Brew Methods and Recipes
When it comes to brewing coffee, there are many methods and tools for producing a delicious cup. Each brew method offers its own unique cup profile and characteristics. We’ve selected some of our favorites and formulated recipes for them.
Try one…try them all…try six coffees one way or one coffee six ways. If you are in the Providence area take our Brew Methods class for hands-on instruction, or just drop us a line and share your thoughts and questions. We believe strongly that the more you take brewing coffee into your own hands, the greater your understanding, satisfaction, and overall coffee experience will be.
Brew temperature should always be between 200-205 (93.3-107.2°C). Brew ratio will remain constant for most methods, except AeroPress and iced methods. You won’t need too worry too much about this since we’ve already done the math in the following recipes, but in case you want to go deeper and come up with your own recipes, here are the numbers: 1 part coffee to 16 parts water.
Always use a scale to measure coffee and water weight as you brew. Trust us, brewing without a scale is kind of like flying blind. Volumetric measurements are also less accurate and take way more time to portion out, just ask any professional baker or chef. The time and stress that a twenty dollar scale will save you is definitely worth it. (We like this one for home use.)
When using the scale, pre-weigh your coffee and water. Place whatever brewing apparatus you’re using on the scale and zero it out. After adding your initial coffee dose, zero the scale again so that when you start pouring you know exactly how much water you’re adding each time.
Always time your brew. Just as you would time a cake in the oven, you want to know how much time the water is spending in contact with the coffee. Too much or too little time can result in some pretty unpleasant flavors in the final cup. You can use your watch, your phone, an egg timer, whatever.
Just keep an eye on the time and that’s one less variable you have to worry about.