DIY : How to Easily Make Your Own Craft Coffee for Morning Magic
You can tell a lot about someone by the way they make their coffee. Have they put a little thought into what they’re putting in their bodies first thing everyday? Or are they just copying the way they saw their parents making coffee and starting their days by cramming sugar and mold into their systems?
The latter was me after graduating from college. I would go to Dunkin Donuts every morning and get cream and sugar in my coffee. I guess being from Boston, where ‘everyone runs on Dunkins DOOD’, it was in my blood to start my coffee journey off that way. #Basic
Years ago, before starting a job at a high growth start-up, I actually had time and energy to do a bunch of research on making the best cup of coffee at home.
For starters, if you have a Keurig or traditional coffee make, please stop reading this post, and go throw it away. Immediately. In 2013, I had a Keurig machine and was horrified to see the color of the water that came out when I accidentally didn’t put a pod in. Today, if I drink a cup of coffee from Keurig, my body gets super tired and I need a nap. Maybe that’s just me being a psychosomatic wimp, but that’s truly how my body reacts. I’m officially a coffee snob.
After trying the best coffee spots in Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, England, Peru, NYC, Rhode Island, Chicago, Nashville, Boston, Austin, and Charleston, I’m partial to the pour-over method, since its clean, efficient, transparent and delicious. My favorite coffee shops in Charleston, Black Tap Coffee and Revelator use this method.
“Boiling Down” The Pour Over Process
The pour over process can overwhelming at first if you go by the normal Google results. Its actually really easy if you are okay with not getting neurotic about all the details.
Ultimately, a eye-balled pour-over cup of coffee is going to blow any other coffee method out of the water. Everyday. Here is how I would “boil down” the process:
- Heat water to boiling point
- Put filter in Chemex.
- Grind coffee into fine powder (If you bought whole beans)
- Pour ground coffee in filter
- Slowly pour water over the grinds
- Throw away filter and pour coffee!
Again, you can get way more neurotic about water temperatures, grind texture, pouring technique, measuring the grinds, etc. I don’t have the time to do all of that, which is part of the reason I’ll skip making coffee on my own and go to coffee shops all the time. Baristas know their stuff.
Essential one-time purchases
- Chemex 6-Cup Classic Series Glass Coffee Maker ($59.99)
The most aesthetically beautiful, pure coffee maker there is. If you are a coffee lover, this is a staple. Note: This is good for 1–2 people, if you regularly make coffee for more people, you may want to consider the 10-cup Chemex
- A pour over kettle ($41.21)
The long, narrow handle will ensure you are maximizing the notes and caffeine release from the coffee beans. It’s a little more effort than the next option, but if you truly want to optimize your coffee, this is the way to go.
- Other more convenient hot water option: KitchenAid 1.7-Liter Electric Kettle with LED Display — Brushed Stainless Steel ($93.50)
This one is worth the extra money to look great in your kitchen. Functionally, its great for coffee because it allows you to heat the water to different pre-determined temperature levels, depending on the type of coffee bean you have. The only problem is the spout is wider compared to a kettle, so when you are pouring you have to go very slowly if you want to get the most out of the coffee grind.
- Epica Electric Coffee Grinder -Stainless Steel Blades and Removable Grinding Cup for Easy Pouring ($19.95)
The best coffee grinder on Amazon because it has a REMOVABLE cup. This makes it much easier to transfer the ground beans into the coffee maker, as well as making it easy to clean out. And the price is great.
- Contigo Autoseal Travel Mug with Open-Access Lid, 24-Ounce, Stainless Steel ($25.73)
If you are a slob like me and spill coffee on yourself all the time, you need this. The “autoseal” means you have to press a button in order to drink the coffee.
- Tightvac Coffeevac 1 Pound Vacuum Sealed Storage Container ($14.99)
Preserve the freshness of the beans by storing them in this vacuum sealed container. Great for storing other foods too.
- Funny Coffee Mug From Libyaytions
My cousin Jeremy, who is one of the most creative/funny people I know has started selling funny coffee cups, shirts and art. Worth checking out so you can start your morning with a smile.
Essential Coffee Beans & Supplies
- Coffee Beans from Black Tap Coffee
I’ve been to major cities all over the world, and Black Tap Coffee in Charleston is honestly the best cup of coffee I’ve had. Luckily, I live 5 minutes from them and get to indulge all the time. They also have their own Roastery nearby. The owners are frequently around the shop and put a ton of passion into perfecting the final product. If you don’t live in Charleston, they sell subscriptions to their coffee online.
- 100 Pre-Folded Natural Chemex Filters ($9.95)
Filters for The Chemex. You want to get the unbleached, natural filters to keep the coffee 100% natural.
- Viva Labs The Finest Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 16 Ounce ($10.25)
The best coconut oil you can mix in your coffee for “bulletproof” coffee. Coconut oil slows down the release of caffeine into your system so the coffee buzz is less jittery and lasts longer. Some people do grass-fed butter or heavy cream instead of coconut oil, but I couldn’t get into that.
- Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder ($25)
Gives you more sustained focus than coffee. I drink matcha when I am trying to get into a “deep work” state, as opposed to the talkative, outgoing state coffee puts me in.
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