Brewing Ideas & Recipes
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The manual percolation methods featured here, unlike the immersion methods, rely on pour technique to turn out well, and therefore take a bit of practice to perfect. But if you want nuance in your coffee, or appreciate delicate flavor notes, that practice will pay off.
Most pour over recipes you find will have you use a circular pouring technique over the coffee bed, avoiding pouring directly against the filter wall. Your goal is to create an even coffee bed for the water to flow through so that extraction is uniform throughout the grounds. To assist you in this we recommend a gooseneck kettle. The gooseneck will help you pour more accurately and control your flow rate better.
A note on paper filters: All paper filters introduce flavor into your coffee. Rinsing your filter with hot water before introducing the coffee grounds will help wash away some of the “papery” taste. Understanding the nature of the different filters you will use will help as well. For example, Chemex filters are thicker than other filters, but they also retain more coffee oils. The unbleached variety tends to add a little more “filter taste” to the coffee. Every filter has something a little different to offer.
Below is a little more information about specific brew methods and ways to explore at home!
At their most basic, immersion brew methods mix water and coffee, and then strain after a certain amount of time. This means that unlike percolation methods, which feed water through the coffee grounds, the entirety (or most of the entirety) of the water is with the grounds for (almost) the entire brew time. Because of this, many people will recommend a higher ratio of coffee in immersion methods vs percolation methods. Additionally, whether or not a bloom helps with immersion methods is a subject of debate. As with many things in coffee, however, generalizations aren’t always helpful, so pick a brew method below to find out more specifically what goes into it.