Home Brewing

Coffee Questions: Great Coffee at Home by Caleb Savage

Home Brewing

“What’s the easiest way to improve my home brewing setup?”

Making coffee at home can be a lot of fun, but with recipes, brew methods, and brewing variables, making great coffee can be frustrating or feel like more work than it’s worth. We think coffee brewing should match your interest, time, budget, and taste. If it feels like making coffee at home is too complicated, too time intensive, or too costly, chances are, we can find a better way for you to make coffee!

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Interest

Is the idea of making a perfect cup of coffee overwhelming? Does the thought of breaking out a calculator to make coffee seem outrageous? Finding easy-to-use recipes from companies like KLLR Coffee or brewing methods like the Stagg XF and it’s “Fill-up” Method might be your solution!

Time

How much time do you want to invest in making a cup of coffee? Do you take your time in the mornings or do you base setting your alarm on the number of minutes it takes to get out of your house? If you’re short on time, immersion brewing methods like a French Press, Aeropress, or Clever Dripper may work best. Investing in an electric kettle like the Stagg EKG can hold a temperature for up to an hour, allowing you to heat up your kettle in advance!

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Budget

It’s easy to spend a lot of money on coffee equipment, but it doesn’t mean you have to. Some items like scales have a pretty large range in price, but it’s possible to find a quality scale that can the job done under $30. That being said, coffee grinders have a higher baseline for one that will grind your coffee consistently enough to be effective. We think the Baratza Encore gets you the most bang for your buck, but if you only use one brew method or go through a bag of coffee within a month, a Fellow Atmos might be a good alternative! Check out our last Coffee Questions post on freshness and using the Fellow Atmos Canister to keep it fresh.

Taste

If you prefer your coffee to taste clean with a sweet, bright acidity, you’re going to have difficulty being content with a French Press. If you enjoy the taste of espresso or americanos but aren’t interested in making espresso at home, an aeropress might be your best bet!

Using these four categories, we can help you take the next step with home brewing! Chat with a team member next time you’re in the shop and let us know what you’re most interested in and we can help!

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Coffee Questions: Brewing That Works by Caleb Savage

NOT JUST HERE FOR THE CAFFEINE

“What’s the best way to make coffee at home?”

Coffee making can be pretty frustrating. We want good coffee. We want to make it in a way that’s both fun and relatively easy. We don’t want it to break the bank. Why? Because we want coffee to be both utilitarian and pleasurable. We want it’s caffeine, but we want also want it to be sweet, well-balanced, and enjoyable. We want it to help us wake up in the morning so we don’t want a setup that requires us to be alert to be able to do it well.

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So how do we balance making great coffee without having to have the best equipment or follow a complex set of rules to get your first sip of caffeine?

The best cup of coffee is a coffee you like to make and drink.

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The Balancing Act

We can divide home brewing into a couple areas to determine the best setup for anyone: Interest, Time, and Cost.

Interest

Do you enjoy learning about where coffees are from? Do you follow recipes when you make coffee? If you want good coffee, but don’t have a lot of interest in the details, there are some great automated brewers that make Specialty quality coffee at home!

Time

Are you looking for a coffee setup that allows you to start a cup and be out the door five minutes later? A stovetop kettle might not be the best choice. Also, avoid hand grinders. If you have the time and interest, you can sip slowly and think critically about the coffees you make and make slight adjustments to your recipe until you’ve found the program that works best for you.

Cost

Sometimes we have a lot of interest and time to make great coffee but are missing the budget to have the “perfect” setup. Don’t sweat. Sometimes small improvements to things like water, coffee quality, or temperature can have dramatic results on the finished product!

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THINGS WE LOVE

“What equipment should I get?

The equipment we sell comes from companies we believe in. We use and sell Acaia scales, XF brewers and kettles, Chemexes, and Baratza grinders. If you are considering a new kettle or brewer, ask us about why we love the gear we use.

We also love helping you make the best coffee you want to make. Our team loves finding the gear or solution you need the balances your interest, time, and budget. Stop by the shop and chat with your baristas about the best set up for you.

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