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Coffee Tips & Tricks

HOW TO MAKE A GREAT CUP OF COFFEE AT HOME...

WATER

Once you have your Walt’s Coffee in hand, one of the most important factors in brewing great coffee is the WATER. Most of us don’t have access to specially filtered water to brew with like high-end coffee shops do. So, for the typical home brewer, do the best you can to use filtered water from your refrigerator or run it through a filtered water pitcher. Just make sure you change that filter as recommended by your manufacturer. You'll want to have your water about 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit, and if you don't have a kettle with a thermometer, a good rule of thumb is to boil the water, then let it sit for 30 seconds or so. 

GRIND

How your coffee is ground makes a big difference too, and how you need your coffee ground depends on how you are going to prepare it. Under each preparation method below, we've recommended a grind setting. Don't have a grinder with different settings? No worries! When you order Walt's Coffee, you can ask for it to be ground coarse, medium or fine. 

At home, the folks from Walt's Coffee use a burr grinder rather than a blade grinder. A burr grinder is preferable, because the blade grinder will pulverize the coffee into irregular size pieces. The finest pieces can then become overextracted when you make your coffee, causing bitterness in your cup (*gasp*!). A burr grinder is able to create uniform grounds and general harmony and happiness in your coffee experience. 

Below are few popular ways to make coffee with specific directions for each: 

DRIP COFFEE MAKER

  • Coffee/water amounts: 2 Tablespoons (1 oz) coffee for every 5 to 6 oz of water
  • Grind: Medium
  • Directions: A typical automatic drip coffee brewer has cup amounts shown on the water tank that are 5 or 6 oz in size.

FRENCH PRESS

  • Coffee/water amounts: In a typical 8 cup French Press use 2 oz (approx. 4 Tablespoons) of coffee and fill water to just below top of press
  • Grind: Coarse
  • Directions:
    • Water temperature should be between 200 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit (You can boil water then let sit for 30 seconds).
    • Pour water over grounds until just below top of French Press.
    • Let steep for approximately 4 minutes
    • Press coffee to bottom and enjoy.

CHEMEX

  • Coffee/water amounts: 1 gram of coffee to 15 -17 grams of water, or if using ounces, 1 oz of coffee to 15 oz of water (adjust to your taste using this ratio of coffee to water)
  • Grind: Medium to Coarse
  • Directions:
    • Place a paper cone coffee filter in the top of your Chemex
    • Heat water to between 200 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. (You can boil water, then let it sit for about 30 seconds)
    • Place coffee in Chemex filter
    • Pre-wet the grounds, then let sit for approx. 15- 20 seconds. You'll see bubbles/air coming to the top of the grounds, and this is called the "bloom."
    • Once the bloom is complete, slowly pour water over the grounds in a circular motion
    • Dispose of grounds and enjoy

v60 POUROVER

  • Coffee/water amounts: 1 gram of Coffee to 15 to 17 grams of water, or if using ounces, 1 oz of coffee to 15 oz of water (Adjust as needed using this ratio of coffee to water)
  • Grind: Medium
  • Directions:
    • Place a paper cone filter in the top of your v60, and set your v60 on top of your mug of choice.
    • Grind coffee between Medium and Fine
    • Heat water to between 200 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. (You can boil water, then let sit for 30 seconds)
    • Place coffee grounds in v60 filter.
    • Pre-wet grounds then let sit for approximately 15- 20 seconds. You'll see bubbles coming to the top of the grounds, and this is called the "bloom."
    • Once the bloom is complete, slowly pour water in a circular motion.
    • Dispose of grounds and enjoy.

USING WALT'S COFFEE IN YOUR KEURIG

  • Coffee amount: Fill the empty coffee basket that came with your device with as much coffee as it can hold (this is important!)
  • Grind: Fine (Choose "Ground for my Keurig" when you order)
  • Directions:
    • Fill empty coffee basic Keurig filter and place into your Keurig, then continue as your normally would for a cup of coffee.

What other methods do you like, or what other directions could we provide that would be helpful? Hit us up on social media @waltscoffee and let us know!