We both love the AeroPress. It’s a quick way to make coffee which is both very easy to clean and very tasty. It’s almost like an espresso, but much easier and cheaper to do at home. And cleaning it up after a brew is way easier than any french press we’ve ever used. (You literally just pop the coffee grounds and filter into a trash can and then rinse quickly. Just don’t miss. 😛)
Our current favorite way to make pour over coffee is with the Kalita Wave. It’s forgiving in a way that systems like the Chemex aren’t quite, because it relies on physically constricting the flow of water, so your grind size is less of an issue. Speaking of…
Our grinder of choice is the Baratza Encore. We feel it’s the best compromise between quality, easy-to-use electric burr grinders, and ones too pricey for us to feel good about on our modest budget. It’s bigger sibling is the Baratza Virtuouso, but for us the features didn’t make it worth the price difference.
To measure the beans to grind (and the amount of water poured for pour-over) we have in the past used David’s trusty and true Stainless Steel OXO Kitchen Scale. It’s not as precise as a fancier scale that we’ve recently switched to though: the Hario Pour-Over Scale. It is just for making pour-over coffee, so you’ve got to really love doing so and intend to make it lots of times before that’s a wise investment. But once you’re sold, you really will be happy with it. It is more precise and well-suited to this task than any other alternative I’ve ever seen.
We can and will review these products (and way more) in much greater detail in the coming months. But if you’ve got a specific need or want for one, email us.
Quick refill links
Aside from the bigger-commitment items, we thought we’d share a common coffee-supply shopping list for us on Amazon: