Being a coffee professional I’ve been spoilt with incredible coffee experiences. I’ve savoured some of the finest coffees from all over the world, enjoyed espressos with world champion baristas, cupped with award winning producers, and sipped cappuccinos in cafes where the specialty coffee movement begun.
But my best, most enjoyable coffee experiences are at home with my wife. And they are special.
My coffee at home experience
From the day I buy a new bag of beans, go home and open it for the first time, we are assessing its aroma. We’re usually looking for vibrancy and hope that this will carry into the cup for days to come. The romance of home brewing has already begun and we’re reading the label thinking about the last coffee we had from that country and region, and hoping that this next cup is going to be memorable.
Next I grab my Chemex, which is my preferred home brewing style as it imparts a unique body, makes plenty of coffee for two and looks simply breathtaking. I start grinding the coffee and at this stage the aromas are really starting to build excitement of what it will be like in the cup.
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Brewing at home for me is all about enjoying the process. There are usually no time constraints, I have no customer orders, so I like to soak in the experience and watch the coffee change at every stage.
I serve the coffee and we sit down to enjoy it and chat about many things, especially about the coffee. After brewing and enjoying the coffee I usually take a mental imprint of what the coffee was. How it tasted, its acidity quality, its body character, did it display any unique terroir characteristics reminiscent of where the coffee was grown.
But it does not end there. I look forward to the next time I drink this coffee and im interested to see how this coffee will age over the next 2 to 4 weeks. Coffees can soften and sweeten and really display their true character when allowed to age. They lose a bit of youthful vibrancy and toasty freshness for sure, but they can gain refinement and softness.
This is why I cherish brewing at home with my family and friends. I encourage everyone to try home brewing, it can be the best moments of your day when you put time aside to make something special and savour it with those you love. Whether you’re an espresso or filter coffee brewer, taking the time to enjoy the flavour of your coffee at home and seeing how it develops over time is something I hope you try.
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