Coffee and Climate Change

Starbucks is concerned that the threats of climate change, severe hurricanes, and more resistant bugs pose a significant risk to the future of global coffee crop yields


The Duet: French Press Meets Tea Infuser

It's a tea infuser. it's a coffee press pot. It's a tea infuser and a press pot.

The Duet French Press includes two separate interchangeable rods: one attached to a stainless steel French press mesh filter and the other a stainless steel tea infuser basket. The tea rod also features an interesting notched design that allows you to pull it back and lock it at the top of the pot to prevent oversteeping. Come to think of it, that would be a good idea for coffee too.

$44 at Horne.


A French Press for Cold Coffee

Bodumicecoffeemaker Bodum's new Bean Ice Coffee Maker repurposes the traditional French press for making iced coffee.

Coffee and cold water are poured into the jug and sealed with a lid (included) for overnight steeping. In the morning, the lid is replaced with the plunger for pressing, and your iced coffee is ready to drink.

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The Coffee Catcher

Kaffeologie-Product I have a dirty little secret: I pour my coffee grounds down the sink when I'm done with them. I know that's probably wrong, even if, as a cousin of mine once proudly proclaimed, "They're good for the drain."

I probably should be tossing the coffee grounds in the garbage (to save my plumbing) or better yet, composting them (to save the environment). Here's where the Coffee Catcher comes into play.

This two-part accessory for the French press is made for easily removing spent grounds after brewing coffee in a French press. Comprised of a stainless steel hook and disc, the Coffee Catcher is designed not only to simplify cleanup, but also brew a better tasting French press brew.

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At Coffee Bars, Laptops are Less Welcome

Through architecture and furniture choices, proprietors of "coffee bars" make their establishments unwelcome to lingering laptop-users that otherwise clog cafes and coffee shops.


cof·fee name

Coffeename cof·fee name (noun): An alias given when ordering a drink at a coffee shop when one's real name has proven too difficult for the barista to pronounce and/or transcribe on a coffee cup.

See also: nom de ca·fé.

NPR's Michele Norris recently interviewed Shefali Kulkarni, a Starbucks patron who goes by the coffee name "Sheila":

Shefali Kulkarni is the name of my next guest. But at Starbucks, she's known as Sheila. You see, Sheila is her fake coffee name, and by that, I mean, the name she gives the barista at Starbucks when she orders her coffee and waits for someone to call her name when it's ready.

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Freud Coffee Plunger: Press to Impress

Freudcoffeeplunger An alternative to the basic Bodum press pot, the Freud Coffee Plunger sports a vaguely nautical design and a stubby wood handle. The coffee pots come in two sizes, large (1 liter) and small (300 ml).

How does it compare to a Bodum in terms of functionality? I have no idea, but it certainly looks cool.

£48.95 (roughly $73) for the small pot at Graham and Green.


French Press to Go

African coffee bar BKoffie serves coffee in a to-go cup outfitted with a French press-style plunger.


Like Netflix, But With More Caffeine

Increasingly small micro-roasters around the country, from Klatch Coffee in San Dimas, CA to Higher Ground in Leeds, AL, are developing national reputations as the coffee connoisseur's destination for impeccably sourced, freshly roasted beans.

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Espresso Enigma

EspressoFellina Sok-Cham's Espresso Set consists of a puzzle-like bamboo tray that holds together six slide-out saucers and porcelain espresso cups (each of which are notched to hold stainless steel espresso spoons).  While the idea of serving up a half a dozen espressos at one time doesn't seem to be the most practical, the set might also work nicely for serving (tiny) desserts. $45 at MoMA.