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Brewing Coffee Manually Blog’s 2017 Christmas Coffee Gift Guide

Once again it is time to start thinking about the Christmas season and finding that perfect (or at least acceptable) gift for the coffee enthusiast on your list. While I have been neglecting my blog a bit as of late, I could not let the season pass without producing a gift guide. Here is the Brewing Coffee Manually Blog’s 2017 Christmas Gift Guide:

Want more ideas? Here are the gift guides from previous years:

A Bag of Coffee and a Sweet Mug

Every year, there are more gadgets added to the craft coffee scene. Some are very clever, some are very useful and some disappear into the abundance of mediocre offerings (cruft) after the hype settles. If you are unsure about getting your recipient another gadget to store and learn it’s operation (some people enjoy this and some people like to keep it simple), a great bag of coffee and a cool mug have to be the go-to gift. Here are a few of my favorite coffee mugs that are available this year:

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The Minos Moka Pot- Stovetop Espresso Maker

In full disclosure, the fine folks over at Minos Living sent me over a Minos Moka Pot free of charge to get my feedback and as a possible subject for a product review.

In the coffee business there are a few brewers that are long-standing classics, overwhelmingly dominate in their field, true icons. The Bialetti Stove Top Espresso maker stands out as one such icon, nearly untouchable and uncontested.

If you search Amazon for stove top espresso makers, you will see the Original Bialetti Moka Express at the top and then the rest of the page is mostly knock-offs sporting the same basic design. There is also the Bialetti Venus and all it’s knock-offs. It isn’t until you get to the fourth page (at least for me) that you come across something different, a uniquely designed, rounded (almost egg shaped) moka pot with a pop of color, the Minos Moka Pot.

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The ColdWave- Simple and Delicious Iced Coffee

It is the end of July, which usually means the temperatures are soaring. It’s muggy. It’s gross. It is however, the perfect weather for enjoying a refreshingly cold iced coffee.

In the past, I’ve talked about cold brew, Japanese iced coffee, Kyoto drip coffee, and iced Aeropress shake ups. I’ve even talked about coffee cold brewed with a vacuum cleaner. Today I want to discuss a new product that was sent to me for review. The ColdWave by Ice Cold Now.

I typically don’t agree to do sponsored posts unless I am pretty gungho about the product. When a representative from Ice Cold Now got in touch and asked if I would like to do I review, I went over to their website and checked it out. I was excited about the concept and decided to check it out.

What is the ColdWave?

The ColdWave is a beverage chiller. It can take a cup of hot coffee and chill it down to near freezing temperatures in about two minutes. It consists of a squarish (baseball diamondish) shaped pitcher about 5 inches by 5 inches and 6 inches high. There is also the cooling mechanism an insert that fits snuggly into the pitcher.

The ColdWave is made out of BPA free plastic and purified water. The insert stores in your freezer so it will always be ready for deployment at a moments notice.

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