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Coffee Equipment

Brewing Equipment

Coffee can be brewed in a number of ways, and there are brewing solutions that produce coffee to suit any preference.

Perhaps the most familiar brewing system is the standard automatic drip machine. You see them at home, at work - anywhere you need a simple, convenient way to brew a quick pot. Automatic drip machines come in a variety of capacity sizes, quality levels and prices, and most these days offer programming options so you can set your coffee to brew when you want. This is a great option if you like your coffee the minute you put your feet on the ground, but they do lack control over the quality of your cup.

If you're tired of the same old same old' then try out a manual brewing apparatus. Sounds fancy, but it's just coffee equipment that allows you full control over the process of making your cup. Here we will cover a few options for immersion brewing; the pour-over, Chemex, and French Press. What's better then manually crafting your own cup of coffee each day? Equipment like this was designed to give you the best drinking experience possible by utilizing proper grind, water temp and coffee-to-water ratio for each method. It also comes with a certain self satisfaction when you hand craft the perfect cup of coffee each time. Feel free to experiment to adjust for your own taste, these are guidelines not definitive's.

French Press- Full bodied cup with some silt

    What you will need:
  • 1. French Press and cup
  • 2. Freshly roasted whole beans
  • 3. Hot water (195-205 F)
  • 4. Grinder, scale, timer, and stirring spoon
    Getting started:
  • 1. Measure out 7 grams for every 4 oz of water
       (For our 8 cup Press that's 8 Tbsp of coarsely ground coffee.
  • 2. Put the grounds into the French press.
  • 3. Heat water to 195-205 degrees (approximately 20 seconds off boil).
  • 4. Evenly saturate the grounds in the press and watch it start to bloom.
  • 5. You can add half the water, gently stir and then add the rest of the water.
  • 6. Put the lid on the press and wait 4 minutes.
  • 7. After 4 minutes slowly push the plunger top to the bottom. Serve and enjoy!

  • TIP:
    It's a good idea to warm up your cup with hot water while you wait for the coffee to brew. Pouring hot coffee into a cold cup can kill flavor, while serving in a warm cup will retain its temperature/flavor.


    Manual Pour over- Clean, balanced cup

      What you will need:
  • 1. Some fresh roasted whole bean coffee of course
  • 2. Cup or carafe, water and a kettle to heat the water (195-205 F)
  • 3. Pour-over Melitta Cone and paper filter (use size recommended for cone)
  • 4. Measuring spoon and a scale (accuracy here is a good idea)
  • Getting started:
  • 1. I like to start boiling the water; pre wet the paper filter and then put the filter in the cone. This will get rid of any paper taste. Place the cone over your cup or carafe and your ready to start.
  • 2. Measure out your freshly ground coffee. You should use a medium grind (think granulated salt here) preferably with a burr grinder (blade grinders chop up the coffee and make it uneven). I use 25 grams (roughly 3 rounded tablespoons) of coffee for an 8 oz cup, but start with 12 of water to arrive at 8 ounces of coffee.
  • 3. Add your ground coffee to the pre-wet filter.
  • 4. Take the water (195-205 F) and begin to gently pour over the grounds. As you saturate all the grounds you will see it start to bloom. I like to fill about 3/4 of the way (let it bloom) and wait until it drips through. You may have to repeat this process a few times depending on the size of your cup. For an 8 oz cup it should be 2 pours. The total time should take about 3-4 minutes.

  • Chemex- Very clean, sweet cup

      What you will need:
  • 1. Fresh roasted whole bean coffee
  • 2. Chemex and filter
  • 3. Tablespoon and burr grinder
  • 4. Filtered water and kettle
  • Getting started:
  • 1. Start boiling your filtered water (I start with 32 oz of water). Ideal temp here is 195-205 degrees.
  • 2. Insert the filter (multiple flaps towards spout) in the Chemex and begin to pour water through it. This pre-wetting step will help eliminate any paper taste from the filter. Be sure to drain water when done.
  • 3. The grind you should use is a medium-course grind preferably with a burr grinder as a blade grinder will leave you with chopped up, uneven pieces. This ultimately will lend to improper extraction ratio and a bitter cup.
  • 4. Measure out 50 grams of coffee and put into pre-soaked filter.
  • 5. Pour a little bit of water evenly over all the grinds (4 oz to start). This will create a nice bloom (go ahead and sniff) and then start to drain through the filter into your cup. Continue to pour water over the coffee and let drain. Repeat the pour process a few more times saturating the grounds.
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    French Press Espresso Machine

    Grinders

    There are essentially two kinds of coffee grinders: blade grinders and burr grinders. Blade grinders have a metal blade that basically "chops up" the coffee beans. The control you have over the fineness is how long you keep the grinder on. Coffee ground in blade grinders can be uneven in size which can lead to a brew that is not consistent. Another factor is that the longer you have the grinder on, the more heat builds up, which can alter the taste of coffee. These grinders are sufficient for basic home use, but for more sophisticated use/taste, a burr grinder is the better option.

    Burr grinders offer a more consistent result, and are usually the choice for serious coffee enthusiasts. There are two types of burr grinders: the wheel burr and the conical burr. The wheel burr grinder works by grinding the coffee beans between a wheel and a fixed surface. It's the placement of the wheel that controls the fineness of the grind. Conical burr coffee grinders are considered the cream of the crop for grinding, although they are the priciest on the market. With conical burr coffee grinders, the burr doing the grinding spins at a lower rate than the wheel burr grinder making it a quieter option.

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    Bodum Grinder

    Keep It Clean

    The best coffee starts with a clean machine. Over time, lime scale builds up in your brewing equipment, which can slow your brewing time down and cause the coffee to be bitter. Here is an easy, chemical-free option for cleaning your machine that should be done on a regular basis. Once you experience the difference a good cleaning makes, you will probably be diligent about keeping it clean!

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    Coffee Cleaner