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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Rattling the pans

  It’s better to be called a cunt than be ignored.¹ You step on a lot of toes in a restaurant kitchen on your way to a Michelin star. You throw a lot of pans at a lot of young, stupid heads. You kick a lot of ignorant customers out of your restaurant, serve hand-cut chips that…

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…

A plate of rice

Feed Me Now

We just want to be fed. To be seated at the table, look at the menu, order food, and then forget about it until we are eating it. We don’t want cheap Asian on a Thursday night presented as an accidental degustation menu, one dish at a time, with inexplicable and unpredictable pauses between each while an army…

Worst meal – ever

Father’s Day. Not a good day for an unplanned meal out. (“We don’t celebrate Hallmark holidays,” says my son, ironically channelling his mother, as they remember they’ve forgotten … but they’re not in primary school any more, so there’s no Father’s Day junk stalls to remind them.) Chinese barbecue on a Sunday night. Not a good…