How much are you spending on coffee every month? If you’re picky with your coffee, i.e a snobby coffee connoisseur like I am, then it could be anywhere between $150-200. $6 for a cup of coffee every morning can really burn a hole in your wallet. 

But if you’re determined to drink a cup of speciality grade coffee everyday, do you know that you can lower the cost to as low as $1.5 if you were to brew it at home? Of course, you can go all out and invest in an espresso machine, but even something as affordable and simple as a French press would work just as well.

Yasumi, meaning “rest” in Japanese, is the newest local coffee roaster that sells their very own French press.

Yasumi (French) press and 3 packs of freshly roasted coffee from Yasumi

Why a French press?

Before we dive into Yasumi’s coffee, let’s talk about the vessels.

When it comes to setting up a home coffee station, there are multiple brewing equipment to choose from: the old trusty espresso machine, a Moka pot, which is a cheaper alternative, V60 for hand-dripped coffee, and last but not least, a French press.

details of a french press

I have assembled all four over the years, and here is what I would recommend depending on your preference.

If you want something strong, something bold — a latte or an Americano that most people get a cafe — you can start with an espresso machine. But, not only is it the most expensive option, it’s also the hardest to master. I don’t recommend it unless you’re committed to honing your craft. Otherwise, you’ll just be paying hundreds of dollars for a chunky piece of metal, and you won’t even get a good cup of coffee out of it. For reference, the Breville Barista Express, a highly-acclaimed espresso machine with an in-built grinder, costs $1,005.

An espresso’s bold flavours are attributed the high pressure the machine creates during extraction. Its cheaper alternative, the Moka pot, also uses pressure from boiling hot water into the coffee grounds in an enclosed chamber. But, because the pressure generated is lesser than an espresso machine, you get a gentler flavour profile with it. A Bialetti Moka Pot costs $52.

Meanwhile, for a lighter, smoother cup, you’ll be using the V60 or a French press. A V60 set, inclusive of the dripper, a precise scale, a drip kettle, can start from as low as $120. It takes practice to get the drip right, but it’s a lot more lenient than an espresso. Meanwhile, the French press, from as low as $30, is the easiest to brew with. Just throw in your coffee grounds and hot water, let it steep, and there you have it.

In conclusion, the French press is the easiest to use, followed by the Moka Pot, V60, and espresso machine.

Yasumi Press

To accommodate to my increasingly hectic schedule, I’ve been brewing coffee with the French press more often lately, specifically, the Yasumi Press.

The biggest difference between the Yasumi Press and every other French press in the market, is its sipping lid. This is the only French press that allows you to extract your coffee, and drink from the same vessel. It also helps that the its so stylish.

All I have to do is add coffee grounds, boiling water, and I can just leave the house with it. The coffee might be a little over-extracted, since it’s still steeping. But it doesn’t really affect the quality of the coffee much, and this saves me a lot of time compared to if I had to stand there and wait for the coffee to drip down a V60.

I love the minimalistic design — just the Yasumi logo with a sleek matte white base.

It’s 450ml, which brews up to two cups of coffee at a time.

Another thing about French presses that other brewing equipment lack is versatility. Instead of hot water, you can easily replace it with cold water and make cold brew. If you don’t feel like drinking coffee, steep some tea leaves instead. With the right technique, you can even use it to froth milk for a latte or cappuccino.

Yasumi freshly-roasted single origin

Yasumi currently has three single origins:

  • Brazil: Hazelnuts and almonds 
  • Ethiopia: Red Grapes and chocolate
  • Indonesia: Caramel and apples

My favourite out of the three is the Indonesia. It starts off with a crisp acidity, and mellows out into a rich, deep, syrupy finish. Out of curiosity, I also brewed this with the V60, which results in the amount of acidity, but lacks the caramel undertone.

A bag of 240g costs $17.9, and is available in coarsely-ground coffee and whole beans. If you want to sample all three roasts, you can also get the Tasting Bundle ($9.9, U.P $25) which includes 80g of each roost. 

Yasumi Coffee

*This article is written in partnership with Yasumi Coffee, but all opinions are of my own

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