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How to Brew with the Syphon Brewer / Vacuum Pot

Also known as a vacuum pot. This brewer is a very old yet exceedingly entertaining way to make coffee. The whole process of the syphon brewer is a pleasing application of physics.  The brewer is built of two chambers, the lower of which is filled with water and heated to boiling point. The upper chamber, which contains the ground coffee, is then placed on top, creating a seal allowing steam to build up in the lower chamber. Eventually, this trapped steam will push the water from the bottom chamber up through a tube and a filter into the upper chamber. At this point, the water is just below boiling point making it suitable for making coffee. The brew is left...

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How to Brew with the Moka Pot

It is not the most user-friendly brewer, but makes espresso-style coffee without the need for a large and expensive espresso machine. The moka pot is built up of three chambers and solely relies on pressure generated by the stovetop steam, which starts to build up in the lowest chamber and pushes up through the coffee grounds.  The Moka Pot uses a high coffee to water ratio, so oftentimes the brew can come out to taste too bitter. So for the best results from your moka pot, we recommend you choose a light espresso roast or coffee grown at lower altitudes. This will avoid making an overly bitter brew. The Ratio As a starter, we recommend 70-80g of ground coffee per...

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How to Brew with the Aeropress

The interesting thing about the Aeropress is that it is a mix of two different brewing methods - a little like an espresso machine and a little like a filter coffee maker. Initially the water and coffee steep together, as they would in a French Press. However, to complete the brew, a piston is used to push the water through the grounds and then through a paper filter. It is easy-to-use, durable, and a very portable brewer that many coffee professionals and enthusiasts take with them when they travel around the world. The Ratio and Grind Size For best results with an Aeropress, you should first decide what kind of cup of coffee you want to drink. For a short...

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How to Brew with the Pour-Over

Simple cup-top filter brewers have probably been used since coffee brewing began. The term ‘pour-over’ is used to describe a host of different brew methods. The common factor is that they brew by percolation, which means that the water passes through a bed of coffee, extracting the flavor from the coffee grounds along the way through a cloth or paper material to filter the grounds from the resulting drink. 3 Key Variables that Affect the Resulting Cup of Coffee The grind of the coffee - The finer the coffee, the more is extracted from it as the water passes through so there will be more contact time. The contact time - This is not only how quickly the water flows...

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How to Brew with the French Press

Also known as the coffee plunger, is probably the most underrated method of brewing coffee. It is cheap, easy, and repeatable. With other methods of brewing coffee, the water passes through the grounds, with the french press, the water and coffee are steeped together which helps produce a more uniform extraction. Another relatively unique aspect of the French press is the way that it filters the grounds from the brewing liquid: by using a metal mesh. The holes in the mesh are relatively large so that more of the non-soluble material from the coffee gets into the cup. There are pros and cons to this, the advantage is you get little of the coffee oil and some tiny suspended pieces...

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