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DISTRICT | Brew Like a Pro!


To help you get started we’ve put together a set of guidelines, not rules, by coffee brewing device. They’re a set of suggestions as to where to start so you can get to your perfect cup of coffee as quickly as possible.

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French Press

THE FRENCH PRESS

As old as coffee itself, the French Press is a great way to get a quick and easy cup or two of coffee. Make sure you use the best beans and grind them properly, having clean equipment, and use the right amount of coffee for the quantity of clean (filtered?) water, and the right water temperature. With this you’re on your way to a great cup of coffee!

  1. Grind around 8 tbsp (120 grams) for an eight-cup French Press (adjust accordingly for your Press size). The coffee should have the consistency of dry breadcrumbs.
  2. Clean the French Press (make sure you get out any old grounds from the wire plunger!) and preheat the glass and plunger with some hot water. Be sure to empty any water out of the French Press before you add the grounds.
  3. Pour your ground coffee into the French Press. Pour hot (205ºF, 96ºC) water into the French Press, making sure to fully saturate all the grounds. Pour the hot water into the French Press until it is half full. As you do this, start a timer set for four minutes.
  4. After about a minute has passed, stir the top layer of the water (where the grounds have floated up to) and pour hot water into the French Press until it is even at the top; then place the French Press lid. Take care not to overfill such that when you place the lid on the French Press it overflows.
  5. When your four-minute timer beeps or gets to zero plunge down the wire filter in a steady action until it stops by compressing the grounds at the bottom of the French Press. You’re going to want to empty the coffee into pre-heated coffee cups and not leave any more coffee in the French Press. Should you leave the coffee in the French Press and go back for more it will be stronger (and a bit more mud-like) as the steeping process will continue.
  6. Find a friend, a great spot, some terrific music, and sit down. Enjoy your coffee.
  7.  Do it all over again.

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AUTO DRIP COFFEE MAKER

You sure you want to do this? Of course you do. You need a fast, easy, and pretty good cup of coffee. Right?

Automatic drip coffee makers have taken the hassle out of making coffee and provide a great way to make many cups of coffee at once. Unfortunately most home automatic drip coffee makers don’t sustain idea temperatures – yielding a coffee drink that is weak or under-extracted. Despite this here are a few pointer to ensure the best results look for an automatic coffee maker that prepares and maintains a temperature of around 200-205ºF (93-96ºC) during the brewing process, use the right amount of ground freshly ground coffee, good quality filters, and clean, fresh water.

  1. Start off by making sure that the brewing components are clean of any grunge, leftover grounds, caked on coffee evaporation, and anything else. Preheating all brewing surfaces. This would be the paper filter and basket to eliminate as much of the papery taste as possible.
  2. Grind your beans to a consistency that is similar to that of table salt. Grind about 3 tbsp (45 grams) of coffee for every 6oz (236ml) of water. Put the grounds into the paper or wire filter in the coffee maker.
  3. Pour fresh, clean (preferably filtered) water into the automatic drip coffee maker storage tank.
  4. Hit the start button. Wait until the brewing process is complete. If the coffee tastes a little weak, adjust by adding more ground coffee or making the ground coffee a little finer. If the coffee tastes too strong, adjust in an opposite manner.
  5. Store brewed coffee in a vacuum container (don’t apply any more heat to the brewed coffee) and pour into a pre-heated cup.
  6. Find a friend, a great spot, some terrific music, and sit down. Enjoy your coffee.
  7. Do it all over again.

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SINGLE SERVE DRIP PROCESS / POUR OVER PROCESS

As the most popular specialty brewing process it is a terrific home (or office) brewing device. For best results make sure you’re using the best quality beans, the correct grind, high-quality filters, executing a great pour over, and great water at the right temperature and in the right quantity.

  1. Measure out and grind coffee in a ratio of about 1oz (29 grams) of ground coffee for every 12oz (354ml) of water.
  2. Put the filter into the single serve drip cone and pre-soak and rinse with hot water. Pour out the rinse water when you’re done.
  3. Pour in the ground coffee. Then pour in 205ºF (96ºC) water, enough to only saturate the grounds. Stir the grounds if necessary to make sure water has fully saturated the grounds. Let the grounds bloom for about 45-60 seconds.
  4. Using a timer, start a 3:30 time as you add the remaining water, enough to fill the single serve drip cone. At about the 2:15 mark on the timer, stir the water a few times.
  5. When the timer has expired, release the coffee into a pre-heated container or cup.
  6. Remove the filter and coffee quickly. Put the filter and saturated grounds mixture in a location where it can drip out without making a mess.
  7. Find a friend, a great spot, some terrific music, and sit down. Enjoy your brewed coffee.
  8. Experiment and find your perfect brew that exactly fits your desired flavor profile.

