HOW TO BREW COFFEE
How to Use a Drip Coffee Maker
|Drip Coffee Maker Cups||Tablespoons of Coffee|
|10 Cup Pot||8 Level Tbsp.|
|12 Cup Pot||9 Level Tbsp.|
|14 Cup Pot||10 Level Tbsp.|
Auto drip coffee makers usually come in three standard pot sizes, 10 cup, 12 cup, and 14 cup. These “cup” standards by coffee manufacturers are typically 4.8 to 5 ounce cups. A normal coffee cup is an 11 ounce mug holding about 9 ounces of coffee. This is why a pot of coffee never quite makes as many cups as most people expect. The most common form of measuring coffee for home brewing is by volume of 1 level tablespoon. Aside from a single serve machine, drip coffee makers are how most people and coffee shops brew coffee in the U.S. today. These are some basic guidelines for using your drip coffee maker:
1. Keep the machine clean – do not leave old coffee grounds in the machine, and keep it clean. To keep residue from building up, a simple solution of water and a small amount of white vinegar can be used to flush the machine. Just add this solution and run your normal brew cycle without the coffee.
2. Use good water – this sounds simple, but it is essential to a good cup of coffee. In geographic areas where the water tastes bad, your coffee will also taste bad. Do not use carbonated water, distilled water or mineral water for brewing coffee.
3. Grind your beans – if you have a grinder then buy whole beans and grind as close to the brewing time as possible.
4. Do not let coffee sit – It should be consumed as soon as practical after the brewing cycle is complete. For optimal quality, coffee should be consumed within 20 minutes after brewing.
5. Do not pour a cup before the brewing cycle is complete – Many newer coffee makers allow you to pour a cup during the brew cycle. What happens is the first part of the cycle is very strong and the last part is weaker. You should wait for the entire pot to be brewed for the best cup of coffee.
The Bottom Line – just use common sense. Try to store your coffee by avoiding air and moisture. Grind it as close to brewing as practical. Consume your coffee as close to brewing time as practical.
How to Use a French Press
|French Press Standard Size||Yield (9 oz. cups)||Tablespoons of Coffee|
|3 Cup Press (12 oz.)||1 Cup||2 Level Tbsp.|
|4 Cup Press (17 oz.)||1.6 Cups||3 Level Tbsp.|
|8 Cup Press (34 oz.)||3.4 Cups||6 Level Tbsp.|
|12 Cup Press (51 oz.)||5.3 Cups||10 Level Tbsp.|
How to use a Moka Pot
How to Brew Pour Over
1. Heat – Heat fresh water to 200° F. Let it stand for 30 seconds.
2. Measure – Measure about 5 tablespoons of fresh ground coffee. Grind size affects drip time and extraction. If your brew is too slow, try a slightly coarser grind. If it drips through too quickly, try a little finer.
3. Prepare the Filter – Fold down the seam of the paper filter and place it into the pour over cone so it lies flat. Then rinse the filter with hot water. Rinsing the filter helps eliminate any paper flavors and preheating cone and carafe can help keep temperature consistent throughout the brewing process.
4. Bloom – Discard the hot water. Add ground coffee. Pour just enough water in a spiral motion to saturate the grounds, then wait 30 seconds. When hot water meets coffee grounds, CO2 escapes and expands, creating a “bloom.” Once the off-gassing is complete, the grounds are more receptive to absorbing water, resulting in a better extraction of flavors.
5. Pour – At the 30 second mark, resume pouring water over the grounds for 2 minutes. Pour first in a spiral pattern, and then straight down, keeping coffee grounds fully saturated from start to finish. Give the coffee in your carafe a final swirl. Your coffee is now ready for you to enjoy.
How To Make Cold Brew
This is easy. You’ll just need some coffee beans, a jar, and a cold overnight soak. This will make a wonderfully tasting coffee concentrate! Yes, it is concentrated coffee so don’t forget to dilute!
1. Grind the coffee beans into a coarse grind. – Grind 1 cup of coffee beans in a coffee grinder until they are coarsely ground. Or use 10 TBSP. of our french press grind.
2. Combine the ground coffee and water in the jar. – Add 4 cups of water and ground coffee beans to a mason jar or other glass storage container. We like to use our French Press.
3. Stir to incorporate. – Gently stir the coffee with the water until well-blended. The coffee will float to the top as it sits, but don’t stress about that — just make sure all of the coffee gets wet.
4. Steep the coffee overnight in the fridge. – Cover and refrigerate the cold brew for at least 12 hours or up to 24 hours.
5. Strain the coffee concentrate – Line a fine-mesh strainer with cheesecloth and set it over a large measuring cup. Slowly pour the coffee concentrate through the strainer. Depending on the size of your strainer, you may need to strain the coffee in batches. Fight the temptation to squeeze or press the coffee grounds in the cheesecloth.
6. Transfer the cold brew to a clean jar for longer-term storage.– Once strained, transfer the coffee to a clean, airtight jar for long-term storage. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
7. Serve.– To serve, fill a glass with 1 cup ice cubes. Pour 1/2 cup the cold brew over the ice, add 1/2 cup cold water, and stir to combine. Add your favorite milk or creamer and enjoy!