Preparing Your Coffee
Theodore Roosavolt is known to have drunk a galleon of coffee a day... Beethoven and Voltaire were also know for their prodigious intake of coffee.
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Preparing Your Coffee

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to the equipment they use for making their own coffee... as different methods bring about different tastes - there is no right or wrong choice. The other factor is that the cost is not big deal, so investing in equipment; a cafetiere for example, is a great starting point to brewing fresh coffee. The results you will find are beyond comparison to those of instant coffee.

Cafetiere (French press, press pot)


This method is highly recommended for many Grumpy Mule coffees as it really suits single origin coffees.
PROS: Easy to use; great taste for single origin coffees; low cost
CONS: Coffee can sometimes taste a little bit chalky

Filter machines


PROS: Fairly easy to use; good for single origin coffees; give you the opportunity to use any normal ground coffee
CONS: Cheaper machines rather inconsistent; the dreaded "hot plate"

Cone and filter papers


PROS: Low cost; delivers a very clean tasting cup of coffee; easy to maintain; good for 1 cup only.
CONS: Seen as a little old fashioned, but making a come back. The basket filter spreads grounds out, so uneven brewing can occur.

Espresso machines


PROS: A must for espresso coffee and making cappuccinos and lattes
CONS: Can be tricky to use; requires regular and thorough cleaning; a more costly investment.

Mokka stove top pot


PROS: Very Italian; fun to use; makes a fine, intense coffee
CONS: Not real espresso; coffee can end up over-heated and flavours scalded; be wary of cheaper, aluminium materials.

Percolators


PROS: A solid, traditional brewing method, requires paying attention to the brewing process. Is capable of brewing a hotter, more robust coffee.
CONS: Coffee can end up over-heated and flavours scalded.

Vacuum flask


PROS: Very clean tasting coffees; good for single origin
CONS: Fiddly to use; tricky to get the coffee right

 

GRINDERS


Grinders are the equipment of choice if you want to grind your own beans. If you have an espresso machine, a grinder is a particularly good addition as pre-ground espresso coffee will go stale much quicker due to the fineness of the grind.
The main problem with blade grinders is that they simply chop the coffee until the desired grind is reached, but this will lead to a wide variety of particle sizes (including powdery bits) and will also heat up the coffee which will affect the flavours.
When grinding your beans, simply adjust the grind to best suit your coffee making equipment and make adjustments according to the taste of your brew.