This zero-waste espresso machine is powered by human strength

August 12, 2019 by  
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While cafe-worthy espresso machines still lie out of the price range for most people, there are more and more affordable versions hitting the market. Still, many models at all price points either create waste from pods and filters or use a lot of energy — or both. In searching for an option that fulfills our love for coffee without creating waste and consuming a lot of electricity, we found ROK. The ROK espresso maker promises a strong, double shot of espresso with zero-waste and zero-energy needed. After opening the box, we felt pretty intimidated by the machine. It is made from strong, sturdy steel, and is small enough to carry around, but the instructions weren’t incredibly informative. There is also a metal portafilter, which holds the coffee grounds, as well as a plastic coffee scoop that doubles as a tamper, a splitter to turn the double shot into two single shots and a mysterious additional piece that we still do not know its purpose. (If you know, leave us a comment below!) Related: The problem with coffee pods and the eco-friendly alternatives to use instead Luckily for ROK users, the company has an informative YouTube channel, where we found plenty of tutorials as well as helpful tips and tricks to make the best espresso possible. After familiarizing ourselves with the routine, we decided to give it a go. We added fine coffee grounds to the portafilter and tamped it firmly, but not too firmly, using the back of the coffee scoop. Inserting the portafilter into the machine is probably the trickiest part; we recommend squatting down and looking to see where the notches line up to avoid missing and dumping the grounds everywhere (speaking from experience here). After the portafilter is secured in place, make sure your mug is lined up at the bottom under the spout, and add boiling hot water to the black plastic rim at the top of the machine. We found about 100 to 110 mL gave us the perfect amount with enough to pull a thin layer of crema at the top of the cup as well. Pull the arms of the machine up slowly, then push down. If you feel a lot of resistance, don’t push further! The coffee might be tamped in too much, and forcing the arms down could cause the water to burn you. If the arms are moving with just slight pressure, you are doing it correctly. Push slowly, and the water will run through the portafilter and espresso will pour into your mug. After the arms are all the way down, feel free to pull the arms up and push down one more time to get rid of any excess water and to pull crema. If you want to create two single shots of espresso (a great way to take a quick break with coworkers!), simply attach the clear, plastic splitter to the end of the portafilter after it has been secured into the machine. Place an espresso mug under the end of each side of the splitter, and operate as usual. After our trial run, we were so surprised at how easy it was to use the ROK espresso maker. We simply composted the used grounds, wiped the machine and portafilter down and it was ready to go for the next round of espresso. We love it so much, in fact, that we use it multiple times a week. It makes a strong cup of espresso, it is a breeze to use, it is quiet (so we aren’t disturbing the people working around us) and it is quick to clean. It also is small enough to fit on a desk. Prices vary depending on where you purchase ROK, but it costs about $160-180 USD. The company sells bundles on its website that include the machine as well as a milk frother, coffee and more. Although the plastic parts do feel sturdy, if they happen to break, ROK sells small replacement kits as well, so you can service your machine and get the coffee breaks you deserve for years to come. + ROK Images via Inhabitat Editor’s Note: This product review is not sponsored by ROK. All opinions on the products and company are the author’s own.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Naturemill’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail

June 11, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of PRODUCT REVIEW: Inhabitat Tries Out Naturemill’s Ceramic Countertop Compost Pail Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: composting , countertop compost pail , eco-friendly , gradening , green kitchen , Nature , nature mill , naturemill , norpro , product review , Sustainable        

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FZLed PAR38 22-Watt LED Spotlight (Product Review)

September 16, 2011 by  
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Photo: Michael Graham Richard The Future of Lighting, Today For technical reasons previously mentioned ( Haitz’s Law ), LED technology is extremely likely to become the dominant lighting technology over the next few years. But like all still-maturing technologies, there is a great variety of approaches being tried to figure out what works best. LED light-bulbs can be found in all shapes and sizes as manufacturers try various tricks to improve light difusion, color quality, heat dissipation, etc. F… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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GOP Climate Change Denial is Making More People Believe in Climate Change

September 16, 2011 by  
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Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr/CC BY According to a new poll, a lot more Americans believe in climate change right now than they did a year ago. Surprise! 83% of Americans said they believed that global warming was happening, and 72% even said that humans were to blame. So what’s causing the spike in belief? As Mat pointed out in his post today, it’s probably a combination of things. Extreme weat… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Philips AmbientLED 17 Watts LED Lightbulb (Product Review)

August 11, 2011 by  
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Photo: Michael Graham Richard Finally a 75-Watt Incandescent Replacement (100W Model is Coming Soon) I liked all the LEDs that I’ve had the chance to review so far. In fact, I use them every day and don’t have much to complain about; in my office, I have a Qnuru 6.4W LED (the cool white model), in my bedroom the bedside lamp uses the FIRST 7W LED , … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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The SAYLE Chair Really Is "The Best for the Most for the Least" (Product Review)

April 28, 2011 by  
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SAYLE Chair at a Herman Miller 1952 desk model 4658. Image Credit Emma Alter Office chairs are a difficult design problem. Herman Miller’s classic A eron chair has been a hit for over a decade, but it costs nearly a thousand bucks and is rarely seen outside of high end offices, although it was the darling perq of internet startups; there were even Aeron hockey tournaments.

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Philips AmbientLED 12.5 Watts LED Lightbulb (Product Review)

March 25, 2011 by  
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Photo: Michael Graham Richard A Bulb from the Future! It Looks Like it Belongs on a Spaceship The Philips AmbientLED 12.5-watt A19 LED lightbulb (quite a name!) is probably the favorite LED bulb that I’ve tried so far. It beats the competition when it comes to light output (800 lumens vs

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FIRST Green ‘e-Watt Saver’ 7W LED Lightbulb (Product Review)

March 10, 2011 by  
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Photo: Michael Graham Richard Support a Good Cause and Save Energy For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology ( FIRST ) is a non-profit founded by inventor Dean Kamen over 20 years ago. It aims to inspire young people to learn about science, technology, engineering and math through challenging robotics competitions. To raise funds, they sell FIRST branded energy-saving LED lightbulbs (better than chocolate!).

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Patagonia Boaris Limited Edition Shoe: Product Review (Includes Patagonia’s Stance on Leather)

December 13, 2009 by  
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Photo: Patagonia In 1968, Yvon Chouinard , piled into a VW van loaded up climbing gear, surf boards, and a bunch of mates, en route from California to South America, living a wild outdoors life along the way. Four years later Yvon Chouinard would call his fledgling clothing company, Patagonia, in honour of that and later trips to the region. Patagonia’s Boaris shoe is also a homage, of sorts, to hogs

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