Brew Guide

The brew guide is intended to help you reveal all the beautiful and flavorful qualities of a coffee. Yet, these are just guidelines. One's best might be someone's average, so feel free to adjust the different parameters until you get the taste you desire. Keep in mind that the quality of your coffee, the grinder you use and the water quality also have an effect on the taste of your coffee.

AeroPress

AeroPress

Some coffee experts have defined the AeroPress coffee brewer as a combination of a French press and an espresso machine. The result? A strong, aromatic coffee with soft foam, dense body, and no residue.

Although the AeroPress was made to prepare coffee in one, universal way, known as the “standard” method, the creative minds of baristas invented a second way, the "inverted brewing", to extract the full range of flavors and aromas from the coffee. The steps outlined below brews the coffee using the “inverted” method.

Grind:

Medium-fine

Coffee quantity:

18g (~ 2½ tablespoons)

Water quantity:

250mL hot water (~ 200ºF)

Brew time:

2:20 min

1. Prepare the AeroPress

Begin with balancing the chamber on top of the plunger, so that the AeroPress is upside down. Separately, put the filter inside the filter cap and moisten it with warm water. Moistening the filter with warm water gets rid of any paper flavors (if using a paper filter).


2. Add coffee and water 20 seconds

Pour the ground coffee inside the chamber, using the funnel if needed. Add the hot water and stir for 10 seconds. Let it rest for another 10 seconds. Be careful not to add boiling water as it may burn the coffee.


3. Fasten AeroPress and wait 2 minutes

Screw the moistened filter cap on top of the chamber and wait for 2 minutes for the coffee to release its flavors. Managing time is crucial as longer wait times will result in the coffee being bitter. However, if you find your coffee sour, you might want to increase the time by another 15-20 seconds to get rid of the sourness.


4. Pour coffee into cup

After the time has passed, turn the AeroPress to its upright position, place it on top of a coffee mug, and use the plunger to push the coffee out with a bit more pressure than you would use in the standard brew method.

chemex

Chemex

With its recognizable hourglass figure and wooden handle, the Chemex brewing method is suitable for coffee lovers who enjoy the bright and acidic side of coffee. This brewer comes with its own thick paper filter, which is exactly what creates the distinctive taste of a Chemex coffee.

Grind:

Medium-coarse

Coffee quantity:

32 - 35g (~ 5 tablespoons)

Water quantity:

500mL hot water (~ 200ºF)

Brew time:

4:40 - 5:00 min

1. Prep the Chemex

Rinse the Chemex with hot water to warm up the device and to rid any foreign odors. Additionally, dampen the paper filter and insert it inside of the brewer. Moistening the filter with warm water gets rid of any paper flavors.


2. Bloom the coffee 40 seconds

Add the ground coffee and pour just a little bit of water (~ 50-60mL) inside the filter so that the coffee has time to “bloom” and release its flavors. Give the mixture a quick stir and let it rest for 40 seconds. Coffee “blooms” or degasses when it’s fresh, and the coffee bed rises and bubbles a bit during this phase.


3. Add remaining water

Slowly pour in the rest of the hot water, in a spiral motion, until you’ve brewed your desired amount of coffee. The spiral motion helps achieve an even extraction and keeps the coffee grains integrated.


4. Brew and serve 4 minutes

You should reach your desired brew volume in approximately 4 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

french press

French Press

French Press is a well engineered device that many baristas prefer to use at home, and with a reason - it’s one of the oldest and a convenient way to make coffee. As for the method of brewing, in the french press coffee is prepared by…well, pressing. The steps below are meant to comfortably brew 2 cups of coffee, so feel free to adjust the amounts as necessary.

Grind:

Coarse

Coffee quantity:

30 - 32g (~ 4½ tablespoons)

Water quantity:

480mL hot water (~ 200ºF)

Brew time:

4:00 min

1. Prep the French Press

Rinse the French Press by hot water in order to warm up the device and to remove any storage odours if using after a long time. Optional


2. Add coffee and part water 50 seconds

Add coarsely grounded coffee and pour half the amount of hot water. Let it rest for 50 seconds.


3. Stir 10 seconds

After the minute has passed, use a spoon or spatula to break the top layer (crust) and gently stir for about 10 seconds.


