To Sum Up
You may have decided by now that the coffee brewer that most of us
has at home - an auto-drip brewer - simply isn't up to the task of
making really good coffee. You're probably right. Only one home
auto-drip model that I'm aware of - the Bunn Pour-o-matic - comes
close to meeting the demands of our formula for great coffee... and even
it is not without its problems.
Other brewing methods - manual drip brew with a
cone filter or a Chemex pot, the French press, and vacuum pot - have the
advantage, as each in its own way offers you more control over essential
parts of the brewing process - in particular temperature, time and
In the coming weeks our series will examine
each of these brewing methods in turn. Next week we'll look at the
cafetiére, or French press.
There's a world of literature on coffee and brewing. The best of the
online world can be found in our Online Reading section [just to the
left]. For offline reading, I highly recommend these books by Ken Davids
and Kevin Knox...
Now in its 4th edition, Ken Davids' 1976 standard is *still* a
great basic reference. Be sure, too, to read Ken's cupping reviews
at Coffee Review.
Kevin Knox is passionate about great coffee. In Coffee Basics he
shares his industry experience, and takes aim at some established