home brew

We’ve been looking high and low for great new coffees, with an eye to rolling out a more choices for you later this year. Our search has included beans ranging from Africa to Indonesia to South and Central America - we’ve covered a lot of ground. Now, our Roastmaster is hard at work creating the blends and roast profiles you have asked us for! The next step in our process is to brew countless cups coffee, in a variety of different ways. Yes, we are totally wired! But we wanted to put ourselves in your shoes and do what you do after your box arrives each month. Brewing the same beans, in different ways, and tasting them side-by-side makes it crystal clear that the way you brew influences the flavor in your cup just about as much as where the coffee is grown or how it is roasted. So we’d like to share some of the latest and greatest coffee brewing methods. This is by no means a definitive list. In fact, there are some notable absences, including pricey espresso machines (a classic we love), convenient Keurig Brewers (super handy) and the tried-and-true standard drip (respect Mr. Coffee). Instead, our list is populated with relatively inexpensive, low tech options. If you’ve been using the same trusty coffee maker you were given as a wedding gift all those years ago, it could be time to branch out. Or at least try something new on the weekends! Every single one of these manual methods makes a great cup. Coffee Cone (available at Amazon for $10-$18) coffee cone Pros:  a fabulous cup of coffee that showcases the flavors in the bean Cons:  just brews one cup at a time   French Press (available at Amazon for $20-$40) Screen Shot 2015-03-13 at 11.46.30 AM   Pros:     a full bodied, earthy, coffee-lover’s cup Cons:    because of the way the coffee is filtered, you get some sediment   Chemex (available at Amazon for $72) chemex Pros:  always smooth and never bitter, you might stop using cream and sugar Cons:  Chemex filters required Aeropress (available at Amazon for $26)     aeropress pic Pros:  highly satisfying, smooth, rich cup in under a minute Cons:    uses pressure and plastic parts can be fragile   Moka Pot (available at Amazon for $15-$35) moka pot Pros: very easy, retro way to enjoy espresso and coffee Cons: not really espresso, which requires a high pressure machine