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I have been very happy with my Baratza Encore. It produces a very even grind. Only issue I have with it is that it is quite loud.
Check the sidebar for the coffee gear suggestions, there are quite a lot of good options out there depending on your price range.
This one is gonna be the best bang for your buck in terms of automatic coffee grinders!
Is an Encore ([link]) enough for an Aeropress? I never do anything else except really coarse for cold brew during the summer. Otherwise, I use the aeropress 360 days of the year, probably. I say that a Virtuoso was a step-up, but it seems like it might be over-kill for my needs?
Trust me, trying to carefully pour the water over the filter and cap to get rid of me. I usually pour over with a Chemex too -- you're going to want a better grinder -- this one. 12-15 hours in the fridge, and filter it tomorrow (maybe in the morning, I would probably consider getting a size 02.
Baratza forever. Just cough up the extra 20 or 30 bucks, it'll be worth it over time.
Invest in a good grinder like a Baratza Encore and start brewing at home. I'll usually order my beans from a roaster buts recently I've been brewing Starbucks Pike Roast (same coffee they have on uni.) and its actually a good cup.
edit: Also forgot, check out /r/coffee to find out more on brewing and everything.
You can get either a manual or an electric grinder. I got a manual grinder last year (Hario Skerton), and imo I'm getting too lazy to manually grind them now and am putting an electric grinder on my wishlist! Everyone at /r/coffee would put a Baratza encore as a good beginner electric grinder with a good price. If you have a limited budget, a Hario Skerton is great. An aeropress or Chemex for him to brew are also good gifts, if he doesn't have one.
Congrats and welcome! The most important piece of equipment is the grinder. You want one that delivers particles consistently of the same size. The best value for your money, in my opinion and the opinions of many others, is the Baratza Encore.
Then you'll need your pour over device; I recommend the Kalita Wave, because it's hard to do incorrectly. You'll also need filters for it. Finally, you'll need a pouring vessel. The best in the business is the Bonavita Variable Temperature Electric Kettle, but any gooseneck kettle will work, like the Hario.
So you're looking at between $150 and $200, but these are all one-time costs. Then some good locally roasted beans, and you're all set!
(If you can't swing the cost, there are other options for each; let me know if you want to hear them!)
Is this what you're referring too? Encore [link]
For the money, why not get a Baratza Encore or another electric grinder? Manual grinders aren't bad --- but if you're a morning coffee person, it might not start you off on the right foot.
For grinding, either get this ideally, or one of these two if the first is too expensive (this) or (this). Those really are the only options if you want a reasonably consistent grind without spending much money, or spending five minutes grinding by hand. Whatever you do, do not get a blade grinder or Krups "burr grinder" or the Cuisinart DBM-8 "burr grinder". All of those will just bash the beans apart with blunt instruments, they don't actually grind with burrs.
Just to be sure, you're talking about these, right:
Right (ie: if i was to purchase today)?
That's a really great deal. Purchase that and if you're not on a super tight budget grab a grinder like the Baratza Encore or something similar. If you are on a tight budget then grinder wise you could pick up a Hario Skerton for cheap and most people will recommend you this scale as it's very affordable and very accurate. Also has the option to plug into the wall so you're not burning through batteries all the time but I would recommend just picking up a set of rechargeable batteries.
I've had an Encore for 2 years now and I love it.
There is a pretty good Bodum grinder that i've heard some great things about.
We stock Hario v60 grinders at work to sell retail, so i back those pretty hard as well!
Just take good care of your grinder, clean it regularly and it should last for years!
Because they are cheap and still work well. For instance a 30$ hand grinder would work as good as a 130$ electric one. If you want to go manual then go with a kuissential evengrind. If you want electric go with a Baratza Encore. Keep in mind there are just starters, if you want more info or options then message me.
Get a Baratza Encore for your grinder and a Bonavita BV1900TS (or any other well-reviewed SCAA certified brewer) for your drip coffee.
Don't waste $1500 on a superautomatic.
Baratza Encore: [link]
Hario scale/Timer: [link]
Bonavita temp control gooseneck: [link]
Then add a V60 or Chemex & Filters. $306 amazon cart.
If you don't mind spending more on the grinder, [link] the Virtuoso is an upgrade from the Encore with better burrs, and a more solid build.
It sounds like you're busy, but willing to spend a little bit of time and money to feed your new addiction. This is a good place to start!
To consistently brew good strong coffee, follow these steps:
Baratza Encore: $129 with prime
After a french press my next recommendation is an aeropress, they're easy to use, clean, quick, and can make competition level coffee.
Agreed with /u/Anomander about the recommendations. If you want an Encore they are around $100. $99 plus shipping for a refurb HERE or $129 shipped for new one HERE
Given that they want a Keurig, I'm assuming you want simple.
Grinder: Baratza Encore: [link]
Coffee Maker: Bonavita 5-cup: [link]
EDIT: Gah, didn't see the single-serving part. , go with an aeropress then, or a V60, like folks have said above. The bonavita digital gooseneck kettle is popular too. All three would probably fit in your budget, and a grinder. (I would still get the bonavita if you want simple though. A thermal carafe will keep the coffee warm a while if timing is the reason you want single servings).
Pour over is the best style of brewing! To get started, you'll have to spend a bit, but it will be worth it in the long run.
The most important piece of equipment is the grinder. You want one that delivers particles consistently of the same size. The best value for your money, in my opinion and the opinions of many others, is the Baratza Encore. Then you'll need your pour over device; I recommend the Kalita Wave, because it's hard to do incorrectly. You'll also need filters for it. Finally, you'll need a pouring vessel. The best in the business is the Bonavita Variable Temperature Electric Kettle, but any gooseneck kettle will work, like the Hario.
Start up cost:
Baratza Encore burr grinder: $129
Bodum French Press: $18
1lb of coffee = about $12 or about 40 cups of coffee.
A Nesspresso maker costs $129 and a 50 pack costs $42.
You trade convenience for taste and more trash generated.