Fall is here, and it’s time for cool evenings and warm drinks by the replace. We asked Logan Rodgers, quality manager at Trevecca’s own Nineteen|01 coffee shops, for some advice on brewing a delicious cup of coffee at home. With coffee beans available from countless origins as well as a variety of brewing devices and accessories available on the market, brewing that perfect cup of coffee at home can be a tricky but rewarding experience. Check out Logan’s tips and suggestions for coffee lovers.
1. FIND THE BREWING DEVICE THAT WORKS FOR YOU.
In order to find the right brewing device for you, Logan recommends taking a look at your daily coffee consumption habits as well as the amount of time and effort that you are willing to spend making coffee. “If you’re in a rush and prefer a small amount of coffee brewed very quickly, I recommend you begin your coffee brewing journey with an Aeropress Coffee Maker by Aerobie,” Rodgers says. If you want a larger amount of coffee and don’t mind a longer brew time, he recommends that you either start with French press or Chemex. While a French Press will typically leave a little coffee grit in your drink, Chemex will filter out all grounds through the paper filter. “Both devices bring out their own unique avors, so the deciding factor is what tastes best to you,” he says.
2. BUY A GRINDER.
“The grind size of your beans will impact the success of your coffee brew,” Rodgers says. If you’re on a tight budget, he recommends a hand grinder such as the Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Mill. If you’re fully invested in the brewing experience, purchase an electric burr grinder, such as the Baratza Encore.
3. USE A COFFEE SCALE.
Obtaining coffee brewing consistency is an important factor. “To achieve consistency, Logan recommends using a coffee scale,” Rodgers says. “Use the scale to weigh the amount of beans and water you use to brew your coffee.” While the ratio of water to coffee beans will vary according to personal taste and the type of bean you use, Rodgers suggests experimenting to find the one that tastes best to you.
4. FIND A COFFEE ROAST YOU LIKE.
When it comes to coffee, finding a good roast is all about what tastes good to you. Experiment with different beans and roasts—whether they’re from your local grocery store, favorite coffee shop or a local roaster. “Don’t be afraid to visit a coffee shop and ask a barista to explain different roasts and origin varieties,” Rodgers advised.