Coffee machines could make for a great Christmas gift this year. Perth coffee shop owner Tricia Fox reveals her expertise on the matter.
I’ve been trying to decide if coffee brings out the perfectionist in me, or whether it’s the combination of the pandemic and too many cups of the caffeinated stuff has heightened my anxiety.
You see, there’s a distinctive noise that my Wilfa Svart coffee grinder makes when it runs out of beans, signalling to me that the coffee is ground and ready to brew.
My husband, however, likes to load it with beans, and then leave some in it, unground. It’s this haphazard bean abandonment that’s making me a little bit twitchy.
The perfect cup of coffee is all about measurement. Weighing (yes, weighing) the beans to get the perfect serve, honing the grind and measuring the right amount of water into the coffee maker. For perfectionists, this is nirvana.
Every. Single. Stage. Must. Be. Right.
Failure in any one of these critical steps can lead to, well, a less than perfect cup of coffee.
But I’ve never been one for following rules, so the coffee grinding twitchiness is a new sensation.
Not my first grinder
The Wilfa is not my first grinder. My first was, I’m slightly ashamed to admit, a cheap cylindrical object I bought on Amazon and gifted to the aforementioned husband for Christmas. What’s his is mine, right?
It was fun while it lasted. The grinder, not the husband. The blades eventually carved a considerable groove in the metal casing. Goodness knows how many tiny shards of tin we’ve consumed as a result. You are duly warned.
When it came to purchasing the next grinder, I was wiser. The beautiful Wilfa Svart came into my life just shortly afterwards with all its lovely burrs, buttons and bean hopper.
It grinds for every type of coffee maker, from cafetieres to espresso machines, with some grind finessing options in between.
Because, when it comes to making that perfect cup, a quality grind reigns supreme. You can have the very best espresso machine but, with a poor grinder, your brew will ultimately suffer.
Queen of the bean
For me, grinding is the whole fun of at home coffee making. You get to take the whole bean and grind it down to size, ready for extraction in whatever method you deem necessary.
It’s what makes you the coffee chef. Master of the ingredients. Queen of the bean.
And, for those last-minute gift purchasers like myself, if you order quickly, you’ll get it in time for Christmas.
Wilfa Svart Grinder: available online, priced from £89.