How to Get Into Coffee

I know – and have known – many people who weren’t coffee drinkers, but still needed a caffeine boost. Some of them rely on tea, but others drink less-healthy options, like soda or energy drinks, throughout the day. I know that a decent amount of those people wish they had a healthier alternative that still brought them the energy boost – like coffee.

I know other people who love the smell of coffee and wished they could get into it, but just don’t like the flavor and can’t get past that, much to their chagrin.

Like tea, beer, sharp cheese, and dark chocolate, coffee is most definitely an acquired taste. And – as with those delicious delicacies – I have found that the joy I get out of it now is well worth the relatively short period of time I spent getting into it.

So, today, I’m sharing how I got into coffee, and giving you advice and ideas for how you can get into it too, whatever your reason. Continue reading “How to Get Into Coffee”

My Experience With The NPR Coffee Club


NPR has a coffee club!

Maybe you knew that already, but I was shocked to discover it, since I listen to several of their podcasts and thought I was pretty familiar with them.

I’ve been trying and subsequently reviewing every coffee subscription service I come across, so I was glad to have an excuse to try them out.

Today, I’ll tell you all about my experience trying the NPR Coffee Club. Continue reading “My Experience With The NPR Coffee Club”

Making Espresso Drinks at Home with Ease

If you’re a regular at coffee shops, a lover of lattes, or just a general espresso enthusiast, then there’s a good chance you’ve thought about buying your own espresso maker.

Maybe you already own a fancy espresso machine or a stovetop pot, and now you’re wondering, what next?

Maybe you don’t either, but you love lattes and you really want to make your own at home.

Either way, I’m here to help. Today, I’m going over how to make basic espresso drinks from the comfort of your home.  Continue reading “Making Espresso Drinks at Home with Ease”

Klatch Coffee: Gourmet Coffee Roaster, Reviewed

In case you’re new to my blog, here’s the scoop: In addition to reviewing coffee-brewing products and writing general coffee-education articles, I’m trying all of the coffee subscription services I can find and I’m sharing my reviews with you, to make it easier to find the subscription service that’s perfect for you.

So far, I’ve reviewed Bean Box and Atlas Coffee Club.

Today I’m reviewing Klatch Coffee, and my review is going to be a little different than the ones I’ve done so far. Continue reading “Klatch Coffee: Gourmet Coffee Roaster, Reviewed”

Best Budget-Friendly Espresso Machines

Who doesn’t love a good espresso?

Whether it’s in a latte, con panna, or in an americano, the bitter deliciousness of espresso is a uniquely delicious, irreplaceable ingredient in coffee shop staples.

Yet, many people aren’t sure what the difference between espresso and regular, black coffee is. They’re disappointed to find that the coffee shop drinks they try to recreate at home aren’t as good as the ones they get in their local java joint, or they don’t know where to start when it comes to shopping for their own espresso maker.

There are many different kinds of espresso machines, but there are really only two main kinds that average people own: stovetop espresso pots and automatic espresso machines. Today, I’m going over and recommending (semi) automatic espresso machines. Continue reading “Best Budget-Friendly Espresso Machines”