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Coffee brew guides

BREW LIKE A PRO WITH OUR COFFEE BREW GUIDES. MAKE USE OF ONE OF OUR LEADING TECHNIQUES TO CREATE A TRULY MEMORABLE CUP OF COFFEE.

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AEROPRESS

BREW GUIDE

DOSE: 20g
WATER: 80g + 120g
BREW TIME: 1:30 minutes
GRIND SIZE: MEDIUM/FINE (slightly coarser than caster sugar texture)

STEP 1:

Boil your kettle and grind your coffee.

STEP 2:

Add your filter paper into your cap and attach to the bottom of your Aeropress.

Place on top of your mug, and pour some hot water through to pre wet your filter paper, removing any paper tastes and also to pre heat your mug.

Remove this water.

STEP 3:

Add your ground coffee to your Aeropress, and pour in your 80g off water.
Attach the plunger to act like a vacuum holding in your water. Leave to brew for 1 minute and then slowly plunge through until you hear a ‘hiss’ noise.

STEP 4:

Add in your desired extra water to your coffee concentrate to your taste. We normally recommend around 120g. Stir together.

STEP 5:

Sit back and enjoy!

INVERTED AEROPRESS

BREW GUIDE

DOSE: 20g
WATER: 80g + 120g
BREW TIME: 1:30 minutes
GRIND SIZE: MEDIUM/FINE (slightly coarser than caster sugar texture)

STEP 1:

Boil your kettle and grind your coffee.

STEP 2:

Flip your aeropress over, add your ground coffee and pour over with 80g of just off-boil water and stir the coffee. Allow to brew for 1:30 minutes.

Whilst waiting for the coffee to finish brewing, pre wet your cap and filter paper, to remove papery tastes and allow the paper to stick to the cap.

STEP 3:

Attach your cap, and carefully flip over onto your mug. Slowly press the plunger, until just after the hiss noise.

STEP 4:

Top up the concentrated coffee brew with the required amount of water to taste around 120g.

STEP 5:

Sit back and enjoy!

CAFETIERE

BREW GUIDE

DOSE: 20g
WATER: 300g
BREW TIME: 4 minutes
GRIND SIZE: Coarse

STEP 1:

Boil your kettle and grind your coffee.

STEP 2:

Preheat your cafetiere with a little bit of water, then remove after around 30 seconds.

STEP 3:

Add your ground coffee to your cafetiere, and then pour over your 300g of water.
Give the coffee a stir to ensure that all of the coffee is saturated.

STEP 4:

Wait for this to brew for around 4 minutes.

Attach the plunger, push that down until it is around halfway down the water, not completely to the bottom. Pour.

STEP 5:

Sit back and enjoy!

ESPRESSO

BREW GUIDE

DOSE: 19g
WATER: 42g out
BREW TIME: 25-30 seconds
GRIND SIZE: Fine

STEP 1:

Ideally grind your coffee fresh, to get the best results. Grind out 19g of fine grind coffee into your portafilter, ensuring that you have evenly distributed your coffee.

STEP 2:

Tamp the coffee down using your tamper, aiming for a pressure where it feels like you can’t press any further.
Ensuring that you tamp as level as possible to allow for an even extraction of the coffee.

STEP 3:

During the extraction the pour should flow smoothly, with the stream of coffee flow resembling mouse tails.
Starting of a golden brown, before turning a blonde colour towards the end of the extraction.

STEP 4:

You can then either drink this as an espresso, or top up with some textured milk for a flat white, cappuccino, latte or add some chocolate for a delicious mocha.

STEP 5:

Sit back and enjoy!

POUROVER

BREW GUIDE

DOSE: 15g
WATER: 225g
BREW TIME: 2:30 minute
GRIND SIZE: medium (slightly coarser than caster sugar texture)

STEP 1:

Boil your kettle and grind your coffee.

STEP 2:

Pre-wet your filter paper, and vessel to get rid of any unwanted papery tastes and to preheat your equipment.
Remove this water before brewing.

STEP 3:

Add your coffee into your filter brewer, and tap to level the bed to ensure an even extraction.

STEP 4:

Pour an initial 35g of water to the coffee bed and then wait 30 seconds, this will allow the coffee to ‘bloom’, this will release some gas from the coffee and allow for a more even extraction.

STEP 5:

Then in concentric circles pour your remaining 190g of water over the coffee bed.
Ideally aim to finish your pour at around 1:20 minutes.

STEP 6:

Allow the water to fully draw down through your coffee bed, which should ideally take around 2:30 minutes.

STEP 7:

Pour into your favourite mug, sit back and enjoy!

MOKA

BREW GUIDE

DOSE: 15g
WATER: 220g
BREW TIME: 1:30 – 2:00 minutes
GRIND SIZE: Fine to medium (close to a fine caster sugar texture)

STEP 1:

Boil your kettle and grind your coffee.

STEP 2:

Fill the bottom of your chamber with 220G hot water (not exceeding the valve).

STEP 3:

Fill your funnel with 15g of fine grind coffee (do not tamp so that it allows water to pass through reasonably easily). Level the ground coffee by giving it a couple of taps and this will allow a more even extraction to take place.

STEP 4:

Screw the top of the moka pot on tightly.

STEP 5:

Place your moka pot on to your hob, aiming for a low to medium heat (do not allow the flame to exceed the base to prevent melting the handle.

STEP 6:

Once your water is reaching boiling point, it will then create enough pressure for the water to pass up through your coffee bed and into the upper chamber of your moka pot. Once you hear a gurgling noise, remove your moka pot from the heat, allowing it to settle before pouring.

Ultimate Coffee Brewing Tips

Just as there are countless unique blends of coffee, there are also countless ways to brew your beans and blends. Brewing techniques are frequently passed down within families with the more experienced coffee lovers teaching the younger! This leads to a whole host of varying styles and techniques. At Iron and Fire, we are always happy to share our extensive knowledge of hand-roasted and speciality coffee beans and have illustrated some tried and tested recipes which can be seen in our coffee brew guides section above.

As a part of the description for each of our single-origin beans and blends, we include ‘grind’ and ‘brew’ sections that suggest coffees for different type of brew (but are not limited to!) and brewing techniques that will help to accentuate the taste of the coffee while promoting its inherent characteristics. There are usually multiple different techniques that can be used and you will seldom have to commit to a single one of our coffee brew guides. At Iron and Fire, we understand that you may not have access to all of the equipment mentioned in our coffee brew guides and therefore always look to offer a multitude of different techniques. For further advice or to speak to a member of our team regarding any of our coffee brew guides, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We also run a series of barista courses from our roastery and training centre in Shrewsbury.

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