Everything you need to know about Home Brewing!
Make Your Own At Home
Cold brew is all the rage right now, and for good reason. When you make cold brew you decrease the acidity and bitterness of the coffee dramatically when compared to traditional pour over. Why pay over $3 at your local coffee shop when you can make it at home in a few easy steps and for a fraction of the cost! When you choose a coffee for cold brew we recommend a light to medium roast, our Peru is amazing as a cold brew! It has flavors of chocolate and toasted nuts, very low acidity and bitterness.
Coarsely Ground Coffee
You will need to use a coarse grind for the coffee you choose, similar to a french press grind.
Container To Brew
You will need a clean container to brew the coffee in: Large mason jar, French Press, plastic paint bucket, or pitcher.
Let It Brew
We recommend using the ratio of four cups of room temperature water to one cup of coffee. This can be adjusted to taste, in our experience this is a good place to start. Combine the coffee and water in the container that you have chosen, the coffee grinds will float to the top of your container, this is normal and expected. Now cover and let brew on your counter-top for 8-12hrs.
If you used a French Press now plunge the grinds to the bottom, strain out the coffee, chill and enjoy. If you used another container, grab some cheese cloth and strain all the grinds out, chill and enjoy!
A Whole New Experience
Learning how to correctly do a pour over at home is not for everyone, they are recommended for a true coffee enthusiast, someone who is looking to get the best possible flavor out of the coffee they have chosen. Do not let the last statement intimidate you, we only say that because a properly done pour over needs extra brewing equipment, a measuring device and time to spare. We recommend using medium roasted and exotic coffee much like ours from Sumatra. Believe me the extra time and money spent on equipment will be well worth the experience. Follow our simple steps to make a great pour over at home!
V60 or Chemex?
Both are great brands, but I personally enjoy the simplicity of the Hairo V60 over the Chemex. They both offer great precision with their cone shaped design, which allows for even brewing. The Chemex is more on the fancy side when it comes to looks, incorporating the container to brew the coffee, and the brewing vessel all in one seamless design. The V60 is more versatile due to it being detached from a container to brew in. With the V60 you can take also take it with you on road trips and not having it take up much space. Both can be bought online or at your local specialty coffee shop. You will also need the specialty filters that are designed specifically for them.
Having a gooseneck kettle is important when brewing your coffee for a couple reasons. The long spout will give you great precision when slowly pouring the 190 - 210 degree water in small dime sized circles around the freshly ground coffee. I recommend a brand like the Bonavita, it comes with an electronic heating stand that heats up quickly and holds your water at a desired temperature. There are many other types of gooseneck kettles some without heating stands that you can heat up on your stove. The most important part when choosing a kettle is picking one that has the gooseneck feature to give you precision when pouring.
Maintain The Weight
A precise digital scale will allow you to control the ratio of water to coffee, which will ultimately enhance the flavor of the coffee, and allow you to experiment with the richness of the coffee. We recommend the Blade Digital Pocket Scale which can be purchased on Amazon or most local specialty coffee shops.
Grind It Up!
You will want to use freshly ground coffee, and we recommend grinding to a medium coarse ground.
Pro tip: We recommend using a burr grinder because it will produce a more consistent particle size, allowing for a more even extraction and fuller bodied cup of coffee.
The amount of water you use will determine the weight of coffee to be used. A good place to start is one tablespoon of coffee for every 5 oz. of water.
Pro tip: We recommend using the Golden Ratio according to SCAA which is 55g of coffee to 1 Liter of Water.
Let It Bloom
After weighing out the appropriate amount of water to be used, bring it to a boil. When the water has stopped boiling pour a small amount of water over the coffee to wet the grinds evenly, then wait for about 30 seconds to allow the coffee to "bloom" which releases all of the aromatics and desirable coffee elements.
Pro tip: We recommend using a water temperature between 197 - 204 degrees for optimal flavor extraction.
After the coffee quits bubbling or "Blooming" continue to pour in small circles starting at the center of the coffee moving outward wetting all of the coffee. Repeat this process 2-3 more times until you have used the desired amount of water.
Pro tip: We recommend a brew time of 3-4 min not exceeding 8 min for optimal flavor extraction.
You have invested at least 10min of your time, now sit back and enjoy your hard work!
Pro tip: We recommend warm socks, good book and a fireplace.
Traditional Coffee Pot
Easy at home coffee
Most of us have an automatic drip coffee maker either on our kitchen counter top or in the back a cabinet collecting dust. This is by far the most used method of brewing coffee at home today, and a method that should not be overlooked. This method is still great for making specialty coffee at home, and saves your wallet. Our current favorite coffee to make using the automatic drip is our single origin from Colombia. A 16oz bag will brew you a 24oz pot of coffee 10.5 times, making your cost per 8oz cup of coffee less than .50 cents! So dust off that old coffee maker and get brewing! Below are some useful tips.
A good idea before you brew your coffee is to weigh your coffee. You can find inexpensive digital scales that give you a readout in grams here. The recommended does of coffee to water is 10.6 grams of coffee to 6oz of water. If you do not want to spend money on a scale do not worry. Most coffee makers give you a little "guide" on the side of the coffee pot. In most cases the readout will have a line and a number. You fill you water up to the line and add the corresponding number in tablespoons of ground coffee to the filter basket.
That is about it, flip the switch and let er drip! Always adjust the ratio of coffee to water to fit what tastes best for you. If it tastes a little too strong, add a little less coffee grinds and conversely if it tastes a little weak add a little more coffee grinds. Sit back and enjoy.
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