Don’t tell the baristas, but I might like my at-home coffee better now.

By Maggie Seaver
July 23, 2020
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If you’re like me you’ve been making your own coffee every morning since March 2020, and desperately trying to conjure up the exact elixir your beloved barista made with divine precision pre-pandemic. Your internet search bar has seen so many versions of “how to make coffee” it’s probably wondering if you’re OK. 

I’ve always loved making my own coffee at home—it’s embarrassingly simple and budget-friendly, there’s no coffee shop line, and I have total control over the outcome—but...not every day, good lord. That said, we’re in this together, and I personally feel like avoiding cafes and coffee shops when I can easily brew my own cup in the kitchen is one obvious way to do my part. 

So far, my personal favorite way to make coffee remains the pour over drip method. I don’t do anything fancy—in fact, I probably break most of the cardinal rules of coffee-making out of sheer laziness (my beans are pre-ground, I use a tablespoon to measure instead of weighing with a kitchen scale, and I don’t take the water’s temperature). And yet, it’s always delish. 

There are two things I love for making a cup of pour over. One is a no-frills Melitta plastic cone filter holder that’s only four bucks and works like a charm. But when I want to get fancy about it, I use an amazing pour over set I got as a gift last year: the Stagg [X] Pour Over Set from the brewing gurus at Fellow. 

Fellow Stagg [X] Pour Over Set

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To buy: $69; nordstrom.com.

This nifty single-cup contraption is for anyone who’s not playing around when it comes to their morning caffeine jolt. Not that it’s complicated in any way—when it comes down to it, it’s a straightforward pour over dripper set up—but it’s crafted to make such a simple technique yield a toasty cup that rocks your world. Perfect for times when you don’t want the whole to-do of making a giant pot of coffee in the machine; don’t have a fancy electric coffee maker in the first place; or are just craving one, ideal cup. (It’s also a great option for anyone wary of using a plastic filter holder). 

What makes this so special (and worth almost $70)? First of all, look at it. It’s sleek and cool, like something a Brooklyn coffee roaster would have lying around (in a good way). The glass cup goes right into the dishwasher and the whole set takes up very little room in a kitchen cabinet. But looks and logistics aside, it makes a darn good cup of coffee. All you need to do is stack the stainless steel dripper on top of the glass cup, pop a filter into the dripper, scoop in your grounds, boil some water, and start pouring.

The handblown insulated tasting glass keeps my brew piping hot, but doesn’t burn my hand from the outside. The stainless steel dripper has a ratio aid to help me measure the grounds consistently. And the dripper is purposely short with a steep interior so it “increases the height of the column of coffee grounds, which forces water to make more contact with the coffee as it travels through the dripper,” the product description reads. And coffee aficionados will appreciate how the glass cup has an outward flared lip to ensure the coffee hits the front of your tongue for maximum flavor. Even if you don’t know what any of that actually means, you’ll appreciate it after your first sip. 

In conclusion, it's a fabulous gift for coffee lovers and a worthy splurge for you. Now excuse me while I make myself another cup.