Crafting the Perfect Cup

A few measurements and a little preperation is all you need to brew great coffee. To get started we need to know: 1: The ratio of coffee to water 2: water temp 3: coarseness of grind and 4: brewing or extraction time. 

Chemex Coffee Brewing Guide

Chemex Brew Guide

Clever Dripper Coffee Brewing Guide

Clever Dripper Brew Guide

French Press Coffee Brewing Guide

French Press Brew Guide

We recommend 7 grams of coffee to every 100 grams (4oz or ½ cup) of water. If you don’t have a gram scale, that’s about 2 tbsp coffee (14 grams) per each 8oz cup of water. Most pour-over units yield about 2 cups (16oz) of coffee. So we recommend about 30 grams of coffee to 500 grams (1 pint, 18oz or ½ a liter) of water.

For larger auto-drip machines just increase the numbers to compensate for additional cups. Try 60 grams coffee to 1,000 grams (36oz, 4 cups or 1 liter) of water.

Ideally you should rinse your filter paper, and preheat your brewing vessel and cups with hot water. Heat water to about 195 - 200° F. If you don't have a thermometer, just bring your water to a boil and let it sit for about 3 minutes before starting.

Keys to Successful Brewing

The grind should be neither too fine nor too coarse, and this is determined by the brewing method. Most pour-overs use about the same grind, medium/fine. French press and cold brew preparations are slightly coarser, medium/coarse. Espresso should be finely ground (just shy of pulverized dust). Turkish coffee is the only method that requires your grinder to be set to the finest possible setting: dust.

Brewing time should be accurately measured. Similar to grind, timing is determined by brewing method and is just as important as any other factor. Full-immersion style preparations (Clever Dripper/French Press) require 4:00 minutes of brew time, while pour-overs (Chemex/V60) can take anywhere from 2½ to 4 minutes.

Lucky for you if you've done something wrong you'll taste it. Over-extracted coffee, which tastes overly bitter or sour, results from either too fine of a grind, too long of a brew time, or water that is too hot. Under-extracted coffee might taste weak or watered down and is the result of using too coarse of a grind, too short of an extraction time, or tepid water. Striking the right balance takes practice but it's not rocket science.

Freshness & Storage

To avoid odor contamination and moisture damage, do not store coffee in either the refrigerator or freezer. Choose a location away from direct sunlight in a cool, dry place, sealed and away from moisture.

Our heat-sealed bags are designed to be the perfect store for fresh coffee. Each bag has a one-way CO2  release valve to de-gas from the roasting process. Inside the coffee is kept fresh and able to vent until your next order.