Below are some recommended coffee brewing essentials that we use everyday and notes for you to consider:
Is using a scale absolutely necessary? No. You can try to guess at the coffee to water ratio needed for brewing your cup but that doesn't mean you'll extract a desirable taste. A scale will help you fine tune your recipe and achieve a consistent brew every time. A ratio ranging from 1:15 to 1:17 (coffee:water) is usually preferable but you can customize that depending on how you like your cup.
For example if you used a 1:16 ratio you would need 24g of coffee to 384g of water to make a 12oz cup (approximately)
Coffee is best when it is freshly roasted & ground. For that reason we only sell whole bean coffee. This gives you the ability to grind only what you're going to use right away. Their are two types of grinders that are commonly used; a blade or a burr grinder. We recommend you use a burr grinder whether manual or electric. Burr grinders offer a more consistent grind compared to blade grinders which chop the beans unevenly. It should also be noted that each brewing method requires a different grind size. Grind sizes can range anywhere from super fine like powdered sugar to coarse like ground peppercorn or sea salt. There are many online resources to refer to when making sure you're using the right grind size for your choice brew method.
We personally prefer manual brewing methods such as pour over (Chemex, V60, Kalita Wave) or emersion/pressurized methods (Aeropress and French Press) because we then have control over the entire brewing process. However, we understand that to each is there own and our main objective is that you enjoy your cup of coffee. So whether that means you are using the automatic drip machine in your kitchen, the moka pot on your stove top, or a fancy-dancy Siphon as long as you consider your coffee grind size and bean to water ratio we believe that you can brew an exceptional cup.
Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding your brewing process.