A common question among most of my friends, and people who share a love of great coffee, regards the brewing process. These people know they have purchased really excellent coffee from a local or nationally recognized roaster who sourced a great microlot from Costa Rica or Ethiopia (or wherever), but they struggle to really bring out all of the characteristics their coffee has to offer. So the question is, how do I make the perfect cup with what I’ve got?
Different coffees go better with different brewing methods, but there are still ways to get what you’re looking for as long as you’re willing to put in the time and effort to thoroughly enjoy your cup of coffee, regardless of what coffee brewer you own. Staying away from your Mr. Coffee-esque auto-drip is the first step to obtaining that god-in-a-cup-like brew. If you don’t already own one, I suggest any manual coffee brewer. Here is a list of a few manual coffee brewer options:
A Chemex is a glass (beaker-esque) created by Peter Schlumbohm in 1941. Chemex users can use the Chemex paper filters or the Kone filter by clever brewing, which is a little more expensive, but lasts a life time and is something I highly recommend.
Coffees that go great in the Chemex are coffees of South and Central American origin and lightly roasted African coffees. The Chemex does a great job of highlighting acidity and sweetness in the cup and if the body is libel to yield soft and silky, the Chemex tends to highlight softness and silkiness as well.Coffee to Water ratios– try 44 grams of coffee to 24 ounces of H2O.Always let your coffee Bloom by pouring just a small amount of water into the grounds before fully immersing your coffee to brew. When you pour a small amount in first, you’ll notice the grounds begin to rise. This process allows the oils of the coffee to be extracted slowly and carefully to bring out a more intense flavor. In my next post, I will go over 3 more great brewing methods that every coffee lover should purchase.