Making coffee: my new toy

I’m not a coffee geek. But I am interested in coffee, although I know there’s a great deal to learn about the subject (including some juicy flavour chemistry).

I’ve just written up a seminar I attended some time back given by coffee expert James Hoffmann (you can read this here). The write-up was prompted by my new toy – a Hario hand coffee grinder. (£39 from James’ Square Mile Coffee Roasters here.)

It’s a really satisfying way to make coffee, and I’ve now ditched my Gaggia espresso maker, which I never really got on with. The grinder is a ceramic burr, which is a good thing (blade grinders are bad), and the freshly ground coffee is then extracted using another piece of Hario kit: the V60 porcelain brewer (here).

It’s a really fun way to make coffee, and the results are really good.

10 comments to Making coffee: my new toy

  • Jamie,

    I got a Hario for my birthday last year. It’s a great piece of kit, nicely tooled, well-made and very ergonomic.


  • Mark Scott

    What Gaggia did you have? I get excellent coffee from my Gaggia Baby Espresso machine, using coffee ground in a Dualit burr grinder. When on the road, I use an Aeropress, which is amazingly quick and convenient

  • Martin

    Oh god, the ’70’s are back. Drip coffee with paper filters. Next you will be putting milk in it (organic, free range of course – don’t want to ruin that no-solvents used here paper taste). Pass me a tea please.

  • Hi
    There is a lot in common between coffee and wine, and I am myself an amateur of both!

    I got a Hario too, it’s a great and useful tool, very handy!

    Jean, from

  • John Smith

    Nespresso much better

  • John, I assume you’re winding us all up but I’ll bite anyway: Nespresso is the biggest con trick in the history of coffee (or at least since Nescafe anyway)!

  • John Smith

    Not at all. I’d heard that Nespresso had beaten loads of other top-rated coffees in blind tastings. All the pods stay fresh, don’t they?

  • Richard Morris

    So you’ve never used one or tasted one? Stop wasting our time.

  • John is winding everyone up, I suspect. I remember there was a big discussion of nespresso here a while back – googling nespresso and wineanorak will bring it up

  • John Smith

    Richard, I think you’re being rather rude.
    I don’t own a Nespresso, but I have heard they beat a load of other good coffees in a blind tasting. I’ve tried them a few times and they are very tasty, but I’m no expert. when I said much better I meant in terms of ease of use with still good quality.

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