• Brew Basics

    Take the mystery out of brewing a perfect cup

The Extraction

The Coffee


Amount

This will influence how strong your coffee tastes. We always weigh our coffee as opposed to scooping, because light roast and dark roast coffee have different densities. A general rule of thumb is to  use a 16:1 coffee to water ratio. Our cheat is to take the number of ounces of water and multiply that by 1.8. So, if you have 40 ounces of water, you should use roughly 72 grams of coffee to start.


The Grind

Blade Grinder

A blade grinder looks like a miniature blender, when the blade spins it bashes the beans into inconsistent grounds. You will have fine powder mixed with large chunks.  This makes an even extraction virtually impossible and results in coffee, that to be polite, could be better.

Burr Grinder

A burr grinder has two plates, or burrs, set a specific distance apart. The coffee is ground by passing through the two burrs.  When you change the grind setting you are widening or narrowing the space between the two burrs. This creates a much more consistent grind and consistently better cup of coffee. A burr grinder is what you want for in-home grinding. 


The Water


Temperature

200 degrees F, +/- 2 degrees will yield the best results. Use a digital water kettle or a thermometer for best results. 


Brew Time

Brew time is dependent on the brew method.  As a rough guide, espresso shots should take around 25 seconds, a pour over should take around 2 minutes and 20 seconds, and a french press should take 4 minutes. Times vary for consumer grade drip machines. Adjust the grind size coarser (or higher) to shorten the brew time. Adjust the grinder finer (or lower) to increase brew time.