There are many ways to make coffee, and no one way is best. We enjoy using a variety of methods to bring some fun into the process. Each method can bring out different nuances in the coffee. Find out which method appeals to you most and have fun!
A Few Guidelines That Apply To Most All Brew Methods:
Filtered water is ideal. Avoid brewing with distilled/reverse osmosis water because the lack of minerals can result in a flat tasting coffee.
Ideally, grind beans fresh with a burr grinder. While not cheap, burr grinders do make a difference in aroma and taste.
Keep brewing equipment clean to avoid that old stale coffee smell.
Water temperature should be between 195-205°F
Use a digital scale to measure the coffee and water for a proper ratio. A good starting point is a 1/16 ratio, for every 16 oz of water use 1 oz of beans. Adjust this ratio according to your preference.
Flush the brewing device and filter with hot water before brewing. This pre-heats the device and flushes out any papery taste from the filter.
NOTE: Ratios can get tricky if you don’t have a scale and use a coffee scoop to measure, but here are some rough guidelines to go by. A coffee scoop isn’t standardized but generally a level scoop holds about 10 grams. Usually a “cup” on a coffeemaker is equal to 5 fl ounces. In order to hold true to the 1/16 ratio you will want to use a little less than 1 scoop for every “cup”.
4 cup / 3.5 scoops 6 cup / 5 .3 scoops 8 cup / 7 scoops 10 cup / 9 scoops 12 cup / 10.5 scoops
Recipes and Ratios Aeropress - 8oz (Brew Yield) 19g of coffee, fine/medium grind. 270g of water. Fill halfway, stir 5x then fill to 270g, apply plunger, at 1:30 stir 5x and plunge.
V60 01 - 10oz (Brew Yield) 20g of coffee, medium/fine grind. 320g of water. Pulse pour. Total time 2:30
Kalita Wave 155 - 10oz (Brew Yield) 20g of coffee, medium/fine grind. 320g of water. Pulse pour. Total time 3:00
Traditional #2 Fan Filter Dripper - 13oz (Brew Yield) 28g coffee, medium grind. 450g of water. Brew time 3:00
Clever (Large) - 13oz (Brew Yield) #4 filter. 28g coffee, medium grind. 450g of water. Stir gently 5x after 30 seconds. Drain over mug/decanter at 4:00
V60 02 - 15oz (Brew Yield) 32g of coffee, medium grind. 500g of water. Pulse pour. Total time 3:00 – 3:30
Kalita Wave 185 - 19oz (Brew Yield) 38g of coffee, medium/course grind. 600g of water. Pulse pour. Total time 3:30 – 4:00
8 cup Chemex - 24oz (Brew Yield) 50g of coffee, medium/course grind. 800g of water. Pour 100g every 30 seconds. Total time 5:00
French Press (20oz) - 17oz (Brew Yield) 38g coffee, ground course. Stir about 5x. Plunge at 4:00. Decant any extra coffee into another carafe to stop extraction.
French Press (32oz) - 27oz (Brew Yield) 60g of coffee, ground course. Stir about 5x. Plunge at 4:00. Decant any extra coffee into another carafe to stop extraction.
1 liter auto drip - 29oz (Brew Yield) 60g of coffee, medium grind. Keep the machine clean.