Coffee is the new wine. Developing your coffee palate and your home barista skills means getting up to speed on modern java culture. Stay hip to these hot tips and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a nouveau coffee connoisseur.
Source Quality Beans
Purchasing top-notch coffee these days is easier than ever – but here’s a hint, you won’t find it at the supermarket.
Better yet, discover boutique local roasters for an even fresher brew:
- Zebra House Coffee is roasted in small batches in San Clemente.
- The self-proclaimed “Aussie Coffee Snobs” at Crank & Grind brought their unique brand of coffee culture to Dana Point in 2001.
- Hidden House Coffee is worth the drive to San Juan Capistrano – or sign up for a weekly/monthly home delivery subscription.
No Coffee Pods In Sight
A true aficionado doesn’t rely on one style of brew for every occasion. Ditch the pods and K-Cups, and add a few of these brewing techniques to your repertoire.
- Cold Brew: Not to be confused with iced coffee. Cold brewing highlights the fruity & floral tones of your beans while removing acidity. Purchase a gorgeous Yama Glass cold drip maker or use the simple French press. Use a 1 part ground coffee to 8 parts water ratio and brew 18-24 hours. So simple. So refreshing. So perfect to start your day at Sea Summit.
- AeroPress: A revolutionary, yet simple, tool for pressing the smoothest, richest coffee you’ve ever tasted. Perfect when brewing a quick cup for two.
- Pour Over: Requiring a bit more practice and skill to master, manual drip coffee allows for full control over every cup you brew. Adjust the taste of your coffee with filtered water, pour speed, grind level, water temperature, and bean quantity. When switching to pour over, you’ll want a ceramic burr grinder, high-end gooseneck kettle and a scale.
- Chemex: An all-in-one pour over kit from the best in the business. The filters for this elegantly simple system are the scientifically precise.
- Italian-Style Stove Top Espresso: Also known as a ‘moka pot’, stove top espresso makers are a stylish addition to your kitchen that also brews an exceptionally smooth pot of coffee. Skip low-end brands and go straight for the Cuisinox Roma line.
There’s nothing wrong with letting the machine do the work. Here are three machines we recommend that add style to your kitchen while producing a fantastic cup of coffee:
- Getting Started: A real workhorse at under 600 dollars, the Breville Barista Express is a great choice for coffee lovers looking for a big-time upgrade from coffee pods to coffee perfection.
- Warming Up: Daily coffee drinkers should consider the DeLonghi Magnfica S Beverage Center. It filters tap water automatically eliminating the need to buy bottled water.
- Serious about Coffee: When you’re ready to splurge and want the best that money can buy – The Miele CM6310 whips up 2 cups of perfect coffee at the push of a button.
Enjoy an elevated coffee experience in the luxe comfort of home at Sea Summit.