Honestly, it makes a noticeable difference to the taste.
the best coffee grinder
“Use a grinder with burrs rather than a blade - this ensures an even grind,” reveals Natasha.
Blades just cut beans into various sizes of fragments, making it difficult to get a consistent brew.
We like the Porlex hand grinder, which we sell at BReD.
The Porlex hand grinder is man-powered so you can even take it camping!
home brewing methods for the perfect cup of coffee
There are now plenty of brewing methods available for use at home.
The best method for you depends on where you will be brewing, how many people you are making coffee for, and your taste preference.
1. FRENCH PRESS METHOD
A super-easy way to brew coffee. Simply spoon in your desired amount of freshly ground coffee and steep in hot water before pressing the plunger down and pouring it out into your favourite mug.
The French Press method is a fantastic way to brew a consistently good and luxurious coffee for more than one person at a time (or if you like to enjoy several cups yourself).
2. AEROPRESS METHOD
This compact coffee brewing method allows you to make coffee in a number of different ways, including via a combination of immersion and pressure.
Some believe that the AeroPress is one of the best methods for brewing a perfect cup of coffee, as it provides nuanced flavours and a smooth, full-bodied mouthfeel.
3. STOVETOP/MOKA POT METHOD
A stovetop coffee maker with 3 chambers, the stovetop (or Moka pot) method involves pressure caused by heat to turn water into vapour, which immerses the freshly ground coffee in the chamber above.
The vapour mixes with the grounds and transforms into a liquid once again, while the pressure continues to force the brewed coffee upwards through the filter and funnel into the upper chamber.
The stovetop method makes a particularly strong cup of coffee and requires a bit more supervision than the other methods.
4. COLD BREW METHOD
Not to be confused with iced coffee, cold brew coffee is brewed in cold or room temperature water.
This method takes time but is favoured amongst those who dislike the bitterness of coffee. The slightly sweeter, more refreshing, and yet intense flavour makes this the best cup of coffee some have ever tasted.
5. POUR-OVER/CHEMEX METHOD
The only equipment required for the pour-over method is a coffee filter, cone funnel, and coffee mug.
Simply place the filter into the funnel and sit that above the mug, then pour hot water into the funnel and wait until the coffee drips down to provide a full cup of brown.
The Chemex method is similar but differs due to its elegant design.
brewing the best coffee at home
Natasha shares her step-by-step instructions on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee using a French press.
We recommend using a French Press as a good starting method because it is cheap, simple to use, makes more than one cup of coffee (if desired), and provides a full-bodied and consistent brew.
Ready, set, brew:
Grind your coffee beans (finer if using an espresso machine and coarser for French press)
Weigh each shot - usually, 20g per cup is a good starting place*
Heat the cup and the French press before making coffee
Boil the kettle and let it cool to 195 degrees Fahrenheit (a couple of minutes of the boil with the lid still on)
Pour enough water into the French press to immerse the coffee, mix to wet all of the grounds, and allow to bloom for 30 seconds
Pour in the remaining water and steep the coffee for around 4 minutes
Press down the plunger and pour
Serve black or accompanied by your desired plant-based milk of preference
You will find darker roasts are bitter and may need sugar to make them palatable, whereas a light/medium roast can be sweet enough that no sugar is required
*You may add or drop a few grams to see if that improves the taste, but I recommend adjusting the length of time brewing the coffee before changing the dosage and adjusting the dosage before changing the grind size