of ultra...

Vacuum Sealed Coffee Bean Keeper

A Fresh Coffee Bean Is A Good Coffee Bean It’s not a secret that a perfect cup of coffee starts with the fresh beans. Fresh beans + Grinder = Bliss. The vacuum-sealed, stainless-steel coffee bean keeper from Williams-Sonoma ensures your morning nectar will always be top notch. The cannister minimizes your coffee beans from exposure...

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

I’m lucky. One of my greatest joys in life comes to me every single morning in the form of a cup of coffee. Some choose the bargain basement sludge known as Starbucks and some choose the economically viable, yet watered-down, coffee New York street carts serve. Either way, it pales (literally) in comparison to Stumptown...

Ascaso Dream Espresso Machine – Madarin Orange

Just looking at this machine will warm the heart. It surely warmed ours with it’s madarin orange sheen, but beyond that the Spanish design and manufacturing can be seen throughout it’s detailing and machining. This machine offers so many features it’s difficult to list them all here. Full features listed after the jump. Cost: $749.99...