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Fresh, new, detailed content up at CoffeeGeek, and it's a machine that could be our new standard bearer as far as auto drip coffee makers go. Is it? Could it be? Read the review to find out! The Bonavita BV1800TH Coffee Maker is reviewed!
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Check out this amazing new machine from La Marzocco!
 
Fresh New Content at CoffeeGeek! A First Look at the brand new La Marzocco Linea Mini espresso machine, designed for home use.
http://www.coffeegeek.com/proreviews/firstlook/lineamini/
Back in 2002, La Marzocco, a well respected top-tier commercial espresso machine manufacturer started making serious moves towards designing a machine for the home. They had many hurdles to overcome, from figuring out how to get two powerful boilers working on a household 110V, 15A standard ...
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A new year, and a new CoffeeGeek Podcast - specifically episode 072, Remembering Coffee Kids, and a feature interview with Madcap Coffee's Trevor Corlett.
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Slight Change at CoffeeGeek

In the coming weeks, we're going to doing a slight change in our editorial policy at CoffeeGeek.com

Since the birth of the website in 2001, I have been adamant about our editorial policy at CoffeeGeek: It simply cannot be bought. Vendors, "partners", "friends" of the website will not get favourable press on our website just because they advertise with us. If they do seriously good products or services, and the reporting on those products and.or services is newsworthy, we'll report it. But if the company has issues or has a lackluster product, we'll report on that too.

Basically, a core foundation of CoffeeGeek is that our editorial direction and focus will be not be influenced in any way positive or negative by who advertises with us. Your trust in what we cover and how we run the website is one of the most valuable things we have at CoffeeGeek, and we would do nothing to change that. Far too many influencer websites, from technology websites, to photography and audio websites, and yes, even to coffee websites are playing this game with your trust, and it's not a game we'll ever play.

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That said, I've been mulling a decision for a few months now. I have in the works some fantastic educational content for CoffeeGeek and I have people willing to do world class photography and writing for that content. I want to make sure they are compensated well for their work, but because CoffeeGeek has never been about making us rich -- we won't get rich if we don't pander to advertisers more -- we've had to come up with a creative way to pay for that content.

What I've come up with is this - we will find some sponsors for selective content on CoffeeGeek - but there must be absolutely no possibility you the reader will think that sponsor in any way influenced the content.

This means cherry picking a sponsor who doesn't have any direct skin in the game, as it were. If we're demonstrating grinder cleaning techniques, we wouldn't choose Baratza, for example. If we're demonstrating a how to on espresso shot pulls, we wouldn't pick Rancilio or Breville.

We also have to be very careful about what kind of content we want to have sponsored. I don't want any 100% editorial/news/opinion/reviews content to ever be sponsored. We did this once in a past (for a European trip we needed to finance) and I don't think I want to do that again (though I'll never say never for exceptional circumstances).

So if our news, opinion and reviews content is a no-fly zone for any kind of sponsorship, that leaves us with our educational content. I've agonized over this, and have come to a decision to try it on a trial basis. 

We have three new how tos lined up by a fantastic photographer and barista trainer. And these three how-tos will be sponsored by a fantastic company. I can guarantee you that the sponsor has no influence or editorial control at all over the how tos, and that our contributors are going to be well compensated for their work. 

I hope you enjoy the forthcoming content, and I'd like to express my appreciation to this content sponsor for working within our tight ethical boundaries.
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Hiring - PHP Programmer for major site build

CoffeeGeek.com is looking for a skilled, independent and creative PHP programmer to help with a major website rebuild. 

Job Requirements:
- must have advanced knowledge of PHP4 (previous build work), PHP5 and the latest, PHP 6.
- must have full creative ability in HTML 5, CSS, and other website code languages.
- ability to diagnose, troubleshoot and work with a legacy code and database structure done in PHP4 (for transition to new code)
- ability to custom build CMS systems, membership management, and build custom site backend systems, including forum software and more.
- ability to manage and import existing databases.

This project does not require visual design expertise, but that would be a bonus if you have it.

You must be able to work on good deadlines, work remotely with good interactivity / dialog with a small design team and myself,.

You must have tools and services available for temporary hosting of the site build before it is transferred to the website's live servers.

Ideally, I'd prefer someone local to Vancouver, BC, but if you feel you meet the requirements and can take on this project remotely, any location is fine.

