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  • What is your best coffee-making technique?

    Making coffee at home is much more economical than $2 for starbucks. Its also customizable to your own taste and it is interesting to learn. Starbucks somehow always tastes burnt to me.

    I am still a novice, but I thought I would post my technique and see if anyone else has suggestions.

    For inspiration, a relaxing youtube video of a Japanese guy making coffee.

    Here is my setup:

    the french press is bodum from Target (holds 2 cups)
    the coffee grinder is from amazon


    1. Heat water (I microwave it).
    2. Grind 1 tablespoon of fresh coffee beans. (pulse in the coffee grinder 12 times)
    3. Transfer coffee grounds to the french press.
    4. Add water to the french press. Brew for 11 minutes. add some of the water to your coffee cup to warm it. (do some clean up while it is brewing)
    5. Toss out the water from the coffee cup. Add splash of milk or half-and-half.
    6. Press the coffee and pour into your cup.
    7. Enjoy in your home study while reading or surfing the internets.

  • #2
    Its free at my office. Not amazing but can't beat the price. Don't drink coffee on the weekends.


    • #3
      I use a manual burr grinder and Aeropress at home. At work we have a Kuerig.


      • #4
        I use a burr grinder. I use the fine-to-medium grind for stovetop espresso (Bialetti Moka express); coarse grind for my Bodum French press. I also take the coarse grind to work, microwave some water, then pour it through a natural filter and coffee cone ( This gives me control over quantity and caffeine level.


        • #5
          If it's something special, I'll use a French press. Truth be told, though, I only do that a couple of times per year. And if the grind isn't suitable for a French press, the result is definitely sub par.

          I also use the French press for loose leaf tea. It works pretty well, IMO.


          • #6
            I have a French press, but I only brew it for 4 may be over-extracting the coffee on an 11 minute setup. I also use two tablespoons of whole beans per 6 oz. water, but YMMV.

            I'd suggest using filtered water and getting a hand-cranked burr grinder (I got one on Amazon for about $40) so you can control the grind a better.

            Finally, I buy bulk coffee from Whole Foods so I know when it was roasted - a week a supply at a time. Source doesn't really matter so long as they are as fresh as possible.


            • #7
              French press, every morning. 32oz into mine and the ladies two 16oz Stanley mugs. Keeps mine warm all the way till lunch, and hers till she crawls out of bed (she works evenings/nights).


              • #8
                Chemex guy over here. I think you'll never make a better cup of coffee than with a Chemex.


                • #9
                  I also use a French press, and I agree with alanm that you're likely ruining your coffee if you let it brew for 11 minutes. You only need to steep your coffee for 2 minutes for a mug's worth, or 4 minutes for a full press.


                  • #10
                    I've got to agree with ZachG. I used a French Press for years, but the Chemex keeps that last drop pristine.


                    • #11
                      Coffee from Counter Culture.
                      Baratza Virtuoso grinder.
                      Bottled water.
                      Every morning.


                      • #12
                        I will try increasing the amount of coffee beans and reduce the brewing time. Is it better to produce fine grounds or course grounds?

                        Where is the best place to buy a Chemex? Does that produce the same effect as using a coffee cone like marathon uses?


                        • #13
                          The ideal grind really depends on the brewing method. For something that brews very quickly, like an Aeropress, a finer grind is preferable. For something you let steep for a few minutes, like a French press, a coarser grind is fine.

                          Basically, the less time (or pressure) the particular device has to extract the oils and flavors of the coffee from the beans, the finer the grind will need to be.


                          • #14
                            We've been using the Toddy cold brew system for a bit over a year now. The coffee is really smooth, and it's now about the only way my girlfriend will drink her coffee.

                            4 cups of grounds
                            9 cups of water
                            let it sit for about 24 hours.


                            • #15
                              I use both the Chemex method and the french press. Chemex gives me a smoother cup, and I also like the more robust cup I get from a french press.