I know there are about 10000 articles about how to make the perfect cup of coffee. Justin is not as intense as many internet coffee opinion-havers, but don’t worry he has still thought a lot about how to make good coffee at home, with tradeoffs for effort, ease of cleaning, and cost.
(our old coffee setup)
Probably the one thing that makes the most impact on the quality of your home coffee is grinding the beans right before you brew the coffee. We made perfectly great coffee for years with a cheap blade grinder and then upgraded to a nicer burr grinder when it died. Justin got some kind of a deal on that, I’m pretty sure. But the difference between the blade and the burr grinder is incremental. The difference between grinding your own and buying pre-ground coffee is significant.
(our current coffee setup. the plastic carafe is to transfer filtered water from the sink)
I’m about to get controversial here: I don’t like french press coffee. I find it too oily. We actually had a regular, classic drip coffee maker that worked great for a long time, but recently got this bodum “automatic pour over” machine which is, let’s be honest, a fancy drip coffee maker. It does a good job though and it’s easy to clean and looks nice on the counter. If you really wanted to go low-investment, a simple pour-over funnel would work too, but we want to make a whole pot and pouring over by hand requires a bit more time and attention.
(print pictures of your baby on a mug and make your own recursive photos!)
Where to get the best beans? We’re still experimenting on that. Trader Joes has been pretty good for this, we’ve also been satisfied with Meijer brand and Papa Nicholas. Aldi carries some single source beans that have been hit and miss with us.
One more tip: we use the creamer from the fiesta sugar/cream set for sugar, because the spout makes a nice place to leave your spoon handle outside the lid. Plus we aren’t fancy enough to put our cream in an intermediary container between the carton and the cup.