Being a resident of Portland, I’m pretty sure I’m legally obligated to possess at least two ways to brew coffee at all times. Years ago, the Mrs. and I packed the coffee machine down to the basement and picked up a Clever Coffee Dripper (CCD) from Sweet Maria’s for our daily java needs. The CCD is the best of both worlds: Cone filter meets French Press. Throw in a filter, ground coffee, hot water and let steep for 4 minutes then plunge over your coffee cup. I get a great cup of coffee every single time without the sludge you get from a French Press. I have one at work and it never fails to get attention from my fellow coffee drinkers. They are pretty cheap and last for quite a few years.
I guess this wouldn’t be a complete discussion without talking about coffee. Our go-to coffee for home for the past six and half years has been Café Mam out of Eugene, OR. We won a 5 pound bag of French Roast at an auction and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’m a big fan of their French Roast because it’s big and bold (just like me, right?). It’s organic, fair trade, shade grown, sorted by puppies, etc. We order a five pound bag once a month or so that runs $39 plus $11 for shipping. At $10 per pound, you are very hard pressed (see what I did there?) to find a coffee that is in the same price range and quality.
So there’s two reasonably priced ways to enjoy a great cup of coffee. What are your favorite coffee making techniques and beans?