You think you know it all, then along come BRITA and their Baristas (Rob Dunne & Victor Fankowski) to blow your mind.
I spent an evening with these guys at The Gentleman Barista’s in London learning the (what I now realise is an) art of brewing coffee.
It was all a bit much for me (in a good way). I mean, I got introduced to a Chemex, tried my hand at grinding coffee beans and used scales, timers and all sorts to get this chemistry experiment right.
BRITA sorted me out with some essential equipment and I finally gave this coffee brewing thing a go at home. If you know me, you know I’ve always used filtered water, even in the kettle. Now I have a kettle with built in filtration technology. After all, our cup of coffee is 98% water.
So here is how you brew coffee in a Chemex….
Ingredients and equipment
– 64 grams of coffee beans
– Pouring kettle
– 1 litre water
– BRITA kettle
– Filter paper
- Grind the coffee beans until they are a medium-fine coarseness
(I ground mine in my Vitamix (I know, I know, a little coffee connoisseur angel just died)
Filter the water through the BRITA kettle and put on to boil
Place the filter paper in the neck of the Chemex, folds facing the spout
Wet the filter paper with a splash of boiled filtered water and discard the
water that filters through
Place the Chemex on the scales and reset to zero
Pour the coffee into the neck of the Chemex and shake to level the
Make a crater in the centre of the coffee with the paddle
Pour the boiled filtered water in the pouring kettle and saturate the
grounds with 100g of water
Once the water has drained through the filter continue to slowly pour in
the remaining water in a spiral motion
Take care not to overfill the neck and continue until the scales reach 900g
Allows the coffee to brew for 1-2 minutes and discard the filter
- Serve and enjoy!
I served my coffee with a splash of vanilla Teisseire and unsweetened almond milk!
Do you brew your own coffee at home? What’s you favourite method?!