So don’t wait in line, brew your own perfect cup of coffee at home with our brewing guides. Once you’ve chosen your beans the ways in which you can create your own brew are many and various. Contrary to popular myth you don’t need a state-of the-art espresso machine to achieve great coffee and you certainly don’t need pods!
Whatever your preference, below we have given some guidelines to a variety of brewing methods; we’ve excluded espresso machines as this is so dependent upon the specific machine. We’d love to post some videos of the various methods in action (including any espresso machines), why not send your video to us and we’ll post the best ones here.
The cardinal rules
If you follow these cardinal rules you will transform your home brewed coffee experience, whichever brewing method you adopt:
- Source fresh, skillfully roasted coffee beans (from Crafted obviously!).
- Store your coffee in a vacuum pack if possible and if not, reseal the bag and keep in a cool, dark place; use within 14 – 30 days of the roasting date, which should be shown on the package.
- Invest in the best home grinder you can afford and grind your own beans, as you need them i.e. every time you brew.
- Use filtered water, especially in hard water areas.
- Slow down, relax and ENJOY!
One of the easiest, cheapest and many would say, best ways to brew coffee:
- Use 10g of ground coffee per 150ml of water.
- A fairly coarse grind will give the best results.
- Warm the glass and the plunger with freshly boiled water, empty and add your freshly ground coffee.
- Resist the temptation to use immediately boiled water, the optimum temperature is around 95c.
- Leave the coffee to brew for around 5 minutes and then stir gently before pushing the plunger.
- Pour immediately!
This method produces an espresso-like cup but not a true espresso; it is non-the-less a good, low-cost way of producing a good coffee at home:
- Use either cold or hot water in the pot to the level indicated; cold will mean a slower brewing process, hot a quicker one.
- Use a medium grind of coffee and fill the basket to the top or as indicated and press down moderately.
- Place on a low to moderate heat until you hear the start of the gurgling, then remove the pot and allow it to finish percolating.
Probably the lowest tech method available, there is a wide range of filter cones available, we think the ceramic or glass ones are best:
- Once the filter paper is placed in eth cone, rinse with hot water, this rinses the paper filter, ensuring that all paper fibres are washed away, and also heats up the cone.
- Grind your coffee to a medium to fine grind; the finer the grind the stronger the brew but too fine and you may find the water does not filter through – experiment!
- The quantity of coffee to water is vital and we would recommend as a general rule 8g of coffee to 5oz of water.
A drip brewing method that many rave about. We have summarised the brewing instructions from Chemex below. This beautiful coffee brewer was designed by a Chemist to achieve a perfect cup of coffee, many agree that it does many don’t:
The keystone of the Chemex method is the fractional extraction of only the desirable parts of the coffee bean. Fractional extraction at 190-200 Fahrenheit leaves the coffee fats and bitter elements in the coffee grounds, not in your cup.
- Open the coffee filter paper into a cone. One side should have three layers. Place the cone in the top of your coffeemaker with the thick portion toward the pouring spout.
- Using Regular or Automatic Grind coffee only, put one rounded tablespoon of coffee per 5 oz. cup into the filter cone. If you prefer stronger coffee, use more.
- When the water is boiling, remove it from the heat until it stops boiling vigorously. It should now be at about 200°F, a perfect brewing temperature. Pour a small amount of water over the coffee grounds, just enough to wet them without floating. This is important because it allows the grounds to “bloom,” so the desirable coffee elements can be released.
- After this first wetting simply pour more water, soaking the grounds each time, but keeping the water level well below the top of the coffeemaker. Once the desired amount of coffee is brewed, dispose of the spent grounds by lifting the filter out of the coffeemaker. And that’s it! You are now ready to enjoy a perfect cup of coffee!
The aeropress is an easy and relatively low cost way of making a very good near-espresso. The pressure involved is not enough to make a true espresso and does not produce a crema. It dose however make an excellent cup of coffee easily, quickly and is very easy to clean.
- Grind your coffee to a medium to fine grind depending on how quickly you intend to brew.
- You will need 15g or about 2 tablespoons of coffee. The measuring scoop that comes with the aeropress measures about 15 g of medium roasted coffee when filled to the top.
- Place the plunger in the brewing chamber so the plunger is creating a seal just at the lip of the brewing chamber.
- Invert your aeropress so the bottom of the brewing chamber where the filter will be attached is facing up and sitting on top of the plunger.
- Place the funnel provided into the brewing chamber opening. Pour ground coffee into the brewing chamber and remove the funnel.
- Use 200 ml or about 6.75 ounces of water heated to 200 to 205 degrees. The best way to do this is to bring water to a boil and let sit for 5 to 10 seconds before using.
- Pour water onto coffee with enough force to saturate all grounds. Once all water is in the chamber stir five or so times ensuring all grounds are saturated.
- As soon as all water has been poured into the brewing chamber start your timer and allow 45 seconds.
- While your coffee is brewing place a paper filter into the filter holder and carefully soak with hot water. Place filter holder onto the brewing chamber and secure.
- Once the brewing time has elapsed carefully place your aeropress onto the top of a clean, sturdy mug and press.
- Press the plunger down completely and slowly with evenly applied pressure aiming for 25 seconds in total.