- water temperature
- timing of grind
- fineness of grid
- relative quantities of water and coffee
- timing of pour
- height from which the water is poured, no kidding
- and, of course, the gadget. The gadget makes a HUGE difference.
In particular, I was stunned by how appallingly bad percolated coffee tasted. Why did anyone in America drink coffee during the first half of the 20th century?
So for this quilt, I drew 6 of the most picturesque gadget choices that I could find in cyberspace. They include a Moka pot, a percolator, an Aeropress, a vacuum maker, a drip filter holder, and a French press. Here are the first four:
- Good Gadget
- Good Coffee
- Good Grind
- Good Cup
- Good Beans
- Good Friends
- Good Luck
Bodum Bistro burr grinder (about $100), the first grinder I'd owned in many years. And I bought a Bonavita drip coffeemaker (about $130). $230 is not cheap, but it would have been very easy to spend a whole lot more. My family is happy with the coffee since then - usually delicious - and after about a year, all the equipment is still working.
Sometimes, for just one cup, I use the Aeropress, a strange little device that my friend Sam gifted me, thanks Sam!
What are your secrets to coffee success? Let me know. More information about my coffee quilts pattern book is here,