Better coffee. One cup at a time.

Start Your Brewing Coffee Manually Journey- Make Better Coffee

It all started with that one cup of coffee, you remember it. The coffee was smooth and was comforting. It had body. There were flavors you had never tasted before. It was so good.

Maybe you were at a friend’s house, a coffee shop on vacation, or maybe someone gave you some coffee as a gift. You had never tasted anything like it before, and when it was gone you were left all alone with a giant tub of pre-ground generic coffee or a large (but well organized) assortment of overpriced, plastic single serving K cups.

That is when you decided that somehow, someway you were going to find your way back to a cup of coffee like that. I can help.

At Brewing Coffee Manually, I’d like to help you become a better coffee enthusiast, and brew better cup of coffee. Here is how:

  1. Try brewing your coffee manually
  2. Understand that the coffee you choose has a significant impact on the quality of a brewed cup of coffee
  3. Learn, experiment and explore

Brewing Coffee Manually

Don’t be intimidated by this phrase. It isn’t something incredibly complex that is only for hipsters and baristas. It is simply realizing that automatic drip coffee is not all it is cracked up to be. Trust me, there is something about taking the time to hand craft a cup of coffee. You need to try it.

It doesn’t take much to get started. In fact, you could be brewing coffee manually with five dollars and a trip to Target. It doesn’t stop there. (But it can if you want). There are many different ways to enjoy and brew coffee at home. Come and explore. It will be fun.

Understanding the importance of selecting your coffee

This biggest impact you can have on the caliber of the coffee that you brew at home is to purchase quality whole bean specialty coffee. If you don’t grind your coffee at home, that is okay. It is something you can work up to once you are convinced it will make a difference.

Let me help to decode the semi-cryptic coffee lingo that is found on many bags of specialty coffee as well as give you a great spring board for exploring new coffee and finding out what you like. Where your coffee comes from and how it is processed and roasted all impact how a coffee tastes. Wouldn’t you like to know more about that so you can find those coffees you like?

Learn, experiment and explore

The more you learn about coffee, the more you learn about how much you don’t know about coffee. It is a vast black hole of variables, intricacies and questions. Don’t be intimidated by this, get excited. My goal is to help you improve your coffee one cup at a time (make a better cup of coffee than you made yesterday). Do you have a question about coffee or an idea for a post? Tell me about it. I want to try new brew methods, learn new things and brew better coffee with you. Nothing is too strange (well test me and see).

(Page Updated September 22, 2020, Originally published March 17, 2020)


  1. Kandace

    I loved this article, and I really want to try manual drip now. It seems really interesting, and not as difficult as I had originally thought. Thank you for this.

    • John

      This comment makes my week. I’m glad you liked the article and can’t wait to hear how it goes. Let me know if you have any questions.


  2. Angela Maciel

    Hi John,
    Thank you for this amazing guide. I am a coffee lover and I’ll be a coffee lover. <3
    Suggest me any good place to buy coffee beans.
    Waiting for your response. <3
    ~ Angela

  3. Ilyn

    Man! I really feel you the way you wrote the first paragraph. I remember the first time I actually tasted coffee.

  4. Mark Menor

    Coffee lover definitely know what your talking about. As for me, I always look forward to have a nice cup of coffee every now and then.

  5. Nicole Boyd

    I love manually brewing my coffee, there’s something about knowing you had more of a hand in making it versus an automatic machine doing it for you. Thank you so much for the guides and this site!

  6. Tara R Bowen

    I am a coffee lover and as a coffee lover, I love manually brewing my coffee. and now i am looking for you new brewing methods.Cheers

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