Coffee is a misunderstood beverage in modern America. Starbucks’ ungodly large catalog of beverages is not true to the roots of coffee. Real coffee doesn’t have sugar. Real coffee doesn’t have milk. Real coffee is drank by adults who enjoy a robust, unapologetic flavor. Coffee wakes you up and you become addicted to that feeling. A paste of sugar, heavy cream, ice and four shots of espresso is an abomination of real coffee.
I’m pointing fingers when I probably shouldn’t. I own two different ways of making coffee that require precision and can produce really bad coffee if done incorrectly. This high brow bastardization of coffee is probably as far away from real coffee as Starbucks. I do hold onto one thought; my coffee can be sweat and fruity without adding six pumps of syrup to it. I also don’t have my coffee proportioned into a single serving tiny K-cup. Hipster coffee, as most like to call it, is a step away from real coffee, but you don’t have to be snobby just to make decent cup of coffee for yourself.
Make Good Coffee
Complaining without a solution isn’t my game. I want everyone to make good coffee whenever possible. You are going to have to trade some time for an outstanding cup of coffee, but I promise it isn’t a huge trade off.
The easiest way to step into the realm of good coffee is getting yourself an Aeropress and a cheap burr grinder.
My first good coffee gadget was the Aeropress. This tiny contraption doesn’t look like it would make a good cup of coffee, but I promise you, it’s fantastic.
The main benefit of the Aeropress is that is forgiving; you can screw up a little and still get a good cup out of it. It’s portable and easy to clean as well, so you won’t have to worry about twenty minutes of clean up after brewing.
I know that the Aeropress will work for the coffee layperson because I convinced my office to buy one. Everyone uses it and loves the coffee that comes out of it. They even use Dunkin’ Doughnuts coffee and it still makes a pretty good cup of coffee. I also gifted an Aeropress to my dad as he was tired of making crappy Keurig coffee. So far, he’s happy as well.
The other key ingredient to making good coffee at home is a cheap burr grinder. You can find them for $40-$50 at Amazon or Target. A burr grinder crushes instead of cutting the beans. This prevents coffee dust from forming which can make your coffee taste overly bitter. You can cheap out and get a blade grinder, but trust me, your coffee is going to taste so much better with a burr grinder.
Instead of buying a $100 Keurig machine or wasting $6 every day at Starbucks, make good coffee at home in the Aeropress. Investing $50 into a decent coffee setup will have a huge financial gain.