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Brewing Methods

A Guide to
Home Brewing

by Hotbox Roasters

Best for: Camping, coffee for a crowd,
a headier cup

Bean to brew time: 7 minutes
Yield: 32oz using an 8-cup French press

What you will need: French press, grinder,
54g (8-10 tablespoons) coffee, hot
filtered water (about 205°F),scale, timer,
spoon, your favorite mug

Let's make coffee!

Process:
1. Before you do anything, make sure your equipment
is clean. Any leftover grinds in the mesh filter will make
for a funky cup of coffee.

2. Boil water in kettle to 205°F and let sit for 30 seconds.

3. To heat up your press, fill about one-quarter full with
water and press

plunger all the way down. Swirl the hot water around
for about 10 seconds, then pull the plunger up and
remove the lid. Discard the rinse water.

 

 

 

4. Grind your beans on a course setting and pour into
the French press.

5. Bloom time. Pour about half of your hot water evenly
over the grounds.

You will notice an expansion of the coffee and delightful
aromas. During the bloom, a thick “crust” of coffee
grounds will form. Start your timer once you’ve finished pouring.

6. Once your timer hits 30 seconds, stir the coffee gently for 5 seconds
to break up the crust and mix the grounds evenly with the water.

7. Pour the remaining half hot water over the coffee. Place the lid
on your French press with the plunger pulled all the way up.
Let the coffee steep until your timer reads 4:00.

8. At the 4-minute mark, slowly press the plunger down all the way
to the grounds. Pour yourself a cup of coffee right away and enjoy!

Best for: When you just need a cup.
Bean to brew time: 2.5 minutes
Yield: Single cup of coffee

What you will need:
Aero press, aero press filters, 20g coarse
ground coffee,230g hot filtered water (about 205°F),scale, timer,
your favorite mug

Let's make coffee!

Process:
1. First up, heat your filtered water and grind coffee on a coarse setting
if you have not already. Add coffee to aero press chamber.
2. Next, start timer and add 30g water to coffee for a count for 30 seconds
and give your grounds a gentle stir.
3. Add remaining H2O by 1:00
4. Securely twist cap with filter onto your Aeropress.
5. Place mouth of your mug onto Aeropress and simultaneously flip
so the plunger is now upright.
6. Begin an even plunge at 1:45
7. Enjoy!

Best for: Coffee for you or coffee for two,
kitchen aesthetics

Bean to brew time: 5 minutes
Yield: Approx. 3-8oz. cups of coffee

What you will need:
Chemex, Chemex filters, 42g
medium/drip ground coffee,650g hot
filtered water (about 205°F),scale, timer,
your favorite mug

Let's make coffee!

Process:
1. First is your "bloom" phase: Once your filtered water is heated,
add 75g to coffee grounds, start timer and wait 50 seconds.

2. Next, give your grounds a gentle stir.

3. Pulse pour, or pour in fractions, until you have reached desired
water ratio (in this case, 650g water).

4. Give grounds another stir, then gently swirl coffee in vessel before
serving in warmed mugs.

7. Enjoy!

While all machines vary, use this as a
general guide for brewin' a 10-cup pot.

Best for: Daily dependable consumption,
a whole lotta coffee.

Bean to brew time: Varies by machine
Yield: Approx. 10 cups of coffee

What you will need:
Coffee maker, appropriate filters (check
machine guidebook), 80g medium ground
coffee,44oz filtered water,
your favorite mug

 

Let's make coffee!

Process:
1. Add water to machine reservoir.
2. Place your filter into the brew basket. Some machines
have a reusable stainless-steel filter.
3. If using whole bean coffee (recommended), grind your
coffee now to a medium size, or roughly the size of sand.
Add grounds to the filter.
4.Press go! Turn on your machine and wait for the brew cycle to complete.
5. Pour and enjoy.