Something has to distract the media and bloggers from their self-indulgent, T&A love-affair with this week’s story about stripper baristas in the Seattle/Tacoma area. Today’s The Record (Stockton, CA) made a valiant effort: Options to make the perfect cup of coffee.

The article is a primer on the different coffee brewing methods and what might be right for your own home version of the café game. While the author generally provides some pretty sound information and advice, the suggestion to seek out a “local cooking or department store” for good equipment is something I heavily discourage. Most cooking and kitchen stores know only as much as restaurants when it comes to making good coffee — i.e., very little.