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How to Brew the Perfect Cup



At White Tale Coffee, we take our beans and our brewing seriously. We thought we'd share some of the lessons we've learned in our quest to brew the perfect cup.

Here are a few brewing methods to experiment with. They allow you to manipulate the flavor and caffeine content of every cup.

 

POUR OVER (V-60)

This cone-shaped dripper has spiral internal ridges to keep the filter from sticking to the walls of the cone, allowing the coffee to be filtered through the walls. A fine to medium grind is recommended. This brewing method is good for bright, fruity, and floral coffees.

 · Methodology

  1. Measure out as much water as you plan to use, plus a little extra for rinsing your filter, and bring it to a boil.
  2. Rinse the paper filter with a small amount of hot water then discard the rinse water. Rinsing eliminates the paper taste.
  3. Add ground coffee to the cone, roughly one ounce for every 16 oz. cup. For a pour over, you may want to use a fine grind, something similar in looks to that of granulated sugar.
  4. Pour water in the middle of the cone until all the coffee is wet. Wait for 30 seconds to give the coffee an opportunity to bloom and develop flavor.
  5. Continue pouring slowly, starting in the middle and moving in round circles, then enjoy!

CHEMEX

The Chemex is a combination of a pour over filter cone and a glass decanter. It normally uses a thicker paper filter that highlights the brighter notes of coffee and results in a sweeter cup. Bright, fruity coffees do well under this brewing alternative. A medium grind is recommended. The brew time is longer than other pour over methods, making it less dependent on the skills of the user.

 · Methodology

  1. Measure out as much water as you plan to use, plus a little extra for rinsing your filter, and bring it to a boil.
  2. Rinse the paper filter with a small amount of hot water then discard the rinse water. Rinsing eliminates the paper taste.
  3. Add ground coffee to the cone, roughly one ounce for every 16 oz. cup. For a pour over, you may want to use a fine grind, something similar in looks to that of granulated sugar.
  4. Pour water in the middle of the cone until all the coffee is wet. Wait for 30 seconds to give the coffee an opportunity to bloom and develop flavor.
  5. Slowly pour in the rest of the water.
  6. Take the filter away and give your chemex a slight swirl.
  7. Enjoy!

FRENCH PRESS

It’s a simple, convenient and easy brewing method, which allows the user to control the flavor through three basic variables: brew time, water temperature, and grind.

A coarse grind is recommended for the filter to work well. French press brewing is less fussy than most other methods. Under this method, your cup will most likely result in a full-flavored brew with a deeper sweetness and strong body.

 · Methodology

  1. Add ground coffee into the press and shake it mildly to even it out. For a French Press you will want a more coarse grind, resembling sea salt.
  2. Boil your water. You’ll want it close to 205 degrees, so after it begins to boil, let it go for about 30 seconds more.
  3. Gently pour half of your water over the grounds, saturating them.
  4. After 30 seconds, stir the coffee gently for 5 seconds.
  5. Pour the remaining hot water over the coffee and let the coffee brew for 4 minutes.
  6. Gently press the plunger down and enjoy.


AEROPRESS

Using this brewing alternative, you will achieve a fast, mellow cup of coffee.

Different to the french press, the water piston device does not keep your coffee in contact with water for a prolonged period of time. Water and coffee are only in contact for about 90 seconds. Your final result is a full flavored, concentrated, yet low on acidity. The espresso or fine grind is recommended.

 · Methodology

  1. Place the filter in the basket.
  2. Rinse the paper filter with a small amount of hot water then discard the rinse water. Rinsing eliminates the paper taste.
  3. Assemble your AeroPress with the cap off. Inverting the standard position keeps coffee from leaking through the filter before it is ready.
  4. Pour your ground coffee into the AeroPress chamber and gently shake to settle the grounds.
  5. Evenly pour half of your water over the grounds. Let it rest for 45 seconds.
  6. Fill the AeroPress all the way to the top.
  7. Stir gently for 5 seconds.
  8. Attach the cap with the filter to the top of the chamber. Wait for 40 seconds.
  9. Flip the AeroPress over and place it on top of your coffee recipient.
  10. Press the plunger down slowly.
  11. Remove the cap and discard the grounds and filter.
  12. Enjoy!


SENSORY WHEEL

A sensory evaluation is suggested for coffee lovers to grade, describe, and understand coffee. As proud members of the Special Coffee Association of America we highly recommend using the SCAA flavor wheel developed as a practical tool to learn more about coffee and how to further appreciate it.