The Coffee Brewing Toolkit
You don’t have to be at a coffee shop to enjoy a well-brewed cup. It’s usually cheaper and can be more fun to brew at home. Plus, you can customize your drink just as you like it. We rounded up some expert-approved tools and tips to optimize your home-brewed coffee experience.
First, the beans
Tip: Buy fresh or locally-roasted coffee
Coffee reaches its peak flavor just days after it has been roasted and should be consumed within a month of its roast date. To find fresh coffee beans, check out local roasters. Here’s a list of the 18 best coffee roasters in America. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also roast your own beans with the Ikawa Home Coffee Roaster. If you’d like to avoid the hassle of identifying roasters, try Mistobox, a coffee subscription box that will deliver to your doorstep coffee customized to your taste by their coffee curators.
Once you’ve acquired and roasted the beans, they need to be ground.
Tip: Grind your own beans
There are two main types of coffee grinder: the blade and the burr grinder. Coffee experts recommend using the burr grinder because this type of grinder gives you more control over your grind than you do with a blade.
There are flat burr grinders and conical burr grinders, but they do the same thing: grind your coffee and grind it well. The distance between the surfaces can be changed, which in turn will change the size of the grind.
- Baratza Virtuoso Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
- Capresso 565 Infinity Steel Burr Grinder
- Zevro Ground Coffee Dispenser
Different levels of grind can be chosen to make sure that you unlock the best flavor in your preferred brewing method. Here’s a cute infographic from I Love Coffee to find the right grind for each type of brewing method:
Tip: Mind Your Preparation Method
- AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
- Poppy Pour-Over
- Ninja Coffee Bar
- Cold Brew Coffee Maker
- Minipresso On-The-Go Brewer
Try to enjoy every step of the coffee-making process at home from searching for the best coffee shops in your city, to reading about the types of beans they carry, and finally brewing and drinking this new cup of coffee that you may never have known about before.