Everything you need to know about making gourmet coffee at home.


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At Coffee Detective we take a common sense approach to helping you make the best gourmet coffee.

We give you the straight facts...so you can explore, taste and enjoy some wonderful coffees...and brew them at home to get the best from their unique flavors.

Browse through these pages for help in choosing some wonderful gourmet specialty coffee beans, plus advice on buying the best coffee makers, single serve brewers and coffee grinders.


Which coffee maker is best for you and your home?

Drip brewers, single serve brewers, pour-over brewers, the French press. So many choices! Find out which is best for you...

A single-serve brewer? If so, which one?

There are several different brands of single-serve brewer, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Find the right one...

On hot summer days, reach for the iced coffee.

There are plenty of ways to make and enjoy iced coffee or cold-brew coffee at home. Here are three ways to get you started...

Featured coffee photo.

Bosnian coffee.Bosnian coffee in Sarajevo with an apple dessert called Tufahija.

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Reviews of some top home coffee makers.

The iCoffee Opus single serve K-Cup brewer.

This is our preferred K-Cup brewer. In our experience it brews better coffee than the Keurig machines. Watch our video demo...

The Bonavita BV 1800 Drip Brewer.

The is the drip brewer we use, simply because it's the one recommended by so many leading coffee experts. We use it every day. Read our review here...

Hamilton Beach "The Scoop" single serve brewer.

This brewer uses loose coffee but delivers 90% of the convenience of other single serve machines at a fraction of the price. Watch our video review...

Breville Duo-Temp Pro espresso machine.

This is a semi-automatic, mid-priced home espresso machine. It's the one we use. Watch our video demo...

Our featured coffee video.

If you want the convenience of a K-Cup brewer, you might assume you should get a Keurig brewer. Not necessarily. In this video we test a Keurig brewer side-by-side with the iCoffee Opus. (The Opus wins.) Full story here...


How-to tips for making great coffee. 

How to measure coffee to make the perfect brew.

What is the correct water temperature for brewing coffee?

What is the correct temperature for serving coffee?

Choosing between dark and medium roast coffees.


A few coffee topics our readers are asking about.

How can I descale my Keurig Brewer?

Is the plastic in K-Cups safe?

Drip or percolated coffee - Which is best?

How many times can I use the same K-Cup?

Can I still get one of the original Keurig brewers, like the B40 Elite?

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