Guide to Brewing

This is not a rule book. Every method is different, so you’ll want to think of these parameters more as guidelines than law. Experiment with your brewer and parameters to get each coffee to taste just how you like it.


Essential tools

Kitchen Scale. For consistency you should measure by weight. For brewed coffee a good starting point is 1 unit of coffee for every 16 units of water. For me, metric weight measurement is easier because 1 milliliter of water weighs 1 gram. So weigh or measure water in milliliters and divide by 16 for the number of grams of coffee. However, US Standard units are fine to use too. If you don't have a scale, shop Amazon for Scales.

Burr Grinder. THE COFFEE GRINDER IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF EQUIPMENT THAT YOU CAN BUY. It will exponentially increase your enjoyment of coffee, no matter what brewing technique you use. Just measure out the whole beans by weight, dump them into the hopper, and grind the exact amount of coffee you need. On a budget? Consider the Hario Skerton hand grinder. At the other end of the price range, check out the Baratza Vario-W. Just please don't use a whirling blade grinder. For more check out this Comprehensive Buyers Guide.

Accessories While not required, a slow-pour kettle is a great aid to pour over brewing methods. To select the right kettle for you, check out this Comparison of Pour Over Brewing Kettles. Water temperature is important so add a thermometer to the list to help you brew great coffee consistently. Finally, you need a timer to check brew times.

About The Videos

The videos presented below are the result of my search for content that will enlighten. You may not want to view all the methods available, but hopefully, you see something that interests you. I suggest you slog through the first video for an overview. The second video is about a product I like and I like the music too! Finally, the third video does a good job demonstrating the care and patience needed for that awesome cup.

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  • BREWING TOOLS OVERVIEW

    EXPLORING BREWING TOOLS (8:50 MINUTES)

    Brewing Tools Overview

    Learn what it takes to brew an amazing cup of coffee by hand! A good cup of coffee starts with the right beans, but from there you also need the right tools to get the best possible result.

    The folks at Blue Bottle Coffee created this long, but very informative video to get you started.

     

  • Kalita Slow Pour

    SELECT TO VIEW THE KALITA VIDEO  (3:16 MINUTES)
      My vote for most entertaining video.

    Kalita Wave Slow Pour Dripper

    The Wave's flat, shallow brew basket allows a more even extraction than most cone-shaped brewers. You'll find that most coffees perform well with the Wave. Because this method uses a coarse grind, slow brew time, and low agitation it will bring out the subtle and complex character inherent in any coffee.

  • Haro V60

    SELECT TO VIEW THE ART OF THE POUR   (7:50 MINUTES)

    Hario v60 Slow Pour Dripper

    The V60 has produced some of the best coffee I’ve ever had. Its distinctive spiral ridges inside the cone produces a more even extraction than other cone-shaped brewers, which are prone to over-extract the grounds at the bottom. If you are meticulous with your proportions and and patient with your pour, you will be rewarded all the flavor your beans can yield.

     

  • Siphon Brewer

    SELECT TO VIEW THE SIPHON BREWING VIDEO  (7:21 MINUTES)

    Siphon

    Put on a show!  This isn't something you'll want to do every day, but it will impress your friends and it does make an indescribably good cup of coffee. This method gives you complete control. The water temperature is constant due to the applied heat source, the coffee is fully and evenly saturated, and the you control the brew time and agitation.

  • Clever Brewer

    SELECT TO VIEW THE CLEVER VIDEO  (5:44 MINUTES)

    Clever Full-Immersion Brewing

    Just like the name says, this is a clever, almost foolproof, way to make great coffee. It combines pour-over and immersion brewing and will consistently produce a clean and well-extracted cup. The Clever requires little-to-no experience to produce a great cup. And it does all this in an affordable way!

  • Aeropress

    SELECT TO VIEW THE AEROPRESS VIDEO  (5:20 MINUTES)

    Aeropress

    At first the Aeropress was dismissed as a gimmick. But then, surprise, people discovered it makes a great cup of coffee. The design seems to have been inspired by the french press, using a plunger to push brewed coffee from the grounds through a filter into an appropriately sized cup or mug. This is a simple way to produce a great cup.

  • French Press

    SELECT TO VIEW THE FRENCH PRESS VIDEO  (2:12 MINUTES)

    French Press

    The press pot is a classic and is one of the most widely recognizable brewing device around. It's comprised of a beaker and a mesh plunger that separates the coffee grounds from water. This method provides a full-bodied cup and, with a metal filter, it allows more oils into the cup than other methods.

     

  • Home Brewer

    SELECT TO VIEW THE HOME BREWERS VIDEO  (4:21 MINUTES)

    Automatic Home Brewers

    Start the Process Right: Whole Beans, a Good Grind, Filtered Water, and the Right Temperature.

    There are a lot of variables that contribute to a good cup of coffee. With auto-drip you can't control all the variables so it's important that you start the process right. This means fresh-roasted whole beans, a good grind, fresh water, and getting the temperature as close to right as possible.

  • Copmmercial Brewer

    SELECT TO VIEW THE COMMERCIAL BREWING GUIDE

    Commercial Batch Brew Coffee

    By-the-cup brewing, pour-over, these are all methods that require real commitment and patience. If you try to make 300 slow pours a day, they’re going to be wildly inconsistent. By-the-sup’s “micro-management", exaggerates every element effecting extraction, while larger brew baskets and programmable controls offer much more control.

     


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