Brewing Good Coffee

Start with good coffee. Add hot water. Enjoy.

Coffee is subjective. Always brew it to your own personal taste and don’t let someone tell you you’re wrong.

Here are some helpful tips, but remember: brew it how you like.

Brewer

A coffee brewer

Whether an expensive “flat-bottom” or whatever you have at home, an Auto Drip brewer is an easy way to make a pot at home.

  • Toss in 1/2 cup, or 1/2 of your mug, of medium grind (think rough sand) coffee into your filter.
  • Fill up the reservoir with about 4 cups of cold water, or 4 of your same mugs.
  • Press the "on button.
  • Wait...
  • You'll end up with about three 8oz cups.

Pourover

Whether you use a plastic v60 or the artistic Chemex, a simple way to make a coffee by the cup.

  • Toss in 1/4 cup, or 1/4 of your mug, of fine grind coffee into your cone filter.
  • In any kettle, boil about 1 1/2 cups of water, or 1 1/2 of your same mugs.
  • After letting it cool for a minute, pour just enough hot water to saturate the coffee, and watch it “bloom” for about half a minute.
  • Slowly pour the rest into the coffee, around the edge.
  • Wait...
  • Yields one 8oz cup.

Press Pot

The popular standard of your own personal cup of coffee. Just watch the clock.

  • Toss in 1/3 cup, or 1/3 of your mug, of coarse grind coffee into the press pot.
  • In any kettle, boil about 1 1/2 cups of water, or 1 1/2 of your same mugs.
  • After letting it cool for a minute, fill your press pot with the hot water.
  • Let sit for 4 minutes.
  • Plunge.
  • Yields one 8oz cup.

Playing with it

If it’s bitter and watery: try using more coffee.

If it’s sour and one-dimensional: try using less coffee.

If it’s too light and weak: try using finer ground coffee.

If it’s too dark and strong: try using coarser ground coffee.