One quick look at my Instagram would prove to show that I am absolutely addicted to coffee. And by addicted I mean obsessed. And by obsessed I mean infatuated. I'm constantly struggling with the idea and ever bearing question: is it possible to be in love with a drink? Like really in love. Seriously, if I could wed an inanimate object, it would be coffee. She's always there for me. Today, a quick look into the inside of the mind of the coffee obsessed will elaborate the art of making a great home coffee. By investing at least $100 bucks into a decent setup (potentially split this with a flat mate), you can go from making instant coffee to having a kick ass start to your day within a week.
Photo Cred // Boston Stoker Coffee Co.
Starting your collection requires a quick pop down to your closest Coffee Supreme flagship store, which supplies everything you need from beans to machines, to takeaway cups. My favourite is Supreme Seafarers (I'm hoping that much is obvious), and this is where I bought my complete set up. Here are my five very quick pointers for developing your own.
This is the basis on which you will churn out your favourite brew day in and day out. You must buy quality. Look into a Chemex, much like a conical flask shape, these babies filter brew your coffee grind in about 3 or 6 cups at a time (as if you’ll need anything less) See any Friends episode and you will pick out that Monica was well ahead of this trend. Extracting only the best out of the beans, Chemex coffeemakers' follow a filtration process in drip filtering your coffee. If not buying a Chemex, invest in a gold filter, Aeropress, or single brass filter, which look at different method of brewing but in my opinion, nothing brews like a Chemex.
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Often, buying beans in store will mean you're provided with an option of having them ground in house, but preferably, I'm grinding my Rangitoto or Hartmann Geisha in a ceramic hand mill every time. Fresh is better. And when you can seal your beans and have them hand ground moments before brewing, you are guaranteed a much more lively coffee. Japan Porlex Hand Mill’s are easy to get from Coffee Supreme, pictured in action below.
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You often wouldn't think of it, but gram of coffee per millilitre of water ratio is HUGELY important. Look at what Supreme dub "The Golden Ratio", and whip out your scales at home or invest in a bean scoop to ensure you're hitting this ratio every time. The difference in quality is unreal. You will begin to become more pedantic in measuring this as you become more and more obsessed (trust me on that one).
Photo Cred // Coffee Supreme
There are so many different accessories and nick knacks that can be the coolest additions to your brewing set up. Investing in a decent mug or the Hario Copper Kettle (pictured in above photos) and maybe a wire grid or glass Chemex stopper will add a touch of class to your morning brew. Use the copper kettle to fine-tune your water pouring, and keep your Chemex brew warm on the stove with your wire grid and glass stopper. Again, these will become more and more important as you go.
I cannot emphasize enough how much of a difference the quality of the coffee itself will make when waking up in the morning. Ditch your supermarket fare half ground shit house coffee and take a trip to an Allpress or Coffee Supreme supplier and pick up a bag of freshly ground magic. Ranging from the Bob-O-Link, the cheapest brew, up past Caballeros B and Trinidad to your Hartmann Geisha (my personal favourite when I can afford it), Coffee Supreme has you covered in terms of quality. Never look past the Allpress Rangitoto blend as well considering it's beginnings date back decades and it's quality never ceases to impress. Remember though that taste is personal and if you're a Kokako fan, or a snob in any other style of brew, then who am I to tell you not to enjoy that.
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Now these are only 5 quick tips in morning brewing, and only begin to tread to ankle depth when considering how much you can do when making your morning coffee. For those of you that have already got your own set up at home, share what you fancy. Let everyone know how you prefer your grind, because coffee is a beautiful thing. We rely on her every day, and if you’re a fellow caffeine-aholic, welcome to the club. Starting from today, all of you who don’t have a home coffee kit, I am urging you to search up Coffee Supreme and Chemex (I've even linked it to make things easy for you) and get some information on what is an easily accessible method of waking you up. In my opinion, a Chemex is going to bring you joy each and every morning. It’s easy, not too time consuming, great for entertaining, and fucking cool. So get your ass down to your closest store and sort your shit out. You will not regret buying this kit for one second.
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