We love great coffee, and like many things it always seems to taste better when someone else has made it for you. We have created a culture around stopping into our local, or large chain coffee shop as part of our morning commute.
Now with COVID most of us are finding ourselves working from home. Times are strange, and we might be hesitant to venture out to our favorite coffee spot to grab a coffee and then dash back to our "home office".
Rest assured with minimal equipment and a little patience you can create an incredible cup of coffee at home.
It all starts with the beans, the higher quality the ingredients the better the outcome. This is especially true with coffee, there is nothing worse than taking the time to brew a great cup of coffee, patiently waiting to get that first sip to start your day, only to be let down by a bitter, smoky, or tasteless cup.
The key making great coffee at home is to dial in the ratios of coffee grounds to water. Here's a general rule of thumb to get you going.
With most brewing methods sticking with a 1:17 ratio (1 gram of coffee for every 17 grams of water) will result in a good cup.
To go a step further here is a breakdown based upon popular brewing methods.
- For Auto-Drip : In simple terms use 1 rounded tablespoon (scoop) of coffee grounds for every "cup of coffee" (roughly 5 ounces). 60 grams of coffee to 1,000 grams of water (roughly 36 ounces). In most machines this will yield you 32 ounces of coffee. Aim for "sea salt" sized grind. The duration of the brew should take roughly 4 minutes. If you find your brewer to be brewing too quickly or too slowly it might be time to replace it.
- For French Press: 60 grams of coffee to 900 grams of water (roughly 32 ounces). Your yield will end up around 28 ounces of finished coffee. You want your grind to resemble "pretzel salt" size. Steep the grounds for 4 minutes prior to pressing, and you should be happy with the results.
- For Pour-Over: 30 grams of coffee to 500 grams of water (roughly 18 ounces). The finished yield will be around 14.5 ounces. Your grind should be a little finer than the previous brew methods ending up like "Kosher salt". The brew time should also take roughly 4 minutes to complete, you may need to adjust the grind setting to dial in the timing. The Pour-Over is our preferred method of brewing and with a little practice will result in a cup of coffee that will rival the finest artisan coffee shops.
The above should get you started, this is meant to be a high level guide on how to start brewing great coffee at home. Working from home doesn't mean you have to settle for a quick, mediocre cup of coffee.
Stay safe, stay home when you can, and Drink Better Coffee, Everyday!
Our next blogs will start to take a more granular look at popular brewing methods, and tips and tricks on perfecting them at home.