[Current as of June 2019.]
I’m a big fan of coffee.
My current brewing setup is a Hario grinder and an Aeropress, and I’m pretty happy with it. With the latter, you’ll definitely want a variable-temperature Kettle. I use an Epica kettle at home and a Bonavita kettle in the office, and they have both served me well.
I’m a bit less happy with my roasting setup.
I could use it indoors without setting off my smoke detector.
It made pretty consistent (if unexciting) roasts with very little effort.
Unfortunately, it is not the most reliable of appliances, breaking down once during the warranty period, and once more afterwards. In the end, it lasted around two years, which is a bit disappointing. For what it’s worth, Nesco doesn’t sell it anymore.
I’m now back to roasting with a plain old popcorn popper (just get the one Sweet Maria’s sells), which is less consistent (higher highs, but lower lows) but more fun. I can only use it outside, which will be an issue once winter comes.
So if you know of a good roaster that plays nice with smoke detectors, drop me a line.
I’m partial to Ethiopian beans, in particular Yirgacheffe beans. In a pinch, other Ethiopian or East African varieties work too. Lightly roasted, of course.
I get my beans from The Coffee and Tea Exchange, which is a nice, local business. In store, the only green beans they sell are Yirgacheffe, but why would you want anything else anyway. You can get other varieties by calling their warehouse.
Lately, though, I’ve been a bit less impressed with the quality of their beans. Bean sizes are uneven and I’m getting a lot of cracked beans. So I may go back to ordering from Sweet Maria’s. To be continued.