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Single-cup Pourover

The single-cup pour over brew process perfectly highlights the delicate floral and tangy stone fruit notes of our Guatemala Finca La Cuchilla.

Similar to the Chemex brew method, the single-cup pourover is a perfect way to brew a custom, delicious cup of coffee. This method highlights all of our different coffees and allows you to experience a hand-crafted, fresh cup of coffee. Using the proper method consistently will result in a perfectly extracted, flavorful and unique cup of coffee every time. So follow the guidelines and develop a consistent method and you will be rewarded with a great cup of coffee.


Rinse Filter

Rinse Filter

Open filter into cone and place into brewer. Place brewer onto brew bar or coffee cup. Rinse filter with hot water. Discard water.

  • Rinse Filter

    Rinse Filter

    Open filter into cone and place into brewer. Place brewer onto brew bar or coffee cup. Rinse filter with hot water. Discard water.

  • Weigh Coffee

    Weigh Coffee

    Weigh out 28 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of coffee for a 12 ounce cup.

  • Grind Coffee

    Grind Coffee

    Grind coffee just before brewing to a coarseness slightly finer than for auto-drip (about like sand).

  • Add Grounds

    Add Grounds

    Add grounds to brewer and shake slightly to evenly distribute grounds.

  • Start Bloom

    Start Bloom

    Pour just enough hot water(198-200 degrees F) onto the coffee bed to fully saturate the grounds but not so much that water is freely flowing from the bottom of the filter.

  • Continue Bloom

    Continue Bloom

    Let bloom for 30-45 seconds.

  • Begin Brew

    Begin Brew

    After bloom time pour enough water to fully saturate the grounds slowly, steadily and evenly over the coffee starting in the middle of the coffee bed and pouring in a clockwise circular motion out to just before the edge of the the coffee.

  • Continue Brew

    Continue Brew

    Once all coffee has been saturated continue pouring. Pour just into the middle of the coffee bed. Pour fast enough to ensure a proper brew time but not so fast as to flood the brewer. You want to be able to see the coffee grounds suspended in the water not a pool of water over the coffee grounds. You should see few bubbles and only slight turbulence in the brewing coffee. The coffee bed should be an even color with no super blonde or dark spots.
    Total brew time from start of bloom to end of brew cycle should be about two and a half minutes. When brew time is complete remove brewer from top of cup.

  • Serve

    Serve

    Pour your brew.

  • Enjoy!

    Enjoy!

    Enjoy!


Detailed Instructions

The brew time for this method is completely dependent on the grind size, dose and speed of your pour.

First, open filter into cone and place into brewer. Place brewer onto brew bar or coffee cup. Rinse filter with hot water. Discard water.

Weigh out 28 grams (about 4 tablespoons) of coffee for a 12 ounce cup.

Grind coffee just before brewing to a coarseness slightly finer than for auto-drip (about like sand).

Add grounds to brewer and shake slightly to evenly distribute grounds.

Pour just enough hot water(198-200 degrees F) onto the coffee bed to fully saturate the grounds but not so much that water is freely flowing from the bottom of the filter.  Let bloom 30-45 seconds.

After bloom time pour enough water to fully saturate the grounds slowly, steadily and evenly over the coffee starting in the middle of the coffee bed and pouring in a clockwise circular motion out to just before the edge of the the coffee.

Once all coffee has been saturated continue pouring. Pour just into the middle of the coffee bed. Pour fast enough to ensure a proper brew time but not so fast as to flood the brewer. You want to be able to see the coffee grounds suspended in the water not a pool of water over the coffee grounds. You should see few bubbles and only slight turbulence in the brewing coffee. The coffee bed should be an even color with no super blonde or dark spots. 

Total brew time from start of bloom to end of brew cycle should be about two and a half minutes. When brew time is complete remove brewer from top of cup.

You will rely completely on the speed of your pour to reach the final two and a half minute brew time. 

