Making Great Coffee At Work

A Listmania! list by Eric D. Hancock (Brooklyn, NY USA)
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The list author says: "So you have the coffee bug. You aren't satisfied with the free office brew and have the sense that there is something better than Starbucks out there. Read on.

I'm suggesting the Aeropress as the easiest, least fuss brew method for great coffee in an office. For brewing instructions, take a look at the excellent brewmethods.com. Experiment with different coffees, proportion of coffee to water, grind size and brew time.

Only brew fresh coffee and grind it just before brewing. Experiment with different coffees and see what you like."
AeroPress Coffee Maker
1.  AeroPress Coffee Maker by AeroPress
The list author says:
  "First, the brewing method.  The Aeropress is small, self-contained and easy to clean. Most importantly, it can create a great cup of coffee, one at a time.

Depending on how coarsely you grind the coffee, brewing will take between 25 second and two minutes.  The Aeropress brews quickly!"
$25.99   Used & New from: $9.99
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Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton  Storage Capacity (100g)
2.  Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill Skerton Storage Capacity (100g) by Hario
The list author says:
  "One of the keys to great coffee is to grind your beans just before brewing.  Once ground, coffee oxidizes more quickly, losing flavor. 

An Aeropress requires 15-20 grams of medium-fine ground coffee.  The Skerton is an excellent small batch grinder.  The ceramic burrs ensure a consistent particle size, critical for a good tasting brew."
$28.50   Used & New from: $22.00
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Capresso 259 H2O Plus Glass Water Kettle, Polished Chrome
3.  Capresso 259 H2O Plus Glass Water Kettle, Polished Chrome by Capresso
The list author says:
  "You will need hot water, just below boiling, somewhere between 195 F and 205 F.  If your office coffee machine dispenses appropriately hot water, excellent. Otherwise, consider a kettle like this.  Heats quickly.  Made of glass to avoid plastic flavors and for easy cleaning."
$59.95   Used & New from: $49.66
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Bodum Bistro Double-Wall Insulated 10-Ounce Glass Mug, Set of 2
4.  Bodum Bistro Double-Wall Insulated 10-Ounce Glass Mug, Set of 2 by Bodum
The list author says:
  "Always use a glass or glazed ceramic mug.  Unglazed ceramic, plastic, paper or stainless steel all impart a taste, either because of an inherent taste, or because the rough surface is difficult to fully clean.

These Bodum mugs are double-walled glass to keep the coffee hot and for easy clean up. 

Always pre-heat your mug to avoid over-cooling your fresh-brewed coffee."
$35.00   Used & New from: $27.59
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (343 customer reviews)

Tablecraft Coffee Scoop, Stainless Steel 2 Table Spoon
5.  Tablecraft Coffee Scoop, Stainless Steel 2 Table Spoon by Tablecraft
The list author says:
  "Getting the proportion of coffee to water is important.  For best results, consistency and repeatability, you should weigh out your beans before grinding them.

In an office, though, you don't want to deal with a scale.  Two tablespoons of whole bean coffee is about 10-11 grams.  Experiment to see what makes a good cup."
$12.79   Used & New from: $5.17
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