The Gear, Tips, and Beans for Making Wonderful Espresso

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Cup of coffee

Perfecting your morning coffee routine takes a little know-how and some experimentation, but it’s well worth it. Once you’ve set everything up, you can make your perfect mug the way you want at home, without the need for a barista. We’ve put together everything you need to know to make great coffee – including the beans, equipment, and of course some recipes.

GOOP BEANS

There are plenty of fun coffee gadgets to learn about, but none of them really matter unless you start out with great beans. These are great beans. They come from Astrid Medina’s coffee farm Buena Vista in Planadas in Gaitania, Tolima – a municipality in Colombia. Medina is an award-winning third generation coffee farmer and a leader in a heavily male-dominated industry. (Read more about their farm, sustainability goals, and team in this essay on their life and work.) We connected to Medina through our friends at Common Room Roasters, who are now roasting Medina’s beans for us. The coffee is a delicious, full-bodied, medium-roasted arabica. When you drink it, you can pick up some delicate flavors – peaches, honey – from the coffee berry. It’s deep, complex, and balanced. We are addicted.

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CLUTCH EQUIPMENT

When you buy the best beans, you won’t regret investing in a proper coffee grinder. Grinding your beans just before brewing will have a bigger impact on your homebrew than anything else you can do. Look for a burr grinder like this one from Fellow. Its professional flat ridges prevent the coffee beans from getting too hot during grinding, which can cause their oil (i.e. all of the aroma) to be released prematurely. And it ensures that the grind is as even as possible. It’s also super quiet so you can make your mug at 6am without waking anyone up.

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If you want to get more technical, weight is a much more reliable measure than volume, so switching from a coffee scoop to a scale will result in real consistency. Most baristas use a ratio to determine how much water and coffee grounds to use: fifteen to one for a strong cup and seventeen to one for a milder cup. We did some of the calculations for making a cup of coffee using eight ounces (226 grams) – because no one should do the math without caffeine.

For a strong cup: 226 grams of water and 15 grams of coffee powder. For a milder cup: 226 grams of water and 13 grams of coffee powder.

Play around with your ratios until you get it and you will never have to do coffee math again.

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A slim, double-walled latte cup with a hidden parabolic shape for maximum crema accentuation? This is hot. More extra: preheat your cup. Just before serving, fill it with hot water for about a minute, then pour off the hot water and pour your coffee. It stays warmer longer.

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FOR LOW-TECH BREWING

Pour-over coffee makes a delicious cup of coffee and is a great way to get started with brewing – all you need is a dripper and a kettle. This drip cup from Sanyo Sangyo has a unique petal design that allows the coffee grounds to expand fully when saturated with hot water to give you the maximum flavor. For brewing, place a filter in your dropper and place it on your pre-warmed mug. If you’re using a paper filter, moisten it lightly – just a splash is enough to remove the woody taste (you can combine moistening the filter with the step before preheating the cup). Once you’ve drained any excess water, add your coffee grounds into the filter and add enough hot water to saturate it in slow, steady spirals, then let it sift through. Repeat this process about two more times (you’ll likely develop an eye for it, but doing this through a scale can tell when you’ve hit that 226 gram mark).

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A French press makes a full-bodied cup of joe easy to achieve. The simple design of the press pot and plunger has hardly changed since it was invented almost a hundred years ago. Simply put coffee grounds in your preheated press can (yes, we preheat this part too), saturate it with hot water by filling it with half your water (you can use your scale to estimate the amounts). , and let it bloom for about a minute. Then stir gently, fill the rest of the pot and let sit for another three minutes before pressing the plunger to strain and serve. The long steeping time is why you need a coarse grind – more steeping time and less surface area on the beans results in slower extraction of the deep flavor. Fellow comes through once again with a very chic-looking insulated stainless steel press pot. It keeps your coffee nice and hot and also has a non-stick coating, so it’s super easy to clean.

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We spent a lot of time with coffee, but what about the second ingredient, water? Using good quality filtered water can improve the taste of your coffee. (And if you’re looking for a guide, check out our article on Choosing a Water Filter.) Temperature also plays a role: bring your water to a boil and let it sit for five minutes. The sweet spot is around 200 degrees Fahrenheit – you don’t have to be precise; You just don’t want it scalded. A kettle with a long gooseneck and narrow spout gives you the most control when you let your coffee grounds “bloom” for pouring over and for French press. The Stagg Stovetop kettle does this job incredibly precisely and a little bit chic.

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FOR LUXURY BREWING

We loved the relationship eight. And we’re excited about the latest issue of Ratio Coffee, the Ratio Six. It looks like a drip coffee maker, and you load it like a drip coffee maker, but the machine simulates the process of pouring coffee over it – with that initial “bloom” pour and all. That way you get all of the subtle nuances, but it’s completely hands-free. And it’s an easier way to water for more than one person (which can be slow otherwise).

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