I forgot my scales and made tasty coffee
With being in Corner most days, we’re used to not only having tasty beans on tap, but also access to an epic set up. Closing up for Christmas and spending 5 or 6 days away from the shop is always a great time to immerse myself in the world of home brewing, if only for a short time. There’s a ritual element to getting up and making a coffee that is very different to brewing in the cafe. It’s what drags me out of bed in the morning when there’s no alarm for work.
My home set-up is pretty basic all things considered, especially coming back home to my parents'. I had a hario hand-grinder, aeropress, and a bag of beans - that’s it. I forgot to bring home scales - big mistake - so after attempting to use mum’s old cooking scales (with very little success) I had to just use the lines on my grinder. But even this has allowed me to enjoy some awesome brews over the last week or two. I brought back a bag of Bombe (Nomad), Kirasa (Outpost) + Chelsea (Curve Roasters). We polished off the Bombe in a few days (with the family jumping on the bandwagon). It was pretty stellar, and safe to say that my first experience of Nomad coffee was a good one. A natural Ethiopian, it was full-bodied, fruity, with blueberry hitting you in the face. I’m excited to try it in the cafe on V60, with filtered water and access to scales!
I would love to give a technical in-depth recipe, but it was as simple as this when I rolled out of bed bleary-eyed and maybe with a slightly sore head in the mornings: kettle on, grind enough beans to mark 1.5 on the grinder basket, get aeropress set up using inverted method, wet paper, pop ground coffee in aeropress, fill with water almost to top, good stir, fill to the top, let stand for a minute or so while you pre-heat your mug with water from the kettle. Turn over and plunge… you have yourself a tasty brew to start the day!
Christmas tip - don’t coax your family into the good stuff without being prepared to make 4 x aeropress every morning. Should make a few more sales of retail bags in the shop at least. Merry Christmas!
- Laura McDonald