Nothing compares to waking up and having a fresh cup of coffee before heading to work. For me making a hand brew is one of the finer things in life. Purchasing a set-up is easier than it may seem too. All you need is a 6-cup Chemex, Chemex coffee filters, a Bonavita temperature control kettle, and an electric coffee bean grinder. This will step up your coffee making game to the next level and run you about $200, believe us when we say it is worth every penny.

The tools you will need:

  1. Grinder

  2. Scale

  3. Coffee Maker

  4. Filters

  5. Kettle 

We recommend a six-cup Chemex as it makes the perfect amount of coffee for 1-2 people (about 20 Fl. oz). There are other options if you want to brew in bigger batches, but I think this size should be sufficient for most. The temperature control kettle can be a little expensive but hear us out. It is absolutely worth the cost, it is easier to control your pour with a gooseneck kettle, you can brew at the perfect temperature for your preference (we like 197 - 199 degrees), and it also will help you make a better cup of tea for those non-coffee drinkers in your house. One of our baristas made the mistake of not using a gooseneck when they made their set up. The result was a giant mess, and a terrible cup of coffee, but it is up to your discretion.

Finally, your coffee will be taken to the next level with a grinder. No need to spend $1,000 on an industrial one, but there are some great options. Always check for a burr grinder. This gives greater control on the grind coarseness and will allow you to dial in the perfect cup!

Below are links to some of the items above. Happy Brewing!

6-Cup Chemex:

Chemex Filters:

BonaVita Kettle:

Baratza Encore Grinder:

AuthorAlex Rawal