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Brewing at House and on the Street with Justin Pierce

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


Function photograph courtesy of Justin Pierce

Espresso professionals are likely to spend most of their days brewing espresso. Baristas brew espresso behind the bar for his or her prospects. Roasters brew it to verify 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 residence? How do these habits change after they journey? 

Meet Justin Pierce, aka Daddy Obtained Espresso

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

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

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, preserve the espresso flowing whereas at residence, from Americanos to batch brew. Picture courtesy of Justin Pierce.

“Oh man, I actually change it up,” Justin says, “however Sarah and I at all times begin the day with a spherical of Americanos. After that, we normally crank out a pair pourovers, perhaps 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 sometimes 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 a superb pourover, and if I really feel like sitting down for a sec, I really 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, nonetheless, espresso outdoors is the exception. He nearly at all times drinks it at residence, often taking it with him if he has to exit. He has even arrange slightly espresso bar at his workplace, to make espresso there pretty much as good because the espresso he has at residence. “Once I go to a café,” he says, “it’s as a result of I really like connecting with the folks there.”

Espresso with Buddies

Issues clearly change rather a lot when Justin isn’t residence: a go to to mates or household might be considerably difficult once you’re a espresso professional. Will their espresso be “adequate”? Will they really feel the strain?

“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 at all times drink no matter is served, and even when it may not be what we’d make at residence, we get pleasure from it simply as a lot if no more!”

The Pierces On the Street

When Justin travels elsewhere, maybe visiting a brand new metropolis, he at all times tries to hit a few nice native cafés together with his household. His favourite option to order at a brand new spot is at all times the identical: “I’ll take one in every of no matter you’d have.” Wherever potential, he likes to attempt a barista’s advice.  

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 potential. However for somebody so used to brewing at residence, it additionally means touring with a “small” brewing package. 

“Don’t ask my spouse if I’m touring with a easy brewing package, as a result of she may offer you a unique reply—ha! In my thoughts, I’m a minimalist, but it surely at all times appears to balloon to slightly past what could also be thought-about … applicable. If I needed to decide three important espresso instruments, I’d say an important hand grinder (at present 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’ll as effectively carry 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 guide machine and an electrical grinder. I ought to cease earlier than I incriminate myself additional; I believe you get the image!” 

Justin has one ultimate suggestion concerning one of the best ways to drink and brew espresso whereas touring. “It’s actually laborious 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 should 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 Rebellion, an internet site about specialty espresso that she’s creating alongside along with her boyfriend.



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