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Around the World in 20 Cups: Try This at Home

Coffee tools and gadgets designed to bring the world of coffee to you.

 

For our March/April 09 issue, we searched far and wide to find some of the most exciting people, places and flavors shaping today's coffee world. Now we want to help you experience some of these discoveries in the comfort of your own home. Here are a few tools that will help you enjoy some of the flavors of "Around the World in 20 Cups."

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We've partnered with MoreCoffee.com to bring you these products—be sure to check them out (bonus: orders over $59 are eligible for free shipping).

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Bodum Travel Press Mug, $29.95

Gear up to go anywhere, and bring your press pot with you. This handy travel mug will brew your coffee or tea (just dedicate it to one or the other), keep it warm and deliver a great brew on the go.

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Traveler Coffee Grinder, $23.95
If you're the traveling type, this grinder offers a range of settings, sturdy construction and a removable handle for easy packing. It can even deliver a very fine grind—a must for good Turkish Coffee (p. 38).

 

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Rancilio Rocky Grinder (Doserless), $369
Good coffee is only as good as the beans you're using and the evenness of the grind. If you prefer the speed of an electric grinder to achieve the fine grind required for a Turkish coffee, this one's for you. It also offers settings for espresso, medium grinds (like the coffee used in the Café de Olla, p. 35) and coarser press pot grinds. As we said in our May/June 07 issue review of coffee grinders, the Rancillo "packs a lot into a modest footprint."

 

 

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Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine, $699
To make the incredible Honey-Espresso Glazed Scallops from fotocuisine.com (p. 39) or The St. Elizabeth cocktail featured on this issue's cover, you'll need to be able to pull perfect espresso shots, and the Rancillo will help you do just that. As CoffeeGeek.com says, "It has become the standard against which all other consumer, single-boiler machines are measured."

 

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Bodum Chambord French Press (8-cup), $39.95

A French press is one of the best ways to brew rich, full-bodied coffee (see our step-by-step guide to perfect press pot technique in our May/June 06 issue). In our new issue, we used a French press to steep qishr, the ancient tea made from the dried husks of coffee cherries (p. 40). You can try this unusual brew for yourself with this press. Or, use a French press to brew coffee for the delicious Comfort Coffee cocktail.

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Bodum Pavina Double-Wall Espresso Cups, $11.95 (set of 2)
These beautiful double-wall, lightweight glasses keep coffee warm and your hands cool. They are dishwasher-safe and won't turn cloudy over time.

 

 

 

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Fair-trade Rwandan green coffee beans, prices vary

Rwandan coffee farmers have been working hard to rebuild their country's economy after years of turmoil (p. 41). You can support their efforts by purchasing Rwandan fair-trade beans and roasting them at home. We offer 11 expert home roasting tips in conjunction with our review of home roasters in the Jan/Feb 09 issue.

 

 

 

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Behmor 1600 Coffee Roaster, $299.95
When you try your hand at home-roasting, don't settle for anything less than the winner of our equipment test from the Jan/Feb 09 issue: the Behmor 1600. As we noted in our review, this easy-to-use machine has multiple settings, roasts up to one pound at a time quietly and with no smoke, and produces a delicious, nuanced cup of coffee.