Posted 26 December 2012 - 07:44 AM
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 08:44 AM
For overall versatility for a couple of people looking to brew coffee in the morning I recommend a Nissan 32 oz. stainless steel thermos with a #6 RSVP filter cone on top (you can get the thermos from Amazon, the cone from them too, or Sweet Maria's (.com), the best overall source of coffee anything in the U.S.
If you have an electric kettle to boil water (and you should) the Nissan thermos set-up brews coffee that's as good or better than the Technivorm or Brazen for a fraction of the price. If you live at high altitude as I do that setup or the Brazen are the only things (aside from a fussy vacuum pot) that will work well due to the lower boiling temperature of water at altitude. In 4-6 minutes you get a quart of delicous coffee that remains piping hot, with no sediment, in an essentially indescrutable yet aesthetically pleasing serving vessel that you can take anywhere.
That said, the Aeropress is still my favorite home coffee maker and for travel is truly unbeatable. The cup it produces combines the clarity of drip with the body of French Press.
For both the pourover drip setup and the Aeropress a decent $25 blade grinder works just fine. Of course a burr grinder is better (the Bodum Bistro conical burr grinder is the best afforadable option I've found), but spend your money on great, truly fresh (less than 7 days out of the roaster) coffee first.
With the money you save by not buying a fancy grinder or a $300 electric drip brewer whose output is no tastier than what you can make with a kettle and filter cone you could buy a Behmor roaster and some green coffee from Sweet Maria's and be drinking far better coffee than you can buy at any boutique roaster for a third the money.