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Discover How Coffee Tastes Better With BRITA

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

  • Chemex
  • Scales
  • Pouring kettle
  • Paddle
  • 1 litre water
  • BRITA kettle
  • Filter paper
  • Grinder

Method

  1. 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)
  2. Filter the water through the BRITA kettle and put on to boil
  3. Place the filter paper in the neck of the Chemex, folds facing the spout
  4. Wet the filter paper with a splash of boiled filtered water and discard the water that filters through
  5. Place the Chemex on the scales and reset to zero
  6. Pour the coffee into the neck of the Chemex and shake to level the
    grounds
  7. Make a crater in the centre of the coffee with the paddle
  8. Pour the boiled filtered water in the pouring kettle and saturate the
    grounds with 100g of water
  9. Once the water has drained through the filter continue to slowly pour in the remaining water in a spiral motion
  10. Take care not to overfill the neck and continue until the scales reach 900g
  11. Allows the coffee to brew for 1-2 minutes and discard the filter
  12. 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?! 

Elle

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8 Comments

  1. Liz Wilson
    August 3, 2015 / 19:59

    My roommate has one and has let me use it, but I've yet to make a good-tasting batch. Thanks for the tips! I've been dying to get some good tasting coffee at home!

    • Elle Linton
      August 4, 2015 / 16:32

      Happy Brewing Liz 🙂 Hope you find your perfect cuppa

  2. Tara
    August 3, 2015 / 19:25

    Interesting! I make iced coffee with a cone-filter, pour-over pitcher from Starbucks. I don't think I've quite mastered the perfect brew yet, but luckily, my taste buds aren't too picky.

    • Elle Linton
      August 4, 2015 / 16:31

      pahahaha! I think our tastebuds must be friends! …I guess it's something that comes with experience! But when you become too fussy it makes it hard to find a cup you will actually drink so I think we are #winning! lol

  3. Elizabeth Falcigno
    August 3, 2015 / 18:39

    This is awesome!! I love making my own coffee 🙂

    • Elle Linton
      August 4, 2015 / 16:30

      It's so much cheaper too! You can save the money you would normally spend and buy something awesome 🙂

  4. CARLA
    August 3, 2015 / 09:33

    OMGOSH THIS IS BRILLIANT.we make the cold brew all the time here–brita?? so so so smart.

    • Elle Linton
      August 4, 2015 / 16:29

      Oooo I do love a cold brew! I only discovered that not so long ago and even had a go at making it myself once! Will defo have to have a go again! 🙂

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