So I have been writing about specialty coffee equipment in this blog for over 4 months now. I have discussed my successes and my failures. I have shared my discoveries of coffee equipment, and my fascination with the pour-over process, but I have yet to actually purchase any coffee equipment, until yesterday! So what did I get?
From the time that I entered the specialty coffee scene I have been interested in the chemex. Perhaps it’s the beauty of the device or maybe the simplicity of a decanter as a coffee brewer, but I fell in love. However, as it is with most puppy love stories, I have to say that I did not end up with the chemex. I contemplated purchasing it so many times, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I think the real issue for me was the lack of durability that the device proved to have. I once took our office chemex home for a weekend and realized how extremely fragile it is. I have two small children at home and all it takes is 1 greasy hand to see my investment being smashed to pieces within a matter of seconds. Also the price begins to get a little overwhelming, after filters and a kettle, we are getting too close to $100. That’s a lot to ask for a coffee maker that may break in 3 weeks.
So with the chemex out the question was what next? I contemplated the Eva Solo for about half a second, until I saw the price. Then it was out; plus I already have a full immersion brewer in my bodum french press. Now please don’t confuse my words here. I am not saying that the Eva Solo is sub par to the french press; that is not the case. It is a different brewing method and quite a tasty one at that, but I want to branch out with my styles, and go with a less expensive pour-over.
This leads me to the hario v60. This little cone of goodness was my first introduction to pour-over coffee. I must admit that, at first, I was scared of the brewing method. I was so worried about hitting the edge and messing up the extraction that I rarely even tried brewing. However, after some time, I saw it more as a challenge and began making one cup v60′s for myself. Now I am hooked. Not only do I love the taste, I love the method. It is so fun having that much control over the brewing process. I really like trying to get a perfect cone shape and coffee extraction every time. So after much deliberation, and price consideration, (The v60 is far less expensive than any other manual brewer I have seen) I bought the Hario Coffee Dripper v60 size 02 clear plastic brewer. I also purchased 200 Hario v60 filters and a hario buono kettle.
I am super excited about my purchases and I can’t wait to try them out with some great coffee over the Christmas holidays. What was your first specialty coffee purchase?