The Covid19 pandemic caused an influx of interest in “home brewing.” These days choosing a coffee brewing set up can be overwhelming. This happens because there are too many kinds, 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, and a bit obsessive. A snooty in the process of exploring “specialty coffee.” Then buying all available coffee brewing set up, and judging all “other” coffees. (It’s just a phase, maybe they’ll get over it, because we did). But the majority just wants to drink a good cup of coffee (brewed properly?) at home.
Three basic things for brewing coffee:
- Clean Water – delicious
- Coffee Beans – good quality
- Coffee Brewer – caters to your specific needs
Three optional things that helps your brewing set up:
- Coffee Grinder – preferably a burr grinder
- Weighing Scale – at least 0.1g specificity
- Spouted Kettle – long spout or gooseneck
Basic Coffee Brewing Set Up
These brewers can make your brewed coffee, black coffee, regular coffee, or whatever you call it. While, espresso (the base for americanos, cappuccinos, and lattes) is for another post.
Electric Coffee Maker
If you like your coffee without fuss, just get a regular electric coffee maker (auto drip). You can find them at your local grocery or department store. This brewer is convenient, but will not reach the ideal temperature for brewing coffee.
Some things you can do to get the best tasting coffee from your basic set up.
- You can have your beans ground a little finer, finer than recommended for auto drip.
- Or use less coffee 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.
Manual Coffee Maker
If you have time to brew coffee manually and learn about “basic coffee brewing,” get a manual coffee maker. You can either get a French Press or a Coffee Dripper (like a cone).
French Press is a cheaper option, because no special kettle is needed. It is easy to use, and will (almost) always produce good coffee (with some knowledge about coffee extraction).
While a Coffee Dripper (is basically the same with a regular coffee maker minus the electric) requires a few things. It needs paper filters, and a long spout kettle for pouring water. This is best if you have more knowledge about proper coffee brewing techniques.
Optional Coffee Brewing Set Up
These things will help you tweak your recipe to get the best cup of coffee.
Grinders are important and the good ones are expensive. Your local coffee supplier will be happy to grind your beans. Although, 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 helps you with proper and controlled pouring of water. The ones with temperature control is a good investment.
Finally, your brewed coffee involves two ingredients: ground coffee beans and water.
- Buy good quality, and freshly roasted (roast date nearest to your day of purchase) coffee beans.
- Always use clean (no bad taste and weird smell) filtered water.
Here is a list of our coffee brewing set up:
We have been using this set up for the past seven years. While these things are not all cheap, good quality things last 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