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How to brew the perfect coffee

Ellen Tewkesbury / January 20, 2022
How to brew the perfect coffee

There are loads of different ways to make a cup of coffee and we like practically all of them. Here are some hints and tips for our favourites. The amazing lab results that we shout about were brewed using the below cafetiere method, but you can’t go wrong with any of these. We recommend using a steel filter version of each, check out our other blog on paper filters to find out why steel ones are better for both you and the environment. 

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CAFETIERE

When brewing with a cafetiere, as general rule of thumb we use a ratio of 60g of medium ground coffee to 1L of water.

Method:

  1. For 1 cup add 17g of medium ground coffee to a small cafetiere
  2. Fill with hot water 30 seconds off the boil
  3. Stir after 30 seconds
  4. Plunge after a total of 4 minutes (or I like to sneak in an extra 30-60 seconds for a stronger brew) - Simple!!

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AEROPRESS

The AeroPress is a revolutionary new way to make perfect coffee every time. It's so simple to use that once you own an AeroPress you won’t want to go back. This virtually indestructible little brewer is a favourite for us for its portability. It’s small, and perfect for at home or to take with you camping or to chuck into a backpack. Because it uses a combination of pressure and steeping the flavour has some of the intensity of an espresso but gives you a larger cup. 

Method: 

  1. Add 17g medium ground coffee to an inverted (upside down) AeroPress
  2. Fill to within 1cm of the top with hot water 1 or 2 minutes off the boil
  3. Stir gently for 10 seconds
  4. Leave to steep for 30 seconds (or 60 for a stronger brew)
  5. Put the lid on with a steel filter in it, screw tight
  6. Turn around and quickly put on top of a cup
  7. Plunge slowly over about 20 seconds

All you have to remember is 10 seconds stir, 30 seconds steep, 20 seconds plunge. Once you've done it a few times it becomes second nature. 

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V60 – BREW METHOD

The V60 is a coffee geek's dream! There are an infinite number of variables you can play with giving you the ultimate control over your brew. Trial and error is part of the fun, but here's how we roll:

Method: 

  1. Sit your V60 on top of a mug
  2. Sit both on top of some digital scales (go on, embrace the geekery, it's fun!)
  3. Add 21g organic, medium ground coffee
  4. Pour in 50g of hot water 30s off the boil
  5. Leave for 30s to 'bloom', a.k.a. release some gasses
  6. Sniff the bloom and say 'ahhhhhhhh'
  7. Slowly pour in 300ml more hot water in conical circles over the grounds, being sure to wet all the grounds. A gooseneck kettle help with this. It should take another 2 to 2.5 minutes to slowly pour all 300ml. 
  8. Total brew time = 2.5 to 3 minutes, enjoy!

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