I was going to have some tea at work. Logistically, it's simpler, and
it's even cheaper than coffee (well, when the ritual and quality are
both important, anyway). Then I found that coffee may be good for my
asthma. There went tea. It also presents an excuse to get and use more
coffee stuff, now that I'm roasting a little bit again, and have a good
excuse to roast more often. Right now, I'm still going through my
neglected stash of beans.
The building I work in was not originally an office building, so there
is no nice little sink area, nor water coolers with decent water. So,
here's what I'm thinking, and some questions:
- The tap is nasty, and I don't really have room for a filter/dispenser,
so I'll be rotating filtered water from home.
- I've basically settled on this electric kettle:http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-Cool-Touch-Kettle/dp/B000JCKG4YStainless steel, and while a touch big, it should be easy to clean.
Anyone use one, or have another recommendation?
- A couple rags to wipe things out with, and help clean filters, and a
flexible spatula to wipe out the grounds.
- A plastic container for soaking and cleaning filters, and stashing
some of the stuff for when it needs to be taken home and cleaned.
- Coasters, of which I got four that perfectly fit most coffee mugs and
the 4-cup (32oz) Bodum presses.
- Mugs, obviously.
- A French press--which one? The Chambord and Melior are right out,
because of the bottom being metal (potential scraping sounds). I've
still got my first and currently only press, a Bistro Nouveau (?), and
all but the metal mesh is in great condition after several years of
regular use (I'd press Community coffee when not roasting), so I doubt
durability will be a concern. Are there any pros or cons between the
Bistro Neo, Shin Bistro, and Bistro Nouveau; or do they just vary in
- A carafe. Any advice for what a decent thing would be, preferably with
a steel interior, to put the coffee in after pressing, so it it can last
a couple hours? I have a Stanley thermos, but that's a bit cumbersome,
and occasionally dribbly, for such a short time. It would need to hold
at least 3 cups (the first one can go right into a mug).
- A grinder. Is there anything remotely close to Zassenhaus for a nice
quiet (read: by hand) grinder? With the Turkish mill, that I've been
drooling over for some time, completely unavailable, I'm open to any
suggestions. A few other models are on eBay, so I can just snag one, I
guess. Is it really worth $60-100? (I know, I know, but it *does* seem
like a lot)
- Good cleaning coffees. I've tried some monsooned stuff several times,
and it seems to clean my press and grinder right out. Just grind, brew,
and clean with soapy water. All the sourness and light stains go *poof*
gone, with no scrubbing or anything special. Are there any other
specific coffees or types of coffees, that will do this, as well?