Brewing Guide – River Park Coffee

Brewing Guide

1. Brewing Basics:

The simplified guidelines below are a start to making great coffee at home. You may never pour a barista quality majestic swan atop your home-made latte, but these are the first steps to really elevate your home barista skills.

Remember; the best way to brew coffee is the way that makes your coffee taste best to you.

Brew Method:

Coffee Grind Size

Water to Coffee Weight Ratio: Brewing notes:

Espresso

Very Fine

~2:1

(e.g. 19g coffee grounds to produce ~40g double shot espresso)

  1. Grind coffee into portafilter
  2. Evenly distribute grounds before tamping down
  3. Tamp down coffee grounds with even pressure
  4. Attach to espresso machine & activate
  5. Double shot will should take 25-30 seconds
  6. Enjoy alone as espresso shot (stir first) or combine with steamed milk

 

Moka Pot

Fine

~7:1

(e.g. ~22g coffee grounds and 150g water for small Moka Pot)

 

  1. Fill the vessel bottom with hot water to the release valve
  2. Insert coffee basket and fill with coffee grounds (do not tamp)
  3. Screw the top and bottom together
  4. Put Moka Pot on medium high heat
  5. Keep on heat until hot water has percolated through to the top of the vessel
  6. Enjoy

Aeropress

Medium Fine

(e.g. ~20g coffee grounds and fill cylinder to #4)
  1. Assemble with filter paper on coffee mug
  2. Wet/rinse the filter paper with hot water and discard water
  3. Add ground coffee
  4. Add 80C to 90C water (~45 to ~90 seconds off boil), agitating grounds, to top mark #4 on cylinder
  5. Wait 0 - 2 minutes
  6. Insert plunger into chamber and slowly push down until it stops
  7. Enjoy

V60/Pour Over

Medium

~16:1

(e.g. 400g water to 25g coffee grounds for single serving)

  1. Assemble V60 with filter paper
  2. Wet/rinse the filter paper with hot water and discard water
  3. Add ground coffee evenly to flat bottom
  4. Evenly add ~2:1 ratio 93C water (~30 seconds off boil) across grounds
  5. Wait 30 seconds for bloom/degassing
  6. Evenly add remaining water (~14:1)
  7. Wait 2 to 3 minutes for the water to filter though the grounds
  8. Enjoy

 

French Press

Medium Course

~15:1

(e.g. 800g water to 55g coffee grounds for double serving)

  1. Add ground coffee to vessel
  2. Add hot 93C water (~30 seconds off boil)
  3. Steep for 4 minutes
  4. Slowly plunge until it stops
  5. Enjoy

Chemex, Drip

Course

~16:1

(e.g. 800g water to 50g coffee grounds for double serving)

  1. Assemble Chemex with filter paper
  2. Wet/rinse the filter paper with hot water and discard water
  3. Add ground coffee 
  4. Evenly add ~3:1 ratio 93C water (~30 seconds off boil) and stir with spoon to ensure even wetting
  5. Wait 30 seconds for bloom/degassing
  6. Evenly add remaining water (~13:1) over the next minute in a circular pattern to evenly wet /agitate the grounds
  7. Wait 2 to 3 minutes for the water to filter though the grounds
  8. Enjoy
 

 

2. Coffee Brewing Quick Fixes:

Too bitter?
Try grinding coarser and/or decrease brewing water temperature to decrease extraction
Too sour?
 
Try grinding finer and/or increase brewing water temperature to increase extraction.