I suppose I’ve always been a bit of gear head. I don’t like to admit that I feel the need to have stuff but alas, it’s true.
In my defense it’s selective. Most realms I have the power to say no thanks to. With camping gear and coffee equipment, all bets are off.
So if you’re wondering what to get me for my next birthday, here are a few selections from SCAA 2013.
Porcelain Immersion Filtercone by Bonavita
The porcelain of the Bonavita Filtercone heats up quickly and holds the heat of the water so your coffee remains warmer.
I have a plastic Melita dripper that I got free a few years ago at the New York Coffee and Tea Festival. I use it to do the occasional pour over, mostly for an afternoon cup.
Not too long ago I decided I would upgrade my plastic cone for a porcelain drip cone. When making coffee with the pour over or dripper method, immersion time is an issue.
Here is really where tweaking of a brew variables comes into play. If you’ve ever heard a barista talking about adjusting the grind they are talking about extraction.
Too fine a grind will cause the water to be in contact with the coffee longer than necessary creating a bitter brew.
Too course a grind and you’ll get a weak brew.
The other factor that you have control over is your pour and a good barista is highly skilled in the art of pouring water.
With a pour over cone the water can drain before the proper extraction time is reached if everything is not dialed in correctly.
The new Porcelain Immersion Filtercone by Bonavita allows the coffee to steep a few minutes before you drain the cone into your cup. The porcelain heats up quickly and holds the heat of the water so your coffee remains at the temperature of the water poured into the cone for a longer time. On the bottom of the cone is a lever that controls a silicone stopper.
Close the stopper and the coffee will steep within the water in the cone. Open the stopper to allow the water to flow when the brewing is complete.
Handy Brew Coffee Dripper
The Clever Dripper Coffee Dripper has been on the market for some time now. The idea behind the device is to combine the clean cup you get with the pour over method by using a filter with the infusion you get when using a best french press.
Now the same folks that have produced the Clever Dripper have come out with the Hand Brew. Like the Clever Dripper, the Handy Brew allows you to steep your coffee before placing the dripper on a cup which then opens the valve and allows your coffee to pour out.
The innovation the Handy Brew contains is a double wire mesh filter inside the dripper. The filter is easily removable for cleaning.
Bonavita .5 Liter Travel Kettle
When you travel do you pack a coffee kit with you? This is something I haven’t completely committed to yet, although I do have the equipment to do so.
Or at least I thought I did until I saw Bonavita’s new travel kettle.
Oh yeah, boiling the water. The few times I’ve traveled with a coffee kit for on the road brewing, hot water was not an issue. However as soon as I feel it will be I won’t hesitate to make this purchase.
Bonavita’s Travel Kettle holds a half liter or just under 16 ounces of water, enough to brew 2 cups of coffee on the go. The kettle automatically shuts off when the water reaches a boil. The inside of the kettle is seamless making it easy to clean as well as giving space to pack coffee, filters, even an aero press inside to save space.
The Espro Pres
I’ve had the same french press for over ten years now. It’s a pretty simple method of brewing coffee and was my main brewing method off and on for the majority of time that I owned it.It is a basic Bodum model, no bells or whistles. I haven’t once considered upgrading it- until now.
I had several cups of coffee out of the one being used at Espro’s booth at SCAA 2013. Coffee made in a french press is obviously unique, it’s gritty. The grit often adds a false sense of body to the coffee.
Lately I’ve switched to using a Bee House Dripper and have been favoring the clean cup I get with using a filter. That clean cup feeling was a lot like what Charlie Yates of Espro was serving up in their Espro Press.
The unique dual filtration system is the real stand out in this press pot. The first filter the coffee meets is 9 times finer than the typical french press.
The coffee then goes through a second filter, 12 times finer than than a typical french press. Once you press your coffee the plunger is designed to keep the coffee away from contact with the grounds in the bottom of the pot making immediate transfer of the coffee out of the press unnecessary.
The press itself is double-wall stainless steel vacuum insulated. So you can keep the coffee hot simply by leaving it in the press and not worry about over extracting it.