Basic Brew Recipe
When brewing coffee at home your personal palate is king.
Making adjustments and fine-tuning the coffee to fit your tastes is half the fun.
As a starting point, we recommend a ratio of 16:1 (water:coffee).
We find this ratio produces a well-balanced cup. If you don't have a scale at home this is roughly 2 tablespoons of ground coffee to 12 oz water. To fine-tune, play with how much coffee you use, and the size of the grind.
Now get out there and get that perfect cup!
Essential Equipment for Home Pour-Overs
There are a few simple tools that any home barista can get to make amazing pour-overs at home:
1) GRAM SCALE: Doesn't have to cost $100s. Just make sure it reads to the tenth of a gram. Even if you aren't planning on being that precise, it's a good indicator of it's sensitivity.
2) GRINDER: Here is where you may need to spend a bit. A grinder is the MOST important tool of your home brew set-up. If you have the budget, we recommend putting most of it towards this device. Best to find something with conical burrs and stepless grind adjustments. There are a few we could recommend in the $100-$300 range. If you don't have the budget for this, not to worry. Look into hand grinders. You can find good quality hand grinders for about half that price.
3) THE BREWER: There are a lot of opinions about what brewer is best. This is the fun part. Find your favorite style brewer and have a good time. We enjoy the v60, Kalita Wave, Fellow Dripper, and Chemex all for different reasons. Try one out and see what you think.
Note: We would say the cone-type brewers, like the v60 and Chemex, are more difficult to get perfectly, even extraction but, when you get it right, you get a great, vibrant cup. Flat-bottom brewers such as the Kalita and Fellow are a little more forgiving with your brew technique and still produce gret cups of coffee. There are a ton of brewers out there so it just comes down to personal preference. Give one a try to see what you think.
4) GOOSENECK VARIABLE TEMP KETTLE: This isn't essential but is a really nice piece of equipment to have. You just fire it up to your desired temp and it does all the work. The gooseneck is of great benefit for controlling water flow during your pour-over process. Non-electric versions also are available, but, the "stove-top" versions aren't that much cheaper, and the electric variable temp version is so much easier to use.
5) TIMER: No need for anything special here. Many scales come with one. You can use a kitchen timer, your phone, a clock with a second hand -- anything that measures minutes and seconds.
These tools are a great place to start.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to: