What is your preferred method?

Feb 07, 2024,15:08 PM

Over the years my wife and I have become somewhat of a "coffee snob".

Much preferring specialty coffees over the run of the mill brands from the stores.
We enjoy differnt blends, coffee from different countries and brewing methods.
Drip makers and Keurigs are OK for a while until you learn that they just don't
make that great of a cup of coffee.  We got a Nespresso for the office, it is OK,
something different a couple of times a week.  I like using an AeroPress or a pour
over device,  I would like to have an espresso machine but a good one is $$$$
and they take up a lot of counter space, they are just not something you want to
put away and get back out every time you want to use it.  Thiought this may be an 
interesting tpopic given I see so many posts with coffee as a background (Turki, I'm 
talking to you, your photos are always great) or pictures 
from a coffee shop.  What's your preferred method/coffee?

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Pic from the kitchen in office. Everyone his own.

 By: brauner : February 7th, 2024-15:17
At the moment some coffee from Sao Tome. ...  


 By: blau : February 7th, 2024-15:24
Even though I own a big expensive espresso machine the VAST majority of my home brewing these days is pourovers with a Chemex. I don't know WHY the Chemex is so damn good but it is. It's also pretty! It's also inexpensive! However...my espresso machine--a...  

Local coffee shop

 By: GuyT : February 7th, 2024-15:28
a 'flat white' from a little place near my flat. They use small batch independent roasters and they get through some variety. My preference is Brazil as a source of bean.

I see a couple of methods I forgot to mention that

 By: Thomas_3 : February 7th, 2024-15:53
we use also, the Chemex and Moka Pot. to me the Moka Pot is a bit hard to master vs the others but is great for as close to an espresso as you can get without it being an espresso. Chemex is good but I still use the V60.

Got a ECM Mechanika now for almost 15 years, very happy with it. And certainly at least 5 Bialettis

 By: dedestexhes : February 7th, 2024-15:57
And then some nespresso machines. We live at several different places, hence the number 😀. Most of the time I use the standard Lavazza beans. Dirk

When I decided to get serious about coffee, my purist approach consisted of

 By: Steve E : February 7th, 2024-16:52
Chemex pourover + Hario V60 kettle + Skerton Pro hand cranked grinder. Beans were usually 100% Kona brought back from trips to the big island. Certainly this approach heightened my level of engagement with coffee, and for some time and gave satisfaction. ... 

Oh, tea can also be a pain in the a..

 By: Derreck : February 7th, 2024-21:28
if you purist approach it. I delved to Japanese teas and the need for exact degree of water and exact seconds to have a good cup of tea is excruciating, then the second and third seeping a start, which are very different in themselves. Now I mostly drink ... 

Here’s a happy medium - for me at least.

 By: Timeout : February 7th, 2024-16:55
Bought this one in the first COVID lockdown when I couldn’t get out for coffee. Dual boiler, quite compact - and not crazy expensive. Had plenty of time on my hands to get the technique down. I prefer lighter roast beans so go with Illi Ethiopian blend. O...  

Nice, i'll show our son.

 By: Thomas_3 : February 7th, 2024-17:17
He wanted to treat himself to one when he graduated from medical school, he just hasn't done it yet but has looked a a few options.

We have the oracle touch

 By: 02acs : February 8th, 2024-01:02
Very similar. Dual boiler, but a little more automated if you want it. My wife liked the fact that it looks very manual even though it can be basically completely automated. Makes good coffee. Key is in finding good consistent beans. We use a small roaste... 

Fresh off the Nespresso

 By: Thomas_3 : February 7th, 2024-17:09

Anyone watch the James Hoffman coffee

 By: Thomas_3 : February 7th, 2024-17:21
videos on YouTube? They are usually pretty good, and entertaining. His coffee is called Square Mile. Our son picked up a bag when in London recently, he said it is pretty good.

I myself am a tea guy (100%)...however

 By: RayStantzPhD : February 7th, 2024-18:32
a former colleague founded a company after designing a small espresso 'machine'. Perhaps you all want to have look: search for '9barista' Cheers, Alex

I was going to suggest this to Thomas.

 By: Jay (Eire) : February 7th, 2024-21:22
I dwelled on buying it for a good while, read a lot of reviews and feedback on various forums. In the end, I just opted for an actual machine !

Tea guy too, here. ;)

 By: amanico : February 7th, 2024-21:44

Thanks, I took a look,

 By: Thomas_3 : February 7th, 2024-22:08
seems pricy for a manual, non-electric espresso maker

This is probably what hypothetical 'CoffeeProSite' members...

 By: RayStantzPhD : February 8th, 2024-07:31
... would say about our pricy, manual and non-electric watches I get your point, it definitely is a luxury lifestyle / nerd thing. I think it's more of an add-on, to ensure you have a stylish and physically perfect coffee when you are out (in the wild?). ... 

Pour-over using a Chemex carafe. Works great.

 By: vitalsigns : February 7th, 2024-20:21
I use Kicking Horse organic coffee, whole bean ground fresh in a Rancilio burr grinder. Makes for a rich but smooth brewed coffee. I love the taste of coffee and drink it black...no cream, no sugar, no nothing

Black here too,

 By: Thomas_3 : February 7th, 2024-20:27
unless I get a latte or a flat white. the latte being my favorite of the two.

Don't forget about

 By: Thomas_3 : February 7th, 2024-20:56
an Americano once in a while.

I spent the last 4 years on a similar question.

 By: Jay (Eire) : February 7th, 2024-21:30
Ultimately my personal conclusion in terms of what worked best for my specific use case and needs was a single boiler machine (Profitec Go) and a grinder from a newish UK brand called Niche. I considered more expensive machines and less expensive machines... 

Nespresso is ok if I am feeling lazy

 By: Derreck : February 7th, 2024-21:35
Otherwise I use aeropress or a French press. I think that it all depends on coffee, I like classic roasted good quality coffee, no third wave no green tastes no astringency etc, just a good old classically roasted old fashioned coffee, the basic coffee I ... 

Speaking of top notch,

 By: Thomas_3 : February 8th, 2024-14:20
long ago I heard or read somewhere the the US is the largest coffee consuming nation in the world yet we drink the worst coffee. May not be true anymore since multitudes of high quality coffee is available and more and more people want better coffee. For ... 

Same in Turkey

 By: Derreck : February 8th, 2024-19:43
Largest tea consuming nation by far, double of next most consuming nation, yet the tea is the worst, boiled for 20 mins, it’s savage and no change in sight for us.

Chemex / Hario V60 with kettle

 By: David H : February 7th, 2024-21:45
Pour over method is my go to.

Pour over with my v60 every morning

 By: DarrenKats : February 8th, 2024-05:41
Love trying single origin beans from around the world. And use a Stagg electric kettle and Ode brew grinder.

I'm an Italian traditionalist, so...

 By: fmc000 : February 8th, 2024-09:27
A standard Moka for me and Lavazza Oro or Qualità Rossa coffee. I don't like Nespresso or similar products, they really mean nothing to me. ...  


 By: amanico : February 8th, 2024-09:44

My travel coffee maker

 By: brauner : February 8th, 2024-15:25

Yes I have that one too!

 By: fmc000 : February 9th, 2024-08:24

I have gone a little overboard with my coffee habit.

 By: MDT : February 11th, 2024-03:40
My home setup ...