For the last few months now I have been solely making coffee at home by hand and it has been amazing. Previously I was using a drip coffee maker during the week for the sake of ease in the morning and leaving my hand making of coffee to the weekends. This felt really weird as I much prefer coffee made by hand methods over a machine. Not only is drinking it a better experience, but also the process of making it by hand is really rewarding for me. Once I started to really think about it I realized that relying on a machine during the week was doing me more harm than good. I wasn’t drinking good coffee, at least well made coffee. I was still only buying quality coffee, but brewing it in a drip machine. Crazy, I know!
Cassidy brought it up that we should buy cheap coffee for during the week and higher quality stuff for when I make it by hand at home. Then we wouldn’t be wasting good coffee in the gross drip machine. This got me thinking about making coffee by hand all the time and how I just needed to get rid of the coffee maker. By only making coffee myself on the weekends I wasn’t continuing my learning of home coffee brewing. I had found myself forgetting methods and techniques that I once knew more closely.
This is when I decided to get rid of the coffee machine and make the vow to only make coffee by hand in our house. And I must say that it has been super awesome. This has helped my coffee making exponentially. It has allowed me to refine my process for each method. I make a subtle tweak to what I normally do and taste the results until I get a method down that gets me what I am looking for. Then I keep doing that until I have it down pat. I now really like my French press recipe and I have been circling in on how I want to do pour overs. I’m getting really close.
It has also done wonders for helping me wake up in the morning. It has become a great morning ritual which is simple yet complex enough for my freshly woken mind to wrap itself around. I can just focus on doing this task and I find myself waking quickly. But, in the end I am really happy with devoting time each day to making coffee and trying out new ways to make better coffee. I’m not afraid to try out adjusting grind size or brew time because I can always try again the next day. It has helped me to have coffee making as part of my every day life.
If you have a coffee maker and are serious about learning to make coffee on your own you owe it to yourself to get rid of it. I am very glad I did and don’t plan on buying a coffee machine ever again.