- Every day I make a 6-cup pot and drink about half of that.
- Even though my commute to work is only 20 feet from the kitchen, I still get lazy and miss refilling my cup before it is too late. So much for Always fresh!
- My coffee grinder is +10 years old and it is a blade grinder (gasp!)
- I buy good coffee but it tastes bad.
- Mike does not drink coffee so the 12-cup machine is a tad excessive, especially when counter real estate is crucial.
- Like when cameras switched from film to digital, I was hesitant to get on board… this is how I relate to the single-serve coffee makers. Keurig… I’m looking at you!
So with all of this in mind… Do I continue with the drip or do I go with a French Press? Do I invest in a fancy espresso machine or do I jump on Chemex-train?
What to do, what to do? I started by googling my thoughts and concerns and happily landed on a great website: \seattlecoffeegear.com. They have all the answers in Youtube format and I am officially addicted and can’t stop watching.
Here’s what I’ve figured out:
A. Ditch the stove-top and invest in a temperature controlled kettle with an easy-pour spout. Water temperature is important and I have no clue what my current machine pours out. Bonjour Bonavita, ~$94
B. Upgrade from a blade grinder to a burr grinder. A good grinder is a deal-maker and you should invest in a good coffee grinder before you invest in a pricy machine. The Capresso goes for ~$130 and the Baratza is ~$150
C. Both the Aeropress (~$35) and the Chemex (~$42 for a 6-cup) are affordable and have great reviews. If I am investing in a kettle and grinder this may be a good option but I am leaning towards the Chemex because I can bring it upstairs and refill my mug rather than making one cup at a time with the Aeropress. But, the Aeropress is great for travelling and especially camping… good to know.
D. If I didn’t live within a kilometre of three coffee shops, I’d look at one of these however, Mike doesn’t drink coffee + I hate cleaning kitchen appliances + they’re pricey = not today. The Breville (~$450) got comparable reviews to the Silvia (~$660)
So what does this all mean? I am not sure yet, maybe more Youtube videos? I am going to move forward with the kettle and grinder upgrade. Both my current kettle and the grinder are very old so I do not feel guilty about donating them.
As much as I love the look of the Technivorms, I am not interested in spending that much money on another drip machine. And as much as I love the thought of making espressos at home, I am not ready to invest in one of these, nor do I want to cheap out.
I own a single cup Bodum, and like it, but I find the coffee strong and hated cleaning it. I like the fact that the Espro Press claims to be “grit free press coffee” plus it is Gail’s favourite!
I guess it comes down to the Chemex vs. the Espro Press … and with all of this coffee talk, it makes me want a cup, so off I go. Maybe my coffee buddy Nancy, can help me make the final decision… after all, she’s a certified pro! xomeg