Archive for the ‘Brewing Methods’ Category

Dosing, Distribution and Tamping – The Basic Techniques for Tasty Espresso

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

So you’ve recently brought a new espresso machine or have upgraded from one with pressurised baskets to non-pressurised baskets and the coffee you’re making doesn’t taste quite right. You’re finding that the espresso has one or more of the following characteristics:

  1. Pale blonde crema or no crema at all
  2. Watery thin texture
  3. Sour taste

Your problem is most likely down to poor technique. To make a tasty espresso you need to get the following basic elements right: dosing, distribution and tamping.

Videos: 5 Different Pour Over Techniques

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Continuing the ‘5 Videos’ series, today is the turn of the pour over coffee maker (also known as manual filter or manual drip coffee maker). Pour overs are a great way to make really tasty coffee cheaply, which is part of the reason why they’ve become popular again in recent years.

pour over coffee videosBrewing with a pour over coffee maker is a tricky technique to master, partly because you have to alter your method slightly when brewing for different volumes of coffee – smaller volumes require a finer grind and/or slower pour rate than larger volumes. Because of its finicky nature there’s lots of conflicting advice (pour near the edge / don’t pour near the edge) on how to brew. But at the end of the day, most of it doesn’t really matter. The best advice is to experiment for yourself and find what works for you.

For consistent results you need to accurately measure, so we strongly recommend getting a set of electronic scales to weight both the amount of coffee and water. Its also worth investing in a specialist pour over kettle like this Hario one, although they’re not essential.

Videos: 5 Different AeroPress Techniques

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Following on from last month’s post on different cafetiere (french press) techniques, I thought it was time to do another one, this time featuring the Aerobie AeroPress.

The AeroPress is probably the most versatile coffee maker there is. And like Spaghetti Bolognaise, everyone has their own recipe (although it’s probably not been handed down from generation to generation as the AeroPress was only invented a few years ago). Here are five of my favourite videos:

Videos: 5 Different Cafetiere Techniques

Friday, April 5th, 2013

There’s more than one way to brew coffee in a cafetiere (french press); so we thought we’d share with you today five different techniques to the ‘standard brew method‘ shown on our website.

We always encourage people to experiment when brewing coffee; it not only alters the flavours in the cup, but the change keeps your taste buds happy – if it works, they’re exited by the new experience; if it doesn’t then they appreciated the old brewing method all the more.

Updated: Brewing Guide to Stove-top Espresso Makers

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

We’ve just updated our brewing guide to stove-top espresso makers. So if you’re wondering how to brew coffee with one than check out our handy guide.

Click on the diagram below to visit our updated brewing guide:
how to make coffee with a stove-top espresso maker

How to Brew Ice Coffee: Japanese, Cold Brew and Hybrid

Friday, August 17th, 2012

enjoying ice coffee in ThailandI’ve been holding off writing this post for weeks now as I didn’t want to jinx the summer. But seeing as summer’s nearly over and we still haven’t had much sun here, I’ve decided now’s the time to bite the bullet.

I first fell in love with ice coffee many many years ago when I was in Thailand. Something cool, refreshing and also stimulating was perfect for travelling round a hot tropical country. It was also super sweet, which made it moreish; as Thai ice coffee is usually made with condensed milk. Whilst I thought this style of ice coffee was fantastic back then, my palate has developed a little since and other than as a very occasionally guilty pleasure, I’m now after something a bit more sophisticated, less like a dessert.

Updated: Brewing Guide to Cafetieres / French Press

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Cafetiere, or if you prefer, french press coffee makers have been in the news a bit lately. Douwe Egberts recently published a survey revealing that, even though the average Briton spend £15,000 in a lifetime in coffee shops, a staggering 75% don’t use a cafetiere: 38% owned one but avoided using it as they thought they were too complicated; whilst another 37% per cent didn’t even know how to use one.

The Future of Coffee Makers

Monday, February 13th, 2012

I was approached by a journalist back in November of last year for my opinion on the future of coffee makers. Unfortunately, I had to decline to help as the subject wasn’t something I could easily talk about. I’m not involved in the design or production of any kind of coffee maker, so the future development of coffee brewing wasn’t something I’d really thought about and as it was at the start of Christmas shopping period I didn’t really have the time to stop and gather some thoughts. Anyway now I’ve a bit more time on my hands I thought it might be interesting to revisit this subject and try and guess what the future holds for the coffee world.

Irish Coffee

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Seeing as the festive season tends to be a boozy one, I thought it would be the perfect time to post a recipe for Irish Coffee.

Irish Coffee is said to have originated at Shannon International Airport. The story goes that when some American passengers disembarked from their plane on a miserable winter’s evening, sometime during the 1940s, the bartender, John Sheridan, added whiskey to their coffee to help warm them up. When asked whether the coffee was Brazilian, Sheridan replied “No its Irish Coffee”.

Clever Coffee Dripper and Filtropa Filter Papers

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Pour-over or filter coffee makers have never been that popular here in the UK, which is a real same as they make great coffee that tastes quite different to coffee brewed in a cafetiere (which is the coffee maker of choice in most households).