The project's budget right now is in the $10,000 range for the initial phases, with a monthly retainer / monthly rate to be negotiated for on-call and special projects. After project completion, we're willing to guarantee a minimum monthly payment for x amount of hours, with over-hourage paid per hour. 

If you are interested, please contact me through this post, or in the CoffeeGeek community on Google+.
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A little review I wrote on the obrew, a Kickstarter project still live for 5 days.
 
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Today I got a late prototype of a live (but ending soon) Kickstarter product - the OBrew. It is going for $20, and funding is really low right now. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/769235125/obrew-a-simple-coffee-brewing-method

It's a well made product by the looks of it. A very flexible, grippy, spongy silicone tube that very carefully holds on to stainless steel mesh. The colour is not the best in my photos (I haven't edited these); the green is a true Kickstarter Green colour. Think Neon Green.

So how does it work? It's basically a flexible cup sieve you use to filter grounds from a pot of coffee. You brew your coffee, immersion style, inside any vessel. Let steep, then pour through this sieve. Depending on your brewing vessel, most of the grounds stay behind. 

In operation, I thought it worked fairly well. The sieve is wide, so it won't work on smaller diameter cups. 8oz and above cups should be fine. Technically you can brew almost any volume, since this is just a pass through design (brew passes through, grinds stay behind) but sticking to the 200-400ml brew sizes seems to work best with this device.

Fines... fines do get through. More sediment that a press pot, in my five brewing tests. But they are more "fines" than the typical grit from a press pot - in other words, all the particles are smaller than the typical leftovers from a press pot pour, but there are more of them. One of my photos shows the fines from a 250ml brew.

There's more fines because of the pass through filtering - in a press pot, most of the fines and solid grounds sit at the bottom of the pot and below the filter. Pressing down pushes some of those fines through, but it's not the same effect as pouring water through a filter - gravity can do more fines delivery than resistance filtering.

How it sits - it sits on your cup slightly bowled in - I'd say the concave dip is about 5-8mm (less than a centimeter). Enough to keep grounds sitting in place, but the more coffee you brew, the more will clump on top of this filter when you pour.

Cleaning? Dead simple. Rinse, done.

The product has other uses as well - it can be a on demand sieve for straining during cooking (pouring into smaller vessels); has uses for tea too.

Do I recommend it? Well, if you are super tight for space (say a college dorm or travelling), it's a good replacement for a press pot. No glass to break (well, except for your glass coffee carafe, but you can use other vessels to brew the coffee in), folds flat, super easy to clean, you know the score. For travel, this is a great option, and for travel, I do recommend it.

If you want a superior cup of coffee though, this might not be the best choice for immersion brew. While I don't mind fines making it to the cup, many do; that said, this product isn't finalised yet, and who knows, if it really takes off on Kickstarter, maybe the inventor can offer different sieve options - finer, coarser etc. A finer sieve (or double sieve) might dramatically reduce the fines that make it through.
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Fresh, new, detailed content up at CoffeeGeek, and it's a machine that could be our new standard bearer as far as auto drip coffee makers go. Is it? Could it be? Read the review to find out! The Bonavita BV1800TH Coffee Maker is reviewed!
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If I didn't already have a Technivorm, I'd probably buy it.
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Fresh New Content at CoffeeGeek! A First Look at the brand new La Marzocco Linea Mini espresso machine, designed for home use.
http://www.coffeegeek.com/proreviews/firstlook/lineamini/
Back in 2002, La Marzocco, a well respected top-tier commercial espresso machine manufacturer started making serious moves towards designing a machine for the home. They had many hurdles to overcome, from figuring out how to get two powerful boilers working on a household 110V, 15A standard ...
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A new year, and a new CoffeeGeek Podcast - specifically episode 072, Remembering Coffee Kids, and a feature interview with Madcap Coffee's Trevor Corlett.
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Fresh new content at CoffeeGeek, and an important read: "Remembering Coffee Kids"; a look back from the future to a past we hope won't happen. A must read.
The following is a " what if" written by the recent (and retired) Coffee Kids board president, Mike Ferguson. This is not reality, but it could be if the specialty coffee industry and coffee enthusiast consumers like you don't continue to support this fantastic organization. June 19, 2038 ...
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