Even though breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, it is not the most important offering of the kitchen--at least not first thing in the morning. Before the question of bacon, eggs, cereal, or even yogurt can be considered, the real star of the kitchen must first be given its proper respect: coffee. Without coffee, none of the other things fall into place--or at least their undertaking becomes much more difficult. So, if there is one thing in the kitchen that deserves, no necessitates, easy accessibility, that would be the coffeemaker.
This episode had a number of potential titles. Nerd Alert, Nerd party, Nerdgasm... but we honed in on the one that really encapsulates the sheer nerditude of stuff covered in today's show. Let your inner nerd shine through.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 178
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It's no surprise we spend money on the things we value. So the question is, how much would you invest in a decent hi-fi or sound system? Bear in mind that a good quality system will last a long time, so amortizing the investment over a period of five or even 10 years should be factored into the expense. The coffee's gone in a matter of minutes.
Let's see, at $4 a day, a $20-a-week Starbucks expense works out to $1,000 a year. You're not going to stop anytime soon, so Starbucks, or any daily … Read more
Decisions can be difficult in the morning. Waking up requires a whole checklist of things to go through. Luckily (hopefully), as this is a daily practice, our checklist becomes routine, and we go through it on autopilot. Until we hit the coffeemaker and we are faced with our first true decision of the day: what type of coffee to make? Since mornings aren't necessarily the best time to be considering questions of utmost importance, perhaps it's best to play it safe and make two different types.
Covering one's bases in the morning is all fine and good, … Read more
We've covered Le Whif before. In case you missed it, by merely inhaling from a tube, one supposedly gets the full-on taste of chocolate, as well as the sensory satisfaction that comes from eating it, sans the pesky calories. While I'm all for things from The Future, I'm not quite sure how I feel about this one.
Now Le Whif is back with a version that offers breathable coffee powder along with a jolt of caffeine (all in a new, biodegradable container). I'm really not sure if I want particles of caffeine going directly into my … Read more
On this week's Digital City podcast, we discuss new MacBook Pro rumors, and discover why New York drug store chain is using a sushi-making machine to bring raw fish to its shelves.
Then we lament how laptop users are no longer welcome in several big NYC coffee shops -- to counter this disturbing trend, we run down some of our favorite spots for computing on-the-go.
Finally, Heavy Rain hits the streets this week. Everyone's interest level is high, and Dan and Scott give some spoiler-free impressions based on their very different playthroughs.
Bonus: if you've ever wondered … Read more
Sometimes to be a good host you just have to let people serve themselves. Though everything from salad bars to buffet stations employ this concept, when it comes to beverages the idea can be put into action beyond just cheap all you can eat restaurants. Perfect for small offices, or even for home use, single serve brewing systems allow for individuals to brew the exact beverage they desire.
With a wide assortment of available K-Cups, the Cuisinart Single Serve Brewing System combines convenience with variety. By including an adjustable temperature control and a choice of five cup sizes, the brewing … Read more
The convenience of a single-serving brewing machine is hard to deny. When faced with the need for coffee (or other brewed beverage), expediency is key. Make it easy, make it fast, and make it good: that's all coffee drinkers ask for. (Not counting all the stuff you can put in your coffee after it is brewed.) With the efficiency of a dedicated appliance designed for ease of use, fresh, hot coffee is but a button press away.
There is one kitchen appliance that comes to mind perhaps more than any other in the morning: the coffee maker. No matter if it's drip-brewed or espresso that is doing the calling, the allure of that particular machine leads us out of bed and down the hall, where we contend with sleepy motor skills as we prepare our morning caffeine fix. For a moment, all attention is focused on this one undertaking, one that requires a trip to the sink for water--and that's where we run into last night's dirty dishes. Suddenly, the coffee maker isn't … Read more
Coffee drinkers know what they like. Walk into any coffee shop for a demonstration. As the line moves forward, patrons order their favorite beverages with more precision than that of a fine steak. Rare, medium, and well done are the basic gradations for steak; but when it comes to coffee, numbers come into play. In the past, one lump or two was suffice enough to determine coffee preferences. But in today's world, a dozen different sweeteners and creamers are available--not to mention temperature-specific preferences. As diverse as the world of coffee (and caffeine in general) has become, there is … Read more