Grinding & Brewing Basics
We recommend you grind your own beans. Regularly ;)
Coffee begins degrading, for various reasons, as soon as it has been roasted. Grinding roasted coffee beans accelerates this degradation process significantly and allows contamination to occur.
THEN WHY DO WE SELL GROUND COFFEE?
Sometimes we are unable to grind our own or it's simply easier to buy ground. However, a small, good quality burr coffee grinder can be purchased cheaply and is a great investment for your kitchen if you make coffee regularly.
HOW LONG IS IT FRESH FOR?
This is a huge question that generates a lot of discussion from coffee enthusiasts. It is generally agreed that roasted coffee beans reach "peak freshness" around 2-3 days after roasting. The lag time is due to the coffee releasing natural gasses produced during the roasting process. Beans that are stored appropriately will still degrade in taste and should be used as quickly as possible, how long is up to your taste buds. Ground coffee will deteriorate much quicker and you will soon taste stale notes from your brew.
WHICH GRIND SIZE DO I CHOOSE?
We offer fine ground and coarse ground coffee. Which one you choose will depend on the process you choose to brew your coffee. When grinding your own coffee, it is much easier to refine your grind size as required but the options we offer will get you in the ballpark of the optimum brew.
Fine Grind: Moka Pot, Machine Drip
Do not buy a blade grinder. They suck. Burr grinders are designed for coffee and will "crush" your beans at a slow speed and achieve an even grind profile. A bladed grinder will produce an uneven grind profile and potentially resulting in burnt coffee grounds from high speed and friction, resulting in a steaming hot, cup of bullshit. A good quality hand grinder is perfectly adequate for your own morning routine and can be picked up on amazon for less than £20, an electric one for under £50.
BREW GUIDES - Flick through the folder below to view our brew guides.
POUR OVER / DRIP COFFEE
Drip coffee or filter coffee is one of the most popular coffee brewing methods, you would typically spot a hipster in their natural environment performing these rituals. The method involves pouring hot water over ground coffee beans. We strain the brew with a paper filter, or a metal or plastic mesh. The coffee from a drip brewer is clear and clean, with a high ratio of caffeine extracted per spoon of ground coffee. The brew is good if you use a good coffee machine, but it’s only average with cheap equipment. Manual pour-over devices can compete with high-end coffee makers and are extremely popular due to the equipments low cost and high quality of coffee that can be produced. Top hipster points for manual pour over methods such as V60 or Chemex.
French press, or press pot, is a very simple coffee brewing device with a beaker and a plunger/filter. The preparing technique consists of pouring hot water over coffee grinds and let it steep for a few minutes. After the steeping is over the plunger/ filter is pressed down, to separate the grinds. French press coffee has a medium body, less than espresso but denser than drip. The aroma and flavour of a press pot coffee are intense, and the method it is gaining more and more popularity. This brewing method is re-gaining the once lost popularity because it’s inexpensive and simple.
The Moka pot is a device for making coffee that uses steam pressure to push water through coffee grinds similar to espresso method, but with much lower pressure. The pressure in a Moka pot is about 1 bar compared to a real espresso machine with 9 bar. The coffee made in a Moka pot, as you would expect, is very bold, it resembles espresso. Stovetop espresso lacks the crema, and it has much less aromatic oils. It provides a decent espresso alternative while the equipment required costs a fraction of an espresso machine. Can be a bit tricky to get it right but it's our favourite method. Produces coffee that will punch you right in the adam's apple, and you get to look like a cowboy while making it.
Another firm hipster favourite. Aeropress is a manual coffee making device that allows you to use pressure to brew a cup. The method involves a two steps process, with a few minutes of steeping followed by pushing the brew through the coffee grounds under pressure to extract even more solids and caffeine. Aeropress coffee is strong with ample body and resembles a lot with espresso. The method is most known for its versatility. You can brew from the mildest cup of hot brewed coffee to a strong cup with bite.
Cold brew is the favourite way of preparing coffee for people with stomach problems. If regular, hot, coffee brews upset your stomach, cold brew is your choice. The brewing method implies steeping coffee grinds for extended periods of time, (12 to 36 hours), then straining it and serving it cold or hot. Because it takes so long to brew, people prepare large batches and store it in the fridge for several days.
Espresso is prepared by pushing hot water through a layer of compacted ground coffee, contained in a port-filter. Espresso is a very concentrated coffee, with a lot of body, aroma, and flavour. It contains a lot of coffee oils and solids. The most distinctive features of espresso are the foamy layer on top and the low volume of the drink. Pulling a shot of espresso requires training and knowledge. Not something the majority will do at home. Best left to the baristas.
Turkish coffee is a method of infusing finely ground coffee in nearly boiling water. What is very specific to Turkish brewing method is the grind size which is the finest possible, almost a powder. There are no electrical Turkish coffee grinding machines for the residential use, but the manual mills work perfectly. Turkish coffee has the fullest body of all brewing methods. Not recommended if you like clear coffee. About as strong as a shire horse on potent amphetamines.