huntantr Senior Member Joined: 19 Sep 2012 Posts: 2 Location: Hamilton Expertise: Just starting
Posted Wed Sep 19, 2012, 4:27am Subject: Where to get good coffee to brew at home?
I'm going to start off by saying that I am not a coffee drinker, but by wife is, and I would like to buy her some good coffee to brew at home. Instead of her going to the local Tim Horton's, I want to get her some coffee that she would rather brew then drive down to the corner.
I was hoping that this coffee community would be able to point me in the right direction. I work the Burlington, ON area so if you have any recommendations on coffee to buy that would be great.
Posted Sun Sep 23, 2012, 1:07pm Subject: Re: Where to get good coffee to brew at home?
Anthony, First a couple of words of caution... Just because your wife likes Tim Horton's, don't assume that she will like "good" coffee. This is especially true for those that take their coffee double-double. I like to say (only half tongue in cheek) that Timmy's double-double is for people that don't actually like the taste of coffee. The other problem you may run into is the brewing process... it is quite easy to make good coffee taste bad. So, first of all, you have to decide how much you want to throw your self (and/or your wife) into this.
Now that I have that out of the way... I would recommend that you start out small. Buy a Melita single cup brewer and some #2 filters. You will find instruction on pour-over brewing on this site and many others. (you will also notice the variances in the instructions). The next step is to actually find some fresh coffee. You need to avoid the big coffee chains and supermarkets. A quick Google should find a coffee roaster convenient for you. (I believe there is a Balzac's in Kitchener and another roastery in Dundas) You want to buy as little as they will sell you, 1/2 or 1/4 of a pound and have them grind it for pour-over. [I should note that, advising someone to have coffee ground at the store, is heresy. Ground coffee will start to loose it's flavour in minutes. But, for your purposes, you should be ok for a day or two.]
Then experiment - see if you can make coffee your wife likes. Since she is used to Timmy's, she may not like "strong" coffee. Don't try to brew week coffee - it is better to brew it strong (in terms of coffee to water ratio) then add hot water to dilute it.
Once you have established that you can make coffee that you wife prefers to Timmy's, then you can embark on the journey of buying a good grinder and brewing equipment.
Posted Sat Nov 17, 2012, 6:57am Subject: Re: Where to get good coffee to brew at home?
You can also consider Reunionislandcoffee in Oakville or Javaworks & Muldoons own in Mississauga. Best to experiment with grind, amounts & filtered water etc before making final coffee judgements. I went through similar with my wife, now she won't go back. I use a bonavita brewer with excellent results.
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