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Oct 03, 2017

Okay, Let's Talk: How Do You ACTUALLY Make Your Coffee Each Morning?

Over the years, we've shared some of our favorite techniques for crafting the ultimate cup of coffee, the importance of coffee-making as a morning ritual, and how to spike it into an enjoyable, boozey/bitter treat.  

But today, it's not about how to make the ideal coffee.     

Instead, we want to know how you actually enjoy it. Specifically - how do you make it each morning? Do you drink it black, with cream and/or sugar? Are you on board with the bulletproof coffee trend? Do you pour into a traditional mug? A spill-proof travel mug? A thermos? How important is it to keep it warm?

If were fancier, maybe I'd embed a survey, but let's just keep in simple and use the comments below. Please tell us:

  • What brewing method do you use to make your coffee?

  • How do you take it? Black? Cream and sugar?

  • From what do you sip it? 

I'll start: I own two coffee brewing devices: a French press and a Chemex. I use the French press 90% of the time, and bust out the Chemex if we have guests in the house or if I'm making coffee for a larger group of people. I grind my beans just before in Bodum Bistro burr grinder, which is fantastic. (I technically also own an Aeropress, but I haven't really figured it out yet.

I drink my coffee black, and I like to keep it as hot as possible for as long as possible, so I use a Contigo travel mug. Another fun fact: I don't make my coffee first thing in the morning. I usually don't start the kettle until around 9:30 or 10:00 am, and then I sip it slowly until lunchtime. The Contigo mug keeps it warm as long as it lasts. 

Please share your everyday routine in the comments below. Thanks!

 

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Justin on Oct 16, 2017:

Double espresso on a Rancilio Silvia for me, latte for the missus. On the weekends when I have more time to sip and enjoy it's a V60 pour over or a french press. I roast all my coffee myself and grind on Rancilio Rocky. Currently trying to convince my better half that we NEED an upgraded espresso machine and grinder.


Seth on Oct 13, 2017:

Most often I drink drip coffee as it makes a good amount that keeps hot for a while. When I feel the need to take the time to put some craftsmanship into my coffee, I will hand grind my beans with a burr grinder and brew in an aeropress. Also, I will sometimes use a Moka pot for a nice strong cup.
I drink my coffee black, often from a handmade mug made by a friend of mine. I sometimes use a Contigo travel cup if I'm traveling or will be out and about for a while, though it seems to impart a flavor to the coffee that's not great.


Paul on Oct 12, 2017:

My everyday go to method is a French press. I own 3. I also have a chemex, moka pot, aeropress, ceramic pour over, and a Mr. Coffee drip(which I rarely use because I think it makes terrible coffee). I use a kitchenaid burr grinder. I like the adjustable settings so I can adjust for my brew method at the time. My favorite mug is a Waffle House cup I bought years ago.


Calvin on Oct 11, 2017:

Most of the time I use an old moka pot that can make pretty good coffee if the grind size is correct.
I have a Hario Skerton hand grinder and the coffee I use varies (I recently tried Bialetti dolce which wasn't bad).
In the fall or winter, if I'm feeling fancy, I'll throw a bunch of cinnamon, cardamom etc. along with the coffee grounds for an extra flavor.


Drew on Oct 08, 2017:

I've got a manual burr grinder, and when I'm making a larger batch I'll chuck up my cordless drill to the crank to grind it a little faster and easier on the arms. I almost exclusively use my french press, but I do have an espresso machine that I'll occasionally use. Once you go black, you'll never go back. I almost always drink it out of a ceramic mug. Sometimes I'll pour my coffee from the french press carafe into a thermos to keep it hot and drink it throughout the day.


Ron on Oct 05, 2017:

Currently use an electric burr grinder and a plain drip coffee maker (spouse complained as but the extensive time it took to produce a cup of coffee and wanted the timer option) but I used to use a hand burr grinder that I replaced the top screw with a end cap hex nut that I used my electric screw driver with then a french press. As for how i drink it, i actually use sugar and a slight splash of creamer but i also add milk and a very small amount of butter to give it a nice richness. Red mug, says "it is what it is" which is sort of my life motto except i usually follow it with "and what it is, is awesome".


Fernando on Oct 05, 2017:

I use a pour over M-Th to fill my 18oz Hydro Flask. I use A French Press F-Sun when I have more time to enjoy my coffee in a large cup. I take it with a bit of cream and sugar.


Hilto on Oct 05, 2017:

At home I generally use a moka pot (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moka_pot) and stuff the grinds down pretty hard, so the coffee comes out stronger and a bit more acidic. I drink it black, from an espresso cup.


corgimas on Oct 05, 2017:

self roasted (roast on weekends for the week) coffee, yirg for drip and robusta for cold brew
drip coffee gets made in a Manual1 by Creighton Berman
cold brew gets made in a french press or a Pascal Press cup
grinder is a handground....

coffee is always black, sometimes a little maple syrup...sometimes a little bushmills....

container could be glass, pottery, porcelain....any vessel would work


Chris on Oct 05, 2017:

@Bruno - I think they're 100% worth it. The ability to go from very coarse to extra fine for a variety of brewing methods is super awesome. Plus, the accuracy and consistency at each setting is amazing. I've also heard that the burr grinder doesn't heat up the beans like the direct drive motor of a blade grinder does, though I have no idea if I can taste the difference.

More than anything, having a countertop Burr grinder is about minimizing complications. When I would use a blade grinder, the constant pouring and moving of beans/grind meant I'd end up with coffee all over the counter, on the floor, in my cup, and on my person. Every morning. With the Bodum, it literally takes less than a second to press one button and walk away. It falls perfectly into the container, which I can move, mess free, into the brewer. And there's absolutely zero cleanup.

