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Coffee Detective Newsletter #24 -- Hands-on gift ideas for coffee lovers
December 08, 2012

The Coffee Detective Newsletter

Issue #24 December 2012


In the last issue I was writing about giving a fancy single-serve coffee maker as a gift for the coffee lover in your life this Christmas.

There is no doubt that these machines are extremely popular.

However, in this issue I want to take a look at the other end of the spectrum. That is to say, low-tech, low-cost coffee making methods.

I love the low-tech approach to making coffee for a few reasons. First, they are so inexpensive. Second, every cup of coffee you make is less than half the price when compared to single-serve systems. Third, the coffee actually tastes better. (When did you last see a coffee professional make coffee with a single serve brewer?)

But beyond all that, I just like the hands-on aspect of making my own coffee with the simplest possible tools.

It may be easy to throw a K-Cup or capsule into your brewer and just press a button, but I can’t help but feel part of the experience is lost that way.

I love the feeling of coffee beans grinding in a manual coffee mill. I like pouring the hot water over the coffee grinds when using a simple filter cone.

It’s that hands-on part that I like, and that I miss when using a single-serve brewer.

If you have friends or family who you think would like to try the low-tech and high-touch approach to making coffee, I have put together a page of hands-on gift ideas here.

And you can still see my selection of single-serve brewer gift ideas here.

That’s it for this issue. If I don’t write again before the holidays…have a great break, and enjoy your coffee!

You can reach me at any time at


Nick Usborne

P.S. If you are in the coffee business, particularly on the marketing side of things, you can learn about my latest report for coffee marketing professionals here.

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