The following is a guest article from Matt over at RoastyCoffee.com.
Making coffee this way does not exactly embody the term Effortless Gent, but if you really want to experience a delicious down-to-earth coffee, it’s gonna take some effort.
We’re so used to convenience and speed, hence the invention of the single cup brewer — which even its inventor regrets.
Think of the process: a plastic cup covered with foil stores some dried, old, artificially-flavored grounds and a machine spits 192-degree water through in a few seconds. It’s like the Oodles of Noodles of the coffee world. We forget what good coffee tastes like.
There’s a movement happening. Just like the rise of high-quality craft beer and spirits, the third wave of coffee is following. More and more people every day are experiencing what it’s like to drink freshly roasted and ground coffee every morning and it’s life changing.
I believe in slow coffee. Coffee that you make with your hands. The process alone is meditative.
Taking the time to brew the perfect cup of coffee is a skill, it’s an art form, and it will help slow you down in the morning when you need it most, even if that means making time for it.
At Roasty Coffee, I’ve helped to turn Chock Full o’Nuts drinkers into Sun-Dried Ethiopian Yirgacheffe drinkers and they’ve never looked back.
If you’re a bit skeptical, I suggest you venture to a good coffee shop to get a taste of what your mornings could be like, and I’m not talking about Starbucks.
However, if you’re ready, let’s slow down and brew the best cup of coffee you’ve ever had.
What you need…
- A 6-cup chemex brewer
- Chemex pre-folded paper filters
- A digital kitchen scale
- Freshly roasted coffee beans
- a Hario Burr hand grinder
- A Bonavita electric gooseneck kettle
- and a Yeti 20 oz rambler
How to brew…
- First, measure 600 ml or grams of water using your digital kitchen scale and heat it up to 205 degrees fahrenheit in your electric kettle.
- While the water is heating, measure out 30 grams of coffee beans and grind them in your Hario hand grinder on a medium fine setting.
- Place one pre-folded paper filter in the Chemex and add 100 ml of water to rinse the filter and pre-heat the chemex.
- After a minute, discard the water and add the coffee grounds to the wet filter.
- Then, we’ll bloom the coffee for one minute by pouring the hot water slowly over the grounds enough to saturate. You’ll see the grounds puff up and release co2 gas. This is the coffee bloom.
- After a minute, slowly pour the rest of the water over the grounds in a circular or side-by-side motion to make sure all the grounds are soaked.
- Once the water has been filtered through the ground, discard the filter and grounds, then serve and enjoy.
And you? How do you brew?
Although this is arguably one of the best ways to enjoy your cup of Joe, not everyone does it this way.
What’s YOUR preferred method of brewing? Let us know in the comments below.