Roundup: 9 Cool & Creative Uses for Old Coffee Cans

created at: 02/27/2012 

My mom and dad–and grandma and grandpa–all shared the same obsession with empty coffee cans. They didn’t meet one with which they could part. It’s rubbed off on me, I’m afraid. Conversations surrounding the topic in my house go something like this:

Him, while holding up an old coffee can stashed in some corner of the basement or garage: “I’m recycling this.”

Her: “No! That’s a good can.” 

Him, while rolling his eyes: “Fine.”

But, seriously, a good coffee can or two can translate into some really cool stuff. Continue Reading

How to: Make a Tree Stump Coffee Table

created at: 06/29/2011

We’ve seen stumps and branches turned into stools and side tables, as well as accessories like desk organizers, magnets, and napkin rings, but can a hunk o’ tree stand it’s own as a room-centering piece like a coffee table?



When Alicia saw a local tree company moving a buncha stumps around, she immediately stopped and asked to buy a few. Her cost? A mere $4.00 each.

So, she busted out the sanding paper and paint, and the results are pretty fantastic:

Pretty fantastic, right? Continue Reading

How to Make Your Own Senseo Coffee Pods

I was doing some research on Amazon the other day, looking for a new personal coffee maker for MWT to use at work, as his is starting to go hinkey. While clicking around, I found a great tip by a reviewer of Ecopads, which are refillable coffee filters for the Senseo.  J. Clayton aka ‘snark’, says you can make your own pods by putting ground coffee in a regular paper coffee filter. Simply twist the top of the filter and cut off a bit of the excess paper; pop it into the Senseo and ‘voila’.  Continue Reading

DIY Coffee Stencil

Since my first whiff of coffee art, I’ve been hooked. I don’t aspire to be as talented as my local barista, but THIS I could manage. Jessica over at How About Orange tells us how we can make stencils to decorate our coffee.Basically, all you need is a leftover plastic lid from the deli or margarine tub, and X-acto knife and a piece of paper and pencil. For the full 411, follow this link. Continue Reading

How to Make Cold Brewed Iced-Coffee.

Apparently, there’s QUITE a flavorful difference between brewing hot coffee and icing it down, and creating iced coffee through cold brewing techniques. From Lifehacker:

Matthew Yglesias at the Internet Food Association blog writes that
it’s really a matter of overnight cold-brewing and straining. First,
gather up 1 cup of coarse-ground coffee and stir it into 4 1/2 cups of water, or strengthen the mix to taste. After that ‘stick it in the fridge for, ideally, a 12 hour
overnight brew. Continue Reading

Latte Art, Making Coffee Prettier

I am such a sucker for a swirly design gracing my coffee. Hearts,
bunnies, feathers or apples make a good Colombian taste better somehow.
Here’s how to make your own impressive foamy creations.

You can also find detailed written instructions on steaming milk and making Latte Art here.

The best coffee in Toronto is served at The Bulldog Cafe, The coffee is
yum, the ambiance is good and the staff are skilled, friendly and artistic. Continue Reading

Make Your Own Coffee Pods

MWT is enamored with his Senseo coffee machine, but those coffee pods it takes…sheesh…they do add up. Plus, the blends available are very limited. With the popularity of the single serve coffee makers, it was only a matter of time before some enterprising type came up with a DIY coffee pod maker. Enter the Perfect Pod, available at Amazon for $40. It comes with 40 pods to get you started. (A 40 count package of additional pod filters will set you back 5 bucks.) Continue Reading