Pour Over

For single cup use, we suggest: Pour Over Filter Cone

For multiple people we suggest: Chemex

The manual dripper will be the cheapest way to start making an excellent cup of coffee. You can get a porcelain dripper for less than $10. If you buy a flat bottom one such as this, you can use Mellita filters which are readily available. If you are using paper filters, wetting the filters with your hot water before pouring your grinds in will remove some of the paper taste and heat the porcelain at the same time.

You could also get a Hario V60 pour over. It uses a fully conical filter and we think you get a better extraction from it. You can get paper filters for the Hario V60 dripper (and Chemex), but if you are looking for the taste of a french press with the clarity of a paper filter coffee, we suggest that you try the Kone from Coava. Kone is a reusable stainless steel filter that will give you this taste through it’s chemically etched holes.

French Press

Honestly, there are a lot of presses out there, but we suggest you get one with all metal components (the container itself is usually glass). There are ones that work better than others, but the grinder (see grinder section) is really where you control the sediment in a french pressed coffee.

Iced Coffee

Many people are making their iced coffee using the cold brew method. This has the coffee sitting in cold water for half a day or more, which we think makes a stale, bland coffee. We've been using a simple method that makes a fresh and delicious iced coffee by simply adding ice.

In the image above, we suggest using a little more coffee beans than usual in order to get a higher concentration brew that will dilute when it hits the ice. Put all of the ice in the glass at once, or if you want a stronger coffee put half of the ice in the cup at first, then add the other half to the cooled mixture. You don't have to be exact here. If you find that four tablespoons of whole beans and a handfull of ice works for you, go with that. If it tastes good, you're doing it right.

Grinder

Anything is better than nothing. It’s our experience that most people simply don’t have a grinder. Having a grinder is essential to truly experiencing the taste of coffee. We cannot stress enough that you get a grinder. This is why we suggest getting a cheap grinder (if you must) just to get the job done. You can get cheap blade or burr grinder for $15-$30.

What you really want to do is get a good burr grinder with a set of industrial grade burrs and a lot of incremental settings that will take you from super fine to coarse. The reason the conical burrs are important is because you want a uniform grind. This is key to the brewing process. When you are grinding coarse, the better the grinder, the more consistent the grind size, which means LESS sediment for you. And when you are grinding for pour over, you want each granule to be the same size so the the water moves over and around each granule extracting delicious flavors equally from each of them.

We have the Baratza Virtuoso.