When it comes to brewing that perfect cup of coffee, there are many options available, and which method produces the best coffee is entirely up to you to decide. Whether you prefer simple or fancy, here’s a guide which covers the more popular brewing methods.
To brew your coffee with a home brewer, start out with one that is clean and happily-functioning. Determine how much ground coffee is needed based on how much you plan on brewing – it should be 1:6 coffee to water ,which is 10grams/2tablespoons of coffee to 6ounces of water
To brew your coffee with a commercial batch brewer you will need medium-coarse ground coffee and a clean brewer. Check the instruction manual to find out how much you will need for your desired volume of coffee.
To brew your coffee with a French Press you will need 50g of coarsely ground coffee, 28oz of nearly-boiling water, a scale (to measure out what you need), and a timer. The entire brewing process takes about 4 minutes, give or take 30 seconds or so. Preheat your French Press by rinsing it with hot water, and be sure to have a separate serving device ready (or a large mug!) ready to transfer the coffee to as soon as it’s finished brewing.
To brew your coffee with an aeropress you will need 15g of finely ground coffee, 250g of nearly-boiling water, a timer and a scale. The brewing process will take about 2:15, give or take 15 seconds. Prepare your aeropress by adding a filter and rinsing it with hot water to preheat.
To brew your coffee using a Kalita 185, you will need 27g of medium/coarse ground coffee, 400g of nearly-boiling water, a scale, and a timer. You will want to rinse the filter with hot water prior to brewing to preheat the equipment and tare the scale to 0g.
Finish @ 3:00 (+/- 0:30) Swirl and Serve
To brew your coffee with a Moka Pot you will need 20g of finely ground coffee and 320g of boiling water. Start by pouring the boiling water into the bottom half of the pot, add your coffee to the basket – give it a shake to settle the grounds, and place the basket on top of the bottom portion.
To brew your coffee with a siphon you will need 35g of medium/fine ground coffee, 590g of nearly-boiling water, and a timer.
If you’re not happy with the taste of the final product, you're likely either:
Experiment with the contact time until you get the right balance for your taste.