One of San Francisco’s most popular coffee roasters, Ritual Coffee Roasters, had a branch in Oxbow Public Market in Napa Valley and I insisted that we go try it.
They sold a lot of merchandise for coffee making. I saw an Aeropress, several Hario equipment (including the Buono kettle which I’ve been eyeing), Technivorm Moccamaster coffee maker and a Baratza Vario burr grinder.
Just like my visits to other coffee roasters I ordered drip coffee. I like trying exotic coffee beans from all over the world so I will know what I prefer. I chose the Boa Sorte from Brasil.
Water was heated using an electric kettle then transferred to a Hario Buono kettle which was meticulously weighed for the exact quantity of water for my cup of coffee.
A Hario Buono kettle is the preferred vessel used by most coffee roasters for making pour-over coffee. The long, slim and curved spout allows an even flow of water poured in a circular direction over the ground coffee in the filter.
Pour-over coffee seems like the simplest way of making coffee but in reality it’s very precise and a lot of equipment is needed for the best cup of coffee. You need a coffee filter in glass, ceramic or plastic. Next are paper filters, a scale to weigh the coffee and water, and finally a kettle with a long, curved spout.
Right now I use a French Press and a burr grinder for my daily coffee. I also have my Nespresso Pixie for the times I want an espresso or the ocassional cappuccino. One day I will venture into the pour-over method.
This method produces a cleaner and more flavorful cup of coffee. I liked my Boa Sorte coffee. It was different from my usual type of coffee but I still prefer a dark and bold brew. It was still an enjoyable experience as is with any cup of coffee I drink. Coffee is my addiction.
Ritual Coffee Roasters
Oxbow Public Market
610 First Street, Napa, California 94559
telephone: (707) 253-1190
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i love coffee.