coffee two ways

If I haven't made this clear before, I love a good cup of coffee. It's even better when made at home. After years of mediocre drip coffee, I've started experimenting with different brewing systems: french press, espresso, Chemex, and others.

Johnny let me pick out my anniversary gift this year. I had been thinking about getting a Chemex coffee maker, so I took him up on the offer and got one. At the same time, I had some major credit card points burning a hole in my pocket and also bought an iced coffee maker off of Amazon. Suddenly we're fancy coffee people.

Chemex coffee

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There are coffee guides floating around on the internet that detail this whole process (I've been partial to this one). We don't have a kitchen scale, so I've been converting grams to cups and hoping for the best. For my naive tastebuds this process works just fine. I've been using Caribou Coffee's caribou blend beans while I test out my method, but we have a nice Ethiopian roast from a local roaster to try.

Immediately I noticed that my coffee had less oils and a way less bitter taste. Caribou's medium roast is my go-to in K-cups and for iced coffee, but I notice a bitterness to it. With the Chemex, I find myself wanting to drink more than one cup because it's so smooth. I would recommend this just to get rid of the bitterness and oils found in most commercial coffees. The whole process takes around 5 minutes for us, from grinding beans and boiling water (we use this electric kettle) to having a cup ready to drink.

Hario cold brewed coffee maker

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Before purchasing this, I was making my cold brewed coffee in my french press (this method) and storing it in a mason jar in the fridge. This method was working just fine, but I wanted to make more concentrate in something that fit better in our fridge. This is a pretty straightforward process. I grind enough beans to fill the filter container and pour in cold water until the container is full. I let the coffee sit for 18-24 hours, but this is ready to drink in 12.

I've noticed that my cold brewed coffee concentrate is less strong and smoother than what I was getting from the french press. This is actually better for me because I can use more coffee and less additions, which saves calories. I also don't get any leftover grinds in the concentrate. For $18, this coffee maker was a good purchase for me.

We still use our Keurig and espresso maker constantly, but these give us two new ways to enjoy our coffee on the weekends. 

What is your favorite way to make your coffee? Do you change your methods between weekdays and weekends? Let me know in the comments! Coffee is one of my favorite things to talk about.

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