There are many methods to coffee brewing out there. Sure, you can weigh the coffee, preheat your chemex, use *exactly* 200 degree filtered water, and if you have a refined palate your coffee will probably taste a little better. If that’s not your thing though, there’s nothing wrong with that, we think coffee drinkers should just do what they enjoy most.
At Coffee Crate we believe you don’t have to be an expert to enjoy great coffee. So what’s the simple way that you and I can get this local goodness into our cup without a degree in Coffee Preparation?
All you REALLY need:
Your Coffee Crate. You get to experiment and try three new local coffee varieties every month. Our coffees come from roasters all over the state, with beans from all over the world. That’s 36 different coffees a year and a cup of day of brag-worthy beans!
A coffee brewing device. Want to impress? Use anything other than a standard coffee pot. Standard coffee pots continue to heat the coffee after its been brewed. Long story short, that doesn’t make for the best coffee.. A french press is nice because it’s easy to clean and you don’t always have to stock up on filters. A Chemex is nice because it makes for a lovely “clean” cup (the filters absorb the oils), and as a bonus, makes it look like you really know what you’re doing. There are many other ways to make coffee, but until you refine your taste, the difference in taste likely won’t be noticeable. We personally just stick with a French Press and Chemex. Sidenote: I recently shattered our Chemex. Fortunately, my brother-in-law was using his as a flower vase and happily gave it to us.
A grinder. Our beans come whole because you get the best cup of coffee if they are roasted and ground right before you brew a cup. Grinding the coffee makes the beans slowly lose their flavor, and we suggest grinding within ~2-3 weeks of the beans being roasted.. Grind your beans to the consistency of normal ground coffee. Look inside of a bag of ground coffee and see if you can make it look like that.
Water. I use filtered water if my Brita is already full; if not,I use tap water. Some folks have really odd tasting tap water and should use filtered water for all consumption, including coffee. It may strongly affect the taste of your coffee.
Something that can bring water to a boil. We use a small pot.
Other helpful items: a big glass measuring cup (mine is a 2 cup pyrex) and a tablespoon
Really simple directions:
Scoop beans into coffee brewer of your choice
Remove water from boil and pour into measuring cup
How many tablespoons did you use? Okay. Multiple that by three. That’s how many ounces of water you’ll use. I normally end up with about 8 tablespoons for 24oz of coffee. (The professionals weigh their coffee, and use a ratio of 16 to 1. 16 fl oz of water to 1 oz of coffee)
Pour a little water in. Wait five seconds for good measure and slowly pour the rest in. If you want to get fancy, time the pour for 4 minutes. Poured too much, oh well, it will still taste good.
For a Chemex: stand there and wait. Then serve while its hot. Delicious.
For a French Press: turn on a timer for 4mins and when the timer is up proceed with the pressing and IMMEDIATELY pour the coffee into cups or a carafe. I usually end up pouring the extra into the measuring cup. I don’t plan that far ahead.
Another way to simplify your coffee drinking is to forgo the cream and sugar. Now that you’ve brewed coffee in a fancy device, you’re ready to enjoy! If you find that you’ve made too much coffee you can save it in the fridge for iced coffee later. See, there is NOTHING complicated about brewing coffee.
What I’ve learned through my coffee drinking and making is that I do want to learn all the fancy techniques and have all the devices. The reason is because I want to look cool, feel informed about my product, and experiment with the taste.
While we are all on our way to becoming coffee aficionados, we can still enjoy great coffee every morning. Start by using high quality beans and really simple brewing techniques. You can perfect your craft over time.