Let’s start with grinders: Grinding coffee right before you brew is going to produce the best flavor. The best coffee grinders to use are burr grinders, which allow your coffee grinds to be even. Even grinds equal an even extraction, which in theory equals better flavor.
Bodum Bistro Burr Grinder - $
An electronic burr grinder. Consistent coffee grinder. Best for french press coffee but still able to use for pour-overs.
Not as easy to clean, not as durable as the Encore or Vario-W.
Sleek looking machine, comes in multiple colors, small footprint
Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder - $$
The baratza is an electric burr grinder. Most consistent coffee grinder for the price. It does not grind espresso very well but great for pour-over coffee or batch brew coffee.
Perfect for your first coffee grinder. Easy to clean, consistent, small footprint, and durable machine
Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder - $$
Ceramic conical burrs with wide range can grind from pour over grind to french press grind.
Easy to travel with - take it camping with you!
Perfect for personal use.
Baratza Vario-W - $$$
The Vario-W is a great grinder. It can produce coffee grind size for espresso (extra fine) all the way to french press (very coarse). The machine is super consistent with its particle size. Weighs coffee
Best for an espresso machine user and a pour-over fanatic.
Small footprint, super easy to clean, and very durable.
Drip Coffee Maker
When it comes to coffee brewers, the price is usually . I will be listing the best machine for your dollars in the list below. If you are just looking for a basic brewer under $100 dollars any other brewer should work well for providing coffee in the morning. Here’s a few Batch Brew Machines to replace that Keurig:
Bonavita 8-Cup One-Touch Coffee Maker - $Shop Now
Ninja Specialty Fold-Away Frother - $$
Talk about bells and whistles. This machine has it all.
1 to 8 cup coffee brewer.
Milk Frother to make warm milk on top of your coffee
Perfect for the Cafe Au Lait lovers.
Breville Precision Brewer - $$$
If you are looking for a brewer with the best automatic standards check out the Breville brewers
Has a Gold Cup setting that holds the highest standard for coffee brewers
Recommend getting the thermal coffee carafe. Keeps your coffee hotter for longer and not nearly as breakable as the glass carafe.
Great way to up your coffee game for the entire family. Best for experienced coffee people.
In my opinion, slow brew methods are the best way to make yourself a delicious cup of coffee. When looking for slow brew methods I recommend stopping by RMC and talking to the baristas about the different brew methods we use. Each of us has our favorite type of slow brew method and we all love to demonstrate and talk about each of those brew methods. Not to mention we sell everything you need to get started on brew methods at RMC. Choose your brew method:
Hario V60 - $
This is my favorite brewing method. There is a learning curve with the Hario V60, but once you perfect it, there’s no going back. This method is great for sharing with a friend since it brews 2-4 cups. Pick one up in the shop today! Check out our tutorial on how to make a v60 at home.
French Press - $$
This is one of the most common slow brew methods. We think this is great for families and friends since it brews about 4-6 cups at a time.
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A scale is one of the most important tools for brewing because it keeps your brewing precise. When brewing coffee it is also important to talk about ratios. When we talk about the term “ratio” in the shop we are referring to the amount of water to coffee you use. This determines the strength and consistency of your brew. I found that these three scales are the best when perfecting the perfect slow brew coffee:
Hario VST 2000B - $
Simple and cheap brew method
Keeps track of time and weight
I only struggle with the durability
I have had many of them break but they are a cheap scale.
Felicita Incline Digital Coffee Scale - $$
Advance pour over scale. Keeps track of time and weight
Fast and accurate allows baristas to have precision when pouring coffee.
Water resistant and durable
Can connect to an app it keep track of your brew methods.
Acaia Pearl Model S Professional - $$$
Master the art of brewing with the Acaia scale. Monitors brew weight, time, and flow rate of pours
Connects bluetooth to your phone and the Acaia app to monitor and save your brew methods.
Able to generate a brew profile to follow on the scale
Water resistant and durable.
This scale is specifically designed for the coffee enthusiasts of the world
I love brewing coffee with gooseneck kettles. They allow me to have control of my stream of water which allows me to control the turbulence of my slurry while brewing. Any gooseneck kettle should work great when brewing so don’t feel like you have to have the most fancy looking kettle. Having a kettle that holds its temperature allows your brew method to be even more consistent. Here are my favorite kettles on the market.
Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle - $
Can hold temperature in increments between 140˚-212˚F
A count-up timer makes it easy to keep track of the brewing process
Gooseneck spout for precise pour control.
Fellow Stag Kettle EKG+ - $$$
Can hold temperature in increments between 104˚-212˚F
Able to bluetooth to your ACAIA scale to match temperature with brewing method
Sleek design with a non drip gooseneck spout
Balanced handle to keep a steady pour.
Whole Bean Coffee
Look, we're kinda biased here. We'll talk about a few of our favorite roasts, but we'll also throw in a few other roasters we enjoy (if you're looking for something new).*
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