Covid19 pandemic caused an influx of interest in “home brewing.” These days, choosing a coffee brewing set up can be overwhelming; because there are too many, they are easily accessible and…expensive.
For most people, coffee brewing should be like a respite, more practical than fancy. Although, there are some drawn to become excessive, a bit “obsessive” (and snooty in the process of exploring “specialty coffee,” buying all the coffee things, judging all “other” coffees, it’s just a phase–maybe they’ll get over it, we did); but majority just wants to drink a good cup of coffee (brewed properly?) at home.
The most basic things you will need are (1) delicious water–clean, (2) good quality coffee beans–hopefully, but will ultimately depend on your preference, (3) the right coffee brewer–one that will cater to your specific needs. And some optional things that will base on your budget and chosen brewer: a (burr) coffee grinder, (at least 0.1g specificity) weighing scale, and (long spout) kettle.
Basic Coffee Brewers
If you like your coffee without fuss, just get a regular brewer (an electric coffee maker, or auto drip) at your local grocery or department store. This brewer is convenient, but will not reach the ideal temperature for brewing coffee. To get the best tasting coffee, you can have your beans ground a little finer (finer than recommended for auto drip); or use less beans per cup of water to compensate. However, there are brewers that can reach 90+ degrees Celsius (consistently), they are expensive but worth your money.
If you have time to brew coffee manually (and learn about “basic coffee brewing,” just google it), you can either get a French Press or a Coffee Dripper (like a cone). French Press is a cheaper option, no special kettle needed, easy to use, and will (almost) always produce good coffee. While a Coffee Dripper (basically same with a “regular coffee maker” minus the electric), mostly use paper filters, long spout kettle needed (for pouring), and a little knowledge about “coffee extraction” to get a properly brewed coffee.
These brewers can make your “brewed coffee,” “black coffee,” “regular coffee,” or whatever you call it; while espresso (the base for americanos, cappuccinos, lattes) is for another post.
Optional Set Up
Grinders are important, and the good ones are expensive. Your local coffee supplier will be happy to grind your beans, but you lose freshness whenever you buy pre-ground coffee. If you have funds, buy a burr grinder: manual grinders are cheaper, best for those who will only brew for themselves and a friend or two; while electric coffee grinders are advantageous, especially if you like brewing for more people. Weighing scale will help you measure the amount of coffee and water, this is necessary when you decide to learn more on coffee brewing and extraction. Long spout kettle with temperature control is a good investment (otherwise a thermometer will do).
These things will help you tweak your recipe to get the best cup of coffee.
Finally, your brewed coffee involves two ingredients, ground coffee beans and water. This is why it is important to buy good quality, and freshly roasted (roast date nearest to your day of purchase) coffee beans. Then always use clean (no bad taste and weird smell) filtered water. Enjoy brewing!
Here is a list of our coffee brewing set up:
We’ve had all of these for the past 7 years, good quality things lasts longer (great value for money).
- Automatic Coffee Maker: MarcoBru 1.8L
- Manual Brewer: Hario French Press and V60
- Coffee Grinder: Baratza Forte AP
- Long Spout Kettle: Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle 1L
- Weighing Scale: Hario Digital Drip Scale