I drink tea at home and coffee when I’m out and about. I have been doing that for 20 years. Before that I was 100% a coffee drinker.
After a heavy round of business travel in the spring, I find a few times a month now I want a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning at home. I’m thinking about starting to make coffee at home, which I haven’t done regularly for 20 years. I had a drip coffee machine with a built in grinder – still have it somewhere – that I used with supermarket beans. I gather the home coffeemaking art has gotten much more advanced since then.
Fortunately, from what I gather, I don’t have to spend much money at all to get really good coffee at home, and it’s easy to make. (Although as with most things of this type I can, if I choose, go all-out and spend a lot of money and go to a lot of trouble.)
So, my coffeehound friends, what do you advise for a person, like me, who’s starting out making coffee at home? I don’t cook, and I’ll be half-asleep when I’m making coffee, of course, so keep that in mind.
We have local microroasters so I’m not concerned about finding a supply of good beans locally.
What equipment do I need? I gather from my reading that I want a burr, rather than a blade, grinder.
What should I brew the coffee in? I’ll want one cup at a time.
This 2013 article by Seth Colter Walls on Slate recommends pour-over, with around $100 in equipment: How to make amazing coffee at home, even if you’re cheap and lazy.
Walls recommends a conical burr grinder. The model he recommends is $91. Is there a cheaper one, maybe hand-ground, that is a better option?
How about an AeroPress? Do I want to go that route?
Any other advice? Remember, I don’t want to spend a lot on equipment, and I want making the coffee to be easy!
Another alternative, since I do only want coffee a few times a month, is just hop in the car and go to local coffee shop, or the Starbucks drive-through.