Welcome to the top paddock of making coffee at home, domestic espresso. If you can tame this beast you will be rewarded with delicious and vibrant espresso, and with a bit of practice, make it better than most cafés.
Stovetop or Moka Pot
Our dear friend, (Nonna) Rosa still favours this brewing method for its heavy body and rich syrupy flavours, similar to espresso. We have taken this traditional Italian home brewing method and tweaked it a little. We also like the fact that it can produce a pretty exquisite espresso for less than $10,000.
Plunger or French Press
From humble beginnings of a cheesecloth screen fitted on a rod, the French Press has undergone many design modifications. We love it for its simplicity, subtle fruit flavours and the fact that most households have one stashed in their cupboard.
Designed by American frisbee company Aerobie, the AeroPress is the newest kid on the home brewing scene. The AeroPress works on similar plunge principles to the French Press, however rather than a wire or nylon mesh filter, the AeroPress uses disposable paper filters to remove most of the coffee solids. The AeroPress has quickly risen to a cult following and well earned reputation for producing an excellent brew with clean flavours and great body.
Pour Over - V60
The v60 pour over has recently risen in popularity. Roasters and coffee connoisseurs favour this brewing method for the clean, round and complex layers of flavour that are extracted from the beans. But let’s be honest, we’ve fallen in love with the pour over because it’s cool, inexpensive and Japanese.
The Chemex's design has remained completely unchanged (right down to its charming wood handle and leather cord) since its invention in 1941 by a German inventor named Peter Schlumbohm. Schlumbohm's designs were once characterized as “a synthesis of logic and madness”, and we're inclined to agree. Equal parts brilliance and common sense, the Chemex remains a staple in every coffee enthusiast's arsenal. Coffee from a Chemex is very similar to drip coffee, except that there’s more room for error.
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The ceramic Kalita Wave is one of our favorites! It brings a classic and dynamic brewing technique to the pour over method. The dripper features a flat-bottomed brew bed for even extraction, and a filter design that reduces contact between the brewing space and the dripper itself. Used by top specialty coffee bars around the world and in professional coffee making competitions, the Kalita Wave allows you to brew your favorite coffee more evenly, which directly contributes to fuller flavor and a more balanced extraction.
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