Home Brewing Tools
Since brewing coffee is likely something you do almost every day, we think it’s important to focus on two factors in determining the best tools to have at home for brewing: Personal Preference and Budget.
To brew great coffee at home it can be challenging to identify the right place to begin - from the type of coffee, to the brewing device, grinder, and accessories.
With a rich marketplace of product, you can find equipment that meets your functional and convenience needs, contributes to quality brewing, and is considered affordable for something used frequently.
Recommended tools that will have the biggest impact on your home coffee brewing experience:
Fresh Ground Beans for the Best Taste
We consider this the single most important tool in daily home brewing!
You can brew quality coffee with a good grinder and an inexpensive brewer, but even the costliest brewer or espresso machine won't be able to produce enjoyable coffee using pre-ground beans.
Grind the beans just before you brew or the night before if need coffee the minute you wake up. We’re sure you'll taste a significant difference.
This may be your most costly investment, but there are many options based on grind size variation and other features.
We suggest looking for a grinder that gives you enough grind size options to explore coffee using various brew methods. Grind settings that include French Press, Pour-Over, Automatic, Vacuum/Aeropress®, and Espresso are best.
We recommend burr grinders over blade grinders because the burrs crush the coffee beans into more consistent sized particles. Blade grinders tend to chop beans resulting in inconsistent particle sizes. Blade grinders offer limited to no adjustment capability.
Weigh Your Coffee - Avoid Scooping
A scale gives you the ability to weigh your coffee and weigh the amount of water you use during the brewing process. Since coffee recipes are often built in ratios (amount of water : amount of coffee), using a scale throughout brewing helps ensure you’re using the correct amounts for the best cup.
Know Your Temperature
According to the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA), the optimal temperature range to brew a tasty cup or pot of coffee is between 198ºF – 205ºF. Purchase hot water kettles that give you an accurate reading of the water temperature you are brewing to ensure optimal extraction. Extraction is the process of drawing out the soluble material in roasted and ground coffee. As this coffee is brewed in hot water, hundreds of unique compounds are extracted from the ground beans. If you brew with an automatic drip coffeemaker, make sure the brewer states the exact temperature achieved during brewing, and in what period of time.
Coffee Brewers should dispense water within the SCA acceptable range within the first minute of brewing.
Check the wattage on your Drip Coffee Brewers, Kettles and other brewing devices. Electrical wattages should be 1000w or higher. This is a key indicator that the water heating components can quickly heat water to an appropriate level.