Coffee is like pizza: All of it is good, even though most of it is terrible, and only a little bit of it is truly amazing. The thing is, making killer coffee is reeeeeallllly easy.
If it doesn’t have a roast date on the bag, it’s not good coffee. You’ve got less than a month from the roast date to drink it. (~$15)
The cheapest good electric burr grinder you can get is Baratza’s Encore, which starts at $130 new, but can be had for around $100 refurbished from Baratza. (If it’s not there, check back every Thursday.) It’s expensive, but I actually could not find a single pro barista to recommend a cheaper electric grinder; it doesn’t exist.
It sounds insane, and friends will make jokes about how you look like a drug dealer (lololol), but it’s actually less annoying than measuring by volume. Also it’s more precise: Coffee beans have irregular shapes, and the volume of water changes when it’s basically boiling. And making good coffee is largely about consistency. Grams are your friends. (~$20)
It’s called a Clever dripper, and it is perhaps the most hassle-free, foolproof way to make coffee ever invented. (~$20)
Measure out 2 grams of beans for every ounce of water
Grind the beans.
Grind size matters.
Put the ground beans in the wet filter and put the Clever dripper on a scale. Then zero out the scale (“tare”) and change it from grams to ounces.
Set a timer for 4 minutes and press start.
Immediately pour 10 (or however many) ounces of the boiling water over the beans.
Stir the coffee three times to break up the crust that has formed.
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