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Automatic Drip

Although automatic drip coffee makers aren’t the best tool to use for a great cup of coffee, they are the most common and most convenient. Following a few simple steps will lead to a nice, convenient cup of coffee. Just the thing to get you up and out the door on a busy morning.  Try any of our coffees in the auto-drip.


Step One

Step One

Start with good coffee. Assuming you are going to brew Bold Bean, you’ve already taken care of this step.

  • Step One

    Step One

    Start with good coffee. Assuming you are going to brew Bold Bean, you’ve already taken care of this step.

  • Step Two

    Step Two

    Use the right ratio of coffee to water. 10 grams of coffee for six ounces (coffee cup) of water is a good rule of thumb. If you don’t have a gram scale, that 10-gram measure works out to be about 2 tablespoons of medium roasted coffee beans per six ounce coffee cup.

  • Step Three

    Step Three

    Grind coffee fresh for every pot. Use a medium fine or auto-drip grind.

  • Step Four

    Step Four

    Use fresh, clean water.

  • Step Five

    Step Five

    Brew for the full cycle. Don’t pour a cup of coffee during the middle of the brew cycle.

  • Step Six

    Step Six

    Don’t let your coffee pot sit on the burner after brewing and clean up when finished.

  • Step Seven

    Step Seven

    Enjoy!


Detailed Instructions

1. Start with good coffee. Assuming you are going to brew Bold Bean, you’ve already taken care of this step.

2. Use the right ratio of coffee to water. 10 grams of coffee for six ounces (coffee cup) of water is a good rule of thumb. If you don’t have a gram scale, that 10-gram measure works out to be about 2 tablespoons of medium roasted coffee beans per six ounce coffee cup. If brewing a dark roasted coffee use a slightly higher volume of beans; for a light roast, slightly lower. If weighing your coffee, keep proportions the same. Most coffee makers, but not all, have cups marked according to the six ounce cup measurement. It’s best, then, to measure your water in a standard measuring cup.

3. Grind coffee fresh for every pot. Use a medium fine or auto-drip grind. Burr type grinders are ideal. They allow you to dial in accurate grind settings and achieve evenly sized grounds. Blade grinders chop coffee, resulting in uneven and powdery grounds. This leads to bitter, watery coffee and dreaded coffee sediment. If you are going to use a blade grinder, make sure you don’t overload it. And, be sure to “pulse grind” the coffee, using short bursts.

4. Use fresh, clean water. And, unless you are in one of the few cities boasting good tap water, always use filtered water. Chemicals such as fluoride and chlorine, as well as high concentrations of minerals such as iron and lime, will negatively affect the flavor of your coffee and will shorten the life of your coffee maker. It’s best not to use distilled water. You need water with some trace minerals for proper extraction. Without minerals present in water used for brewing, coffee is basically tasteless. In short, either use a filter or buy spring water.

5. Brew for the full cycle. Don’t pour a cup of coffee during the middle of the brew cycle. That cup will be thick and strong and the rest of the pot will be watery.

6. Don’t let your coffee pot sit on the burner after brewing is finished. This will quickly lead to burnt tasting coffee.

7. Keep your coffee maker and coffee pot clean. Dispose of grounds soon after brewing and rinse and wipe filter basket clean. Any surface that ground or brewed coffee touches should be cleaned regularly, ideally after every use.

8. Enjoy!

Extra: Automatic drip brewers generally don’t brew a great cup of coffee because very few of them extract the coffee evenly. Just look at the head on your auto-drip machine. Does it have a big shower head that evenly saturates the coffee bed? No? Well, this will result in under extraction of half of the coffee over extraction of the other half. You can minimize this though. Try stirring the coffee grounds a few times during the brew cycle. This will help incorporate all of the grounds into the brew water allowing for a more even extraction.