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THE AEROPRESS

An AeroPressTM is a fast and convenient brewing tool. For best results make sure you’re using the best quality beans, the correct grind, great water at the right temperature, and a good plunge.

  1. Measure and grind about 3 tbsp (17grams) of fresh coffee. Try and get the grind to look a bit like table salt in its consistency.
  2. Put the plunger in the brewing tube (upside down) with the black rubber part touching the lower part of the circle surrounding the number “4.” Put the top of the plunger on the table.
  3. Rinse the filter with hot water and preheat the brewing device.
  4. Add your ground coffee to the inverted AeroPress.
  5.  Have a timer handy, set to one minute. Start the timer as you pour hot water (about 205ºF or 96ºC) into the brewer; make sure the grounds are good and saturated. Continue pouring to the top of the “3” level.
  6. Stir the mixture a bit to ensure full mixing. Then pour enough water to fill the device to above the circle surrounding the number “2.”
  7. Put the preheated and rinsed filter on the top of the device. Make sure it’s tight!
  8. When the timer goes off you’re almost ready! Take the AeroPress and tip it to an angle and spin it a bit – maybe 10-12 seconds.
  9. Flip the AeroPress and place it on top of your pre-heated cup. Press the plunger down with a steady slow push. Stop pressing down if you hear a “hiss” from air being plunged.
  10. Add more hot water to your cup. Try and start with a 50/50 ratio of pressed coffee and hot water as a starting point. Adjust as you feel you need to get to your preferred taste.
  11. Find a friend, a great spot, some terrific music, and sit down. Enjoy your brewed coffee.
  12. Rinse and repeat.

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CHEMEX

The ChemexTM is a great home (or office) brewing device. For best results make sure you’re using the best quality beans, the correct grind, high-quality filters, executing a great pour over, and great water at the right temperature and in the right quantity.

  1. If you have a standard 40oz (1183ml) Chemex device, measure and grind about 6 tbsp (34grams) of fresh coffee. Try and get the grind to look a bit like sea salt in consistency. (If you have a larger or smaller Chemex, adjust accordingly.)
  2. Put the filter into the Chemex and pre-soak and rinse with hot water. Pour out the rinse water when you’re done.
  3. Pour in the ground coffee. Then pour in 205ºF (96ºC) water, enough to only saturate the grounds. Stir the grounds if necessary to make sure water has fully saturated the grounds. Let the grounds bloom for about 30 seconds.
  4. Using a timer, start a 4:00 time as you add about 5oz (150ml) of water. At the 3:20 mark, add 10oz (300ml) of water. At the 2:00 mark fill to full 20oz (700ml) mark. Let the mixture sit until the 4:00 mark.
  5. Pour water in a spiral over the coffee grounds and slowly fill to the top of the brewer. Keep adding water until the brewed coffee is at the Chemex glass button.
  6. Remove the filter and coffee quickly. Put the filter and saturated grounds mixture in a location where it can drip out without making a mess.
  7. Pre-heat a coffee cup. Pour your coffee into the pre-heated cup.
  8. Find a friend, a great spot, some terrific music, and sit down. Enjoy your brewed coffee.
  9. Do it all over again for a friend.

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ESPRESSO

Considered the “king” of coffee, espresso isn’t easy. But, if done right, there is no equal. To do it right make sure you have a high-quality espresso machine, use the best beans and grind them properly, use the right amount of coffee for the quantity of water, watch your temperature, and be patient. You’ll get it.

  1. Warm up your machine and preheat your espresso cup.
  2. Clean out the filter device and ensure that the basket is clean and dry.
  3. Grind and measure out the coffee. Think about a little over 3 tbsp (20 grams) as a starting point (consider your basket size and adjust accordingly). Tap the filter a couple of times to settle the coffee; swipe off any excess that is above the filter top. And, tamp the coffee into the filter – make sure to keep it flat.
  4. Put a little water (purge) through the espresso machine head. Watch for water coming out and stop at that point.
  5. Attach the filter device to the espresso machine. Start running water through (start your timer as well!). And put your cup underneath and watch for a steady stream of espresso drop into place. Extract for about 25 seconds to get to about a 1.5oz (44ml) of espresso. If it takes too long to get to the quantity, make the grounds a bit coarser. If you get to the volume too quickly, make the grounds finer.
  6. Find a friend, a great spot, some terrific music, and sit down. Enjoy your brewed coffee.
  7. Go back to step one for a second cup!

 

[Note: the above are offered as general recommendations. Your individual taste may require a little experimentation. Go ahead, experiment and tune your brew just for you!]