Source: Mané Alves, Tea Coffee Expert
Proper Coffee Brewing Instructions – There are many different ways to brew a good cup of coffee whether at home or in the office. Often it’s a matter of personal preference. Below we are listing three common brew methods using different equipment choices:
This is one of the most used and convenient ways to brew a good cup of coffee. Just make sure the brew temperature is as close to 190 degrees as possible, otherwise the coffee will be under extracted.
- Use whole bean coffee that you grind just prior to brewing
- Use approximately 2 level tablespoons of ground coffee per 12 oz. cup
- If it’s a flat bottom filter, use a medium grind
- If it’s a cone shaped filter, use a fine to medium grind
- Pour cold water into the reservoir to the desired level
- Press brew, or follow the machine’s instructions
- After brewing, remove the carafe from the heat source, otherwise the coffee will turn bitter
This is a classic, heat resistant glass beaker with an hourglass design. The Chemex brewer uses the infusion method of brewing, resulting in a slower brew, and a rich cup of coffee that is sediment free.
- Use 1 rounded tablespoon of medium ground coffee per 6 oz. cup
- Heat water in a kettle on the stove top
- Using a Chemex specific filter (it’s heavier than the auto-drip kind) place grounds in the filter
- When the water boils (212 degrees F), wait a few seconds for the initial pour
- Pour just enough water to saturate the grounds; wait 20 – 40 seconds
- Then gradually pour more water leaving 2″ from the top
- Remove the filter and pour and enjoy.
Many people feel that the French Press delivers the best cup of coffee that is rich, bold and delicious. This is an elegant way to serve coffee whether it’s on a breakfast tray with croissants, or at a candle lit table for 2 after dinner.
- For each cup, measure 2 level tablespoons of medium to course ground coffee into the glass pot
- Boil water on the stove top
- Pour hot water over the gounds and stir with a wooden spoon
- Set the plunger in place. Press down enough to eliminate air
- After a few minutes, press the plunger all the way down, slowly but firmly
- Now you’re ready to pour the coffee into a mug and enjoy