If you’ve seen any of my videos, you know that I’m a bit of a coffee addict. Well, addict is a bit of an understatement. It’s kind of become my life force and the only reason why I get out of bed in the morning.
During my time at community college I worked as a barista at a global coffee chain (yes, That Global Coffee Chain) and developed a bit of an obsession for the bitter brew. Since then, I’ve upgraded from my every day cold brew to something a little bit more elaborate. No, it’s not necessarily the easiest or the most convenient medium for brewing coffee, but it’s something that I genuinely enjoy doing every morning. It’s a little bit of self care and slow living that I do every day.
Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Mill
My coffee routine begins every morning with grinding fresh beans using a conical burr grinder. I use the Hario Skerton ceramic coffee mill. A conical burr grinder creates a uniform grind size and doesn’t heat your beans up, unlike a cheap electric grinder. This one’s compact and travel friendly as well.
I like a grind size that’s slightly coarser than what is typically used for an espresso maker for my moka pot.
Bialetti Moka Pot
If you like a strong cup of coffee, this stove-top coffee gadget is for you. It’s commonly known as a stove-top “espresso” maker - however this isn’t technically true. The moka pot only brews at around one bar of pressure, whereas true espresso (with body and crema) takes nine bars to create.
However, it doesn’t mean that a moka pot doesn’t make a strong cup of coffee. I use a three-cup size moka pot because it makes about three shots of espresso, and don’t exclusively use espresso beans when brewing. As long as it’s a medium-to-dark roast, I’m game.
I’ve been trying to reduce my use of single-use disposable items, like paper coffee cups and plastic straws. In order to incentivize myself to use a reusable cup, I purchased one that I actually enjoyed having around. The KeepCup is the perfect zero-waste companion to your morning cup of joe. All the parts are placeable, sustainably sourced, and incredibly durable. I’ve dropped mine down a set of concrete stairs (trust me, my heart dropped to), and it’s unscathed. The only draws are that the cup isn’t insulated, and the cork band can be rather small for hot beverages. However, as someone who drinks primarily iced coffees, I find that the lack of insulating and heat-protecting features don’t bother me. It’s also pretty leak-proof as well. Can you tell I’m a fan?