Aficionados call it coffee's "third wave." Bostonians might call it the backlash against Dunkies. A growing number of connoisseurs are demanding real coffee, ground and brewed the right way. They approach it "less like a cup o' Joe and more like a pinot grigio," says Cabell Tice, head barista at Thinking Cup, one of a crop of gourmet coffee shops that have opened in recent years. At Thinking Cup, java is brewed in a number of peculiar ways, all more exciting than the drip machine. Here, Tice shares his secrets for making non-drip coffee at home. Snobs claim these methods produce a superior cup. You decide whether they're just blowing steam.
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