Readers may be familiar with Williams-Sonoma, the upscale kitchen supply store you can find in many of the larger shopping malls across the country. Recently, one of my co-workers brought me a coffee brewing guide book that was printed by Williams-Sonoma, featuring several manual brewing devices and the steps necessary to make good coffee with those devices.
I’m really not sure how committed Williams-Sonoma is to proper coffee brewing, but my initial inspection of the information in this booklet indicated that they had at least done some research into coffee extraction. Featured in this book are several brewing devices, with step by step instructions on how to get a good cup of coffee. Williams-Sonoma sells these brewing devices in their stores, from brands such as Hario, Chemex, Bodum, etc. They even sell coffee, both ground and whole bean, from veteran roaster Illy, as well as 49th Parallel and even Equator Coffee and Teas. While I recommend both 49th Parallel and Equator, based on personal experience, my experience with Illy coffee won’t let me recommend it.
I was glad to see that Williams-Sonoma included the venerable and classic Chemex brewer in their list of devices. It’s one of my favorites, and even can be found among other design classics at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art.
I’m not going to take pictures of all the pages and brewing devices, lest SOPA delete my blog completely from existence, and then go around with those red lights from Men in Black I & II, erasing our memories. But I will include this last one. I was a bit surprised to see it listed, knowing this isn’t the easiest brewing device to master. However, done correctly, it can result in a sparklingly clean cup of coffee, resplendent in floral and fruity tones.