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Brew Guides

Welcome to our Brew Guides page! Here, we aim to provide you with a comprehensive guide on different brew methods for your favorite coffee beans. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned coffee enthusiast, we've got you covered. We've outlined various brewing techniques that cater to your preferences, equipment, and brewing time. Get ready to explore different flavors, textures, and aromas that each brewing method can offer.

Selecting the right grind

Coffee lovers know that the perfect cup of joe depends on various factors, including the quality of the beans, the brewing method, and perhaps most importantly, the grind size. The grind size of coffee beans plays a crucial role in determining the flavor, aroma, and overall quality of your brew. Different brewing methods require different grind sizes to achieve the best results. Let's explore how to select the right grind for making various types of coffee.

  1. Coarse Grind:
    Coarse grind is typically used for French press or cold brew coffee. The beans are ground into larger particles, resembling sea salt or coarse sand. The coarse grind allows for a longer extraction time, enabling the coffee to develop a rich and full-bodied flavor. If you try to use a fine grind for French press or cold brew, you may end up with a muddy and over-extracted cup.
  2. Medium Grind:
    Medium grind is suitable for drip coffee makers, pour-over methods like the Chemex or V60, and certain types of espresso machines. The medium grind has a texture similar to granulated sugar. It allows water to pass through the grounds at an optimal rate, extracting the desired flavors without over-extracting. This grind size strikes a balance between surface area and extraction time, producing a well-rounded cup of coffee.
  3. Fine Grind:
    Fine grind is commonly used for espresso machines, moka pots, and AeroPress. The fine grind resembles table salt or powdered sugar. It provides a larger surface area for water to extract the flavors quickly, resulting in a concentrated and intense brew. However, using a fine grind with a brewing method that requires a coarser grind can lead to a bitter and over-extracted taste.
  4. Extra Fine Grind:
    Extra fine grind is specifically for Turkish coffee, which is brewed by boiling finely ground coffee and water together. This grind size is almost powdery, like flour or talcum powder. The extra fine grind allows for rapid and complete extraction in the short time it takes to boil the coffee, resulting in a strong, thick, and highly aromatic cup.

Remember, the key to achieving the perfect cup of coffee lies in consistency. Invest in a good quality burr grinder, as it provides more control over the grind size compared to blade grinders. Adjust the grind size based on your brewing method and experiment to find the perfect balance that suits your taste preferences.

Selecting the right grind size is crucial for brewing a delicious cup of coffee. Whether you're using a French press, pour-over, espresso machine, or Turkish coffee pot, matching the grind size to the brewing method ensures optimal extraction and flavor. So, grab your grinder, experiment with different grind sizes, and elevate your coffee experience to new heights.

Brewing Equipment

Choosing the Right Equipment for Brewing Excellent Coffee at
Home

 

Many coffee enthusiasts dream of brewing cafe-quality coffee
in the comfort of their own homes. The good news is that you don't have to
break the bank to achieve exceptional results. With the right equipment,
quality beans, the correct grind, and consistency in your brewing method, you
can make outstanding coffee right in your kitchen. Let's explore the various
methods and machines available and highlight the difference between high-end
expensive machines and more affordable alternatives.

 

1. Manual Brewing Methods:

   Manual brewing
methods are popular among coffee aficionados because they offer control and
precision over the brewing process. Methods like pour-over, French press, and
AeroPress allow you to tailor the coffee extraction to your liking. These
methods require minimal equipment, mainly a brewing vessel, a grinder, and a
reliable kettle for precise water temperature control. They are affordable
options that can produce excellent results when paired with high-quality,
freshly roasted beans and a consistent grind size.

 

2. Drip Coffee Makers:

   Drip coffee makers
are a convenient and budget-friendly option for brewing coffee at home. They
typically come with programmable features, allowing you to set the brewing time
and enjoy a freshly brewed pot in the morning. While some inexpensive drip
coffee makers may lack certain brewing parameters like water temperature
control, they can still produce a decent cup of coffee when combined with
freshly roasted beans and a consistent grind size.

