We agree: It's all about the beans. Second to that, we use different kinds of gear. Here are some of our favorites plus a few tips:
- Tim uses a french press with these instructions: 1. use a super coarse grind 2. don't skimp! 2 tablespoons per cup. If you use too little coffee it ends up getting kinda acidy and gnarly. 3. don't use boiling water, it will ruin it (especially if you have a light roast) -- water should be around 195-200 F. 4. because the water is colder, I recommend pre-heating your cup (I usually just pour some extra hot water into it while the press steeps) 5. let it soak 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. usually this doesn't need to be precise, but with some coffees it seems to make a difference
- Joshua prefers the simplicity of a slow pour.
- AndrewB's brother-in-law swears by the AeroPress. Yes, we get our families involved in the obsession, too.
- Wes is a fan of his Bialetti Christmas gift.
- Jill uses the Clever Coffee Dripper every day, a gift from her brother. [Note that we are giving gift advice here, too.]
- Florian may get the gold medal for his use of the ROK Presso at home, and specifies that not all beans work well with it.
- And just to prove that we're not all coffee snobs, BenN admitted he had a delicious cup at McDonald's this morning.
My question is: How can Max become a part of our coffee-making ritual?