Able Brewing Aeropress Disk

Able Brewing Company has created a great metal filter for the Aerobie Aeropress as a substitute for the standard paper filter. Designed specifically for use with the Aeropress, it is both an aesthetically attractive and eco-friendly solution to wasting paper filters every day, something I feel somewhat guilty about. To save you the trouble of misinformation,…

Hario MSS-1B Mini Mill Slim Coffee Grinder

After a few months of searching around for the right grinder, I finally settled on the Hario Slim Grinder. I do a bit of home brewing during my down-time and I use a range of equipment: an espresso machine, Hario pour over, an Aero-press, and occasionally a siphon. Let’s just say, I have a wide range of…

La Marzocco La Mistral

The Mistral is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful machine’s I have ever seen. It is the icon and centerpiece of the Octagon and something I revere. I have worked on several machines and perhaps because I use it every day, it has become my favorite. La Mistral is elegant, striking, powerful, efficient,…

Clover Brewing System

When I first started working for Lulu Carpenter’s in Santa Cruz, I was pouring every coffee to order on a Chemex, Aeropress, or  frenchpress. Every now and again, someone would ask, “where’s the Clover? How’s it doing?” Was Clover a dog? Was it sick? I didn’t realize it was a brewing system. We got it…

Synesso Cyncra

After our store got ahold of the Synesso Hydra, our buddies at Companion Bakeshop in Santa Cruz were stoked. As I have stated before, Synesso makes top quality equipment that has tech/coffee guys talkin about their products around the water cooler… or I guess the Bunn boiler. So, our friends decided to upgrade their espresso…