One of my favorite things in life is “craft” coffee. In fact, I love it so much I don’t even own a coffee pot. If you’ve ever considered making the switch to craft coffee-making, let me give you a few ideas to pour-over.

The Advantages of Craft Coffee.

  1. Craft coffee equipment can be bought for relatively the same price as a standard coffee pot.
  2. Craft coffee tastes exponentially better than non-craft coffee.
  3. Craft coffee is easy to make (and only a little harder to perfect).

Let’s get to grinding.

Choose Your Setup.

There are a lot of directions to go when starting out with your craft coffee-making. My personal choice is the Chemex (a pour-over). There are many other methods of getting a great cup of craft brew, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll be going over the basics with the Chemex.

 

THE ENTRY LEVEL Chemex

Six-Cup Chemex Setup

6-Cup Chemex™

$45

 

Basic Kettle

$13

 

Chemex™ Paper Filters

$13

Coffee of your choice

$10

Total Costs

$78

 

Here’s an instructional video. There’s a lot of specifics but don’t get too bogged down.

A Few Notes.

Let me emphasize: you don’t need a scale. I’ve used my Chemex for years and never owned a scale. It may be worth considering if you are afraid you’ll make your coffee too weak, however.

You also don’t need a gooseneck kettle, but more than a scale they do allow a more focused pour over the grounds than a regular kettle (which has a tendency to dump water). I use a basic kettle myself, but I pour slowly and carefully.

One thing to note: freshly ground coffee will make all the difference. I recommend finding a local roaster in your town and supporting them by grabbing a freshly roasted bag. That said, you can still get a solid mug with your favorite grocery store blend.

Stay perky my friends.

That’s it! I hope the above gives you a taste of what you could be enjoying everyday. Remember this is just a few first steps into a very fun and tangible art form!

Stay tuned for part 2 where I’ll dive into other mystical methods of crafting the café.

If you have any suggestions for which methods to cover next time, hit me up!