I still need to get a burr grinder, but right now I've got my Bodum Bean double-walled french press doing my coffee making. Along with a keurig mini for when I'm too lazy to do do all the work.
Now I just need to get a grinder. Is there a good grinder to be had for under $100? I always heard good things about the Capresso Infinity but then some coffee snob always chimes in to say that it's a POS and you can't get a good grinder for under $XXX and that's when I end up re-considering the whole thing...
I have always enjoyed a strong cup of coffee. I enriched Starbucks for years (and still do on occasion) before breaking myself of the habit and making drip coffee through a simple filter fitted to a plastic cup. My sister gave me an inexpensive ($25) Capresso grinder and Bodum French press for Christmas last year, and I've never looked back. It's one of those things that always seemed like too much trouble until I started doing it. I don't think it takes me any longer to pulse some whole beans and press my coffee in the morning than it did to slowly pour water through a paper filter, and the results are night and day. I don't like tasting grounds in my coffee, but don't find that to be a problem with the press. Maybe I don't know what I'm missing with a more expensive grinder and/or roaster, but the setup I have is cheap and effective.
You could even get a manual hand crank burr grinder if you don't mind putting some muscle into your morning brew.
"God sends meat and the devil sends cooks." - Thomas Deloney
I just rebuilt the La Pavoni Europic a week or two ago and have been rather satisfied with what I can get from that. My technique is lacking, I think, due to so much time with the machine out of service. And I need to find a decent tamper that isn't stupid expensive.
Press pot is probably still my favorite method, so simple and great.
Grinding with Baratza Virtuoso, has performed nicely so far.
Always fresh, locally roasted beans; origin to suit my mood.