A person pouring coffee out of a French press

How to Brew Premium Coffee

May 28, 2020

Are you looking to step up your coffee brewing prowess? Is your automatic drip machine just not cutting it anymore? Fear not, in the wide world of coffee there are countless ways to brew. Here are a few of our favorite ways to make your mornings a little sweeter. Included is the French Press, the Pour-Over, and the Vacuum Pot.

French Press

The French press method can be traced back to the early 1800s. It remains a popular method and for good reason. It is fairly simple and tastes great! It's a great option for someone who doesn't need to make more than a cup or two a day.

A French press next to a cup of coffee and some coffee beans.

 

What You Need:

  • A French press
  • Hot water 
  • Medium ground coffee
  • A mug
  • A spoon
  • A scale (recommended) 

How To Brew

First, heat up your water, you are aiming for around 200 degrees and water boils at 212 degrees. So, you should remove the heat right before it boils or let it cool for a bit after it starts to boil. Then, add your grounds and water to the pot and gently stir. You should have 1 gram of coffee to 14 grams of water. Next, put the lid on your pot but don't plunge yet! Keep the plunger just above the water for 3-4 minutes and then plunge and your coffee is ready to pour!

The Pour-Over

This technique is very old and has become increasingly popular in recent times. It's a great method and it accentuates intricate flavors of the coffee, especially for single-origin blends (like ours). 

A pour-over coffee brewer with already brewed coffee inside.

 

What You Need:

  • A pour-over coffee brewer
  • A filter
  • Hot water
  • Medium ground coffee
  • A scale (recommended)

How To Brew

First, rinse off your filter with warm water to remove any paper residue. Then, heat up your water, you are aiming for around 200 degrees and water boils at 212 degrees. So, you should remove the heat right before it boils or let it cool for a bit after it starts to boil. While your water is heating, add your grounds to the filter. You should aim for a 1 gram of coffee to 16 grams of water ratio. Once you are ready you should start your pour. pour about 15% of your water then wait 30 seconds and then pour the rest. Pour slowly and move in concentric circles around the center of your filter. Keep in mind, brewing even one cup should take a minute or two just to pour!

Vacuum Pot (Siphon Brewer)

This method was first patented in the 1840s but is back in a big way. It's delicious and fascinating. That's why it's one of our favorite methods!

 

What You Need:

  • A Siphon rig
  • Hot water
  • A burner
  • A spoon
  • Medium ground coffee
  • A timer
  • A scale (recommended) 

How To Brew 

Start by heating your water to 200 degrees,  water boils at 212 degrees, so you should remove the heat right before it boils or let it cool for a bit after it starts to boil. You should use about 14 grams of water to 1 gram of coffee. Once your water is heated add it to the bottom beaker of your siphon rig and turn the burner below it on high. During this phase make sure your filter is in place and set your top beaker in the bottom beaker but make sure not to seal it yet. Once the water starts to boil you should fully insert and seal the top beaker and the water should flow to the top beaker. Then, adjust the heat to make sure that the water is staying in the top beaker but that the top beaker is not boiling. Once you've accomplished that, add your grounds and stir gently. Let the grounds soak for 1 minute and 45 seconds and then turn off the burner and stir your coffee a few more times. The coffee should then flow back into the bottom beaker leaving the grounds in the top beaker. This will take about a minute, but once that's done just pour and drink!

We hope you get to try some of these methods. We're sure you won't be disappointed! Don't forget to check out our store to get the coffee to try these techniques. Happy brewing!



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