Wilfa Svart Presisjon is a quality coffee machine with great design and features – 2000 SEK
It’s time to revisit one of my favorite topics and the fuel that keeps this site updated; coffee. An important trend in coffee right now is that drip coffee is coming back in a big way, and many coffee shops and home enthusiasts experiment with manual brewing equipment. So do I, but I think there’s always a place and time for a great coffee brewing machine in your home.
Here in The Nordics people often get a Moccamaster when they’re aiming for a good automatic brewer, and those are indeed good, but I want to introduce a great alternative. The Wilfa Svart Presisjon has been developed in collaboration between Norwegian company Wilfa and one of the most respected roasters and coffee shop owners in the world; Tim Wendelboe.
First and most importantly, this machine makes very good drip coffee. It has all the benefits of a Moccamaster and other quality machines, but it’s the first one that I know of with flow control. This feature lets you configure how fast the water flows through your coffee grounds, based on how much coffee you’re making at the time. This way your coffee is extracted pretty much the same no matter if you brew one or six cups of coffee and this results in better tasting coffee. There are a lot of useful guides printed on the machine to help you find a good balance between grams of coffee, milliliters of water and flow control. As always I recommend using scales to measure your coffee and to grind your coffee beans yourself.
The Wilfa Svart Presisjon is available in black or white and it sure looks good in either color. The water tank is removable for easier handling and cleaning, and the same goes for the filter holder. This machine is easy to find in many big department stores in The Nordics, but if you’re from another part of the world then you’ll probably have to import one or wait for Wilfa to expand their territory.
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Topo Designs Trip Pack is a compact and light backpack with a distinct design – $89
Topo Designs from Colorado, USA, sure is an interesting company. With an unique approach to design, they create useful bags, accessories and clothes that I believe appeals to a lot of modern, active people. I really enjoy their choice of color variations that each product is available in. Usually they go for at least one or two versions with solid, dark colors that attract less attention. Besides that they often offer a few versions with a very sleek combination of colors.
The Trip Pack is my favorite of all their bags, but I can see myself finding good use for many of them. If you like to keep your gear compact without losing too much in functionality then this is a bag for you. The Trip Pack has a 8.4 L capacity and features an external zip pocket as well as an internal sleeve for a small computer or tablet. The Trip Pack is available in three color variations: all black, navy blue/red and navy blue/green.
Photo by: Topo Designs
Twelve South BackPack is a great way to store your laptop, behind your Apple Display – $35
If you have a workspace where you connect a MacBook to an Apple Cinema Display then you’re going to love this product by Twelve South. Their BackPack shelf lets you place your laptop on the back of your iMac or Apple Cinema Display, out of sight and out of the way. It keeps most cables off your workspace and lets you work on a clutter free desk.
The shelf is made of steel and it matches Apple Cinema Displays and iMacs perfectly. You can use it on the back or front of your display, and it can be used for anything from a big 15″ laptop down to just a small stack of business cards. The possibilities are endless and I think most of us have something on our desks that we rather get out of the way.
Photo by: Twelve South
Incase ICON Pack is a modern, feature-complete backpack for tech travelers – $199.95
The San Francisco-based company Incase have been making useful tech accessories for about 15 years now, and they are just getting better at what they do year after year. I’ve long been impressed by their clean and modern looking backpacks, but they really took this product line to another level recently with the launch of the ICON backpack series.
The bigger ICON Pack can store up to 20 L and is packed with all the different types of pockets and compartments you can possibly need. It was designed for carrying tech devices so it has dedicated compartments for a 15″ laptop, a full size iPad and a mobile phone. Other features include several organizer pockets, a padded back panel with integrated air-flow channels, durable nylon material construction and a handy side pocket with a cable port for headphones or a charging cable.
There is also a smaller version called ICON Slim Pack available for those who want a slimmer, lighter and cheaper backpack, but with the same look and feel. It has a 16.5 L capacity and costs $149.95.
Photo by: Incase