How To Get Started Brewing Coffee At Home
How To Get Started Brewing Coffee At Home
Brewing at home is for everyone
Everyone’s coffee journey begins somewhere. There’s a wealth of information to explore out there detailing techniques, tips, and recipes, but one of the truest things you can learn about coffee is that everyone can be their own barista! To get started all you need is a little gear, some roasted coffee, water, and a little bit of patience.
This page is dedicated to jumpstarting your home set-up and outfitting you with the basic knowledge that will empower you to brew up the good stuff from wherever you are. You’ll find our recommendations for brewers, grinders, and accessories that are perfect for anyone at any skill level to be able to pick up and brew with, and a collection of resources that will get you started on the right foot.
Recommended Home Coffee Brewing Gear
With so many different ways to make coffee it can be difficult to choose the right brewer for you. Do you want a pour over brewer like so many specialty cafes use? An elegantly simple solution like the humble french press? An automatic brewer that can do the work for you? Here are some coffee brewers that we think are perfect to get started with. After selecting a brewer that fits your needs, we’ll move on to looking at the right grinder for your new set up.
The Espro BLOOM’s unique shape and design boasts a flat-bottom, wide-mouth, and deep brew bed that encourages the water to be evenly distributed across the brew bed to produce an evenly extracted cup every time. Its patented micro-filter design provides the option to brew with a filter, producing a clean and bright cup, or the option to brew without to enjoy a rich and bull-bodied cup. It is one of our favorite pour over options.
This one-button brewer is perfect for folks seeking a quality auto-brewer to handle the hard part. With above-average temperature stability, optional pre-infusion, and a tempered glass carafe, this brewer has more café-level features than your run-of-the-mill coffee pot, all for a surprisingly affordable price.
Sleek, simple, and functional, brewing coffee doesn’t get much easier than in a french press. With a metal filter built in you’ll never have to worry about ordering filters for brewing, while the process of steep, press, and pour will produce a full-bodied brew time and time again.
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Delicious brews are nearly impossible without fresh and consistent coffee grounds. Luckily, buying a grinder to handle that for you is a cinch! Electric or manual, an investment piece or inexpensive solution, we have options for everyone. Once you’ve got this instrumental piece figured out, we can talk about keeping your coffee consistently delicious with a brewing scale.
The Baratza Encore has established itself as the benchmark for electric burr grinders for the home. Reliable performance, sturdy construction, and consistent grounds are exactly what this grinder brings to the table, making it the perfect grinder for new and seasoned brewers alike.
Whether you’re grinding at home or on the go, for Chemex or espresso, the Timemore Slim Plus with E&B burrs has you covered! The Slim Plus has a full grind range with stepped adjustments, roomy hopper, and unique textured, diamond-patterned design will meet your needs for years to come.
Striking a balance between quality and cost can be difficult sometimes, but this grinder finds the sweet spot. With an upgraded handle and stainless steel body this grinder is resilient, and its conical burr set is certain to produce a more consistent grind than any blade grinder on the market.
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If your goal is making tasty coffee time and time again it’s important to be sure that you’re using the same recipe every time; and the simplest way to guarantee consistency is measuring out your coffee grounds and water with a quality scale. Whether you choose a features-packed wonderscale or a barebones utility piece you’ll see the most success with the most specific measurements you can find. Depending on how you choose brew, this could be the last piece you need and you can go check out our accessories section; but, if you’re going to be using a pour over brewer be sure to follow along for some advice on pouring kettles after this.
The top-of-the-line brewing scale from Acaia does more than just weigh your beans. You can practice your pouring with flow rate feedback, follow along with step-by-step brewing instructions in Brewguide Mode, and (for the technologically-inclined) track all of your brews in Acaia’s Brewguide App.
Inexpensive and sturdy the CJ4000 would be a wonderful choice for any budget-conscious brewer. With a 4 kg capacity, 0.5 g resolution, and the option to run on battery power or AC adaptor, this scale is flexible in its uses and reliable in its read-outs.
A happy medium between the top-of-the-line Acaia Pearl Model S and the budget-friendly CJ4000, the Timemore Black Mirror scale provides a chic and simple design while boasting all of the necessary features like accuracy to 0.1 gram, large capacity, silicone heat pad, and built in timer.
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If you’re dreaming of brewing pour overs with ease a slow pouring kettle will be your best friend. Controlling the flow of water and making sure you stay on recipe can be a challenge with many tea kettles, water boilers, or makeshift solutions, but these gooseneck kettles are here to step in and solve your water woes. Be sure to double check our accessories section below to see what other items you can use for a top-notch coffee set up!
Beautifully designed and comfortable to handle, this electric kettle will heat your water to the specific temperature you set it to and keep it there for hours if you need. Its slow and controlled flow rate makes pour over coffee approachable, while its intuitive user interface ensures that anyone can use this kettle right out of the box.
A pouring kettle needn’t be complicated, and this stovetop model proves that certainly. Its stainless steel build comes with a two-year warranty, its swooping gooseneck gives you a range of slow or quick flow rates that your disposal, and its rubberized handle makes it comfortable to use. Perfect for budding pour-over practitioner.
The Hario Smart G Kettle features many of the traits that we’ve come to love from the Hario Kettle, but this one takes it a step further. With the Smart G Kettle you can heat your water using any heat source (minus microwave and oven). In addition to the freedom to heat wherever, this kettle also has a thermometer-friendly design for when precision temperatures are required.
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Coffee Brewing Accessories
Different brewers will succeed best with different accessories, so here we’ve compiled a few items that you should be sure to make sure you’ve got on hand to get the most out of your gear.
Whether you need them for your Kalita Wave, Bonavita brewer, Espro Bloom, or any of our other paper-filtered coffee makers, there’s little more heartbreaking than going to brew up a fresh cup only to realize that you don’t have the right filter! When buying filters be sure to check not only brand and model compatibility, but also that you’re getting the right size for your brewer.
Having a dedicated carafe for your pour over brewer will come in handy, and this 1000 ml offering from Hario is sized to accomodate almost any brew you can muster with any size of the Kalita Wave, Hario V60, and more.
Having the best brewer and a dedicated server still won’t guarantee you delicious coffee if you let it all get dirty with coffee oils. Cafiza will make your cleaning routine a snap because it’s specifically formulated to wash away those coffee oils that would otherwise muddy up your delicious brews.
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Resources For Brewing At Home
Starting Point Recipes
|Brewer||Coffee Dose||Water Dose||Grind Setting||Brew Time|
|V60||25 g/4.5 tbsp||400 ml/13.5 fl oz.||Medium-Fine||2:30-3:00|
|Wave||30 g/5.5 tbsp||480 ml/16 fl oz.||Medium||3:00-3:30|
|Chemex||40 g/7 tbsp||640 ml/21.5 fl oz.||Medium-Coarse||4:00-5:00|
|Auto Drip||5 g/10 tbsp||880 ml/30 fl oz.||Medium-Coarse||4:00-5:00|
|French Press||30 g/5.5 tbsp||450 ml/30 fl oz.||Medium-Coarse||4:30-5:00|
Starting Grind Sizes
|Grind Setting||Looks Like||Encore Grind Setting|
Basic Brewing Principles
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