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A #cute  design of #coffee   cup changes face from angry to happy in one twist

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Rogers Family Coffee is stepping up to help 5 coffee-growing families who lost their homes in the recent earthquake. They've started a fund to help with the rebuilding and, perhaps mor importantly, will be coordinating with local contractors to get the work done quickly. All they're asking is a $5 buy-in, and for every $100 contributed, they'll throw in another $100. Click the link and help out!
We are raising money for 5 families in Mexico to help rebuild their homes, which were destroyed as a result of the 6.9 earthquake. If you have $5 & 5 minutes, you can change their lives. Follow this link & please consider sharing this post. We truly thank you for your help in getting these hardworking families back on their feet. http://ow.ly/zjVWv
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This one def looks interesting. Always looking for travel-ready coffee options.
OBrew Prototype Initial Thoughts
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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An important equation you need to learn every day! dripdrop reviews it every weekend.

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RFA coffee: organic, bird-friendly AND delicious.
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This is kind of awesome...
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Keep calm and meet the World's First Induction Coffee Machine. With $250, you can get this machine to home! dripdrop is thinking to get one..
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Our friend +jbviau is quoted near the end of this NPR article.
A great article on NPR about Barb and Doug of Orphan Espresso, creators of the Pharos and LIDO hand grinder. HB even gets a very brief mention.
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After a few years of cooking with coffee, I've developed a sense for what will work and what won't. These simple guidelines are a helpful way to get started creating your own coffee recipe repertoire.
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Brand new at UC Davis-the coolest major ever. Imagine how far the coffee industry will be in 10 years! #coffee   #college  

http://coffeekind.com/reading-room/news/uc-davis-study-science-coffee-new-center
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