Brewing at Woodman's Axe

Coffee doesn't make itself and the flavour in your cup is a direct reflection of the care you show, and steps you take. Here's a summary of what you should know.

 

All of the methods explained below are guidelines only and individuals may want to vary recipes to suit types of coffees used or similarly the strength of coffee that the individual requires.

 

The ideal brewing practice:

Grind immediately before you brew. Adjust grind to brewing method and use a grinder that produces a consistent grind. Use fresh, clean water (filtered if possible). If your water doesn't taste good, your coffee won't either. Heat retention is also an issue in many manual brewing devices; pre-heat your filter cones and plungers before use. Don't let it sit. Coffee is only fresh for about 10 minutes. Try to make the correct amount of coffee so you are drinking fresh brewed coffee more often.

 

V60 Pour Over Brewing

What you'll need:

  • a V60 pour over filter cone
  • paper filter
  • pouring kettle
  • freshly ground coffee and fresh, clean water, just off the boil

 

Method:

The water you use should be just boiled then left to stand for two or three minutes before use. Preheat the filter cone and rinse the filter paper using some of the hot water and then place the freshly ground coffee on the filter paper inside the filter cone and pour a small amount of water over the coffee to "bloom" for 30 seconds. Finally, carefully pour the remainder of the water gently over the coffee using the pouring kettle. A pour over filter cone produces a glossier and darker coffee with bright, clean flavour.

 

Clever Coffee Dripper

What you'll need

  • Clever Coffee Dripper filter cone
  • paper filter
  • pouring kettle
  • freshly ground coffee (slightly coarser than V60) and fresh, clean water, just off the boil

 

Method:

The water you use should be just boiled then left to stand for two or three minutes before use. Preheat the Clever Coffee Dripper and rinse the filter paper using some of the hot water and then place the freshly ground coffee on the filter paper inside the Clever Coffee Dripper and pour a small amount of water over the coffee to "bloom" for 30 seconds. Finally, carefully pour the remainder of the water gently over the coffee using the pouring kettle. After approx 2 minute 30 seconds place over a cup to drain the brewed coffee into. As with the V60 pour over filter cone the Clever Coffee Dripper produces a glossier and darker coffee with bright, clean flavour.

 

Chemex Coffee

What you'll need

  • Chemex Coffee Brewer
  • paper filter
  • pouring kettle
  • freshly ground coffee and fresh, clean water, just off the boil

Method

The water you use should be just boiled then left to stand for two or three minutes before use. Preheat the Chemex brewer and rinse the filter paper using some of the hot water and then place the freshly ground coffee on the filter paper inside the Chemex top and pour a small amount of water over the coffee to "bloom" for 30 seconds. Finally, carefully pour the remainder of the water gently over the coffee using the pouring kettle. A Chemex brewer produces a glossier and clear coffee with bright, clean flavour.

 

Plunger coffee

What you'll need

  • a coffee plunger
  • freshly ground coffee and fresh, clean water, just off the boil

 

Method:

Leave coffee to brew for one minute, stir the coffee and then leave to brew for another four minutes before pouring the coffee. When the brew time is finished pour all of the coffee from the plunger rather than leaving the coffee in the plunger where it will continue to brew. Using a plunger is probably the easiest form of brewing coffee at home, but it is not prefect as plungers use coarse filters which let a lot of small coffee particles through into the finished drink and can create a slightly muddy cup.