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How to Brew Coffee, The Pour Over Method:
  • Place Filter in Basket and rinse with hot water.
  • Weigh out whole bean coffee: 2 grams of coffee per 1 ounce of water.
  • Set your grinder to a medium fine grind. Adjust to achieve desired brew time and taste.
  • Grind coffee.
  • Discard Rinse water from brewing vessel.
  • Add ground coffee to filter.
  • Add around 25 grams (1 ounce) of water (195-205 F) to the coffee bed. Try to evenly saturate the bed so there are no dry spots. Wait 30 seconds.
  • Carefully pour in the remaining water from the middle of the brew basket and slowly move out towards the edges, then back to the center. Repeat this circular pour pattern until the desired weight is achieved. Remember 1 ounce of water for every 2 grams of dry coffee weight.
  • Overall brew time should be around 3 minutes before the water fully dissipates through the coffee bed. Enjoy!
  • If water drains too slowly, make the grind coarser. If water drains too quickly, make the grind finer.
How to Brew Coffee With A Chemex:
  • Place filter in brewer and rinse with hot water.
  • Weigh out 64 grams of whole bean coffee.
  • Set your grinder to a fairly coarse grind (just courser than a metal filter setting).
  • Grind coffee.
  • Discard rinse water.
  • Add ground coffee to the filter.
  • Add 60 grams (~2 ounces) of 195-205 F water to the coffee bed aiming to evenly saturate the bed with no dry spots. Wait 30 seconds.
  • Carefully pour the remaining water using slow clockwise circles spiraling from the middle of the brewer out towards the edge and back to the center. Repeat until target weight is achieved.  For 64 grams of dry weight coffee, use 32 ounces of water.
  • It should take 4-5 minutes for the water to fully dissipate through the coffee bed. Enjoy!
  • If water drains too slowly, make the grind coarser. If water drains too quickly, make the grind finer.
How to Brew Coffee With A French Press:
  • Preheat Press with hot water.
  • Weigh out whole bean coffee: 2 grams per 1 ounce of water.
  • Grind coffee very coarse. Adjust to taste.
  • Discard rinse water.
  • Add grounds to French Press.
  • Start a 4 minute timer and add water to press aiming to evenly saturate the bed of coffee (no dry spots).
  • After 30 seconds, break down the bloom with a spoon.
  • Place lid on the brewer.
  • When timer goes off, press down the plunger. Pour and enjoy!

We hope this quick guide answered you big questions on how to brew coffee.

For more brewing tips and practices, please check the Specialty Coffee Association’s website. 

For in-person instruction and guidance from Amavida’s knowledgeable team of coffee experts, please consider signing up for our Barista Training Program.

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