BREWING AT HOME
Here at Kiel Coffee, we know that brewing a delicious cup of coffee at home can be easy and fun. These quick tips will help you ramp up your morning coffee game by teaching you how to buy quality coffee beans, what equipment is needed to brew your coffee, and how to using the pour-over method of brewing coffee.
HIGH QUALITY BEANS
The first step to a good cup of coffee is starting with fresh, specialty coffee. Earning the designation of “specialty coffee” means the quality of those beans are in the top 10% in the world. You should also try to look for beans that been locally roasted, because coffee is best consumed within the two weeks after its roast date.
Specialty coffee suppliers focus on the quality of coffee from farm to cup. These coffees have unique flavor specific to their origin. These beans can be found at local coffee shops or roasters. Roasters source the best beans from around the word to bring out the best flavors that coffee has to offer. Common flavor profiles include everything from chocolate to nutty and floral to fruity. Try out multiple origins to find what you like best.
The quality of the water you use can change the flavor of the coffee you brew. Use filtered or spring water to get the best results. The temperature of the water is also important. Coffee should be brewed between 199 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit. You can buy a temperature-controlled kettle, or simply grab a thermometer to check the water temperature.
There are three important pieces of equipment for any good brew: a kettle, a coffee grinder, and a kitchen scale.
A gooseneck kettle will allow you to control the speed and flow of your pour. A coffee grinder will ensure a consistent grind size to ensure the coffee is extracted correctly. A handheld burr grinder is a great place to start.
Finally, a scale will allow you to be precise with the amount of coffee and water use to create a perfect ratio of water to coffee. We recommend 15 ounces of water for every one ounce of coffee.
There is a lot of great brewing equipment out there, but we are going to focus on using Kalita Wave products for making pour-over coffee.
The Kalita Wave is an excellent piece of coffee brewing equipment designed to make a single, perfectly extracted cup of coffee. Not to mention, it is beautifully designed, affordable and easy to travel with.
To brew you will need the Kalita Wave brewer, Kalita Wave filters, beans, high quality water, a scale, a timer and a gooseneck kettle.
Important to all pour-over methods is the bloom. The bloom happens when the water hits the coffee for the first time. In the bloom CO2 gases from the coffee are released, and the coffee expands into a bloom shape. You should typically let the coffee bloom in pour over methods for at least 30 seconds before you start pouring again.
Yield: 12 Ounce Cup
Measurements: 26 grams of coffee and 390 grams of water
Grind Size: Medium
Water Temperature: 205 Degrees
Bloom: 65 grams of water for 60 seconds
1 | Pre-wet the filter and dump out the water
2 | Add 65 grams of water and bloom for 50 seconds.
3 | Evenly pour your water over a time period of around two and a half minutes
4 | Enjoy!
TIPS FOR A CONVENIENT BREW
1 | If you don’t want to measure the temperature of water, heat the water over the stove until it comes to a boil, then wait 30 seconds to achieve prime coffee water temperature.
2 | If you don’t have a scale at home but want to use the above recipe, replace 26 grams of coffee with 5 table spoons of coffee and replace 390 grams of water with 1 and a 1/2 cups of water.
3 | Use a Brita filter to filter your water instead of buying spring water.