Why can’t you make coffee shop coffee at home?

Nothing beats the experience of a cup of perfectly brewed coffee at an artisan coffee shop. Though they vary dramatically, artisan coffee shops usually have two common characteristics—there is no drive-thru window and there isn’t a wall showcasing sugary syrups that can be added.

Artisan coffee shops turn coffee brewing into an experience. Each step in the process is carefully designed to bring out the best in each coffee they offer. From the grinder settings to the way the coffee is brewed, everything is calculated.

So, why can’t we make coffee like that at home?

Here’s the good news… we can! It might require changing the way you brew coffee, but with a little practice, you can enjoy awesome coffee whenever you want it (at a price you’ll appreciate).

First, let me explain why most basic drip coffee makers can’t duplicate coffee shop quality. There is a lot of plastic that comes in contact with the coffee and the water doesn’t get hot enough. Coffee is best brewed in glass, ceramic, or stainless steel. Most coffee makers aren’t constructed from those materials. No matter how great your coffee beans are, those machines simply can’t provide the taste you want.

What equipment do you need?

First, you’ll want to choose a brewing device. I use the Kalita Wave for my morning coffee. You might prefer a Chemex, V60, or something else. All of the specialty devices are excellent choices.

Second, get a hot water boiler with a temperature setting. Pour over coffee should be brewed at 208 degrees. If the water is too hot or cold, the taste will be lessened.

Third, get a pour over kettle. These stainless steel devices help you control the flow of the water over the beans. Pour too quickly and you’ll disrupt the pouring process.

Fourth, get a digital scale. Perfect coffee requires precision measurements. The ratio is simple—you need 17 grams of water for every gram of coffee. So, if you are using 25 grams of coffee for that big cup first thing in the morning, you’ll need 425 grams of water.

Fifth, use a timer. Begin by pouring just enough water over the grounds to get them wet and let it sit for 30 seconds. After that, slowly pour the remainder of the water over the grounds trying not to float the grounds, but keeping the water flow steady. This might sound difficult, but you’ll get the hang of it very quickly.

That’s it. Now you can enjoy awesome coffee without having to leave your home.

How much will all of this cost?

coffee_gearI have links to the products I recommend on this page. The total cost is about the same as a moderately priced drip brewer. With the money you save by not going to the coffee shop so much, you’ll pay yourself back in no time.

Don’t get me wrong…I still enjoy going to coffee shops for a great cup of coffee. Now, however, I don’t have to go there to get great coffee!

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