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How You Brewin'?: A Coffee Brewing Guide to Find Your Perfect Brew

Updated: May 3

We believe that the best coffee isn't just about the beans—it's also about how you brew it. Several different brewing methods exist, and there’s something out there for everyone. Each method offers a unique taste profile and experience. 


Over the next few weeks, we'll explore a few different coffee brewing methods via our guides, so be sure to follow along, and let us know what you like best!  


Preparing a pour over coffee
Pour over method. Photo credit: Krysta Norman Photography

Pour Over 

The Pour Over method is hailed for its clean taste and the control it offers. You just need a Pour Over cone, a paper filter, and a gooseneck kettle for precise water pouring. Many add a kitchen scale to seriously hone in the precision. These items can be found at any price point, and pricier doesn’t always equate to a better brew. The process involves placing the coffee grounds in the filter, then slowly pouring hot water over them. The water drains through the coffee into the cup, extracting flavors along the way. This method highlights the coffee's subtle notes and aromas, making it ideal for light to medium roast beans. 


French press coffee prep
French press method. Photo credit: Krysta Norman Photography

French Press 

The French Press brewing method is known for its simplicity and rich, full-bodied results. To brew coffee using a French Press, you add coarsely ground coffee into the press, pour hot water over it, and then let it steep for 4 minutes. Press the plunger down, stopping just before the grounds to avoid releasing sediment. This method allows all the oils and flavors from the coffee grounds to be fully extracted, resulting in a robust and flavorful cup. It's perfect for dark roast beans that have strong, bold flavors. 


Man pouring hot water into AeroPress to make coffee.
AeroPress method. Photo credit: Krysta Norman Photography

AeroPress 

The AeroPress is a relatively new kid on the block, but it has quickly become a favorite among coffee enthusiasts. It's a bit more complicated than the Pour Over or French Press methods, but it produces a smooth, rich, and clean cup of coffee in a short time. The AeroPress uses both immersion and pressure to extract the coffee's flavors. The result is a coffee that is lower in acidity, highlighting the sweet notes in the coffee beans.


Choosing a brewing method for your coffee can significantly influence the taste and overall coffee experience. Whether it's the delicate flavor profiles of the Pour Over, the bold and full-bodied taste from the French Press, or the smooth, low acid coffee from the AeroPress, there's a method to suit every palate. However you choose to brew our beans, it is sure to be a delicious cup! 


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