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Brewing at Residence and on the Highway with Justin Pierce

On this sequence, we ask espresso professionals how they prefer to drink their espresso whereas at dwelling and when touring.


Function picture courtesy of Justin Pierce

Espresso professionals are inclined to spend most of their days brewing espresso. Baristas brew espresso behind the bar for his or her clients. Roasters brew it to test the roast profile; bloggers brew it to share a brand new recipe with the world. However what occurs after they’re not at work? What are their espresso habits after they’re enjoyable at dwelling? How do these habits change after they journey? 

Meet Justin Pierce, aka Daddy Received Espresso

Justin Pierce is a 36-year-old espresso blogger who lives somewhat north of Toronto together with his spouse and three children. Along with his foremost occupation in digital advertising, he runs his espresso channel: Daddy Received Espresso. He loves “serving to individuals uncover their very own breakthroughs in espresso,” as he places it.

So what are Justin’s espresso habits when he’s chilling at dwelling? What’s his favourite brewing technique?

Justin and his three kids watch while he pours water from a white gooseneck kettle into an AeroPress. They are at the kitchen table with an overhead lamp. A couple of houseplants are visible, and a gray door and chandelier are in the background.
Justin and his spouse, Sarah, hold the espresso flowing whereas at dwelling, from Americanos to batch brew. Picture courtesy of Justin Pierce.

“Oh man, I actually change it up,” Justin says, “however Sarah and I all the time begin the day with a spherical of Americanos. After that, we normally crank out a pair pourovers, possibly a batch brew. And infrequently we’ll have some decaf espresso or drip later within the day!”

Out and About Close to Toronto

Justin’s days are usually stuffed with caffeine, however does he additionally exit for espresso at specialty-coffee retailers in his city? And what’s his go-to order?

“I dwell close to a few small cities with a really small variety of retailers. If I’m in a rush I’ll get an Americano to go. However I additionally love an excellent pourover, and if I really feel like sitting down for a sec, I like getting a single-origin espresso and water. So good!”

The interior of a bustling Toronto cafe. The space is large and industrial looking, with exposed brick, hanging lamps, and tall windows and a glass door. The tables are wood and metal, with plain chairs and a shiny espresso bar.  An assortment of people sit at the bar and at tables for two.
When Justin visits a espresso store whereas touring, he likes to ask the barista for suggestions. Picture by Nick Hillier by way of Unsplash.

For Justin, nevertheless, espresso exterior is the exception. He nearly all the time drinks it at dwelling, often taking it with him if he has to exit. He has even arrange somewhat espresso bar at his workplace, to make espresso there pretty much as good because the espresso he has at dwelling. “Once I go to a café,” he says, “it’s as a result of I like connecting with the individuals there.”

Espresso with Pals

Issues clearly change rather a lot when Justin isn’t dwelling: a go to to buddies or household might be considerably tough if you’re a espresso professional. Will their espresso be “adequate”? Will they really feel the stress?

“Due to my Instagram account and YouTube channel, once we’re visiting family and friends, feedback are normally made about them being nervous to make espresso!” Justin shares. “However the actuality is, once we’re visiting somebody, we’re there for the corporate, not the café-quality espresso. We all the time drink no matter is served, and even when it may not be what we might make at dwelling, we take pleasure in it simply as a lot if no more!”

The Pierces On the Highway

When Justin travels some place else, maybe visiting a brand new metropolis, he all the time tries to hit a few nice native cafés together with his household. His favourite approach to order at a brand new spot is all the time the identical: “I’ll take considered one of no matter you’d have.” Wherever attainable, he likes to strive a barista’s suggestion.  

Justin brews coffee with his three small children in tow. They are in the kitchen, using an AeroPress at the table. The smallest child is trying to put a red toy on Justin's head.
Justin and his spouse have three children, who additionally get into the coffee-brewing course of! Picture courtesy of Justin Pierce.

The ’Important’ Journey Package

For Justin, touring means visiting new cafés and sticking to specialty-coffee retailers as a lot as attainable. However for somebody so used to brewing at dwelling, it additionally means touring with a “small” brewing equipment. 

“Don’t ask my spouse if I’m touring with a easy brewing equipment, as a result of she would possibly provide you with a unique reply—ha! In my thoughts, I’m a minimalist, but it surely all the time appears to balloon to somewhat past what could also be thought of … applicable. If I needed to decide three important espresso instruments, I might say a fantastic hand grinder (at the moment a TIMEMORE Xlite), an AeroPress Go, and a scale. Possibly a small kettle, in case there isn’t one there. And whereas I’m at it, I could as properly deliver a Kalita Wave. And water-additive pouches don’t take up a lot area. … Let’s simply say I haven’t packed up an electrical espresso machine, but. However generally I pack a handbook machine and an electrical grinder. I ought to cease earlier than I incriminate myself additional; I feel you get the image!” 

Justin has one closing suggestion relating to one of the best ways to drink and brew espresso whereas touring. “It’s actually exhausting to beat the hand grinder/AeroPress combo. At a resort, I’ll even use the junk espresso maker to warmth up water for the AeroPress! Such a forgiving and light-weight setup, even in the event you simply eyeball it!”


Tanya Nanetti (she/her) is a specialty-coffee barista, a traveler, and a dreamer. When she’s not behind the espresso machine (or visiting some hidden nook of the world), she’s busy writing for Espresso Revolt, an internet site about specialty espresso that she’s creating alongside along with her boyfriend.


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