This $1,300 Connected Tea Infuser Has Raised $5.1 Million – Fortune

By Stacey Higginbotham | December 4, 2015 Is this where VC should be placing its bets? Has the rush to build connected kitchen products that can cook, bake, and brew everything “perfectly” gone too far? Teforia, a company that is building an Internet-connected tea infuser that is pitched as being able to brew tea customized for your taste buds, has raised $5.1 million led by UpFront Ventures with participation from Lemnos Labs, PreAngel Wareness and InnoSpring. The machine tracks earthy, …

Paper filter vs. metal filter: Which makes the best cup of coffee? – CNET

By Taylor Martin | December 8, 2015 The type of filter you use when brewing coffee does matter. Learn whether you should be using reusable or disposable filters to make your daily cup of coffee. Should you use a metal or paper filter when brewing coffee? While the answer mostly hinges on personal preference, there are some important things to note about the differences in paper and metal filters. Learn how different filters can alter the appearance, taste and cost of your morning cup. taste

How to Make Caramelized White Chocolate – Bon Appétit

… flavor is surprisingly complex and nutty, somewhere between dulce de leche, butterscotch, and caramel. For the best flavor and texture, use a good-quality white chocolate that’s at least 30 percent cocoa butter (we like Valrhona). A low-quality white chocolate tends to have more stabilizers that can seize in the oven and taste waxy. To achieve a silky-smooth texture, add a tablespoon of fat like vegetable oil or virgin coconut oil to the chocolate. Stir the mixture every 15 minutes or so with …

New coffee craze charges up drinkers

… alternative that gives you that caffeine boost,” said Brendan Allen, a barista at M Café in Bozeman. Nitro brewed coffee is made by taking cold brewed coffee and infusing it with nitrogen, similar to the way soda is made. The coffee is cold brewed then placed in a keg and pressurized. The entire process of production for one keg takes about four or five days. “I like it because it’s quick and refreshing. It has a nice, smooth and sweet taste. It just has a nice creamy texture …

How to tell if your coffee beans are fresh

By Julia Calderone | October 16, 2015 Johan Fantenberg/Flickr   Everything coffee lovers associate with a freshly brewed cup of joe, such as its flavor and aroma, comes from the roasting process. When a raw, green coffee bean is picked, it contains the precursors to, but doesn’t yet exude, those complex flavor profiles that give coffee its quintessential smell and taste. It’s the roasting process that imparts a flavor …