Brewing Coffee Guide
Here’s where the fun begins! Brewing coffee at home doesn't need to be difficult, and with the right techniques, your homebrew can be just as delicious as the coffees served in cafes. Nailing some of these brew methods takes some practice, but so does anything else in life. Do you play guitar, basketball, chess, skateboard, fish, bike ride, or crochet? Well, you only enjoy them if you took the time to learn how to do them. Brew coffee how you like it. Try different grinds, ratios, or temperatures. Use fancy equipment, a drip machine, or a campfire. We all have our special and unique way to enjoy our coffee. Here are some of the tips that have worked for us.
Before getting started, here are a few things you will need:
A big part of what makes coffee smell and taste so complex and delicious is the presence of aromatic compounds in roasted coffee beans. After 8 days, up to 70% of those compounds will be gone. As time goes on, you lose more flavor, and are left with stale tasting coffee. Grinding coffee will make this process happen faster; exposing more surface area of the bean makes it easier for the compounds to escape. Using only fresh coffee and grinding right before you brew will help ensure you get the most flavorful cup out of your beans!
We measure everything else in life: cake mixes, clothing sizes, building materials. Why? So our stuff turns out right. Measuring with a digital scale will help your coffee to turn out right, too!
This is an important step to remember lest you end up with coffee that has a hint of paper in the final product. Get rid of the paper taste by rinsing the filter. To do rinse correctly, you simply need to place the brewer in the dripper and then pour water around it in a circle (making sure to get up the sides) for about five seconds to rinse the filter, then discard the water in the cup or carafe that ran through it
A quality grinder is important for 2 major reasons: 1) A grinder allows you to grind your own fresh coffee, & fresh coffee is super important. 2) Coffee with a consistent grind brews much more evenly & consistently. Being able to control the exact size of your ground coffee gives you a lot more control over the brewing process. Burr grinders produce the most consistent grind.
Getting the water temperature right is critical: 195 – 205 degrees Fahrenheit. If you don’t have a thermometer, use this simple trick: water boiling occurs at 212 degrees, then remove from heat and wait 30 seconds before brewing. Goose neck kettles are preferred as they allow precise metered placement of the water into the coffee for maximum extraction of the coffee.
Place filter in Chemex with thick side facing the pouring spout. Wet filter with hot water until saturated, and then discard water.
- Grind 36g of coffee to a medium-course grind and set kettle with 600g of water to 205F.
- Place Chemex with filter and ground coffee on scale, and then tare. Pour roughly 72g of hot water evenly over coffee grounds until saturated.
- You’ll see the grounds swell, rise, and bubble. Allow 30 seconds for the bloom to finish.
- Pour the rest of the water over the grounds slowly. Start at the center and move out in a widening spiral so as to wet all the grounds evenly Once the water has fully drained, then you’ll be ready to pour a cup.
- Place filter in coffee maker.
- Grind 108g of coffee beans to a medium grind and place in filter (level grounds) or 12 level scoops.
- Fill coffee maker with 60 ounces of water.
- Start brewing.
- Turn off hot plate when done brewing to not burn coffee.
- Pour and enjoy.
- Grind 10g of coffee beans to a medium grind and place in your filter basket (level grounds) or 1 level scoop.
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