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French Press

Brewing with a press pot is one of the easiest ways to enjoy an excellent cup of coffee at home. Press pot coffee is brewed using a full-immersion method, meaning the coffee is fully immersed in water for the entire brew time. This type of brewing produces a very full- bodied, hearty cup.  We really enjoy the full body and richness the french press highlights in our SweetSpot espresso blend.


Step One

Step One

Heat filtered water to boil.  Let sit for 30 seconds or until it reaches 200 degrees. Preheat brewer with hot water then dump. Grind coffee to a coarse grind. Pour coffee into brewer.

  • Step One

    Step One

    Heat filtered water to boil. Let sit for 30 seconds or until it reaches 200 degrees. Preheat brewer with hot water then dump. Grind coffee to a coarse grind. Pour coffee into brewer.

  • Step Two

    Step Two

    Pour majority of water onto coffee grounds with enough force to saturate them evenly. Stir coffee/water mixture to help settle bloom. Start timer for four minutes.

  • Step Three

    Step Three

    Once bloom has settled pour remainder of water into the mix.

  • Step Four

    Step Four

    Place lid on brewer. Let sit until the timer is to two minutes.

  • Step Five

    Step Five

    Remove lid and stir grounds three or four times. Replace lid and let sit until the remaining time elapses.

  • Step Six

    Step Six

    Once timer is down to 30 seconds start pressing the plunger down. Press plunger slowly and evenly.  Press should take 20 to 30 seconds.

  • Step Seven

    Step Seven

    Pour carefully…

  • Step Eight

    Step Eight

    Enjoy!

 

Detailed Instructions

What you’ll need
Scale or measuring spoon, grinder (preferably a burr grinder), coffee, filtered water, timer or watch, water kettle or other heating method, press pot (French press), stirring spoon, coffee cup and/or thermal carafe

Grind
You should always grind your coffee as close to brewing time as possible. You will need 16 grams or two tablespoons of coffee for every eight ounces of water. The coffee will be fully immersed for a long brew time so it’s necessary to use a coarse grind. As a general rule, the longer the immersion time the coarser the coffee needs to be ground. Once your coffee is ground pour it into an empty, clean and dry press pot.

Water
To ensure great results, you need to use filtered water heated to about 200 degrees. Coffee is 99 percent water so using good quality water is imperative. The best and easiest way to get the water to the correct temperature is to boil the water in an electric water kettle and let sit for 30 seconds after boiling. Boiling water on the stove or even the microwave will work as well. Once the water is at the proper temperature assertively pour it onto the the grounds. You want the water to contact the grounds with enough force to saturate them totally and evenly. Pour the majority of the water onto the grounds. There should be a prominent bloom if you are using fresh coffee. The bloom is caused by gas built-up in the coffee.

Time and Stir
Once you have poured the majority of your water start your timer set for four minutes and gently stir the contents of the press pot three or four times around to ensure even extraction and to settle the bloom. When the bloom settles pour the remaining water into the mix. After two minutes have passed stir again and then place the top and plunger on the press pot.

Press
Once three and a half minutes has passed, press the plunger down slowly and evenly. It should take 20 to 30 seconds to fully press the plunger.

Pour
You should pour your pressed coffee into serving cups or a thermal carafe as soon as it is brewed. Coffee left on the grounds in the press pot will quickly become over extracted and bitter.

Enjoy!

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Clever

The Clever is so user friendly and it does a very great job of brewing all of our coffees.

The Clever coffee dripper is probably the easiest way to make a great cup of coffee at home. Like the french press, the Clever dripper uses immersion brewing. Immersion brewing produces a full bodied and full flavored cup of coffee but usually leaves behind a good amount of unwanted sediment. The filter in the Clever traps the sediment, leaving you with a clean cup to enjoy.


Step One

Step One

Heat 12 ounces filtered water to boil. Let sit for 30 seconds or until it reaches 200 degrees. Place filter in brewer and rinse with hot water.

