Do you find yourself thinking about that fancy coffee or asking yourself what is Pour Over coffee? Have you noticed the new craze of coffee connoisseurs? Do you wonder what are other people’s coffee essentials? Are you wanting to get off your latte and onto coffee but are afraid you actually don’t like coffee? In this post I share about how coffee has transitioned in my life from “liquid caffeine” to something I truly enjoy as well as listing our current coffee essentials.
Coffee is quickly becoming a more refined delicacy to me. Similar to when you go from Moscato to Cabernet Sauvignon, ya feel? The wine changes happened for me in 2010, progressively of course. Coffee has been a similar but much slower transition from simply a caffeinated drink to a beverage and a process that brings me joy. Seriously, ask my college roommates about Coffeemate creamer in large quantities (that I often left out for far too long on the counter). Then there was a quicker transition over a 2 year period where I went from flavored creamer to half and half and sugar, to just half and half, to just black coffee. Hallelujah.
The concept of Pour Over coffee was first introduced to us when we were in London in 2014 at a coffee place called T & P (we were actually told it was super secretive and didn’t have a name). We managed to find it and I ordered a cappuccino and Joey ordered black coffee. I quickly received my cappuccino and ten minutes later, Joey was still waiting on his over cooked, stale, bitter black coffee, so I thought. We asked the barista about his forgotten bad coffee and they pointed to a chemex-looking (foreign) object and said “We’re still making it.” You can actually see in this picture that British lady laughing at me because I immediately had to take a picture and ask 1,000 questions about the process, pictured below.
Our London trip taught us that we like Pour Over coffee. Pour Over coffee isn’t part of our everyday coffee essentials but we do love it. That said, Pour Over coffee was what got our taste buds stirring and beginning to enjoy the taste of real coffee. Slowly but surely, black coffee is our morning go-to when the coffee is good and fresh. Each evening we have the same routine, clean coffee carafes and filter, fill water, grind beans, and set the timer to let our coffee maker do its magic before we wake up. Oh how we love that first pour and then sitting down at day break to study the Bible and meet with Jesus. See below for our current coffee essentials of what we do use everyday for coffee brewing and some other items I enjoy.
Everyday Coffee Essentials
Barista Brain by Oxo This coffee maker is amazing. You may have heard me rave about it on Instagram, and if you’re in our small group, you enjoy it regularly. It heats the water to the perfect temperature for coffee, does a slow drip over the grounds, including time to let the coffee bloom (yep, look it up), and then brews the coffee into a stainless steel carafe to keep it warm (no more cooked coffee). We make 6-8 cups each morning (that’s significantly decreased from what we were drinking) and this allows for 4-6 cups of hot water left in the water carafe to be used for tea. You set the tea temperature manually as tea is usually brewed at a much lower temperature than coffee. Enough said, I love this thing! Oh and we have the 12 cup coffee maker and we definitely could not have done the smaller size available.
Coffee Grinder This is not the exact one we have but is very similar.
Sherman and Gilbert Mugs *Not pictured and these mugs do not fit well on mug tree linked below but I DO love them!
For a Coffee Bar
Wire Grid, to place Chemex on stove to keep warm
Mini Spoons (for stirring)
*Please purchase whole bean coffee. Please.
Julian Coffee (local to Indianapolis)
Hubbard and Cravens (local to Indianapolis)
Tinker Coffee Co. (local to Indianapolis)
These coffee essentials have me reminiscing about all the coffee shops all over the world (mostly USA) that we’ve visited. I think I’ll post a summary of those soon. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy really good coffee this week, after all, it’s the best part of waking up.