I recently posted about my favorite coffee system, the Chemex Pour-Over Coffee Maker, which you can read about HERE. Thus, I felt it appropriate to follow that post with my recommendations for pour-over coffee equipment to complete your less toxic coffee system! So, let’s jump right in.
Hot Water Kettle
You are going to need to heat the water you pour over your coffee grounds. A cheap, less toxic option is to heat it in a stainless steel saucepan. However, this is the most difficult option when it comes to controlling your pour. Ideally, you want to pour slowly and consistently in a back and forth motion. But, if you need to save some $, this is a viable option!
As I’ve told y’all many times, glass is the least toxic kitchen material, thus I personally use the COSORI Glass Electric Kettle. It is made of Borosilicate Glass, which you know from my Strawesome post I love
this stuff, and stainless steel! This is the ideal option if you make your coffee somewhere away from the stovetop.
Pros: you can heat up to 7 cups of water at once, auto shut-off to avoid over-heating, boils in 3-5 minutes
Cons: slightly cumbersome for even pouring, if you’re right handed you’ll see liter measurements (not cups)
If you make your coffee near the stove and do not make but ~2 cups of coffee at once, you could go for the slightly cheaper Gooseneck Pour Over Kettle. This is the one I used before switching to the above CORSI, but honestly, most of the stainless steel goosenecks on Amazon seem fairly equal in regards to safety. Just read reviews!
Pros: thermometer built in, ideal pour for a Chemex maker
Cons: longer boil time (unless using induction stove), smaller capacity, no added safety features
You have two choices when it comes to filtering your coffee:
- Unbleached Paper Filters are commonly used. The benefit with paper filters is there is no clean-up, just throw it away with the grounds. The downside is that these actually cost more because you constantly have to replace them.
- Reusable Filters appear more expensive up front, but you will start “making money” after just 6ish months if you are a daily coffee drinker! The safest reusable filter is the Titanium Coated Stainless Steel Pour Over Coffee Filter. The inner mesh layer is stainless steel, and the outer layer is coated in titanium.
Personally, I use the reusable both because it is cost-effective, AND I think it makes better-tasting coffee! I have tried both filters, and the latter just provides a more bold tasting coffee 🙂
This is obviously optional as you can buy your coffee already ground, BUT, did you know that the oils in your coffee will start to degrade/dissipate within 15 minutes of being ground?! Thus, for the most flavorful brew, grind your coffee right before you use it! Coffee connoisseurs seem to agree that Burr grinders are the best – there are several reasons, but I won’t get into those here. One other factor led me to choose the grinder I’m recommending – noise. I often make my coffee before my kids wake up. So, electric grinders were out of the question as I was NOT about to risk losing my 10 minutes of “me time” in the mornings! It’s amazing how much better the day goes if I get a few minutes to myself before the crazy begins 🙂
All that to say, I have been very happy with the JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder. It is the perfect size for making 1-2 cups of coffee. If you make more than that, then you will likely want to look into an electric grinder. This amount of coffee is about all I’d want to manually grind up right when I wake up!
Pros: adjustable grind size, easy to use, durable, quiet
Cons: grinds enough to make a max of 2-3 cups, slower than electric, requires manual labor 😜
If you don’t go with the JavaPresse Manual, just be sure to get a Burr grinder with adjustable grind size!
That wraps up our least toxic coffee system series! I hope y’all found some useful information. Happy brewing!!