Preparing and enjoying great coffee at home, especially on a chilly morning when you can drink it on your couch before you’ve had to say a word to anyone, seems like a miracle. But brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home is no magic feat. And it certainly doesn’t require six month’s rent for a home espresso machine either.
Whether you’re into a rich, chocolaty brew or a bright and fruity light roast, it just takes a few key elements to make a game-changing cup of coffee in your very own kitchen.
One such element to consider is your coffee to water ratio. As a broad standard, we recommend using a 1:17 ratio. This means for every 1 gram of coffee, use 17 grams of water to achieve ideal extraction with a complementary strength. To make approximately 16 fluid ounces, weight out 30g of coffee and 510g of water. Of course, we encourage you to experiment and discover what ratio makes your cup the perfect cup.
Ready to get started? To brew the perfect cup, start with freshly roasted Black Rooster coffee beans and these guidelines:
Pour over may be having its day in the sun, but this precise, easy-to-master brewing method that has appealed to coffee drinkers for decades.
- Fill your kettle and set to boil.
- Place filter in the brewing device and rinse thoroughly with hot water. This will ensure no papery taste resides in the brew and also heats the brewer.
- Weigh the coffee. Adjust your grinder to medium-coarse and grind the coffee.
- Add the coffee to the brewing device. Place the brewer on the scale and tare to zero.
- Pour three times as much water as coffee over the grounds. The goal is even saturation, so pour slowly in a clockwise pattern. This essential step allows the coffee to degas, enabling the water to yield the full potential of the coffee. This is called the bloom.
- After about a minute, pour the remaining water slowly in a spiral pattern that goes from the center out to the perimeter and back to the center again.
- Once the liquid disappears from above the grounds the brew is finished. Serve and enjoy.
This classic and straightforward brewing method produces a creamy, robust mouthfeel that adds a touch of luxury to your coffee experience.
- Fill your kettle and set to boil.
- Weigh the coffee. Adjust your grinder to coarse and grind the coffee.
- Add the coffee to the French press. Place on the scale and tare to zero.
- Set a timer for five minutes. Start the timer as you begin to pour the freshly boiled hot water. Completely saturate the grounds as you pour.
- The coffee grounds will float on top of the water and form a crust. Let this sit for one minute. This essential step allows the coffee to degas, enabling the water to yield the full potential of the coffee. This is called the bloom.
- After one minute, break the crust with a spoon and begin regularly stirring the coffee every 20 seconds to keep the coffee from settling at the bottom. This will ensure a full and even extraction.
- Stop stirring one minute before the timer is up to finally let the grounds settle at the bottom.
- Place the plunger on the French press and press it down slowly to just above the layer of coffee grounds at the bottom. Serve and enjoy.
While the drip’s brewing technology hasn’t changed much over the years, using a methodical approach will yield the best results: clean and balanced.
- Weigh water and add it to the reservoir.
- Weigh the coffee. Adjust your grinder to medium and grind the coffee.
- Add the coffee to the filter. Distribute it evenly and level.
- Start your machine.
- Let all of the coffee brew before taking any coffee from the carafe. The coffee’s flavor is developing over the entire duration of the brewing process.
- Serve and enjoy.
No matter how fancy (or basic) your brew method is, a cup of coffee is only as good as the beans that you start with. Start with freshly roasted Black Rooster coffee beans and you’ll be well on your way to brewing the best coffee at home.
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