  • Step One

    Step One

    Heat 12 ounces filtered water to boil.  Let sit for 30 seconds or until it reaches 200 degrees. Place filter in brewer and rinse with hot water.

  • Step Two

    Step Two

    Place brewer on top of cup to drain water.

  • Step Three

    Step Three

    Remove brewer from top of cup and place on a flat surface. Grind 24 grams (three rounded tablespoons) of coffee to a medium grind(same as for automatic drip.)

     
  • Step Four

    Step Four

    Pour grounds into filter and gently shake to even coffee bed. Start timer for four minutes. Pour just enough water to saturate grounds. Let sit for 30 seconds.

  • Step Five

    Step Five

    Pour remainder of water onto coffee taking care to evenly saturate all grounds.

  • Step Six

    Step Six

    Place lid on brewer. Once timer is down to one minute remove lid and stir gently six or seven times. Replace lid and set brewer on top of a coffee mug.

  • Step Seven

    Step Seven

    Brewed coffee will drain from brewer into your coffee mug. This should take about one minute. If all steps have been completed correctly the coffee should be done draining as the four minute timer expires.

  • Step Eight

    Step Eight

    Remove brewer from top of mug. To clean up, dispose of grounds and filter and rinse the brewer under water. Enjoy!


Detailed Instructions

The Clever dripper uses a filter the sediment problem is eliminated creating a very clean, full bodied and flavorful cup. The Clever dripper looks a lot like a single cup pour-over brewer but it has a stopper in the bottom that prevents any water from escaping the brewing chamber until the brew cycle is complete. This allows the person brewing to have total control of the time the grounds are in contact with water. Whereas single cup pour-overs can be difficult to control and master a Clever is mastered easily.

What you’ll need
Scale or measuring spoon, grinder (preferably burr grinder), coffee, filtered water, timer or watch, water kettle or other heating method, Clever coffee dripper, stirring spoon, coffee cup.

Preheat and rinse filter
You will get best results if you preheat everything that will come in contact with your coffee. Preheating will help prevent the coffee from becoming “shocked” resulting in bitterness. To preheat place the clever on a flat surface and insert filter, fill Clever within one inch of the top with water just off the boil. Let sit for five or so seconds and then place the Clever on top of your coffee mug and let the water drain into the mug. Keep the hot water in the mug until you are ready to brew directly into it.

Grind
You should always grind your coffee as close to brewing time as possible. For the Clever we use 2 grams of coffee for every ounce of water. We usually brew our Clever with 12 ounces of water so 24 grams or about three rounded tablespoons of beans will suffice. The coffee needs to be ground to a medium grind. We use the same grind for the Clever as we do for an automatic drip coffee machine.

Water
To ensure great results you need to use filtered water heated to 200 degrees. Coffee is 99 percent water so using good quality water is imperative. The best and easiest way to get the water to the correct temperature is to boil the water in an electric water kettle and let sit for 20 seconds after boiling. Boiling water on the stove or even in the microwave will work as well.

Pre-infusion and begin to brew
Once the water is at the correct temperature begin brewing immediately. Set timer for four minutes and hit start just as you pour the first water on your grounds. The first step in brewing is the pre-infusion step. You want to pour just enough water on the grounds to soak them all evenly and completely. This will cause your coffee grounds to bloom. Once the bloom has settled some, 30 seconds or so, pour the remainder of your water on to the grounds taking care to saturate all grounds evenly.

Continue brewing and draw down
Place the lid on the Clever as soon as all water has been added to the brewing chamber this will keep heat in and help regulate the brewing temperature. Once the timer is down to about a minute and five seconds remove the lid and give the coffee a few gentle stirs so all of the grounds will be evenly extracted during the draw down. After you stir replace the lid. Pour any water that may still be in your mug from preheating out just before placing the Clever on your mug. Place the Clever on top of your coffee mug and all ow all of the coffee to drain from the clever into your mug. This should take about a minute. If the grind is set right and everything has been timed correctly the last of your coffee should leave the brew chamber just as your four minute timer expires.

