We spent last week learning all about coffee with some help our friends from Tonx, the US fresh roast subscription service. We covered everything from why you should care about quality coffee and how to pick the best beans to the nitty gritty of gear selection and the best resources to tackle a coffee hobby head on. Here's the complete guide in all its glory.
In this first lesson, we tackle the case for a better cup of coffee. Is there really much difference between convenience store sludge and an expensive cafe blend? And if there is, why should I care?
Even the simplest brewing device can produce otherworldly brews when paired with great coffee. Finding an approach into the often confusing landscape of consumer coffee bean choices is the essential first step to improving your morning ritual.
Contrary to how it might seem if you listen to hardcore coffee geeks, brewing good cups of coffee at home doesn't have to be approached as if you're taking on a whole new hobby. A few basic principles will give you a toehold into almost every brew method and with just a bit of trial and error (and of course good beans) you'll discover that a great cup doesn't have to be hard to find.
There are many manual methods to choose from, and some that appear simple are actually somewhat fussy. Others that look complicated at first glance turn out to be easy and reliable with practice. There is no absolute "right" way to prepare a cup, and most of the popular methods will give you good results if you begin with great fresh roasted beans and take a bit of care with your measurements.
Now that you've subjected yourself to our good coffee propaganda, learned the basics of brewing, and explored some of the popular brew methods, we'll cut through much of the online clutter and leave you with some selected resources that can continue your path to full-on coffee nerd.
These posts were written by Tony Konecny, cofounder of Tonx, with help from Ryan Brown and Nick Griffith. Tonx is an innovative coffee subscription service aiming to source, roast, and ship the best fresh roasted coffees for people who brew at home.