I received my first one as a gift, so I didn't pay for it. But if it broke, I would replace it 100%, no questions asked. My thinking is: with a manual setup like a pourover, Aeropress, French press, etc, the brewing device costs very little...always under $40. So you spend the money that would normally be spent on some electric drip machine with bells and whistles (or at the coffee shop) on a solid burr grinder, and you can produce way, WAY better coffee at home for the same price.


Chris on Oct 05, 2017:

@Everyone - I'm loving learning more about your routines. You all are really encouraging me to switch up my ritual and try something new. Please keep them coming!


CBStrother on Oct 05, 2017:

Hey Bruno,

The nice thing about a burr grinder is that they can usually be set for grind consistency. If you want it fine, which is what is needed for an aeropress, change the setting. If you want it medium for a French press, change the setting for medium. Of course, it requires a bit of tinkering because you're adjusting how close, or far apart, the cogs are from one another. You can't do this with a blade grinder. Burr grinders usually give you a more consistent grind through ughout your coffee.

Depending on the way you brew your coffee, yes, the consistency of your grind matters. And if that matters, then usually your grinding method matters. Unless you're always grinding fine for say a percolator or aeropress, then a burr grinder comes in very handy.


Dave on Oct 05, 2017:

I always use relatively fresh beans ground in a Breville burr grinder.
Yes, a burr grinder makes a difference, and I think freshly roasted beans makes a bigger difference.

Weekdays, I brew using a Behmor coffeemaker which uses a pulsed shower dispersion head.
Weekends, I use either an Aeropress or Chemex for the heck of it.
Camping trips a french press, travelling an Aeropress.

I drink it with a little cream, wife drinks it black.

Contigo travel mug on weekdays, regular mug on weekends.


bruno on Oct 05, 2017:

@everyone - question about grinding. I'm really lazy and just throw my beans in a little blade grinder. For you guys who do burr grinders (esp. along with the Aeropress): does it really make that much of a difference? Worth the extra $$/effort?


Chris S. on Oct 05, 2017:

99% of the time I'm making it in my French press, which I think is the best way to make coffee. Occasionally I use my Aeropress (which is a pain if you have to make coffee for more than two). My fave blend right now is Yukon by Starbucks, but I've been drinking it long enough that I wanted something different. Have recently moved over to a holiday roast by Peet's and it's excellent.

Sometimes I use my hand mill, but lately I've been using a Cuisinart grinder that makes perfect, medium grounds for my French press. Just got tired of cranking that handle every single morning.

Boil the water and pour it in piping hot. I know aficionados would say I'm scalding the grounds, but whatevs. Steep for 5 minutes and it's wonderful. I use a little raw sugar in my coffee and heavy cream. I've gotten off the flavored creamers because I want to be able to taste the coffee. They mask it. The heavy cream makes it coffee have a nice, creamy consistency without messing with the flavor of the coffee itself.


Courtney on Oct 04, 2017:

Weekdays, I don't drink coffee until I get to work. I'll use the coffee maker in my work's kitchen which grinds and brews one cup at a time with the touch of a button, although the beans themselves aren't great. If I'm having a particularly crap day, I'll add chocolate milk.

Weekends in the winter, I'll do a French press, generally with a good Ethiopian bean varietal that I will enjoy drinking black, in a porcelain or glass mug that's about 12 oz. Weekends in the summer, I like making cold brew overnight in my fridge with a dash of cinnamon and brown sugar, and then I'll pour it over ice in a highball glass with some half and half from a local farm splashed in at the end.

When I'm camping/backpacking, I pre-grind, I have a collapsible silicon pour-over funnel that fits on top of my camping mug, and I'll drink it black.

I also have a Chemex, and I think they are beautiful, but I never really use it.


Justin D. on Oct 04, 2017:

Depending on the day and who's drinking coffee, I use a french press or an AeroPress. AeroPress recipe is 16-17g of light to medium roast whole bean coffee (the fresher the better) then into the Breville burr grinder. Then I use the inverted/immersion method with the AeroPress, pour water over, stir, let sit for about 1:30 (I am super lazy about timing it), then press. I use a stainless steel filter and like it because it allows more of the oils through into the final brew, sort of french press style. Always black.

The mug of choice is usually a Knuckle Duster (https://www.amazon.com/Knuckle-Duster-Coffee-Black-Silver/dp/B002YXGPXC) but I will put in a travel mug or yeti style tumbler if I am on the go.


Jared on Oct 04, 2017:

We go in phases. Being the first one up, I typically grid beans fresh in our Bodum burr grinder and toss them in our Krupps coffee/espresso maker. This way I can sip as I read, clean and get ready in the morning and the leftover coffee is hot and ready for my wife when she rolls out of bed. I tend to be a fickle person and rotate through methods every month or so. Chemex, French Press, Canadiano wood block and Aeropress are all in the rotation. But they also depend on how much we are consuming. When guests are in I always use the Chemex as we have the ability to go slowly.


Jim T. on Oct 04, 2017:

I start with a Cuisinart burr grinder and use the best coffee maker I've ever had, the Bodum BISTRO coffee maker. I'm on my second maker as the first was amazing but had a couple design flaws which have since been fixed. I used to drink my coffee with milk and sugar but this brews at a perfect temperature and evenly showers the grounds with water that the brew is so smooth. The cup I normally use is made by Mazama. We sometimes use the $3 milk frother from IKEA if we are in the mood.


Tracie on Oct 04, 2017:

Coffee makers in our house: Chemex; single cup pour over; AeroPress; French Press; Turkish coffee maker.......I think that's it. Oh, and a Keurig put away in the garage.
Most used method: toss up between single cup pour over and AeroPress; Favorite Mug: Anthropologie's Library Mug
Black as you can get! (sometimes a latte with coconut milk)
In fact, I think I'll make a cup now. Thank you ;)