Pour-Over Stories June 3, 2016

KitchenAid’s brushed stainless steel digital pour over coffee brewer drops to $108 shipped (Reg. $180+), more

Amazon has the KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer in Contour Silver (KCM0802CU) for $107.99 shipped. That’s around $72 under the regular price it still fetches at most retailers, the lowest Amazon has offered it for and the best we can find.

This digital coffee maker “meets the Gold Cup standards of the Specialty Coffee Association of America”. It features one touch brew settings, variable brew temperatures, and comes with a coffee scoop and an 8-cup carafe (more details below). Rated 3.9/5 stars from over 120 Amazon customers.

While we are talking small kitchen appliances, Amazon also has the Cuisinart CPT-320 Compact Stainless 2-Slice Toaster in black/brushed stainless steel for $34.99 with free shipping for Prime members or in orders over $49. That’s matching the Amazon all-time low and the best we can find on this highly rated toaster.

Pour-Over Stories January 14, 2015

At a time when people are increasingly buying “natural” and “organic” foods, the word “Chemex” mightn’t sound like an ideal name for a maker of coffee brewing gear. Yet Chemex’s 1941-vintage Coffee Maker has spent decades as a gold standard for pour-over coffee: featured in the MoMA collection, this Bauhaus-inspired design combines an hourglass-shaped glass pitcher with leather-bound wooden grips and special paper filters, producing delicious coffee.

The Chemex process involves placing freshly ground coffee beans inside a Chemex-brand filter atop the Chemex-brand pitcher, then “pouring-over” hot water in a manner that guarantees optimal extraction of coffee from the grounds. Following Chemex’s instructions, identical coffee beans and water produce a noticeably better cup of coffee than the typical home coffee machine – the reason many coffee shops offer Chemex-brewed coffee at a premium.

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But traditional Chemex brewing requires learning, takes time, and demands a lot of user interaction: everything from hitting the right water temperature to the multi-step pouring process requires a lot more attention than just pressing the “start” button on a Keurig. While Chemex isn’t catering to the exact same audience, the company has acknowledged the value of a streamlined brewing process with this week’s release of Ottomatic ($350). Priced above top-ranked established coffee makers such as the single-cup Keurig K75 and small pot Bonavita BV1800, Ottomatic is designed to compete against premium metal and glass models such as the Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker — machines that are equal parts art and science. Chemex designed Ottomatic to look beautiful and radically simplify the fussy pour-over process. That’s exactly what it does. Read on for all the details.

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