Coffee is the ultimate treat and half the fun is brewing it yourself! Unfortunately for some, brewing coffee has a bit of mystique to it that makes its preparation intimidating.
With this handy guide, you never need to feel squeemish about preparing coffee again, regardless of the method you employ. Die hard coffee snobs will notice the fact that these directions are simple. But, these directions aren't for die hard coffee geeks, they are for the average coffee enthusiast who would simply like to know simple directions to make great coffee.
Having said that, there are a few fundamentals that apply to all methods.
Water Quality Will Make or Break Your Great Pot of Coffee
Regardless of your brewing method, the essential ingredient to great coffee starts with great water! If you are using tap water, you are unlikely to make a great cup of coffee. We recommend using filtered tap water or bottled water to achieve the best brewing results.
Use only premium, fresh-roasted arabica bean coffee.
It's hard to make a great pot of coffee from low-quality coffee beans. Buy your coffee from micro-roasters like Blacksmith Coffee Roastery who source only the finest coffees from around the world and then roast it to it's own custom profile to achieve maximum flavor from each bean. Then, package it immediately in the highest-quality degassing bags to keep oxygen content to a minimum. Bulk bin whole bean coffee is stale before it even gets to a customer's grinder simply because it's been exposed to the environment for too long.
Grind your own beans, right before brewing.
Coffee beans are their own perfect little container and grinding your coffee immediately before brewing will result in a more flavorful cup than using preground coffee.
Use premium brewing equipment
Part of the problem many coffee enthusiasts have is thinking that the more automated, high-tech the coffee brewer is, the better the coffee will taste. Actually, the opposite is usually the case. The key to a great brewer is all about extraction, and the hands-on brewing methods are simply better at extracting coffee's subtle flavors and oils. Thus, providing you with more drinking pleasure!
Perhaps the simplest way to brew coffee is by using the press pot, coffee press, plunger pot or French press as it is commonly known. Regardless of what you call it, the press is an excellent way to brew a high quality cup of coffee with ease!
For serious coffee aficionados, there is perhaps no finer brewing method than the Siphon or Vacuum brewer as it is commonly referred. At least there is no more elegant method of brewing coffee! This is our favorite method.
Since we sell vacuum brewers from several different manufacturers, and they all have their own idisyncrasies, some items like grind, brew time, etc. vary depending on the brewer. See additional points below.
In the same vein as the vacuum brewer, pourover drip coffee is a hands-on affair, but the results are hard to beat. Once you get the hang of it, you may decide it's time to unplug the Mr. Coffee and rename yourself Dr. Coffee! There are different pourover funnel designs, but since we specialize in Hario drippers, these directions work best in the V02 Harios.
This unusual method is basically a variation of the drip method. It's not very commonly used, but it's a good way to brew excellent strong coffee. The Neopolitan flip coffee pot is comprised of three pieces: The lower section is where the water goes; the filter basket is where the coffee grounds go; the serving pot is where the brewed coffee ends up; and the serving pot cap goes on top of the serving pot after the brewing process is finished. Here's how it works:
The stovetop espresso maker, or Moka Pot, Brikka, as it is commonly called is a great way to brew coffee. Ironically, it doesn't really make espresso. However, you can brew very rich delicious coffee following these steps. There are three main components to a stovetop espresso maker: The bottom chamber - where the water goes; the brew basket - where the coffee grounds go; and the top chamber - where your final brew will end up.
Perhaps no other brewing generates as much controversy as percolating coffee. Instead of really weighing on the argument, we'll just tell you how to use a percolator. First of all, a coffee percolator has five parts. There is the coffee pot, where you put your water. There is the stem - which is a hollow metal tube that goes in the bottom of the pot. Siding onto the tube is the filter basket, which holds the ground coffee. Then, you have the filter basket lid, which is a perforated cover that goes on top of the filter basket. Lastly, you have the coffee pot lid.
There are two kinds of coffee percolators – electric and non-electric. Electric percolators include coffee urns that can make up to fifty five cups of coffee at a time. Non-electric percolators include the old fashioned camp style brewers from yesteryear.
Though we're not huge fans of this brew method, there are a few steps you can take to improve the quality of your percolated coffee.