jkruer01 wrote:Over the past 12 months I have had the pleasure of taking 3 different trips to Ethiopia. Each trip I was able to drink lots of coffee that was served via the traditional Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony process. This was my first ever experience with coffee that I actually enjoyed. Prior to this my only experience with coffee was the awful taste/smell of your typical office drip brewed coffee pots.
I've never had the pleasure of taking park in an Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony, but based on your initial post I think that one of the biggest differences that you're seeing between the typical office coffee and the coffee you had in Ethiopia has been the freshness of the coffee, and you'll probably enjoy freshly roasted coffee here in the states with different preps over old, stale coffee typically found in offices and grocery stores.
A good place to get started with freshly roasted, and well roasted coffee is the following list: List of our Favorite Roasters
Coffee from Ethiopia is particularly popular, especially for folks new to specialty coffee since it has such dramatic fruity and floral characteristics that are so much different than stale, bitter office coffee. People will often move on to more subtle washed coffees from Central America, but others never lose the love a good natural processed coffee from Africa (kind of like some people lose the taste for tequila and others, like myself never do).
Once you've got coffee, prep is the next step. The Clever Coffee Dripper is an easy, affordable way to make coffee, one or two cups at a time. The Aeropress also makes good coffee in smaller volumes. You can pair up both of these with metal filters if you like more body and maybe a little silt in your coffee, Able Brewing is one of the companies that makes reusable metal filters. You can also look at French Press, it naturally makes coffee with more body, but you might want an insulated press that holds in the heat, even consider an Espro press. The Czeve/Ibrik makes a thick, strong cup almost like espresso and uses a fine power to brew, but is usually used to make very small cups. There's many other methods too, of course, and you can get into different forms of pour-over with Hario V60 filter cones, Kalita Wave brewers and fancy pouring kettles which become their own form of ritual.
So, how much coffee are you looking to brew in any one sitting? This will help narrow the field in terms of brewers. Also, if you want a preview, check out this site for directions on how to use different brewers to see if it's something you'd be interested in: http://www.brewmethods.com/