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Alessi Pulcina Espresso Maker

Pulcina, the brainchild of architect Michele De Lucchi combines technology developed by illycaffè with flawless design by Alessi. MDl02-1_B_listino_45292

Pulcina was born out of intense research into the optimization of the shape of the Coffee pot in order to improve and enhance the properties of coffee. With the shape of its special heater, Pulcina automatically stops filtering the coffee at the right moment. This interruption helps to eliminate the eruption phase, the final filtering stage that generates a burnt and bitter aftertaste, ensuring that only the finest qualities of the coffee are preserved. The pronounced ‘V’ shape spout is specially designed to perfectly cut drops when pouring guaranteeing an exceptional cup.

Jimmy’s Coffee

Jimmy’s Coffee

City: Toronto OntarioFullSizeRender

Location:  Ossington Avenue & Queen St. West  (map it)

Opened: 2015

Recommends:  Cappuccino and a butter tart

5 Cup Rating: 4 cups

Did You Know:  The fourth destination of this Toronto staple borrows its layout from the Kensington location and is a welcome addition to the bustling Ossington strip.  From the comfy seating to the open and airy space, the entire menu never disappoints. Perfectly pulled Americanos to frothy, light Cappuccinos, the Queen West crowd will love the offerings this location has to offer.  While you’re at it, be sure to pick up some beans too… the Hendrix blend is perfection!

How Fresh Do You Want To Get?

Nifty guide I use when buying beans - Imgur

Ever wonder when is the right time to buy your favourite brew? Check out this handy guide that details the best month to select your coffee from many places around the world. Next time you go to replenish your bean supply, take a glance & guarantee yourself the freshest, best bean. Click the image to print a copy for the fridge… you little bean lover!

Coffee & Sneakers?

This year Nike begnike-is-spending-175k-usd-on-coffee-for-its-headquarters-1an renovations to its headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. Among the plans are improvements and expansion, including the installation of a barista station worth $175,000 in the Nolan Ryan building. Really though, coffee and sneakers – is there any better combination?

Making Cuban Coffee In Miami

Saveur, famous for their award-winning videos, show us that for Miami’s Cuban community, making coffee is as important as drinking it.

Innovation Leads The Way When It’s In The Ground

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 7.51.42 PMKaffeeform is leading the way with their innovative new material that allows coffee enthusiasts to enjoy their favourite brew right down to the grounds. The German independent company produces mugs made out of, you guessed it, coffee grounds.

Kaffeeform is a renewable material that is the result of five years of research and experimentation. The result: a solid material made out of coffee lead that is able to resist heat and is washable.  To add to your coffee drinking experience, each cup is unique in design and also retains a hint of coffee aroma.

Want to get a set? A new batch will be ready starting October 2015.

 

Back To School: French Press 101

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 8.45.48 PMIt’s never too late to learn something new. The ever genius Popular Mechanics show us they aren’t just about cars, space and technology.  Here they break down the French Press in Hack Your Coffee: How To Use A French Press The Right Way. From the coffee, the temperature, the water to the grind, the pour and the timing it all can make a difference to perfecting your favourite brew. Do your studying tonight to guarantee a better cup tomorrow.

Marvel Coffee Company

Marvel Coffee Company

City: Toronto Ontarioimage1

Location:  Danforth Avenue & Carlaw Avenue (map it)

Opened: 2015

Recommends:  Americano and a butter tart

5 Cup Rating: 4.5 cups

Did You Know:  This is the second outpost of the rapidly expanding coffee shop. Their first location, which opened in Summer 2014, located adjacent to the Donland’s TTC station surprised all and was a welcome addition to the East end morning commute. The new address on Carlaw will no doubt also please Greektown regulars with the perfect morning cup or a post meal dessert.