A quiet and relaxing Sunday is one of life’s great pleasures. Especially when you can kick-back and brew a decent pot of coffee to enjoy it while ploughing through the Sunday papers. The best way, and certainly the way I brew coffee, is by heating the water with a Coffee Gator stove top Pour-Over Coffee Kettle equipped with a thermometer and using a Coffee Gator Pour-Over Coffee Maker with a built in stainless steel filter.
Native Coffee ‘Super Crema’ beans
As usual the best way to start is by opening a brand-new packet of beans. Ah the smell when you release the aroma – it’s wonderful! Occasionally I roast my own beans with my i-Roast machine. But today I’m using a newly opened pack of roasted beans from Native Coffee. Their ‘Super Crema’ is a rich, complex blend; it’s quite nutty with dark chocolate and caramel notes. It’s very pleasant – not too strong or overpowering.
This blend consists of 40% Brazilian, 40% Ethiopia Djimma, 10% Natural Robusta, and 10% Washed Robusta beans. A good all-rounder. Especially for a lazy Sunday morning 🙂
When you open new beans, and after enjoying the aroma, take a handful to grind. Seal the rest in a proper container. Do not store whole beans in the fridge – this does not help them keep.
Using an electric grinder produces a medium to coarse grind, just right. Transfer three scoops (an 1/8 of a cup scoop is provided) to the stainless-steel filter of the Pour-Over Coffee Maker.
Temperature is crucial
The Coffee Gator Pour-Over Coffee Kettle should be just coming to the right temperature after 10 minutes. Not boiling, that is too hot. The temperature should be 200 F or 92 °C to brew.
The water is then poured over the coffee slowly in a circular motion.
The glass coffee pot that comes with the Coffee Gator Pour-Over Coffee Maker is a bit of a throwback to school lab equipment. A conical shape, it is designed to hold the filter and also keep the brew hot.
Coffee Gator: Robust equipment
All in all, this is very well designed superior equipment for the serious coffee drinker. Sunday is definitely the day to brew as it’s not so enjoyable when rushed. However, this equipment can be used every day. Coffee Gator also make a French Press: This is a little more convenient, especially when brewing for three or more people. I use the French Press daily to make my favourite everyday brew.
Coffee equipment is very personal. The serious enthusiast needs good brew gear if only to show off to their friends. Take a look at Coffee Gator’s full range here
We were kindly gifted a selection of Coffee Gator equipment some time ago to try out. We were also sent a 1 kg bag of Native Coffee Super Crema beans from Logic Vending.