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Lockes Coffee - Brew Methods

Posted on November 09 2021, By: Nina Meldon

Lockes Coffee - Brew Methods

Whether you're a person who's only just getting into coffee or someone who knows their Moka pot from their Chemex, we wanted to give you a guide to different ways of home coffee brewing methods. All of these are fantastic ways to get that delicious bean juice into your body, but there are pros and cons to every process.

Read on, preferably with your coffee of choice in hand, to discover all about grind size and pour timing.

Espresso Machine

Probably on the more expensive end of the home brewing methods, the not-so-humble espresso machine (never expresso, please) is here to give you the perfect tiny cup of goodness.

It works by forcing hot water through your finely ground coffee puck in under 30 seconds.

Espresso Machine 101:

  • Grind Size: finely ground
  • Type of Coffee: an intense shot with a characteristic head called crema
  • Pro Tip: tamper down with even pressure every time to get great consistent coffee results
  • Downsides: not great if you prefer your coffee subtle and don't have kitchen space for a rig

Stovetop Espresso

The stovetop espresso maker, also known as the Moka pot, is the best way to get delicious espresso-style coffee without breaking the bank or taking up valuable kitchen real estate.

This coffee friend has three chambers. You fill the bottom chamber with hot water, put your finely-ish ground coffee in the next section, and the boiling action on the stove forces the water through your coffee.

Moka Pot 101:

  • Grind Size: in between espresso grind and drip coffee grind
  • Type of Coffee: thick and more robust than drip coffee
  • Pro Tip: do not pack your coffee into the chamber; loosely pour it in and use your finger to get rid of the excess
  • Downsides: takes experimenting to get right as a lot of the outcome is dependent on your skills and preferences

French Press

The French Press was the first way we learned to make coffee at home for many of us. Cheap, cheerful, and relatively easy to operate makes it a crowd-pleaser. Bust it out next time you're after some mindful brunch nostalgia.

Add your not quite-boiling water to your coffee, let the grounds bloom with a little bit of it for 30 seconds, add the rest of the water, leave it for around 4 minutes, stir with a wooden spoon, press and decant into something else to avoid over brewing.

French Press 101:

  • Grind Size: coarse, sea salt consistency
  • Timing: around 4 minutes
  • Type of Coffee: unique, flavorful, and heady aroma
  • Pro Tip: use a wooden spoon to stir to avoid shattering the cafetiere, and keep your grounds below the filter when you push down to prevent coffee grounds in your mouth
  • Downsides: it requires your undivided attention to get a good cup, and you may go through quite a few of them if you're clumsy

Pour Over Coffee

If the coffee snob had a specific favorite, it would probably be the pour-over coffee method. You'll stumble across beautiful works of art by Chemex and the much more utilitarian Melitta porcelain cone. Each device does have different design features that affect the taste. If you're on a budget and looking to choose, we recommend trying brews made using the various methods at your coffee shop of choice.

Pour Over coffee can get confusing quickly because one of the best things about it is the ability to affect what your end product tastes like. This method is all about trial and error; it's more art than science, no matter what people tell you.

Pour Over Coffee 101:

  • Grind Size: start with medium and adjust from there. Too watery or sour? Go finer. Too bitter? Go coarser.
  • Timing: keep calm; there are so many videos on how to get this right. Start simple and learn how to perfect your bloom. Wait 30-45 seconds for your coffee to finish blooming, and then pour evenly in concentric circles before you start experimenting with pulse pouring and continuous pouring on later brews.
  • Pro Tip: if you're a pour-over connoisseur, you may want to invest in a kettle with a long, thin gooseneck to get that pour-over timing just right.
  • Downsides: it can get overwhelming if you're new to coffee and don't know how to adjust when things go wrong.

AeroPress

The AeroPress looks a little like something you'd find on a spaceship. While NASA didn't build this bad boy, it's still a versatile piece of kit. Pop the filter into the filter cap, attach to the AeroPress chamber, rinse with hot water, add ground coffee, add water, insert the plunger, and plunge. Simple!

The magic of this method comes with how much you can alter your grind size and coffee ratio to get a completely different style of coffee.

AeroPress 101:

  • Grind Size: super dependent on what you want, but we recommend a medium grind.
  • Timing: again, immensely dependent on what you're looking for, try slowly plunging for 30 seconds after 1 minute and 45 seconds of brew time to start you off.
  • Type of Coffee: the joy is the variety here
  • Pro Tip: experiment to your heart's content and take delight in it. The internet is full of AeroPress recipes.
  • Downsides: since it only makes two coffees at a time, it can be super time intensive if you're making coffee for a whole breakfast club, but maybe that means you keep it to yourself.

Lockes Coffee

With so many methods of brewing coffee on the market, we hope we have given you a taste of some of the best processes out there. Go on, fall down the rabbit hole of all of these methods. It's fun and rewarding!

Remember, no matter what way you choose, you won't get a good cup of joe out of those long-forgotten grounds at the back of your kitchen cupboard. Go fresh, or go to the coffee shop.

Lockes Coffee makes fresh, artisanal coffee an easy choice thanks to our delivery service.