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Secrets of the pourover revealed

Secrets of the pourover revealed

The amazing and sometimes frustrating thing about coffee gadgetry is that some are seemingly so simple, with absolutely no moving parts, that it seems you mightn't need to pay for such a thing. Why couldn't you just make one yourself? Such is the case with pretty much every pourover device, from the prettiest ceramic funnels to the most basic plastic models.

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You shall know the oenophiles by their lips

You shall know the oenophiles by their lips

Most of us are aware of the old saying, "Never trust a skinny chef." I would like to change that to: Never trust an oenophile without grape-stained lips. If you know someone who likes wine but whose lips do not carry a purplish hue, then it means they haven't been drinking Chilensis Lazuli, and you should no longer take their advice on wine.

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Beer or cocktails? Why choose?

Beer or cocktails? Why choose?

While my college days spanned well over a decade, I managed to completely bypass a key part of the experience: beer pong. I cannot say that I am sorry to have missed out on this particular phenomenon. Bad beer made more unappetizing by a dirty ping pong ball garnish is not exactly my kind of thing.

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If you ever get coffee in Maine ...

If you ever get coffee in Maine ...

Today in Bar Harbor, Maine I visited my favorite new spot in months — Matsumoto Joe's. It's a tiny, Japanese-themed shop where all the syrups are handmade and the espressos are pulled via a gorgeous manual machine. Sitting on the counter which curves across the perhaps eight foot wide shop is a beautiful Victoria Arduino Athena Leva.

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Puerto Rico has familiar touches

Puerto Rico has familiar touches

But actual local coffee houses have their own news.

If you haven't been there, it's somewhat hard to fathom that Puerto Rico is actually part of the United States. You don't see it as a place with a developed urban coffee culture or a selection of awesome gastropubs, but upon visiting San Juan you see the truth. San Juan offers the feeling of a city just U.S.

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Let your freedom press set you free

Let your freedom press set you free

Freedom is just another word for having something French to use.

In recent days, I've been forced to rely on my press pot for decent coffee. Also known as the French press, or perhaps the "freedom" press if you're that strange sort of person, this pot is really the simplest way to make a basic pot of coffee when you lack more specific accoutrements. ("Accoutrements" is a French word, or a "freedom" word if you're an absolute moron.)

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