Pourover is still the brewing method of choice for most of the chic cafes, and with good reason. It gives you a lot of control over the variables that result in your perfect cup of coffee: water temperature, extraction time and turbulence. Over the past few weeks, we've been hearing a lot about two new pourover brewers, each of which offer an unusual twist on traditional pourover cones and brewers.
The Immerset is still in the early production stage and in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign, but it's already attracting attention. The curvy cup-top brewer resolves the question of immersion v. pourover by combining the salient features of each into one device. The Immerset is essentially an immersion brewer with a valve that allows the coffee to drip when it's brewed to your satisfaction. The deceptively simple device incorporates barissta input and includes features that show how much thought went into the design.
The concept is simple and the brewing process famliar to anyone who has ever brewed a pourover. Place the brewer on the cup. Put a filter in, add coffee, pour water and wait. The difference is in an infinitely adjustable valve that allows you to customize the flow rate from fully open to fully closed. It's remarkably forgiving, making it easier for even a novice to ensure that they get their coffee just right every time.
You spend half your life making sure that coffee oils don't hang around to contaminate your next cup of coffee, and now here comes a new coffee company that apparently thinks that's a good thing. The Canadiano is pretty, especially if you're a fan of beautiful wood. The wood-crafted coffee brewer is a block of wood with a carved, ridged bowl to hold ground coffee and a food-grade stainless steel coffee filter (removable, dishwasher-safe).
The revolutionary concept behind the Canadiano is that it's designed to absorb coffee oils and affect the flavor of your coffee over time. To that end, Canadiano comes in three basic "flavors" -- maple, walnut and cherry, recommended for light, medium and dark roasts, respectively. In addition, the company offers "Raw" wood coffee brewers that have a lighter finish, so absorb more coffee flavor.
It's the perfect answer to holiday eggnog. New York bartender Maksym Pazuniak has put together this unusual combination of flavors that sounds absolutely amazing. It combines Cynar, a bittersweet Italian liqueur, dark rum, maple syrup, strong coffee and an egg yolk. Essentially, you whisk together everything but the coffee in a small bowl over boiling water, then pour it into an Irish coffee mug and add coffee. There's a cool video showing the drink being made, though, so you should totally check it out.
We don't have any Cynar on hand, but we're definitely going to have to play with some coffee nog recipes to help get you through the winter chill. Keep your eyes open for some fun coffee drink recipes.
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