Like artist Christoph Niemann, I enjoyed the process of making coffee far before I took pleasure in drinking it. I loved the aroma of fresh beans and something seemed so romantic about making a cup of coffee, but I wasn’t crazy about its taste. With enough cream and sugar though, I thought, it might taste fabulous. Since then I’ve taken a number of classes in which I have learned how to extract coffee worth savoring, unadulterated. I now love the challenge of extracting the perfect cup of coffee for the purpose of drinking.
At home I have a Bonmac TCA-2, Hario V60, and Chemex, and an espresso machine.
If you are making coffee at home, I recommend the following gear, no matter the extraction method:
Grinder –Fresh ground coffee is fundamental for great tasting coffee because grounds get stale quickly. Get the best grinder you can afford. If you’re deciding between spending more on a grinder or on an espresso machine, get a better grinder.
Timer – Used to measure extraction time. A programmable countdown timer (accurate to the second) comes in handy. For you iPhone users, Intelligentsia has an app so you don’t have to buy one.
Scale – Good for properly measuring out coffee and water. 1g=1ml water. I love metric.
Thermometer – Because proper temperature is essential for optimal brewing.