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  • Had a bit of a coffee revelation this week.

    I enjoyed using a French Press, but once I'd tried James Hoffmann's method of getting a very clean cup from an FP, I couldn't go back to "normal" and while I was fine with the 8-9 minute process, I could tell it was starting to wear my wife's patience pretty thin.

    Making an Aeropress twice was just too labour intensive, I think it's still one of my favourite brew methods but I don't like to rush it and it felt rushed every morning.

    We'd been using a Clever Dripper for a while but that wasn't without some foibles, 450ml is the max you can get away with making, it's a bit tight on space with 450ml and the coffee so you have to be careful when picking it up. Also again, being a slave to the "best process" of putting the coffee in after the water was actually quite a faff because you have to then mix the coffee in to the water and it goes a bit clumpy and I always just felt like I was never getting the process quite right. There felt like too many variables.

    My CBT therapist would probably suggest this reeks of my history and ongoing issues with perfectionism and it's good for me to be exposed to varying quality and not being able to get it exactly right every time.

    I'd say I'm a perfect candidate for automation (pun mildly intended).

    I bought @duncs Sage Precision Brewer off the back of James Hoffmann's review and it's just brilliant.

    I set it to come on at 07:00, it makes 900ml, we drink a cup each in the morning and the thermos keeps the 2nd cup each hot until about midday. So far, it's tasted almost exactly the same each day and each cup, and it's minimal fuss, minimal stress.

    Sure, I don't get to to experience the nice process of making coffee but I realised I wasn't really enjoying the experience every morning. It had turned into not a nice process. Not a chore, but a frustration that I wasn't able to take my time and do it the way I wanted to and get it just right.

    This way I get to have the coffee, I don't have to experience the negative mental pressure on myself, and I can still make an Aeropress or Clever Dripper in the afternoon if I want some extra pep.

  • This really sells me on the idea of a filter maker, I'm not gonna lie. Are you on commission?! I could give a shit less about making coffee nowadays. Just gimme coffee...

    Maybe I'll go buy a Technivorm once and for all lol

  • Haha, I think the Technivorm looks nicer, but the Sage has the auto start that really sold it to me and Em. You still have to grind the coffee and put the filter in the night before but there's no faff really with that.

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