Franken moka pot on retor German hotplate with sensors plugged in

Six crazy coffee gadgets … and one great April Fool’s Day joke

Coffee and bright ideas? They go together like a horse and carriage … 1. Fixed-gear no-brainer “I have been riding fixed wheel and drinking double espresso religiously for ten years,” co-inventor of the fixie grinder Dave Buonaguidi told the Daily Coffee News website. The grinder has a 20-gram capacity and takes 100 revolutions of the wheel to…

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Briki coffee, Bosnian-style

While Turks and Greeks might quibble (in a friendly way) over whether the traditional style of coffee they drink is called, um, Turkish or Greek, briki-style brewing is common throughout the near east, the Levant, the Balkans and north Africa. In Bosnia the briki is called the dzezva. Hanna Coffee and Nuts in St Albans…

Montalbano’s house at Punta Secca

Welcome to Montalbania

A narrow, potholed road winds between low dry-stone walls around the hillsides, climbing above steep ravines; the fields are the colour of parched straw and burnt umber, and dried thistle and wild fennel wilt in the summer heat beside the tarmac. The landscape is dotted with outcrops of the same pale grey limestone that is…