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Craving for barista-quality coffee in the comfort of your own home? Malongo Atelier Barista presents several brewing kits to suit the needs of coffee-lovers

Even in these unusual times when practically everyone is working or studying from home, a cup (or several) of coffee is just the thing to get the day started or to give yourself a shot of energy for getting everything done. These days, however, local palates are starting to veer away from commercial coffee mixes, appreciating the nuances of a properly brewed cup made with either an excellent single origin or an expertly mixed blend. For these discerning individuals, Malongo Atelier Barista offers a tempting selection of beans and blends sourced from across the globe, along with a variety of brewing kits to suit different tastes.

Simple Approaches, Splendid Results

Keeping things simple is one of the best ways by which one can achieve coffee perfection at home; and using a cafetiere a piston—French press—is as simple as it gets. For this, Malongo recommends that cafephiles consider the Bodum French Press with its durable doublewalled thermo glass which handily brews an 80ml cup. Depending on how strong you like your coffee, steep it for as long as you need to and enjoy it as soon as possible. If you’re in a rush, though, Malongo’s Aeropress Brew Kit is an excellent way to get a great cup with minimal effort. All you have to do is steep your chosen grounds in the tube for a little less than a minute, then push down the plunger to express the brew through the filter. With local weather being hot and humid even towards the end of the year, cold-brewed coffee has built up quite a fanbase among those who like a quick yet flavourful approach for a great tumbler of iced coffee. The Cold Bruer is, thus, your new best friend: all you need is coarsely ground coffee and slowly introduce water to the grounds. The liquid flows directly into the carafe and produces a brew that tastes cleaner, more robust, yet feels less gritty than most conventional cold brews.

Brew It Like the Professionals

For those who are seriously into the art of coffee brewing, Malongo also offers Chemex and V60 Brew Kits that will certainly raise the calibre of your morning cup. Using a Chemex is a bit more complicated than most homebrewing methods. Here, gravity pulls hot water through a bed of coffee and the results are similar to those brewed in an auto-drip coffeemaker with regard to body and flavour. What sets it apart, however, are the densely woven filters which regulate the saturation and flow of one’s brew, building layers of flavour while preventing the formation of sediment at the bottom of one’s cup. The Hario V60 Dripper Kit, on the other hand, is for those who are all about experiencing their coffee to the very hilt: every nuance in terms of taste, texture and aroma comes to the fore in every cup. The V60 is so named because it is V-shaped and set at a 60-degree angle. Ridges built into the inner rim help with airflow during the brewing cycle, allowing for maximum coffee expansion. Its conical shape also helps accentuate the taste of coffees with, particularly fruity or floral notes.

A World of Flavour at Your Fingertips

Malongo doesn’t just offer excellent brewing kits, but also an amazing selection of premium coffee beans—both blends and singleorigin coffees—from across the globe. Regardless of which brewing method you choose, there is certainly a bean that is best for it. For example, free-trade Burundi coffee with its fruity yet surprisingly feral character is an apt choice for the perfect French-pressed brew. Likewise, Aeropress fans will enjoy Malongo’s mildly tangy and medium-bodied Peru with its delectable cocoa undertones. For those who love cold brews with character, there’s the highly aromatic organic Congo, a medium strength coffee with a bold flavour. Whether you’re a one-cup-a-day sort of person or someone who considers coffee more refreshing than water, choosing a smarter way to brew a good cup—and an equally good bean to use with it—should be something to consider. For that, Malongo has the solutions for you.

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