This one is easy… Follow your brewers instructions; ). Adjust the amount of coffee and grind level per your flavor preference. We always recommend grinding your beans just prior to brewing. For brewer maintenance see our FAQ page.
After you have brewed your coffee you may wish to chill the brew and make ICED COFFEE.
Sometimes people mistake iced coffee for cold brew, however these are two completely different brews. See COLD BREW on this page for a how to for COLD BREW.
A more intimate brew
Heat FILTERED water to 195-205° F. Be sure to boil more water than your final desired amount because you will be using some of the water to prepare your filter and prime your mug. Its good practice to bring your water to a boil then allow it to sit for about 30 seconds.
As a starting point use 1 tablespoon for every 4 ounces of water. Adjust per your flavor preference. We always recommend grinding your beans just prior to brewing. Grind to a medium to course grind. (see note** below)
FILTER & GROUNDS PREPARATION
You can use either a paper or metal filters. If you are using paper filters with seams be sure to fold the seams so the filter lays flay against your pour over cone. Be sure to rinse either filter with some of the hot water and discard the used hot water. Rinsing the paper filter removes the paper flavors from the filter. The rinsing process will also pre-heat your mug allowing for a much more consistent brew.
Add freshly ground coffee to the filter, be sure to give it a little shake to even out the grounds in your filter. Pour just enough water over the grounds to fully saturate the grounds. Pour in a spiral motion to ensure all grounds are wet. Wait about 30 seconds. This allows the grounds to bloom. Blooming is when CO2 escapes and the grounds expand, this process enables the grounds to absorb water better and produces a better extraction of flavors.
After your grounds have bloomed, continue pouring the remaining water over the grounds. Continuously pour in a spiral motion saturating all the grounds during the entire pour. Take your time pouring, enjoy the aromas.
At this point you are most likely eager to enjoy your delicious coffee, after all you have worked hard for it… Give your mug a gentile swirl to ensure consistency and enjoy your creation!
**The level of grind will affect how long the drip is and the flavor extraction. Adjust your grind to ensure the brew cycle is not too slow or too fast. The finer the grind the slower the drip and the flavors will be more intense. Adjust the grind to your flavor preference.
There are several Cold Brew setups available, the below is written for a French press.
As a starting point use 1 tablespoon for every 4 ounces of water. Adjust per your flavor preference. We always recommend grinding your beans just prior to brewing. Grind to a course grind. If you grind too fine your final brew will most likely be bitter.
Use FILTERED water. It is up to you if you use cold or room temperature water. As you add the water pour in a spiral motion to saturate the grounds. Gently stir the mixture to ensure all grounds are immersed in water.
Allow the mixture to sit for at least 12 hours in a cool, dark place. (see note** below)
Slowly push the plunger of your French press down but NOT all the way to the bottom. If you were to push the plunger all the way down, it would most likely squeeze the grounds and result in an undesirable bitter flavor. If bitter is your goal… PLUNG AWAY! If your press has allowed some grounds to bypass the plunger you can use a coffee filter to remove them by pouring your brew through the filter. (it is a good idea to rinse your paper filter to remove the paper taste).
At this point you are most likely eager to enjoy your delicious coffee, after all you have worked hard for it… Enjoy your creation!
Your brew is concentrated therefore adding ice will dilute the brew. If you prefer a non-diluted drink you can make ice cubes from a batch and add them to your drink this will allow you to enjoy a full flavor. Although we like our coffee with nothing added you can add almost anything you like to your cold brew; milk, cream, cinnamon, caramel, sugar, honey, liquor… the list goes on and on.
**Ultimately the final acceptable brew is up to you. If you found your brew to be too weak, try extending the steeping time. If it were too strong try adding more water or reduce the amount of time you allow your brew to steep.