Back to Work Coffee Brewing Methods

Back to Work Coffee Brewing Methods

Back to Work Coffee Brewing Methods
Author - Steven M. Bisig

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend and could get outside and enjoy the weather. We Western Washingtonians know that the weather will be changing for the season in the next couple of weeks. It's ok, that means the coffee season is fast approaching!

More and more people are returning to work week after week and returning to new office rules. One of the rules that I have heard be the most common is a "no shared coffee machine" in the company break room. Unless you have a fantastic machine and your company only buys freshly roasted coffee beans, this might not be bad. But if you're like me and need my coffee in the morning and have learned not to like the big-name drive-through big brand coffee, what is your plan?

Luckily with the coffee craze not going away, you have lots of options. My commute is about 25 minutes, and this is what I do. I wake up in the morning, and while our pup Lei Lei is outside doing her business, I fill the kettle and heat the water for my coffee. By the time I am dressed and return to the kitchen, the water is just about boiling and ready. On weekdays, I prefer a french press vs. the pour-over method on the weekends when I can take my time and make several controlled cups of brew. Sometimes I change it up and brew some cold brew the night before, but that's for another blog post.

I grind my beans of choice using my Baratza Encore and brew my coffee for the morning in the HARIO french press. I pour my first or what we call "cup zero" cup of coffee for the road topped with some oak milk; I might be a bit lactose sensitive. Besides, a little cold topper will make the coffee temperature drinkable during my short 25-mile commute.

The rest of the coffee goes into my trusty Stanley thermos for the remainder of the morning.

Now, this is my process, and everyone can create an approach to fit their lifestyle. You may prefer only to drink one cup, which I would recommend the pour-over like the HARIO V60. You may want to make a brew for the road and then get to the office. If you have access to hot water, go with the french press or AeroPress, or heck do a little pour-over coffee brewing at your desk, beware, you might get some weird looks and questions by your non-craft coffee-drinking co-workers.

As coffee lovers, we have lots of great options. You can essentially grind and brew your favorite coffee beans anywhere, including your work desk. Whether you travel for work or play, premium manual coffee bean grinders and manual brew devices are out there (my favorite brewer is the AeroPress when traveling or camping).

What's your coffee process? We would love to know in the comment section below.

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