Shawn Blanc has been on a roll, and his new guide to coffee is essential. My setup turns out to be comprised of parts of Blanc’s list:
- Beans: absolutely the most important part of making great coffee. I’m currently using Phil & Sebastian’s Guzman brothers from Colombia, and Finca Hartmann from Panama.
- Kettle: I don’t have one of the cool gooseneck kettles that you see in most coffee bars. I make do with an Alessi Michael Graves stovetop kettle.
- Grinder: I have a conical burr grinder from West Germany, made in the 1960s. I need to buy an electric grinder.
- AeroPress: I use the inverted method, and brew for about a minute-thirty.