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Info to be added to the OP: Brewing methods, derived from Craft Coffee - A Manual
, by Jessica Easto w/Andreas WillhoffFrench Press
Brewing Temp: Varies
Brewing Time: Varies
+ Works with coarse grind*
+ Simple and versatile, great for beginners
+ Looks fancy as fuck
- * When I say course I mean coarse
. I mean mulch
. Can your grinder do the job?
- You're gonna taste bean
, not roast
. Go dark and keep the fruity stuff away.
- Slow. 5-8 minute brew (with different instructions for each)
- No one recipe. Even this book doesn't have a hard temperature. I'm wrestling to find hard numbers right now!AEROPRESS
- This is my jam, as recommended to me from another coffee thread approximately four years ago.
Brewing Temp: 175-185F
Brewing Time: 20-50 seconds (Stir for 10 seconds, slowly press the remainder of the time)
Produces: Shots of espresso-like drink (not true espresso, thanks Mojo Jojo)
+ When brewed properly, needs less sugar, possibly none
+ Very easy to transport
+ Cheap as hell
+ FAST. The only thing your waiting on is for your water to reach the right temperature.
+ A simple consistent recipe with very little variation
+ Makes espresso, therefore flexible with recipies
- Recipe requires your full focus and attention. Brew is so challenging I find I can only focus on one serving at a time, although it can make two servings.
- Just because its easy to transport, that doesnt mean the beans/grounds are.
- Dependent on your (and your roomates/SOs/family) morning mental energy to brew correctly with precise timing. I have to remind my mom to read the manual because it makes espresso
, not drip coffee. A different book described it as a hobby
rather than a household technique: inconvenient. (I say you need to suck it up.)
- Looks absurd
. Looks like it was invented in a toymaker's home because it was.Pour Over
- I recently purchased a Japanese Vario V60 Dripper and will begin experimenting with it
Brewing Temp: 212, then set aside
Brewing Time: 2 min
+ Looks very cool
+ Easy to clean
- Need to purchase a gooseneck kettle
to pour evenly, and a kitchen scale to track your pouring without stopping to peek
- Requires focus and attention
- + Vast number of purchasing options, each with its own quirksRecommended Add'l EquipmentBurr Grinder > Blade Grinder
A blade grinder is basically a blender shaped differently. How a bean is ground up is at the mercy of these spinning blades, therefore the grind is inconsistent. A burr grinder chews up the beans in a consistent fashion.https://prima-coffee.com/learn/article/grinder-basics/burr-grinder-basics/31830
Oh, your rig came with a scoop? That's cute, but your manufacturer didn't account for different grounds. A kitchen scale will tell you if you're using the right amount of grounds. And for pour over, will tell you if you're pouring the right amount of water.