When using Whole Bean Coffee, it helps to have the right equipment. Fortunately, there are a lot of choices and the prices range from very low to crazy high. Below are a few of our favorite choices. If you need more information on techniques, check out this BLOG POST. Oh, and each image is a link to that product on Amazon.
Whole Bean Coffee Grinders
There are two kinds of whole bean coffee grinders; blade and burr. You want a “burr” grinder, (no blades). The blade grinders are cheap and they do a lousy job. You can spend $40-$100 on a good burr grinder. I often find them on sale on Amazon. By the way, wait to grind your coffee right before you brew it. You can really taste the difference.
I love this grinder. It’s relatively small, does a great job, and best of all it’s quiet. Well, as quiet as a grinder can get. There’s a fine/course dial and a dial for how many cups. I’ve been using this grinder for several years and have had no issues. If by chance it stops working, you’ve probably left the lid off (been there, done that) or the drawer isn’t pushed all the way in (been there, done that). Roughly $40
I like Quisinart because they’re engineered like a German tank. These puppies are made to last. I’ve used this grinder for events where I’m grinding and grinding and grinding. It’s noisy, but it’ll grind 6 penny nails all day long. So, this bad boy won’t even blink at your puny little coffee beans. If you’re grinding white coffee, notorious for being difficult to grind, then you’ll definitely want this monster. Roughly $45.
Brewing Whole Bean Coffee
How you brew your coffee makes a big difference. You can have identical beans, roasted identically, yet brewing them differently really changes the taste. It changes it a lot. There is no one best way. It’s a matter of personal taste.
Quisinart Grind & Brew
For a drip maker, this unit does it all, grinds and brews. If you need 4-12 cups, it doesn’t get much easier than this. I have this bad boy sitting on my counter for whenever my son-in-law comes over. This is so easy that even Jonny can make a darn good cup of coffee. Roughly $200.
AeroPress Coffee Maker
This is my favorite all time coffee maker. It doesn’t look like much, does it? It’s the poor-man’s espresso machine. Basically, it’s a large 8oz syringe. This is fast and easy; put a paper filter in the bottom, put it over a sturdy cup, toss in some coffee grounds, fill it with hot water, stir it 3 times, put the plunger in and press down. Done! Short of cold-brew, this is the smoothest coffee on the planet! Roughly $30.
If you like your caffeine cold, then nothing beats cold-brew. It’s super fast and super easy. All you need is a grinder and a water pitcher. The only down side is that you have to make it 12 hours before you drink it. Here’s a link to our sister Karen’s cold-brew method, CLICK HERE. Roughly $25.
I like my coffee HOT. Did I say HOT? I’ve tried dozens of “insulated” mugs. Some were OK and many just left me cold. Pun intended. By the way, reheated coffee is “nasty”. So, keep it hot. Here’s how.
Thermos Stainless Steel Commuter Bottle
This mug not only keeps coffee HOT for hours, it’s also darn near indestructible. AND it comes in a dozen different colors. Roughly $25.