Drip Coffee

Drip Coffee

Cone Dripper

Cone Dripper

Chemex Coffeemaker

Chemex Coffeemaker

French Press

French Press

Clever Dripper

Clever Dripper

Cold Brew

Cold Brew

HOW TO BREW

 

Just click on one of the brewing methods above and we will show you how...

 

drip coffee

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This is the most commonly used coffee brewing method and probably the brew method that was used for most people's first cup of coffee.  The steps for brewing great tasting coffee using a drip coffee maker involve selecting the correct brewer, properly grinding the coffee and ensuring the proper coffee to water ratio.

 

 

When selecting a coffee brewer, choose a brewer that will heat the water to the correct temperature (197-205 degrees F), pulse brew and evenly distribute the water over the top of the coffee grounds in the basket.  A list of good drip brewers can be found on the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) website.

Equipment Selection

Correct Coffee Grind

Most people don't realize that the correct coffee grind is as important as any other part of the brewing method.  Too coarse and the coffee will be under-extracted and will be lacking flavor; too fine and the coffee will be over-extracted and will end up tasting bitter.

 

Try to avoid using blade-style  grinders as they give you an inconsitent grind.  Burr grinders will give you the most consistent grind and in general, the correct grind for most drip coffee makers will be very similar to the granularity of sugar (see example to the right).  However, there will be slight variations based on the type of coffee and brewer that you use.  But with a little testing and patience, you will find the perfect grind setting.

Ben's Beans coffee grinds for drip coffee maker

Correct Coffee to Water Ratio

Now the question is "how much coffee do I use?".  The simple answer is that you want to use 16 parts water to 1 part ground coffee.  This equates to 8.5 grams of ground coffee for every 5 oz of water.  Unfortunately, the manufacturer's of drip coffee makers have not standardized on how many ounces are in a "cup" mark on their coffee makers.  However, they usually range between 4.5 to 5 ounces per "cup" mark.  

 

So, if you plan on making a 4-cup pot, you would add 20 oz of water and 34 grams of ground coffee.  Using a food scale can make this easy, but if you do not have one, use the general rule of thumb of one tablespoon of ground coffee for every 2 "cups" you plan on brewing.

 

Now that you know the grind setting and the ratio, place an appropriately sized paper filter in the basket, add your grounds and water and start brewing.  In just a few short minutes you will have a wonderful cup of coffee.  

 

You may need to adjust the ratios slightly to accomodate your preferences, but with a little testing you will be making a great cup of coffee with minimal effort.

 

CONE DRIPPER

Also known as a "manual pour-over", this is the preferred method of preparing single servings of coffee.

 

 

  • Cone Dripper (Yama, Hario, etc.)

  • Scale

  • Burr-Style Coffee Grinder

  • Gooseneck Kettle

  • Decanter or Coffee Cup

  • Timer

  • Paper Filter

  • Your Favorite Ben's Beans Coffee

  • A Little Time to Enjoy the Finished Product

What You Need:

How to Brew the Perfect Single-Serving Cup of Coffee

  • Weigh out your beans.  You will want to use a ratio of 1 part coffee to 16 parts water which equates to about 7.5 grams of coffee for every 4 ounces of liquid.  Once you have your coffee weighed, set it aside for later.

  • Prep your equipment.  Place a filter in your cone dripper and place your cone dripper on top of your decanter or coffee cup.  Using your decanter, pour water on the filter to wet it thoroughly.  This process helps remove any impurities frrom the filter as well as settle the filter into the cone dripper.  Allow the water to drain into the cup or decanter and discard this water.

  • Boil your water.  The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is between 197 and 205 degrees F.  Your water will get into this ideal temperature range about 45-60 seconds after it has been taken off boil.

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  • Grind your coffee.  Using a burr grinder, grind your coffee to the consistency of coarse salt (see example on the left).  Place the grounds into the filter in the cone dripper.

  • Zero your scale.  Place your brewing equipment (decanter or cup and cone dripper with ground coffee) on top of your scale and tare (or zero) it.

  • Begin your pour.  Pour just enough water in a circular pattern over the grounds to thoroughly wet them.  You should see the coffee begin to bloom (bubble).  Allow the coffee to bloom for about 45 seconds.

  •  Now begin slowly adding water in a circular motion until you reach your final weight.  Allow the water to slowly drain through the filter into your cup or decanter.  If you got your grind just right, this portion of the process should take approximately 2-1/2 minutes.

  • Enjoy your coffee.  Remove the cone dripper from the cup or decanter and set aside.  Now sit and enjoy the finished product from the first sip to the last.

 

CHEMEX BREW

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Brewing with a Chemex is manual method of brewing multiple servings of coffee.

