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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)

For the real coffee connoisseur, getting the best grind is an essential part of the process. I always have to go to a shop to get mine done, but this would make it so much easier if I could just do it at home!

KitchenAid Precision Press

KitchenAid Precision Press

KitchenAid Precision Press, ($149)

Using a French press like this one is a convenient way to get a delicious cup of coffee (it has an integrated scale and timer to ensure you get the best brew). Plus it has a sleek stainless steel design that retains heat, and its small size calls for less countertop clutter (another thing my small NYC apartment can use). Makes a bold, full-bodied cup of coffee.

To check out their full line of brewers, visit kitchenaid.com. They have a full line to take your coffee game up a notch or two J.

Anyone have a coffee grinder/machine at home? What do you normally use?


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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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Here are the steps
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1) Place a filter over the top in a cone shape.

2) Before adding the coffee, pour warm water over the top and let it filter too to warm up the filter.

3) Add desired coffee (I usually do a tsp and a half for one cup). Add a just enough water to let the coffee ‘bloom’ (this is caused naturally when the CO2 gases are released from the coffee). Basically (nerdspeak alert*), when the water hits the coffee, the rate of degassing increases, which causes the grounds to puff up noticeably. This actually pushes any water flowing through away from the grounds. If water doesn’t have sufficient contact with the grounds, the extraction won’t be great, so if you do this step and wet the coffee first helps prevent this. Just wait a few seconds til the dome deflates.

4) Next, just pour as much water as you want for your cup of coffee.

5) I like my coffee really hot so I put my Chemex over a really low heat on the stove while the coffee pours through. You can add this to heat with no problem.

Irving Farm coffee

I never imagined I would enjoy straight up black coffee with no extra sugar or milk, but this tastes so good I don’t feel the need for either. This Chemex takes away from the bitterness, so you can really taste the coffee. And on that note, this particular brew is delicious: Irving Farm Coffee Roasters coffee from Ethiopia. It tastes so good and makes my whole kitchen smell like java heaven.

Chemex pour over and grounded coffee from Irving Farm

Such a great gift. I’ve been having it every day and another thing I love about it is it doesn’t have a bad aftertaste, or taste super acidic (which I hate feeling on my teeth afterwards). I don’t know if I’m crazy but it’s a totally different experience. Anyways, just the news on my latest conversion.

Any one use this, or a french press for their coffee? Because I totally get it now.

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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..

We ordered an assortment of the Braised Short Rib Benedict (Borderlaise short rib, with poached eggs, hollandaise on an English muffin) Mushroom Scramble (crimini, shitake, oyster mushrooms, red onion, and pepper jack cheese), the Pro Scramble (egg whites, kale, peppers, garlic and grilled chicken, and The Cajun Waffle (a house made liege waffle, with Cajun fried chicken, country gravy, and crispy onions).

Short ribs benedict


Mushroom scramble


Pro Scramble


The Cajun (they put the country gravy on it first by mistake which had bacon)


The Cajun without said gravy

Yasir pretty much lost his mind over his short ribs benedict, and the waiter claimed their chicken and waffles is better than Rosco’s (noted, it comes on a candied waffle and fried, boneless chicken). We also learned that even though Danish will ask for no bacon, he’ll always end up getting it with extra bacon (in this case, in the gravy which explains the two pics above). They fixed it right away though. Sarah’s pro scramble dish was delicious and healthy, but I was more underwhelmed with my mushroom scramble and potatoes. I knew I would be though — I rarely order scrambled eggs when I go out to eat since I can make it so easily at home. Seems like all meat dishes were where it was at anyway. #fomo.

You would think by now we’d be full by now but Yasir decided it was time for caffeine shot numero dos (remember the shooting up comment earlier? I meant that). So we walked over to Stumptown.

Stumptown


Stumptown LA


Stumptown


Stumptown is one of my favorite places in NYC, but it’s funny having it after Handsome Coffee. It just didn’t compare IMO. It was a nice pick me up, but there is something a lot more potent at Handsome. Still ended up being an awesome day with a nice intro of what DTLA’s Arts District had to offer.

Have any of you been to any of these places? What did you think? Any other suggestions of what else to check out in the area next time?

Cafe/Restaurant info:
Handsome Coffee Roasters

582 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 621-4194

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

806 S. Santa Fe
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 337-0936

Little Bear

1855 Industrial St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 622-8100
Downtown LA/Arts District

REPORT CARD
Meal: Brunch

Occasion: Exploring DTLA
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: **
Service: **
Would I go back?: Probably not for a veggie meal



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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.

The coffee roasters here are java purists. They, in fact, roast their coffee on site.

Roasting on site


Bags of coffee beans

It’s not the norm to specially request your coffee ‘light and sweet’ — just leave it to them to exact that latte for you and trust me, you’re left with a full-bodied, satisfying caffeine boost for the day.


REPORT CARD

Meal: Mid-day caffeine-break
Price: $
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Coffee: ***
Service: *** (expect to wait a few minutes for that perfect cup of coffee — not for the impatient)
Would I go back?: Yes

Restaurant Info:
Panther Coffee

2390 NW 2nd Ave,
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 677 3952
Wynwood


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