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Good Coffee for Lazy People

Good Coffee for Lazy People Related Blogs Two Cents Vitals Skillet Gear Gizmodo Media Group Blogs Deadspin Gizmodo Jalopnik Jezebel Kotaku Lifehacker Good Coffee for Lazy People Thorin Klosowski 4/28/16 8:00am Filed to: coffee I love coffee. I drink it every day. I love trying new brewing methods at home. I’m also lazy when it comes to my daily cup of coffee. I’m not willing to go through the ridiculous steps most coffee connoisseurs suggest for the “perfect” cup. With that in mind here are a few tips I’ve picked up over the years to make a good cup of coffee as conveniently as possible. Before we get started, of course the best way for lazy people to get good coffee is to go buy a cup at a coffee shop. With that out of the way, we’re talking about home brewing. There are tons of different brewing methods . If you talk to a hardcore coffee fanatic they’ll argue to death about how their chosen method is the best tasting method. Coffee appreciation can be so complicated that it requires a five lesson guide to really understand. Unless you spend your life trying every single brewing method and experimenting with tons of different roasts, you’ll always be hunting down the perfect cup. That’s fun and fine if coffee enjoyment is your hobby, and you find joy in it, but most people don’t want to spend that much effort on their morning brew—and even some coffee connoisseurs don’t, either. Most of us just want our morning cup to not suck and be enjoyable to drink. Let’s boil that down to its essential steps. Brew the Perfect Cup: The Complete Guide Brew the Perfect Cup: The Complete Guide Brew the Perfect Cup: The Complete Guide We spent last week learning all about coffee with our friends from Tonx, the fresh roast… Read more Read more Get Good Coffee Beans and Grind Them Right Three factors decide the taste of coffee: the beans, the grind, and the brewing method. Getting good beans is an easy way to up your coffee game with no real effort on your part. Good beans do cost more money, but it’s one of the biggest defining factors of overall taste. Advertisement Good news though, coffee roasters around the world have realized just how lazy coffee drinkers are and tons of roasters offer subscription plans for bags of coffee. This means you can have coffee show up at your door weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly with little no effort on your part. Tons of roasters exist in the US alone, so I’d suggest hitting up a few local ones to find one you like and want to support. Yes, this is more expensive than buying a pound of coffee from Costco, but you can even get good coffee via Amazon Subscribe and Save for the same money. For what it’s worth, for delivery, I’m a fan of Intelligentsia in Chicago/Los Angeles , Stumptown in Portland , Lighthouse in Seattle , and Pablo’s in Denver . All those shops will ship you bags of coffee if you’re interested in trying them out. This typically costs around $12-$18 plus the price of shipping. Taste is a personal thing though, so go with whatever beans you like from your favorite coffee roaster. If you don’t have someone local, plenty of other roasters have subscription plans . With beans in hand, make sure you only grind what you need each morning. I know, this a lazy person’s guide and grinding beans can take 15-20 precious seconds of your life, but this is also about good coffee. The fact is, freshly grinding coffee is one of the best ways to a tasty cup, and if you did go ahead and spend a little on good beans, you may as well treat them right. The second you grind coffee, it releases flavor, so you want to grind and brew within minutes of each other to capture that flavor in your cup before it’s gone. Generally speaking, a burr grinder like any of these is the top recommendation from coffee snobs because you get an even, uniform grind. According to our friends at the Sweethome , the absurdly priced $230 Baratza Virtuoso is the best option available. I love coffee, but I’m not spending that much money on a grinder. The Capresso 560.01 retails for around $90 and should work for most people, though honestly, just about any burr grinder will do if you’re not too particular (I snagged this Bodum grinder open box for $70, but it retails for around $90). Either way, the point is that pre-ground coffee tends to taste a little stale, so avoid it and grind your own. Five Best Burr Coffee Grinders Five Best Burr Coffee Grinders Five Best Burr Coffee Grinders Many of us put a lot of money into the coffee beans we buy and the machinery we use to brew it, but … Read more Read more However—and some people are bound to call me sacrilegious for this—if you buy your coffee locally on a weekly basis, you can get away with having the coffee shop grind it for you. You’ll lose some flavor, but you’ll gain a few seconds each morning and you won’t have to go out and buy an expensive grinder. In a not terribly scientific but still interesting study , Entimos Coffee found that while pre-ground coffee wasn’t nearly a