How to Brew Coffee
There are many different ways to brew coffee, each with its own unique flavor. We’ll focus here on three basic and popular methods that range from the cleanest to the most full bodied. As a general rule, use 2 tbsp. of coffee for 6 oz. of water. Our in-store brew guides are weight based which yield the most consistent cup of coffee. It’s simple to brew coffee this way with a simple kitchen scale and a measuring cup. These are the same instructions that we use day in and day out at our cafe.
French Press coffee is a unique brewing method that yields a very full and rich cup of coffee. The intent of a French press is to brew only what you and your guests will drink immediately. Coffee that is left in the press for longer periods of time will not only cool down, but continue to extract coffee into the liquid and that just might not taste too good. A timer of some sort is really helpful in brewing a French press.
DOSAGE (COFFEE : WATER) – 60 grams : 1000 grams
1. Start with fresh cold water and bring it to boil in a kettle or stove top.
2. Grind your coffee just before brewing on the coarse setting.
3. Use 60 grams of coffee for a 32 oz. press. Measure 1 tablespoon of ground coffee into the press for each oz. of water.
4. Let the water cool down from a boil approximately 30 seconds.
5. Set the timer for 4 minutes, then pour water over the grounds evenly so the are fully saturated. Leave enough room for the lid.
5. Start the timer. After 1 minute, gently stir the coffee. You may need to add a bit more water at this time.
6. Place the top of the press on top of the carafe to retain heat.
7. After a total of 4 minutes, gently press the coffee to the bottom of the pot. You don’t need to force it.
8. Pour your coffee and enjoy.
The Chemex brewing system is a simple and time-tested way to make exceptional coffee at home. We also offer this method in our cafe. The result is a very pure and clean cup of coffee. This is due to the very fine paper filters used. The subtle nuances of the coffees are clearly expressed. The best result is achieved by brewing on top of a small kitchen scale.
DOSAGE (COFFEE : WATER) – 44 grams : 700 grams
1. Use fresh cold water and bring to a boil in your kettle or stove top.
2. Weigh the coffee beans and grind them.
3. Hold filter so that the four open edges face upwards; separate the layers so that the filter opens with three layers to one side and one layer to the other side; place opened filter in the top of the Chemex cone so that the three-layered side of the filter is along the pouring spout.
4. Rinse the filter with hot water to remove any paper taste from the filter as well as to heat the Chemex; pour out
3. Place ground coffee in filter and shake to settle so that the grounds lie flat; set
Chemex on scale; turn on and zero scale.
4. With a spoon, create a small divot in the center of the grounds.
5. Start timer and begin pouring water (75g) into the divot and then outwards to
wet the rest of the grounds to start the bloom; allow to bloom for 30 seconds.
6. At 30 seconds, begin slowly adding water, in intervals, with a circular pour,
making sure to avoid pouring onto the sides of the filter, until the scale reads 700
grams [dosing should be completed around 3.5 minutes].
7. Once the desired weight is reached, allow coffee to drain into the bottom of the
Chemex until the drip has slowed considerably and there is no standing water on
the grounds [final brew time should be about 4.5 minutes].
8. Carefully lift out filter and throw away; place lid on Chemex to retain heat;
serve with preheated cup(s).
One of the most simple ways to brew an individual cup of coffee at home.
DOSAGE (COFFEE : WATER) – 24 grams : 410 grams or 32 grams for 510 grams.
1. Start with fresh cold water. Bring to a boil in your kettle of stove top.
2. Grind your coffee on the drip setting, or medium/fine. If you don’t have a scale, start with 2 tablespoons for each 6 oz. of water.
3. Place the filter in the filter holder, place over your cup and rinse the filter with hot water. The discard the water from your cup.
4. Put the ground coffee in the filter, level and make a small divot in the middle with your spoon. Pour a small amount of hot water over the grounds to full saturate them.
4. When the water has drained, add enough water to fill the filter in a circular motion to ensure that all the grounds are fully saturated. We use 50 grams of water for 12 oz. and 65 grams for a 16 oz.
5. Once your mug is full, remove the filter holder and let it finish draining in the sink.
6. Your perfectly brewed coffee is now ready to drink. Enjoy!