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?!