Upgrade Your Home Brew

Upgrade Your Home Brew

Calling all coffee lovers!

There comes a time when picking up an expertly brewed cup of coffee brings on curiosity, as well as excitement.

This tastes good - but... can I make it at home?

If you find yourself wanting to experiment beyond the basic coffee machine... you’re in the right spot. 

In this article, we’ll teach you everything you need to know to help you upgrade your coffee brewing at home. From what equipment you need to some easy brewing methods, we’ll walk you through all the basics. 

So, grab your favourite mug, and let's get you brewing — right from your own kitchen.

Choosing the right equipment

When brewing better coffee at home, it's important to have the right tools to make the process enjoyable and stress-free.

Here's a list of essential equipment that will help you level up your coffee game from day one:

In Photo: Hario French Press

A coffee maker

There are countless coffee makers out there, but as a beginner, it's best to start with a simple and easy-to-use method. Try a French Press or a Pour-Over dripper. They're affordable and perfect for mastering the basics of brewing. Don’t forget to get filters!

In Photo: Hario French Press, Costa Rican Monte Crisol Medium Roast

Quality beans

Fresh, high-quality coffee beans will make your home brewing experience truly exceptional. Look for beans from reputable online stores (shamelessly recommending you try some of ours because they’re that good), and don't be afraid to experiment with different origins, roasts, and flavors.

In Photo: Hario Skerton Grinder

A coffee grinder

Investing in a good coffee grinder is a game-changer. A consistent grind is key to extracting the most flavor from your beans, and a burr grinder will do the trick. Want something more affordable? A manual grinder is a budget-friendly option that still delivers fantastic results.

In Photo: Beginners Brew Kit

A full kit

For those who prefer the convenience of having everything ready to go, you can pick up the Beginners Brew Kit. It includes a Kalita sandstone dripper , filters, and a Kalita coffee server.

Maintaining your new equipment

Keeping your new equipment clean is key to ensuring the best-tasting coffee and making sure your gear lasts. Regular cleaning will prevent off-flavors caused by coffee oil and residue build-up.

When it comes to cleaning, each equipment type will require a specific approach.

For the Kalita sandstone dripper, for example, use warm water and a gentle hand with the occasional use of mild detergent and a soft sponge.

For an electric coffee grinder, unplug it before cleaning, use a dry brush or cloth to clean the burrs, and consult the manual for a deeper clean.

For a French press, disassemble the plunger, separate the filter components, and clean all parts with a mild detergent before rinsing and allowing them to air dry.

In Photo: Beginners Brew Kit, Bonavita Kettle

Picking a brewing method

The next step in your beginner brewing journey is picking the right brewing method for you. There are several methods to choose from, each with its own unique characteristics and flavours. The French press, for example, offers a full-bodied and rich brew, while drip methods like the Kalita dripper give you a cleaner and lighter flavour. 

To find the ideal method for you, think about your taste preferences and the time and effort you're willing to invest in brewing. Don't be afraid to experiment and try out different methods—discovering your favorite brewing style is part of the fun and helps you elevate your at-home coffee experience.

You’re now ready to brew!

Now that you have all the basic information you need to start making coffee at home, all there’s left to do is brew. From a classic cup of black coffee to homemade lattes, cappuccinos, and cold brews, the possibilities are endless. 

Embrace the opportunity to explore and experiment with different brewing techniques and methods to find your perfect cup.