Gallery: Ask a Barista: How Do You Make Coffee at Home?

Share the Love
Share the Love
“At home, I love to make coffee with my Chemex, [using a] Baratza grinder, and Bonavita electric kettle. It's a great, clean cup of coffee to start the day and perfect for making two cups so I can share the love. “ —Tony Riffel, Octane Coffee, Atlanta

[Photo: Andrew Lee]

Partner Brew
Partner Brew
“Ironically, my partner makes my coffee in the morning. [Hario] V60 [dripper cones] are good if we want to have different coffees, or if we want to experiment with the grind or dose between two cups. If we had a Chemex I am sure we would use it, but the last one I had my best friend broke after its maiden breakfast voyage. “ —Charrow, Joe, NYC

[Photo: JJ Johnson]

Bite the Bullet on Better Water
Bite the Bullet on Better Water
“At home, I use a Japanese Porlex hand burr grinder, an AeroPress, AWS scales, and Poland Spring water. Water quality is generally the most difficult factor to get right in home brewing, so my wife and I bite the bullet and buy water with a reasonable TDS (total dissolved solids) for making coffee.” —Urban Eisley, Ports, NYC

[Photo: David Hernandez III]

Pour-Over vs. French Press
Pour-Over vs. French Press
“I enjoy pour-over, while my love, Jeremy Mackie, is partial to French press. While we both do enjoy French press, I prefer pour-over because I truly enjoy the process of making the coffee and the cleaner taste it provides. Jeremy does make a great French press: He likes a cup with a little more heaviness, and it's a little more convenient to make for him. It took a while to get him used to being a little more detail oriented with the process—weighing out the beans and adjusting the grind‐but he makes a consistently tasty French Press.” —Bronwen Serna, 2004 U.S. Barista Champion

Chemex Is a Favorite
Chemex Is a Favorite
“I usually brew with a Chemex at home. I'm a fan of delicate and sweet coffees or bright and juicy coffees. I think a Chemex highlights those qualities best. It’s also beautiful and really impresses guests.“ —Laila Ghambari, Caffe Ladro

[Photo: Kirk Mastin]

Score One More for Chemex
Score One More for Chemex
“I've become a Chemex guy. I like the Clever for its consistency, but some part of me really cottons to the appeal of a big, glass server of coffee. I make a Chemex for my wife and me pretty much every day, and it's a nice thing to linger over on lazy mornings. I've toyed with the idea of putting together an espresso rig at home, but the cost and the mess and everything else always puts me off. Plus, having access to top-tier commercial equipment at the shop makes any home setup pale in comparison.” —Simon Ouderkirk, Spot Coffee, Saratoga Springs NY

[Photo: Simon Ouderkirk]

Counter Intuitive
Counter Intuitive
“I'm going to be totally vulnerable here and admit that I don't make coffee at home! My shop is super close to my house, so I go there as a customer, worker ,or an after-hours intruder for all my coffee needs and desires.” —Rachel Haughey, Espresso Neat, Darien CT

[Photo: William Haughey]

Big Batches, Little Batches
Big Batches, Little Batches
“I make coffee at home with a Bartza Vario W and a Techinvorm Moccamaster for full pots, and Kalita Wave 185 or a Clever Dripper with Kalita #103 filters for single cups. The Baratza grinder is fantastic because of its weight based grinding capabilities. The Technivorm is fantastic at controlling brew temperatures, which is often the biggest drawback of automatic drip coffee makers, and one of the reasons it is so expensive. When I don’t need a full 1.25 liters of coffee brewed up, the Kalita #185 dripper and the Clever dripper provide some of the most consistently delicious cups of coffee.” —Lorenzo Perkins, Cuvee Coffee, Austin TX

[Photo: Lily Kubota]