I’m no better at taking just one option for coffee than I am at taking just one option for brewing coffee. Minimum 2 coffees & two brew methods. That’s my weekend travel minimum. Usually 3. (Ok, sometimes 4)
For some days like these right now, these 2 coffees (and some unroasted green should we run out.) The Hunt is from Colombia, SL from Mexico. Both brew in fall colors and make you appreciate whatever mug your drinking from. Autumn does that.
For brew methods: a Frieling French press, a Kalita pour-over, and a Fellow Stag. It’s overkill and I know it. I can’t help it though. And while my kids laugh at it, my wife approves. The French press is like a family member. It makes great coffee for two, is bullet proof and insulated, made purely of metal, and has brewed perfectly, without a single replacement part (or filter) on nearly every continent over the coarse of a lot of years. I’d no sooner leave it at home than my wallet. The Kalita is great for a quick mid-day one cup. I also think the Kalita is the very best at extracting the greatest spectrum of nuanced flavors from a coffee. And it’s so light, why not bring it. And the Fellow? …
It’s new, novel and it’s great. Like a Chemex but different. Is it better? I don’t know. I hate driving into that realm of value judgement in this arena. I have room in my life for various things of the same nature, none necessarily better than the other, just different. Its different. It’s great. It’s simple. It’s fun to use. And it has a stroke of elegance that makes it feel like a well tuned old car, even though it’s new. A ‘78 Mercedes diesel wagon maybe. (The Freiling by contrast would be a similar year, but Land Cruiser perhaps?) Between the various options of beans and coffee we are covered. For a few days at least. And now to lookout.