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Brew guide for our November ’17 coffee box

Get the most out of the delicious coffees from Climpson & Sons, Casino Mocca and Stooker who we featured in our most recent box

Brewing the perfect cup of coffee might seem daunting, especially when you’re relatively new to specialty coffee, but it doesn’t have to be. Every coffee is as unique as the people who produced and roasted it, and as a result, asks for its very own preparation method to get the most out of each delicious little bean. Even with little knowledge or skill, if you follow a few simple guidelines, you’ll be making truly outstanding coffee every time.


Below you can find the brew guide to our recently shipped November ’17 coffee box, featuring yummy coffees from Climpson & Sons, Casino Mocca and Stooker. Each recipe was provided be the corresponding roaster in a bid to help you get the most out of his coffee.

Happy brewing!

Step 1: A great set up is half the rent

When brewing filter coffee, you want to make sure that you are properly equipped. No matter which method you prefer, be it the Aeropress, V60, French Press or even the good old Moka Pot, it’s important to have a few basics in place.

We recommend:

  • A good quality burr grinder with different finesse settings
  • A set of electronic scales
  • A pouring kettle, ideally an electronic one with built in temperature regulator
  • Your brew method of choice
  • A decanter vessel
  • Your favourite mug or cup or glass
  • Finally, nothing but the finest single origin coffees, ideally from our monthly coffee box (hint, hint).

Naturally, the same it true for espresso. Whether you’re using a professional café-style machine or a small home espresso machine, you want to be sure you follow some basic rules and recommendations that will help you get the most out of each bean.

We recommend:

  • Always making sure that your machine is properly cleaned
  • Setting the right water temperature and pressure
  • Using a burr grinder to ensure consistency
  • Using scales to weigh your coffee (whole bean) and in your portafilter
  • Timing and weighing your extraction

Step 2: Follow the recipe of the roaster or make your own

Our roasters take the greatest care to source, roast and share their finest beans with our customers and they always supply us with custom recipes for each of their coffees. While you’re of course not required to follow their guidelines, it makes sense to give them a shot – no pun intended – and see for yourself if they got it right or whether your own recipe makes for a better cup. Coffee, like food, is all about personal preference and experimentation.

Brew for glory in November

Brew for glory in November

Recipes from our roasters:

Climpson & Sons: Kenya, Slopes of 8

Recipe filter

Kalita Wave: 18.5g of coffee ground medium-fine. Add 300g of water at 93°C. Brew time: 3:30 minutes.

Recipe espresso

17.5g of coffee ground fine. Extraction time: 30 – 33 seconds. Yield: 38 – 42g.*

*This coffee and it’s complex acidity work well with a bigger ratio, so you can push the yield a little bit. 

Casino Mocca: Ethiopia, Warqee

Recipe filter

Kalita Wave: 15g coffee ground medium-fine. Add 250g water at 92-95°C.  Pour time: 3 minutes. Total brew time: 4 minutes.

Recipe espresso

18g coffee ground fine. Extraction time: 30 – 35 seconds. Yield: 40 – 45g.

Stooker Roasting Co.: Ethiopia, Chelelektu

Recipe for filter

Kalita Wave: 15g of coffee ground medium-fine. Add 250g of water at 92° – 95°. Brew time: 3:00 minutes.

Recipe espresso

19g of coffee ground fine. Extraction time: 26 – 28 seconds. Yield: 40 – 42g.

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