Making coffee is part art and part science. To be completely honest, I don’t expect that most people will be interested in this section – but if you’re either very interested in making exceptional coffee or find yourself with some spare time, then please do have a read.
If you have any questions about any of the equipment that I use, why or how etc. feel free to get in touch – always happy to talk coffee.
I’ve invested in a great deal of training to get a great level of understanding in coffee. So it only makes sense to back that up with the right equipment for the job.
Our beloved Fracino 2 group espresso machine
It started as an interest and developed into a bit of an obsession. The best quality drink has always been the goal for Cupper Joe. So I use
Specialty grade coffee (which I often refer to as speciality coffee but since the SCAE and SCAA joined Specialty might make sense as a standardization <intentional Z there for American references, which aren’t to be confused with Americano references>). To me Specialty coffee means coffee which is grown with care, meets the scoring standards to be termed specialty, is roasted to deliver great flavour and the producers are paid a fairer amount for this type of coffee. I work with roasters that I have a relationship with, but I’m not only tied to a single roaster currently.
A 2 group professional Fracino espresso machine. This is manufactured in the UK, which means I have great access to technicians and spare parts as well as a lot of knowledge about it.
I use our machine with a pump and bottled water, so that I can use the right water for events. The machinery just needs standard 13amp plug sockets and I can set-up for you.
A Victoria Arduino Mythos One Espresso coffee grinder. It’s very reliable dose and great grind quality mean it helps us to achieve speedy service when it’s needed.
A Niche Zero Retention Coffee Grinder. I’ve been lucky to have this on loan, to assist the Niche company in testing the pre-production version. I’ve been using it at home for espresso and filter coffee, with great results. In events I use this to be able to offer decaf coffee.
EK43 coffee grinder from Mahlkonig (a German manufacturer). There are few absolutes but this is widely regarded as one of the top coffee grinders in the world. It’s been around for decades as a multi-use grinder. It has really proved it’s credentials and we love to use it. I also think it’s a great looking piece of kit:
Our mahlkonig EK43 coffee grinder
A refractometer. I primarily dial our coffee in by taste. A VST coffee refractometer is a scientific way to show me that I’m consistently reaching the level of extraction that I need, in order to make you the tastiest cupper possible.
Acaia scales – both Lunar and Pearl. These are some of the best scales around. This might sound trivial to you – if it does great – just trust me these really help US to make the BEST COFFEE for YOU and your guests!
Kruve inc. Coffee Sieves. Don’t worry, you’ll never get lumpy coffee from us with these sieves. Actually they’re not really for that. They help to calibrate our beautiful EK43 coffee grinder – and any other grinders that we’re using – to judge the particle sizes that we’re getting in our coffees. This helps me try different recipes, adjust our grind sizes (average) to see what effect it has, and also to judge our settings vs. other people around the world. If you’re into coffee and have ever read the description kosher salt, then this would be a much simpler description – for every 10 grams of ground coffee aim for 80% to sit between the 400 and 800 micron sieves (for example).
A lovely big airpot. To help whilst brewing up tea and americanos. I’ll add more details about tea soon!
A Behmor Brazen Plus Brewer – filter coffee is a great alternative to an americano. I’ll include it at events whenever I can. You can get some wonderful flavours with filter coffee, so I drink it every single day (along with most other types of coffee!)