5 Reasons to brew coffee at home
Making your own coffee at home can seem a little daunting at first. After all, don’t baristas have to train for the job? This is a valid reason to be apprehensive, so we’ve put together five points that will quash any fears you might have.
1. It doesn’t need to be expensive.
Do you need the industrial grade, three group, state-of-the-art espresso machine you see at your favourite cafe on your kitchen bench? The answer is no. There are many different ways to brew coffee, and options for home include pourover filters (Hario V60), the Aeropress, percolators and plungers. Each of which happen to be around $20-50. Throw in a mini grinder and a bag of coffee, and you have the essentials for around $70-100.
2. Learning to make coffee at home is easy
While the guess and check method may eventually lead to your preferred way of brewing coffee, help is everywhere. Online outlets like YouTube have too many tutorials to possibly watch. An even better option may be talking to the staff where you buy your coffee from. Baristas know a lot about the coffee they’re making, and are more than happy to point you in the right direction for your choice of brewing method.
3. Your friends will be impressed.
Your best friend Sharon texts you asking to meet up for a chat and a cuppa. You reply telling her to swing on by. The issue? Getting her to leave, or calm her down after she’s had you make her a fourth brew. Using good quality coffee beans, a bit of learning and a bit of concentration, nailing your coffees will become a habit.
4. The setup is compact, and portable.
Any of the brew options we’ve discussed previously take up very little space. Flatmates won’t have issues with you getting in the way, especially not if they get to enjoy a cup every now and then. Having a good coffee on the road just got easier as well, as hot water (and maybe a bit of milk and sugar) are available in almost every style of accommodation, allowing you a delicious brew now matter where you end up.
Concentrating on brewing keeps your mind in the present, so for the five or so minutes it takes you to make coffee at home and be ready to enjoy it, you’ve given your mind a temporary withdrawal from whatever stress needs tackling later on in the day. Having it as a routine at any time of day is a great circuit breaker.