In my previous brew guide, I commented on how we were in the middle of a delicious heat wave and that the summer was giving us all of the gorgeous sunny days we ever needed. I was enjoying my coffees iced and exploring the beaches of The Netherlands. Who knew they could actually be quite pleasant?
Being half Mexican, I feel like I have been brainwashed into thinking that northern Europe simply cannot have any nice beaches but a recent visit to Texel revealed the total opposite.
Fast forward to mid-September and autumn has officially arrived. This past week, we had torrential downpours mixed with sunny intervals and both cold and warm nights. I am mentally preparing myself for the shorter and colder days to come. But first, let’s dive into the brew guide for the September box that is heading out the door as I type this article.
It features three super delicious coffees from the likes of Obadiah, Right Side and Sweet Beans. For my own recipe, I whipped out my good old Aeropress. I felt like it needed some love. Enjoy!
As in any good kitchen or bar, you want to be sure to have a few key items at your disposal that will aid you in preparing a delicious cup of coffee.
- Scales (with or without a timer – you can use your phone or your watch)
- A good quality burr grinder such as the Comandante Grinder
- Your favourite brew method (Origami, Kalita Wave, V60, AeroPress etc)
- A clean vessel for brewing and decanting
- A ladle or stirrer for agitating the grounds
- Water for brewing
- A pouring kettle but a regular kettle will also do, however, it requires more precision
Feel free to take a look around our shop to see if there are things that you might like. We have a nice selection of items from Timemore and other brands to help you brew delicious coffees.
It’s very important to always freshly grind your coffee just before preparation because coffee is very volatile and quickly loses its full aroma in a matter of minutes.
You can also vacuum pack your coffee in portions, name and number each batch and then keep it in a dry cool place or put it in the freezer. More information about freshness and how to rest your coffees can be found in this article.
For espresso, I use my home espresso machine, a Profitec Pro600 espresso machine and a Profitec ProT64 grinder.
My recipe for Aeropress:
Use 12g of coffee and grind them medium-fine. The same grind size you’d use for a V60. Boil your water and prepare your Aeropress by inserting the filter paper into the lid. Add your coffee and make sure its level. I am using the inverted method.
Add your water fresh off the boil and go up to 200g. Use a stirrer or spoon to stir your coffee properly. Then add screw on the lid and wait until the timer hits 1:30 minutes. Revert the Aeropress onto a decanter and press slowly but steadily until you have squeezed out all liquid. Should be a total brew time of 2:00 minutes. Yum!
Obadiah’s recipe for filter:
V60 or Origami: 15g of coffee ground medium-fine. Water: 240g at 94ºC, Time: 3:00 min. 40ml bloom for 35 sec.
Obadiah’s recipe for espresso:
19g in, 43mls out. Time: 32 sec.
Right Side’s recipe for filter:
Right Side’s recipe for espresso:
Sweet Bean’s recipe for filter:
Sweet Bean’s recipe for espresso:
Ratio: 18g for 38g. Brew time: 30 sec. Temeprature: 94ºC. We would suggest to separate the shot in two.
What did you think of these recipes and the coffees from the September 2022 Coffeevine box? Let me know in the comments down below and make sure you subscribe in time for the upcoming October coffee subscription box.