I just brought home a Breville Barista Express from Seattle Coffee Gear’s Lynnwood location. It’s a great beginner machine and I have made some latte art with it.
I impulse bought a Chemex at World Market for 25% off because I heard about the clean and almost tea like cup it produces, and I am bad with my money.
I chose to use a blonde roast from Starbucks for my first time brewing on the Chemex. I used 30G of ground coffee ground on my Baratza Encore on setting 21 and heated up my kettle to 200F. A couple of minutes and 18oz of water later, I had a beautiful clean and crisp cup that was very tea like. No overwhelming acidity or oils. I’m very impressed.
After being inspired by Reddit’s roasting subreddit, I purchased a heat gun off of Amazon and a metal mixing bowl. I read that you can use a heat gun to roast understated coffee beans and you get a pretty good result.
Here’s the result of my first batch- a little uneven, but I have had much more successful roasts.