 

3. Espresso Machines:

   Espresso machines
are a popular choice for those who crave the intensity and complexity of
espresso-based beverages. High-end espresso machines, often found in coffee
shops, offer precise temperature control, pressure profiling, and advanced
features for optimal extraction. However, they can be expensive investments. On
the other hand, there are more affordable semi-automatic espresso machines and
even manual espresso makers that can produce excellent shots of espresso when
coupled with freshly roasted beans, the right grind size, and a consistent
brewing technique. Explore our range of espresso machines to find one that
suits your budget and brewing style, allowing you to enjoy espresso-based
beverages from the comfort of your home.

 

4. Coffee Subscription:

   Another crucial
aspect of brewing great coffee at home is the quality of the beans. Consider
subscribing to our coffee of the month subscription, ensuring you receive
freshly roasted beans delivered to your doorstep. Our subscriptions offer a
curated selection of beans from around the world, sourced from sustainable
farms and roasted to perfection. By shopping with North Arrow, you gain access
to a variety of flavors and profiles, allowing you to explore the world of
specialty coffee without leaving your home. The convenience and freshness of
our coffee subscription will elevate your home brewing experience.

 

Ultimately, the key to brewing exceptional coffee at home is
understanding the fundamentals and focusing on the essential elements. Quality
beans, roasted to order, a consistent and appropriate grind size, and a brewing
method that suits your preferences are crucial. While high-end machines offer
advanced features and precision, they are not the only path to a remarkable cup
of coffee. With the right knowledge, technique, and a modest investment in
equipment, you can create extraordinary coffee experiences in your own kitchen.

 

So, don't let a limited budget deter you from your coffee
brewing aspirations. Embrace the method that resonates with you, invest in
fresh beans, master the grind size, and ensure consistency in your brewing
method. Explore our selection of specialty-grade, roasted-to-order coffees, and
with passion, patience, and a willingness to experiment; you can enjoy a truly
exceptional coffee experience at home.

Pour Over

What You'll Need:

  • Pour over dripper
  • Filter paper
  • Coffee grinder
  • Scale
  • Kettle
  • Timer
  • Mug or carafe

Instructions:

  1. Boil water and let it cool for a few minutes until it reaches 195-205°F (90-96°C).
  2. Weigh and grind 25 grams (0.88 ounces) of coffee beans to a medium-fine consistency.
  3. Place the filter in the dripper and rinse it with hot water to remove any paper taste and preheat the dripper and the mug/carafe.
  4. Discard the rinse water and add the ground coffee to the dripper.
  5. Slowly pour hot water (360 ml or 12 ounces) over the coffee in a circular motion, making sure all the grounds are evenly saturated.
  6. Let the coffee brew for 3-4 minutes or until the water has dripped through the filter and into the mug/carafe.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Tips:

  • If you prefer stronger coffee, increase the coffee to water ratio or use a darker roast.
  • If you prefer weaker coffee, decrease the coffee to water ratio or use a lighter roast.
  • Adjust the grind size to control the extraction rate. A finer grind will produce a stronger flavor, while a coarser grind will produce a milder flavor.

French Press

What You'll Need:

  • Coffee grinder
  • French press
  • Scale
  • Kettle
  • Timer
  • Mug or carafe

Instructions:

  1. Boil water and let it cool for a few minutes until it reaches 195-205°F (90-96°C).
  2. Weigh and grind 30 grams of coffee beans to a coarse consistency.
  3. Add the ground coffee to the French press.
  4. Pour hot water (500 ml or 16.9 ounces) over the coffee, making sure all the grounds are evenly saturated.
  5. Stir the coffee and water.
  6. Let the coffee steep for 4 minutes.
  7. Press down the plunger slowly and evenly.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Tips:

  • Adjust the grind size to control the extraction rate. A finer grind will produce a stronger flavor, while a coarser grind will produce a milder flavor.
  • If you prefer stronger coffee, increase the coffee to water ratio or use a darker roast.
  • If you prefer weaker coffee, decrease the coffee to water ratio or use a lighter roast.

