The best coffee is the stuff you make by hand. But I don’t always have time to dedicate to crafting that perfect pourover. Mornings en route to work, for example. So when I saw the OXO Pourover Coffee Maker, I had to give it a shot.
Long story short, the art of making a really good cup of coffee involves a few critical factors. The water needs to be between 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit. You need the right amount of grounds. You need the right amount of water. You need the proper saturation and turbulence. It gets a little more complicated than that, but too much or too little of any of the above and your joe will come out bitter, bland, or worse.
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I am a coffee snob. My French press is my weapon of choice. But when I saw the Ninja Coffee Bar on sale (refurbished) for around $90 at Ollie’s and Woot, curiosity got the best of me. I had to try it out.
The Ninja Coffee Bar is … unconventional. It promises “better than a coffee house experience — at home” and delivers four different strengths: classic, rich, ice, and “special”. I decided to take advantage of the low price and run a comparison against my daily driver — a Cuisinart DGB-550BK — and against a French press.
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I want to take a break from budget-related posting for a moment and go over this sweet, sweet HP netbook I just picked up for $0.99. Yeah, that’s right — 99 cents. Less expensive than (but not as tasty as) a double cheeseburger. Don’t worry, fellow state employees — I will resume my kettle-banging and rabble-rousing on Monday.
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