Home sweet home. Office suite office. (See what we did there? *grins*) Well, to that we say ‘Coffee, glorious, coffee!’ Who doesn’t love coffee? We drink it everywhere – home, office or even home-offices for those of us lucky enough to work in one. Coffee does more than just its one job of getting us through an arduously long work day. It’s aromatic. It’s frothy. It’s nutty. There are just more dimensions to describe the taste of a regular cup of joe than to downplay it, by simply calling it hot, black, sweet, expensive, or bitter.
With rising affluence, the current generation of yuppies and millenials have increasingly become more drawn to drinking handcrafted coffees as compared to previous generations of Gen X and Baby Boomers. This trend has also been identified by news outlets, indicating a surging interest in coffee. A record attendance of 20, 000 visitors turned up for the inaugural Singapore Coffee Festival in 2016, and prior to that, The Straits Times reported that more coffee lovers are enjoying artisanal brews in the comfort of their own homes by purchasing home barista equipment to hone their amateur coffee-making skills. There was also another report on the emergence of start-ups and companies that offer monthly coffee subscription services where a variety of coffee products, ranging from packets of specialty coffee beans to drip coffee pouches, are delivered to coffee lovers and connoisseurs alike at regular intervals, enabling them to brew their own cuppa at home.
Try as we might, the fact remains that making espresso in a home environment is nowhere close to one made in a commercial coffee house. Even the most seasoned and serious home baristas may find it an uphill task to replicate espresso of café-standard. The truth is, the water filtration systems in a home setting and those in a commercial environment are vastly different. And for the most part, home environments are not able to totally simulate or recreate a full café set-up due to space constraints. It also hardly makes sense to alter the pH level of your entire water supply at home just to cater for a top-notch coffee machine that will also set you back by at least a five-figure sum.
However, there’s no stopping you from setting up your own home barista space. If you do a little research, you can acquire the required tools and coffee-brewing equipment to set up your dedicated coffee corner – at a fraction of the price of a commercial coffee machine akin to those used in cafés outside. With knowledge and lots of practice, you will soon be on your way to brewing cups of goodness right at home.
Disclaimer: Don’t come at us if you end up nursing a coffee addiction after reading this listicle. We bear no responsibility for that.
Step 1: Roasting | Equipment: Roasting machine
We don’t think regular HDB dwellings would have the space to contain a hugeass roaster at home for the sake of roasting coffee beans till they transform from green coffee beans to the aromatic brown beans that we see in stores and cafes. So, feel free to bypass this step! We recommend you take a look at the various coffee beans subscription delivery services or consider buying your beans from your favourite cafes or reputable coffee beans providers.
Step 2: Grind coffee beans | Equipment: Coffee grinder
You need to know what’s a coffee grinder. Its name is self-explanatory, so there you have it. It’s a piece of equipment used for the purpose of grinding your coffee beans into grounds. Before you grind the coffee beans, you will need to decide on your brewing method as how coarse or fine your coffee grounds are depends on the choice of your brewing method.
Step 3: Start making your coffee
There are several ways to brew your coffee depending on your selection of equipment.
#1: Drip Coffee Pot
Such coffee pots are used for making drip coffee, sometimes also known as drip brewed coffee or filtered coffee. It’s simple to brew coffee using this as you will only need to pour hot water onto ground coffee beans then allow it to brew. You’ll also require coffee filters for this.
#2: Moka pot
A moka pot, also known as a macchinetta (literally meaning ‘small machine’ in Italian), is a stove-top or electric coffee maker. It is capable of producing a rich, strong espresso-style coffee that is ready in just 10 minutes. How efficient! Good for rush hour mornings when we are in dire need of a caffeine fix before we scramble off to the work place.
#3: French press
As evident by its construction, a French press involves a lot of well, pressing, or plunging. It works best with coffee of a coarser grind due to its higher permeability, hence requiring lesser amount of force to lower the plunger. The coarser coffee grounds are less likely to seep through or around the perimeter of the press filter and into the coffee, thus resulting in a higher quality coffee.
Step 4: Steam milk | Equipment: Teflon jug
A Teflon jug is essentially a milk pitcher, used for steaming the milk until it reaches its frothy goodness before being poured to top off your caffé latte or cappuccino.
Other tools you may want to invest in, to up your coffee game
Thermometer: We recommend choosing a waterproof digital thermometer that is durable. This is needed for you to double-check the water temperature, ensuring precision.
Kitchen weighing scale/Measuring cup: Measuring exact amounts of coffee grounds per cup is quintessential to getting the perfect brew. This also saves you money in the long run as you will not let any coffee grounds go to waste due to excess. And this will help guarantee repeatable results of quality cuppas as you have the exact measurements of the amounts of coffee beans, water used.
Nothing beats an uplifting cuppa that warms our heart and soul. Now that you know the various coffee brewing techniques and the tools of the trade, it’s time you start brewing your way to the top. ezbuy.sg has curated a selection of home barista equipment or machine bundle set to help you attain your dream of becoming the home barista you’ve always wanted to be.
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