Jul 18

Let's dirty this place up with some introductions y'all.

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Hello! My name is Jared. I'm 31 years old, INFJ, a recovering Leo, and oh yeah I have designed some games in recent months. A surprising development, all things considered. A couple of them may even be worth the time it takes to read them, which is pretty good I think. They're all free, because I'm certain no one would ever download them if they cost actual money dollars.

 

I have interests! Most of them are boring. I have worked professionally in coffee for over a decade, so feel free to hit me up with your petty concerns, I love that shit.

 

Thank you for your time. To show my appreciation, here is my current summer jam:

 

Is there a hierarchy of coffee making systems or are they just down to preference? Is there really a type of coffee (beyond the grind) best used in certain methods or is that just advertising?

Jul 18Edited: Jul 18

These are good questions. The difference between different brewing devices is how well they brew--which is to say, there is correct and incorrect, and some methods make it easier to get to correct. A perfectly-brewed cup from a V60 should taste the same as one from a sock pot. If they don't taste the same, then they're differently flawed as methods. Here's the straight dope: get a scale. Use 65g of coffee per liter of brew water, 205+F (but not boiling). Paper filters are good and right. Brew should take 5-6 minutes. If it's bitter, grind coarser; if it's sour, grind finer. Guess and check until you like the grind setting. Most importantly, give exactly as many shits as you care to give and not a bit more. Equipment in order of importance: >Scale >Burr grinder >Timer >Everything else Matching coffees to brew methods is silly (see above), except in one case: espresso. This is because espresso, as a method of brewing, is flawed in a very particular way. It's very difficult to extract coffee that quickly under the best circumstances, so darker roasts tend to perform better (the molecules are more cooked/broken down and extract easier). Don't think for a moment you have to buy coffee labeled "espresso" to do this, though. Get yourself a good coffee that you like and see what happens! With an especially light coffee, you might need to get your temperature up or grind size down to accommodate, but it's totally doable and potentially tasty.

@Jared Sinclair Y'see, I have an espresso machine and a french press. I THINK the grinder is a burr grinder? It's a noisy and weirdly accurate box that coffee comes out of. The french press makes lukewarm glorified tea substitute, so I'm not a fan (of it, not tea, tea is great). The espresso machine is a pain in the arse to fire up and I suspect I just really like hot milk in my coffee. I feel the pull of Giving All The Shits and it's horrifying.

 

IF I ONLY HAD ONE COFFEE MAKING DEVICE WHAT SHOULD IT BE?

If I were doing it: bonavita brewer, baratza encore. That's a sizable investment, tho (like $200 iirc). You could go cheaper on the grinder (burr grinders are the ones where you put coffee in the top and it comes out of the side, blade grinders are bad and look like a blender inside), like a Cuisinart or something. It'll be fine. Going cheaper on the brewer means buying a pouring kettle and learning that skill which is... silly.

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