Drip Coffee

What You'll Need:

  • Drip coffee maker
  • Coffee grinder
  • Scale
  • Filter paper
  • Mug or carafe

Instructions:

  1. Boil water and let it cool for a few minutes until it reaches 195-205°F (90-96°C).
  2. Weigh and grind 50 grams (1.76 ounces) of coffee beans to a medium consistency.
  3. Add the ground coffee to the filter paper in the coffee maker.
  4. Pour hot water (800 ml or 27 ounces) into the water reservoir.
  5. Turn on the coffee maker and let the coffee brew.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Tips:

  • If you prefer stronger coffee, increase the coffee to water ratio or use a darker roast.
  • If you prefer weaker coffee, decrease the coffee to water ratio or use a lighter roast.
  • Adjust the grind size to control the extraction rate. A finer grind will produce a stronger flavor, while a coarser grind will produce a milder flavor.

Cold Brew

What You'll Need:

  • Coffee grinder
  • Scale
  • Pitcher or jar
  • Filter paper or cheesecloth

Instructions:

  1. Grind 100 grams (3.53 ounces) of coffee beans to a coarse consistency.
  2. Add the ground coffee to a pitcher or jar.
  3. Pour 800 ml (27 ounces) of cold water over the coffee, making sure all the grounds are evenly saturated.
  4. Stir the coffee and water.
  5. Cover the pitcher or jar and let the coffee steep in the refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
  6. Strain the coffee through a filter paper or cheesecloth.
  7. Dilute the concentrate with water or milk to taste.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Tips:

  • Use a dark roast for a stronger flavor, or a light roast for a milder flavor.
  • Adjust the steeping time to control the strength of the coffee. A longer steeping time will produce a stronger flavor, while a shorter steeping time will produce a milder flavor.

Espresso

What You'll Need:

  • Espresso machine
  • Coffee grinder
  • Scale
  • Shot glass

Instructions:

  1. Fill the water reservoir of the espresso machine and turn it on to preheat.
  2. Weigh and grind 18 grams of coffee beans to a fine consistency.
  3. Distribute the ground coffee evenly in the portafilter and tamp it down firmly.
  4. Lock the portafilter into the espresso machine and place the shot glass under the spout.
  5. Start the extraction process and let the espresso drip into the shot glass for 25-30 seconds.
  6. Stop the extraction process and discard the used coffee grounds.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Tips:

  • Adjust the grind size to control the extraction rate. A finer grind will produce a stronger flavor, while a coarser grind will produce a milder flavor.
  • If you prefer stronger coffee, increase the coffee to water ratio or use a darker roast.
  • If you prefer weaker coffee, decrease the coffee to water ratio or use

AeroPress

  • AeroPress
  • Coffee grinder
  • Scale
  • Kettle
  • Timer
  • Mug or carafe

Instructions:

  1. Boil water and let it cool for a few minutes until it reaches 175-205°F (79-96°C).
  2. Weigh and grind 15 grams (0.53 ounces) of coffee beans to a fine consistency.
  3. Place the filter in the AeroPress cap and rinse it with hot water to remove any paper taste and preheat the AeroPress and the mug/carafe.
  4. Discard the rinse water and add the ground coffee to the AeroPress chamber.
  5. Pour hot water (240 ml or 8 ounces) over the coffee, making sure all the grounds are evenly saturated.
  6. Stir the coffee and water for 10-20 seconds.
  7. Insert the plunger and press down gently for 20-30 seconds until all the liquid is extracted.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Tips:

  • If you prefer stronger coffee, increase the coffee to water ratio or use a darker roast.
  • If you prefer weaker coffee, decrease the coffee to water ratio or use a lighter roast.
  • Adjust the grind size to control the extraction rate. A finer grind will produce a stronger flavor, while a coarser grind will produce a milder flavor.

Brew Ratios

Use this chart as a quick reference for weighing out the right amount of coffee.

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