Brewers & Accessories

 

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In our blog, we cover several specifics of brewing using our favorite methods, such as the Chemex or French Press, but below we have provided some general pro tips for helping you brew your best coffee at home regardless of the method you use!

Drink It Fresh.

Coffee is generally best 4-10 days from roast date (we roast to order, so your order date is going to be very close to our roast date.) While your coffee will taste fine prior to day 4, the flavor is still very volatile as it degases. Fresh coffee is filled with CO2, as it ages the acidity decreases and the sweetness and body increases. For this same reason, coffee that is older than 20 days will have lost much of the bright aromas and flavors that it had closer to roast date.

Grind It.

Use a Good Burr Grinder.

Consistency in grind particle size is critical to making outstanding coffee. Investing in a good burr grinder is the easiest, fastest way to dramatically improve your coffee experience. Our favorite is a Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill that can be purchased online, or buy our kit that includes all of our recommendations.

Use a Good Filter & Rinse It.

Use good filters from manufacturers like Chemex or Melita that are made specifically for the method that you use. Before adding coffee grinds, rinse your filter thoroughly with hot water and discard the water. This will remove any papery taste and will also preheat your brew device to prepare for the brew.

Water It.

Use a Consistent Water-to-Coffee Ratio

Buy a basic kitchen scale. Our favorite is the Etekcity Digital Kitchen Scale Multifunction Food Scale that can be bought online for less than $15. Use a scale and weigh your water and coffee. The ratio used is really a matter of preference so experiment to find your preferred strength. We typically use a 16:1 water-to-coffee ratio (i.e., 60 g of coffee would call for 960g of water) If you don’t have a gram scale, try two tablespoons of coffee to six fluid ounces of water.

Use Good Water

Brewed coffee is almost 99% water, so make the effort to use good, clean water. Most coffee shops use an expensive filter system. We recommend using a system at home like a Brita pitcher for sink filter to ensure the water doesn't negatively effect the taste of your coffee.

Use Hot Water

Brew your coffee with water that is heated to 200°F-205°F in order to achieve proper extraction. We use an electric water kettle to get the temperature just right, and quickly. There are many available online, but we recommend the Aicok Electric Kettle Variable Temperature Control Kettle with 6 Temp Setting 1.7L Water Kettle that can be purchased for less than $50.

Pour It.

Create The "Bloom"

Pour a small amount of water onto the grinds (we like to use 100-150g) to allow the coffee to bloom. Fresh coffee is full of carbon dioxide, so the coffee bed will expand as it degases. Allow the grinds to settle for about 30 seconds, which will enable an even brew bed.

Pour Carefully & Consistently

Pour in small spirals from inside out. Start off-center and be careful to not pour all the way out to the filter. Maintain a consistent water/grind level and continue to pour evenly. For most brew methods, water should contact the grounds for between three to four minutes. The coarseness of the grind (as set on the Burr grinder, see above) will impact the extraction time and therefore the final flavor. Experiment with the brew time by adjusting your grind (more coarse = shorter brew time, less coarse = longer brew time).

Pour It. 

Create the "Bloom"

Pour a small amount of water onto the grinds (we like to use 100-150g) to allow the coffee to bloom. Fresh coffee is full of carbon dioxide, so the coffee bed will expand as it degases. Allow the grinds to settle for about 30 seconds, which will enable an even brew bed.

Pour Carefully and Consistently

Pour in small spirals from inside out. Start off-center and be careful to not pour all the way out to the filter. Maintain a consistent water/grind level and continue to pour evenly. For most brew methods, water should contact the grounds for between three to four minutes. The coarseness of the grind (as set on the Burr grinder, see above) will impact the extraction time and therefore the final flavor. Experiment with the brew time by adjusting your grind (more coarse = shorter brew time, less coarse = longer brew time).

Store It.

Keep It Fresh.

Store your beans in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (a kitchen cupboard or pantry will do just fine) to avoid temperature changes and direct sunlight. Heat, light, air, and moisture act to destroy freshness quickly and should be avoided. Also, keep it away from the fridge or freezer. While it’s important to keep your grounds or beans somewhere cool, the fridge or freezer will create too much moisture in the package. Moisture is one of coffee’s “biggest enemies.”

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