Pour Over

Mike Micallef

Pour Over

Roast Types: Any Roast Type

Time to Brew: ~4 minutes

Pros:

Cons:

How to Brew:

Items you will need:

 Coffee Dripper  Coffee Filter
Grinder Timer
Scale Kettle

 

Step 1:

Bring water to a boil.

Step 2:

Grind out 3 tbsp. of beans to a coarseness similar sea salt.

*If using a light roast bean, we recommend using less coffee: 23 grams for every 350 grams water.

Step 3:

Place a filter into the dripper.

Place the dripper on top of the carafe and wet the filter with hot water. This will help hold the filter in place and prepare your carafe. Then dump the water that is in the carafe before proceeding with brewing.

Step 4:

Add the ground coffee to the filter and gently tap it to level out the grounds. Place the dripper on a carafe or cup. Place this entire set-up onto a digital scale, and set it to zero.

Step 5:

This step will consist of four slow pours. Each pour should be around 15 seconds.

The first pour will release Co2 and the coffee grounds will rise up and create a "bloom" effect.

In a spiral motion start your pour on the outer portion working your way to the center. Stop pouring once the scale reaches 60 grams and give the coffee time to drip before moving on to the next pour. Make sure all coffee grinds are saturated pouring a little extra water if needed. Repeat this 3 more times.

Step 6:

Starting in the center of the grounds, pour in a steady spiral toward the outer edge and then back toward the center. Be sure to pour all the way out to the edge over the ripples in the filter. This helps to keep grounds from being trapped in there and removed from the rest of the extraction. Add roughly 90 grams, bringing the total to 150 grams. The goal during this pour is to sink all of the grounds on the surface of the bed. This creates a gentle turbulence that “stirs” the coffee, allowing water to more evenly extract the grounds. Allow 45–65 seconds to elapse.

Step 7:

As the mixture of water and coffee from the second pour drops to the bottom of the filter, coming close to the level of the grounds, pour an additional 100 grams of water using the same pattern as the second pour. This brings the total up to 250 grams and should take 15–20 seconds.

Step 8:

When the water and coffee from the third pour drops to the bottom of the filter, complete your fourth and final pour. Add 100 grams, bringing the total up to 350 grams of water. This pour should take 20 seconds.

 

 

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AeroPress

Mike Micallef

AeroPress: Inverted Method

Similar to the French Press, this AeroPress method is a full immersion method. This style of brewing has a richer taste than methods where coffee passes through filters immediately. The Aeropress method is a great brew option for any one who needs to make a single cup of coffee. It's a great tool to use if you are a minimalist, don't have a lot of counter space, camper, hiker or just bored of your office coffee!

Coffee Grind: Fine

Roast types: All Roast Types

Time to Brew: ~4 minutes

Pros: The AeroPress produces a great brew. It's easy to brew and easy to clean. Has a low environmental impact as it only uses a small filter.

Cons: The AeroPress can only brew one cup a coffee at a time. 

How To Use:

Items you will need:

AeroPress AeroPress Funnel
AeroPress Filters Kettle
Grinder Digital Scale
Timer Stirring tool
Coffee cup or other vessel

Step 1

You will want to bring 7oz of water to a boil using your kettle. In the meantime, weigh out about 15-18 grams of coffee using your scale. Of course, this depends on your preferred strength of coffee.

Remember to grind your beans to a texture slightly finer than sea salt. Use the picture above as a reference.

Step 2

Place a paper filter into the cap. Pour a small amount of your hot water on the paper filter and cap. This will help your filter stay in place.

Hold the sides of the cap and slowly pour the hot water. Use caution while pouring the hot water.

 Step 3

Place the AeroPress on the scale with the flared end up (upside-down). Add your coffee making sure you do not spill any.

It's possible to attach the cap and place the AeroPress right side-up.This method makes accurate brewing difficult as their tends to be leakage. 

Step 4

Your water should be about 200 degrees F.  Add twice the weight of water than you have grounds. For example, 18 grams coffee you will need to add 36 grams water.

Make sure the coffee is saturated evenly, tamping slightly with the paddle or butter knife if necessary, Start a timer and let it sit for 30 seconds.

Step 5

After 30 seconds use the remainder of the hot water to fill the chamber.

Start a timer for 1 minute then stir the grounds to agitate.

Step 6

Tighten the black cap with the filter onto the AeroPress. Place the funnel (wide side down) over the cap. Depending on your cup or vessel the funnel might not be needed.

Flip the AeroPress over so that the funnel and/or cap is resting on top of your cup or vessel.


Step 7

Push down on the AeroPress. You will feel some resistance which is normal.  Your brewing is complete when you start to hear a hissing sound.

Some takeaways

Very hard to push:  Your grind is to fine

Very easy to push: Your grind is to coarse

 

 

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