Tim Shirey recently shared a great video of his newly purchased ROK espresso maker and naked portafilter producing a beautiful espresso pour. I checked out Tim’s other videos and found this great Aeropress demo with spectacular scenery and a clear guide to the inverted method. As a result, I’ve never wanted to be further away from my office and computer than I do right now. Amazing.
This is the kit I pull out of the cupboard each morning to make coffee. Obviously I don’t brew manually because it’s convenient. There’s lots of bits and pieces and nothing is automated. Some folks would look at all this gear and write it off as being too complicated.
I love all the various bits and pieces. I continue to expand my collection of manual coffee brewing equipment. I’ll admit, that I have a job which makes accumulating gear very easy and inexpensive. For someone who doesn’t have a job like mine, for under a hundred bucks, you can get a manual coffee kit including: Aeropress coffee maker, Porlex coffee grinder and a bag of fresh beans. The kit in my photo above probably costs closer to $450. That might sound like a lot, but if you compared the cost of decent electric espresso makers and grinders, plus accessories, $450 is a bargain. The obvious advantage to manual gear is that you can take it anywhere, so there’s no compromise when you’re making coffee while camping.
No art prizes here, but with practice I’m getting there.
A few years back, we had a great coffee road trip across the USA. Aside from just wanting an adventure, we also wanted to prove our gear really was capable of making great coffee anywhere. We did prove it and had a lot of fun doing so.
We’re well overdue for another adventure, so next week I’m heading off on the first Espresso Unplugged Australian road trip. I’ll be packing up my tent and leaving Melbourne, bound for Cromwell Farm near Byron Bay. Cromwell Farm is Espresso Unplugged HQ.