Best Coffee Set-Up

Published on April 10th, 2015

Best Coffee Set-up for your Kitchen

When many of us roll out of bed in the morning, the first thing on our minds is getting a hot cup of coffee. As many coffee lovers know, over the years your consumption is bound to increase and methods are bound to evolve. For every kitchen and every caffeine addict, there is a coffee setup to meet different needs. So keep reading, and discover your options for the cup of Joe that matches your lifestyle.

Keurig

Ease of Use – ★★★★★

Quality – ★✩✩✩✩

Price – $100-250

Fill with water. Heat up. Insert K-Cup. Drink Coffee. *yawn* If you’re looking for a simple cup in the morning with limited variety, Keurig is right up your alley. No matter what K-Cup you purchase, you’re going to get a similar cup, every time. Everything is already set up for you, and no real creativity is involved. This is what most people are using nowadays and it usually triggers a desire for better coffee.

After you approach the “I don’t want a Keurig anymore” stage, there are three things you now must purchase before you can arrive at coffee nirvana.

1. Coffee Beans

Yes, you’re going to need some fresh beans. You can go to the supermarket and get Folgers or something pre-packaged, but any coffee aficionado will suggest going to a local roaster and asking some questions. At a local roaster, they can tell you about the type of coffee and taste you’re trying to achieve. A quick google search of “Coffee Roasters near Me” should point you in the right direction. If not, head to Starbucks or Dunkin’ and pick up a pound. No matter where you buy your beans, just make sure you buy unground, whole beans and not ground because your next purchase should be a…

2. Grinder

It’s all in the grind, baby. If you grind your beans as you go, you’ll have the freshest cup possible every morning. Coffee grounds start degrading after 25 days, while whole beans last a lot longer. For a grinder, many suggest a Krups electric blade grinder or a Hario Mini Mill Hand grinder. Both of these options are relativity cheap and efficient.

3. Kettle

Depending on what coffee rig you choose, you may or may-not need a kettle. But, if you do need a kettle, gooseneck kettles offer smooth pouring. Check out Bonavita’s kettles, they are high-quality products that can stand the test of time.

Okay, if you’re still with us and have your start up gear sorted, you now need a way to brew those fresh grounds.

BUNN HG Phase or Bonavita BV1900

Ease of Use – ★★★★✩

Quality – ★★★✩✩

Price – $100-160

A direct upgrade on a Keurig with a little more control… These two, 8-cup models only require fresh ground beans and little to no set-up. This offers an improved cup over standard coffee, but you don’t have the control of other methods. However, these machines will get you a great drip coffee and you won’t need a kettle.

Aerobie Aeropress

Ease of Use – ★★★✩✩

Quality – ★★★★✩

Price – $30

If you’re looking to make a single cup in the morning, look no further. The Aeropress is a unique plastic brew system which uses hand-generated pressure and hot water to extract coffee. It has a little bit of a learning curve, but once you get it down, it can become second nature. These systems create a little cup of concentrated coffee (not quite an espresso). Once you add 60% more water, you’ve just made the perfect Americano. The Aeropress can produce the best drip coffee you’ve ever had and offer a great first step if you want to expand your coffee knowledge. Also, this option is greener than K-cups and extremely camping or travel friendly.

Chemex Drip Brewer

Ease of Use – ★★★✩✩

Quality – ★★★★★

Price – $35-79

The Chemex is an award-winning, pour-over type coffee brewer that comes in sizes that can produce 3 or 8 cups. The overall look of the Chemex is gorgeous, with hand blown glass and the option of wood or leather wrapping. The Chemex works by putting a filter on the top with grounds and pouring water over to let the coffee drip down into the bottom apparatus. The Chemex produces a very clean, almost tea-like cup with very little bitterness due to the filters used. You’ll need to do a bit of independent research to get the perfect grind and amount, but with a little effort you can make the perfect cup every morning.

Hairo V60 Pour Over or Clever Dripper

Ease of Use – ★★✩✩✩

Quality – ★★★★★

Price – $8-20

Both of these options are a single-serve, pour-over cone. Very popular in coffee shops. These methods combine steeping and filtering for a strong single cup of drip coffee, but are harder to get the hang of than the Chemex or Aeropress. You’ll need to watch some YouTube videos to see some methods and make a few test cups to get you in the right direction. If you’re up for the challenge, try it out!

All these options are the most popular to date, but there are many different options for a cup a coffee. This blog is intended as a starter guide for the world of coffee, so you may have to do some research to see what you really want in your kitchen. If you’re thinking about upgrading to a new home for that dream kitchen, it’s best to start speaking with a qualified mortgage professional. For more information on coffee & mortgages, please feel free to contact a member of the Housing Buzz Team.

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