Clean up
Clean up is very easy with the Clever. Simply remove and dispose of the filter. Rinse the brewer with hot water, drain and repeat

Enjoy!

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Chemex

The sweetness of our Colombia Meridiano is perfectly highlighted by the Chemex brewing process.

The Chemex coffee brewer was designed by a Peter Schlumbohm, a German chemist, who was intent on creating the perfect coffee brewer. It’s design is not only functional, producing a very good cup, but also beautiful, a Chemex is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and in the Smithsonian.


Rinse Filter

Rinse Filter

Place filter in brewer and rinse with hot water. Remove filter, dump water, replace filter.

  • Rinse Filter

    Rinse Filter

    Place filter in brewer and rinse with hot water. Remove filter, dump water, replace filter.

  • Weigh Coffee

    Weigh Coffee

    Weigh 40 grams (about 5.5 tablespoons) of coffee for a 600 mL brew. Total brew volume should be up to the “button” on the front of the Chemex.

  • Grind Coffee

    Grind Coffee

    Grind coffee to a medium grind the same as for auto-drip(kosher salt texture).

  • Add Grounds

    Add Grounds

    Pour grinds into filter and shake to even coffee bed.

  • Begin Bloom

    Begin Bloom

    Start timer for four minutes. Pour just enough water (filtered 198-200 degree F) to saturate grounds.

  • Continue Bloom

    Continue Bloom

    Let bloom for 30-45 seconds.

  • Begin Main Brew

    Begin Brew

    Slowly pour enough water in a circular motion to evenly saturate the grounds.

  • Keep on Brewing

    Keep Brewing

    Once grounds are evenly saturated continue pouring only in the middle of the coffee bed.

  • Finish Brew

    Finish Brew

    Continue pouring at a rate that will result in a four minute brew time. If pouring at the correct rate you will see the grounds in suspension for the entire brew cycle and will never see a pool of water over the grounds or dry grounds. You should not see any blonde spots or dark spots in your coffee bed. The coffee bed should be an even color throughout the brew cycle.

  • Swirl

    Swirl

    Give the brewer a quick but steady swirl to ensure the grounds draw down evenly and aren’t left stuck to the brewer’s walls.

  • Pour

    Pour

    Your total brew volume should be to the middle of the “button” on the front of the Chemex. Total brew time should be 4 minutes. After brew is complete remove filter from brewer and pour coffee into your mug.

  • Enjoy!

    Enjoy!

    Enjoy!


Detailed Instructions

Brewing coffee with a Chemex coffee brewer is fun and can result in an outstanding cup if a little bit of care is used in the brewing process. Because a filter is used when brewing with the Chemex it produces a very clean cup of coffee. Chemex makes specially formulated coffee filters for use with all of their brewers. The thickness of the filter facilitates a slow brew time while filtering out the sediment that can be left behind by other brewing processes resulting in a very full, sweet and clean coffee. Basically brewing with a Chemex can give you all of the positive attributes of both press pot brewing and of filtered coffee brewing but none of the drawbacks of either.

One of the great things about manual pour-over brewing is that you have control over every aspect of the brewing process. Unlike an automatic coffee maker which brews every coffee at the same temperature for the same amount of time, with a manual pour-over you can change your method to suit a each coffee. The drawback to this is that if you don’t develop a consistent method the inconsistencies from brew to brew can be drastic.

The key in getting a good cup of coffee from a manual pour-over, or any other brew method for that matter, is consistency. Make sure that every time you brew you are consistent in your method. If you take the time to make sure your water is filtered and at the correct temperature, your coffee is of high quality, fresh and at the right grind, and your extraction is timed and performed correctly you are guaranteed great results. Once you have your method down it becomes second nature and it’s very easy to produce great results time after time.

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