Coffee Drip Pour Over Brewing at Home with Chemex

I was born and grew up in Russia, a country with a strong tea tradition. When I lived there I used to drink hot tea several times a day even on hot summer days. Coffee wasn't widely available and  the few times that I tried it I was just not into it.

After moving to the US I started slowly getting to know and like coffee. Tea is still my preferred drink of choice and I have several cups of green tea daily. Nevertheless, as many good coffee shops sprouted in New York City and Hoboken I started to appreciate a good cup of joe once in a while. The fact that my husband Brian really loves good coffee and makes his own at home from freshly roasted beans helps a lot - I get to drink very good quality coffee anytime I wish.

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Brian is really picky about his coffee beans. He usually buys Ethiopian or Indonesian beans from places like Stumptown or Blue bottle.

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He emphasizes that beans should be freshly roasted (no more than 2 weeks ago) and most importantly not over roasted. He says that beans should never look oily on the surface.

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Brian grinds coffee beans using a Breville burr grinder.

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His preferred method of brewing coffee is pour over using a Chemex.

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Using a digital scale he measures the proper ratio of ground coffee to water.

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Brian mostly uses paper filters but once in a while will switch to a metal filter to enjoy a slight difference in flavor.

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Coffee bloom is quite beautiful to watch.

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It takes about 5 minutes for the hot water to pass through the grinds and filter resulting in a wonderfully fresh cup of coffee.

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The coffee is so fresh and delicious that Brian drinks it black. I on the other hand prefer a drop of cream in my coffee.

Coffee time is such a simple yet wonderful pleasure in life that many enjoy including me.  Some of my paintings incorporate a cup of coffee as a reminder of those good times.

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"Cuban Coffee", oil on canvas, 16" x 20" was inspired by delicious cups of coffee while traveling in Cuba. This one is from a restaurant in Varadero "La Casona del Arte".

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It might be barely seen but there is a cup of coffee on the right. :) This one is from a bed and breakfast in Provence. 

"French Breakfast", oil on canvas, 16" x 20".

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"Breakfast with Croissant", oil painting 16" x 20" is another painting inspired by a traditional french breakfast with a nice cup of coffee.

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"Coffee with Macarons", oil on canvas 18" x 14". There are a lot of places in New York City where they sell macarons. Brian and I enjoy having one or two with a cup of coffee.

Please check out my paintings on my website. Thank you!