 

 

  • Chemex brewer

  • Scale

  • Burr-Style Coffee Grinder

  • Gooseneck Kettle

  • Timer

  • Paper Filter

  • Your Favorite Ben's Beans Coffee

  • A Little Time to Enjoy the Finished Product

What You Need:

How to Brew with Chemex

  • Weigh out your beans.  You will want to use a ratio of 1 part coffee to 16 parts water.  For an 8 or 10 cup Chemex brewer, 50 g of coffee with yield you approximately three 8-oz cups of coffee.

  • Prep your equipment.  Using square Chemex filters, you will see that there are 4 "panels" that make up the filter.  separate the panels so that there is one panel on one side and three on the other (see diagram).  Place the filter in the top of the Chemex so that the section with the 3 panels is facing the front of the Chemex (the portion with the pour spout).

  • Using your decanter, pour water on the filter to wet it thoroughly.  This process helps remove any impurities frrom the filter as well as settle the filter into the cone dripper.  Allow the water to drain into the cup or decanter and discard this water.

  • Using your decanter, pour water on the filter to wet it thoroughly.  This process helps remove any impurities frrom the filter as well as settle the filter into the cone dripper.  Allow the water to drain into the cup or decanter and discard this water.

GRIND LEVEL FOR CHEMEX
  • Boil your water.  The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is between 197 and 205 degrees F.  Your water will get into this ideal temperature range about 45-60 seconds after it has been taken off boil.

  • Grind your coffee.  Using a burr grinder, grind your coffee to the consistency of cracked pepper (see example on the left).  Place the grounds into the filter in the Chemex.

  • Zero your scale.  Place your brewing equipment (decanter or cup and cone dripper with ground coffee) on top of your scale and tare (or zero) it.

  • Begin your pour.  Pour just enough water in a circular pattern over the grounds to thoroughly wet them.  You should see the coffee begin to 

       bloom (bubble).  Allow the coffee to bloom for about 45 seconds.

  • Now begin adding water in a slow and circular motion over the bed of grounds allowing the water to pass through the filter into the Chemex.  Add approximately 200 g of water, wait 30 seconds or so then add another 200 g of water and repeat until you get to your final desired weight.  For 50 g of coffee grounds, you will add a total of 800 g of water.

  • If you got your grind consistency correct, the entire brew should take approximately 6 minutes.  If the water is passing through the grounds too quickly, your grind setting is too coarse and if the coffee bed looks "muddy", the grind setting might be too fine.  Adjust grind settings for future batches so that you get a consistent extraction.

  • Once all the water has passed through the ground bed, grab each corner of the filter and remove the filter and grounds and dispose.

  • Now just pour the coffee into cups and enjoy with friends.

FRENCH PRESS

Using a French Press is a fantastic way to brew coffee for one to two people.  Done correctly, it can provide you with an incredible cup.  But done incorrectly, even the best coffee will taste terrible.  Here are the steps you need to take to make the perfect French Press.

  • French Press brewer

  • Scale

  • Burr-Style Coffee Grinder

  • Hot water boiler

  • Timer

  • Your Favorite Ben's Beans Coffee

  • A Little Time to Enjoy the Finished Product

What You Need:

GRIND LEVEL FOR A FRENCH PRESS

How to Brew the Perfect French Press

  • Weigh out your beans.  You will want to use a ratio of 1 part coffee to 12 parts water.  If you are using the Yama 6-cup French Press, you will want to use 59g of coffee and 24 oz (710g) of hot water.

  • Boil your water.  The ideal temperature for brewing coffee is between 197 and 205 degrees F.  Your water will get into this ideal temperature range about 45-60 seconds after it has been taken off boil.

 
  • While your water is boiling, you will want to grind your coffee.  Using your burr grinder, you will want to grind the coffee to the consistency of coarse sea salt.  After your first pot, you can adjust your grind settings to get the perfect consistency on future pots.  Adjust it more coarse, if the coffee had some bitterness and adjust it more fine, if the coffee seemed to be lacking some flavor.

  • Remove the lid and plunger from the french press and place the grinds in the bottom of the container.

  • Place the french press with the coffee, but without the lid and plunger on the scale and tare it.

  • Pour just enough water into the press to cover the coffee grounds and stir with a wooden spoon.  Allow 30 seconds for the coffee to "bloom".

  • Pour the remaining water into the press and then remove it from the scale and start your timer.  No need to be careful about your pour like you would in other brew methods; just get the right amount of water in there as quickly as you can.

  • Place the lid and plunger onto the press, but DO NOT press yet.

  • At four minutes (THIS IS CRITICAL; DO NO GUESS), press the plunger down until it bottoms out.  If the coffee is ground correctly, the plunger should have some resistance as you press it.

  • Immediately decant the coffee from the french press into cups or a decanter.  Do not let the coffee sit in the grinds or it will continue to extract and will become bitter.

  • Sit back and enjoy a perfectly prepared french press coffee.

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