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Basic Equipment

Optional Gear

  • Kitchen Scale
  • Gooseneck Kettle
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Thermometer

Basic Equipment

At a minimum, we will need to combine hot water and ground coffee, then filter it.

Drip Coffee Maker: This will hold the filter and coffee over your cup.

Boiling Water: Any reasonable way to heat water up is fine.

Ground Coffee: Use something tasty you like drinking.

Kalita Wave 185 Filter: Wavy flat bottom filter, this is my favorite method of brewing. Cup to cup consistency is very easy. (View on Amazon)

Hario V60 02 Filter: Cone type filter, this is great for a 'clean cup' - the opposite character of a french press. It is more difficult to pour without an optional Gooseneck Kettle. (View on Amazon)

Optional Gear

Kitchen Scale: A kitchen scale will help with making sure that today's cup tasted as good as yesterday's cup. It will also allow you to begin your journey to tweaking the cup to fit your taste preference.

Gooseneck Kettle: Helps you pour and agitate the coffee at the same time.

Coffee Grinder: Allows you to use whole beans, fresher grind = fresher coffee.

Thermometer: Monitor your water temperature! :)

I love manual brewing coffee! It can be as simple or as complex as you'd like to make it. In this guide I will be covering the basic steps. Then in the second part, I will go into depth about all of the details that I like to look after to really optimize my cup.

Brewing Hot Coffee - Getting Started

Step 1: Insert the paper filter into the brewer.

Step 2: Add ground coffee into the paper filter. (About 2 tablespoons)

Step 3: Pour just enough hot water to wet all of the coffee. Let water drain (20-30 seconds)

Step 4: Pour remaining hot water over the ground coffee. (Total 6 fl ounces)

Step 5: Enjoy the coffee!

Brewing Iced Coffee - Getting Started

Step 1: Insert the paper filter into the brewer.

Step 2: Add ground coffee into the paper filter. (About 2 tablespoons)

Step 3: Add iced cubes to your pitcher

Step 3: Pour just enough hot water to wet all of the coffee. Let water drain (20-30 seconds)

Step 4: Pour remaining hot water over the ground coffee. (Total 6 fl ounces)

Step 5: Enjoy the coffee!

Building a Coffee Recipe

Once you have the basic steps down, I like to approach brewing coffee like a recipe. "Coffee Extraction" recipes are usually broken down into three parts: Dose, Time, and Ratio.

Dose - the amount of coffee we put into the filter.

Ratio - the relationship between Dose and Water

Time - the amount of time the water spends with the coffee

 

Hot Coffee - 1 cup

Dose: 18g coffee

Ratio: 1:17 - 300g hot water

Time: 3-5 minutes

 

Iced Coffee - 2 cups

Dose: 30g coffee

Ratio: 1:15 - 150g frozen water + 300g hot water

Time: 3-5 minutes

Brewing Coffee Advanced

Step 1: Boil water, Pre-heat, and Rinse

  • Insert the paper filter into the brewer.
  • Pre-heat the kettle by pouring boiling water into it
  • Pre-heat the brewer and rinse the filter
  • Fill the kettle with boiling water

Step 2: Grind, Add ground coffee, and Bloom

  • Pour ground coffee into the filter.
  • Pour twice the amount in weight to bloom the coffee - start timer
  • (ex: If you use 18 grams of coffee, bloom with 36 grams.)
  • Wait 30 seconds, enjoy the aromas

Step 3: Pour hot water over the ground coffee.

 

Step 4: Enjoy the coffee!