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Holiday gift ideas for coffee lovers from KitchenAid

December 16, 2015

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If you follow me on any of my social channels, you probably know by now I’m an unapologetic a caffeine addict. My favorite part of the morning is starting with my cup of joe. One of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten was my pour over for my birthday because I use that every single day and it changed the way I look at and drink my coffee (straight up black, no sugar for the record).

With the holidays coming up, I figured you guys would know fellow coffee-lovers that you’re looking for a gift for. KitchenAid actually has a sleek line of products that fit the bill and your coffee fiend will get a lot of use from. Case in point:

KitchenAid Brewer

KitchenAid Brewer


KitchenAid’s Pour Over Coffee Brewer heats and pulses the water, so the grounds bloom and you get the most flavor for your coffee and the push of a button. If you ever tried brewing coffee manually (like I do at home!), you know that you have to pour water over the grind steadily and slowly to get the best flavor. This does the work for you.
KitchenAid Siphon Brewer

KitchenAid Siphon Brewer


KitchenAid Siphon Brewer, ($199)

This is a different type of brewing method that comes from the vapor pressure pushing the water down the tube. Then a vacuum suction draws the coffee through the grounds. The difference is it extracts a little more distinct flavors from the beans you use. Next level stuff things. Plus, it looks like a conversation piece it itself, no? It brews 2-8 cups of coffee, so perfect if you entertain guests often. Makes a medium-bodied and complex flavor.

KitchenAid grinder

KitchenAid grinder


KitchenAid Grinder, ($250)

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My new daily grind: Coffee tasting with Chemex’s pour over

January 23, 2015

Guys, I’m not sure what I was drinking before, but I’m with the coffee snobs on this one: drip coffee tastes way better.

Chemex pour over

I probably wouldn’t have fully appreciated it had my friend Russell (hi Russell!) got me this hourglass contraption from Chemex for my birthday. I was super intimidated to try it but after a quick lesson I realized we are just spoiled senseless by coffee machines. Here’s a quick Instagram video I did:

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Overly Caffeinated in DTLA: Handsome Coffee, Little Bear, and Stumptown

February 2, 2014

Since my friend Yasir moved to LA, he’s become quite the coffee connoisseur, and one place he couldn’t stop raving about was Handsome Coffee Roasters in the Arts District. I almost started to think if he could inject himself with their brewed coffee everyday, he would. Naturally, we had to check it out which ended into a whole day spent wandering around downtown LA.

Handsome coffee beans


Apparently coffee enthusiasts are in agreement that this is where you go for the best cup of coffee. They find the best beans from all over the world and roast it right behind the baristas on site. The menu is pretty minimal — you either get an espresso, an espresso with milk, or cold brew. No flavors, no decaf, no syrups, and definitely no sugars. For the inexperienced coffee-drinkers, this could be somewhat jarring. I felt a little bit of an outcast — I mean, I drink coffee and the most artisanal I’ve gotten was Stumptown, or Ninth Street Espresso, but Starbucks and all their fwancy white chocolate and gingerbread latte glory was what I frequent the most.

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Regardless, I followed directions, to avoid being met with a cocked ‘brow. The barista did help and said the coffee that comes with a 5 oz of milk is probably the most ‘balanced’ in regards to taste of the bunch.

Handsome Coffee espressos with milk

The coffee was delicious — not overly bitter, definitely not sweet, but just right. We settled on one of the communal tables with a new burst of energy and decided it was time to explore some of the graffiti-ridden murals outside. Oh and eat brunch.

Little Bear

We ended up at Little Bear, when we realized the nearby Urth Caffe wasn’t serving brunch anymore. Little Bear from what I read is known best for their Belgian beer (which basically means zilch to me). They also have Belgian food though!

Little Bear


Not sure if the decor was intended to make us feel like we're eating on a ship, but nonetheless..

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What your coffee says about you

July 11, 2013

So on point haha…what about for you?

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SNL Starbucks skit. Genius.

January 23, 2013

I’ve had multiple people send this to me saying it reminds them of my Starbucks’ problems (follow me on Instagram for reference), so figured I should share…SNL hit the nail on the head with this one!:


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Panther Coffee in Wynwood – Miami, FL

January 19, 2013

Panther Coffee

I admit, New Yorkers can get snobby about their coffee. But I was pretty confident when Shahla told me about Panther Coffee, she knows what she was talking about (this is the same girl whose AOL screen name was Jiva Jaava for the longest time, people).

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She took me to the Wynwood area — a mostly gentrified area of warehouses that has been pretty much taken over by world renowned graffiti artists. It’s now galleries and museums and a favorite spot for photoshoots. And of course, a serious cup of coffee.

A work of art.

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