4. Add remaining water and let rest 3 minutes

Pour the remaining hot water, put the lid on and let the coffee brew for another 3 minutes.


5. Press and serve

Press the plunger down, slowly and steadily, pushing all the sediment to the bottom of the container, leaving only the clear, tasty coffee ready for you to drink. Serve immediately. Pour the entire coffee from the French Press into the respective coffee mugs or transfer the remaining coffee to another jug to avoid over extraction.

pour over

Pour Over

Pour over brewer is similar to an electric drip brewing method but with a little advantage - you can control the time of brewing and the temperature of the water, making it a good choice for those who enjoy brewing their coffee manually. No matter what pour over brewer you use (Hario V60, Kalita Wave or Bee House), the brewing steps below do not differ much.

Grind:

Medium-fine

Coffee quantity:

20 - 22g (~ 3 tablespoons)

Water quantity:

350mL hot water (~ 200ºF)

Brew time:

3:00 - 3:20 min

1. Prep the brewer

Rinse the brewer with hot water to warm up the device and to remove any existing odors. Additionally, rinse the paper filter with warm water. Moistening the filter with warm water gets rid of any paper flavors.


2. Bloom the coffee 20 seconds

Add the ground coffee and pour just a little bit of water (~ 40-50 mL) inside the filter. Let the coffee “bloom” and release its flavors for 20 seconds. Coffee “blooms” or degasses when it’s fresh, and the coffee bed rises and bubbles a bit during this phase.


3. Pour remaining water

Slowly pour the rest of the hot water, in a spiral motion, keeping the coffee grains submerged. The spiral motion helps achieve an even extraction and keeps the coffee grains integrated.


4. Brew and serve 3 minutes

Let the coffee brew until all the water has seeped through the filter. It should take around 3 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

moka pot

Stovetop Moka Pot

The Stovetop Moka Pot (or Stovetop Espresso Maker) is simply just another version of the espresso machine. Many choose this coffeemaker because of its simple approach and the coziness of brewing a warm cup of coffee without having to learn a complicated technique. Although Moka pots come in a wide range of sizes, we are going to explain the method of brewing for just one cup of coffee using a small Stovetop Moka pot.

With the Moka pot, you should expect a very intense, tangy flavor that is similar to the espresso. Most of the problems associated with the Moka pot come from not cleaning it properly, which would result in a weird, metallic-tasting coffee. To avoid this, you should only clean your pot using hot water and wipe it with a clean dry cloth.

Grind:

Fine

Coffee quantity:

20g (~ 3 tablespoons)

Water quantity:

250mL hot water (~ 200ºF)

Brew time:

3:30 - 3:50 min

1. Fill bottom tank

Add the hot water to the bottom half of the Moka pot, filling to the line of the tank.


2. Add coffee and attach filter basket

Add the finely grounded coffee to the filter basket, giving it a gentle shake to level the surface. Then insert the filter basket in the bottom tank.


3. Attach top and heat 3½ minutes

Screw the pot’s top to the bottom tank, and place the whole brewer on a stove at medium heat. Use a cloth when screwing the top and bottom together as the bottom tank will be hot.


4. Remove from heat and serve

The coffee is done brewing when you notice the top chamber doesn’t fill anymore. Serve immediately. You will be hinted when the coffee is ready by a hissing sound.

Few other tips...

1. It all starts with Freshly Roasted Coffee!

No matter the brewing method, one can easily make a bad cup of coffee by using old coffee that has lost its flavors. Using freshly roasted coffee beans should be the number one priority when brewing coffee at home. This is a key reason why Roasted Bean Box does not sell its coffee through retailers or ship its coffee beyond the city of roast. Besides, not shipping our roasted coffee too far helps keep our environment green.


2. Aim for freshly grounded coffee

Grind your coffee beans just before brewing. Coffee oxidizes after roasting and starts to lose its flavors when in contact with air. The oxidization occurs rapidly when the roasted beans are grounded because every part of the bean is now exposed to air. You should also consider using a burr or mill grinder as they give a precise, uniform grinding of coffee beans as compared to an electric grinder. If you love coffee then purchasing a grinder is a good investment!