For many, coffee is a utilitarian substance in the same manner as gasoline is for our cars. Both are meant to provide fuel and as far as associations that is the beginning and the end of it. Sure, depending on the type of engine we have, it may necessitate a higher grade fuel. But it is still fuel. Why is coffee viewed that way?
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I drink coffee every morning. I have my routine. I measure out 18 grams of coffee and grind it using a hand grinder so as to not wake anyone up. I brew with 280 grams of water at 202 degrees using a v60 pourover set-up. I love it. It’s great. It tastes wonderful. But … when that same routine is done outdoors? Wonderful turns into A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! What is it about drinking coffee outside that is so rewarding?
Is there such a thing as the PERFECT cup of coffee? I’m sure many would argue there is, particularly those within the coffee roasting world which is replete with cuppings, scoring, rating, testing, extracting, and more. But what about the “commoner?” You know … us. Where we know what we like in coffee, how we like it, and more. I was thinking about this recently.
I had it all planned out. A family hike, a new trail (to us), and all of the essentials to make trailside coffee. Coffee (check). Grinder (check). Water (check). Scale (check). GSI Java Drip for pourovers (check). Coffee mug (check). Camera to document our excursion (check).
Looks good right?
But … I forgot my Jetboil to heat the water (slaps forehead).
If you’ve followed Loam Coffee for any time then you’ll know that we love experimenting with different brew methods. Seemingly every month there’s a new device out on the market that claims to brew a “perfect cup” of coffee. As I’ve shared before, at times my home kitchen looks like a junior high science classroom with all sorts of beakers, carafes, scales, electric kettles, various grinders, filters, and more. So when we had the opportunity to test drive the new Wacaco Nanopresso it was a resounding, “YES!!!”
Lately I've been on a mission. Maybe it was boredom sneaking in or simply the need to change things up, but I had grown bored with how I was brewing coffee at home. As I'm always looking for new brew methods and buying ones that pique my interest I recently picked up the Coffee Gator Pour Over Brewer. I had been watching numerous Youtube videos about the Kinto slow coffee style and the Coffee Gator looked like a (cheaper) similar set-up I thought, "why not?"