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Our November ’19 brew guide

Brew like a champion with custom-made recipes from our three awesome November ’19 roasters Coutume, Ernst and Frukt.

The year is drawing to a close and the days are short and dark but that doesn’t stop us from drinking absolutely wonderful coffees, right?

We recently completed a customer satisfaction survey amongst everyone who received the Canada special October ’19 coffee box and we were extremely happy to see so much positive feedback about that box and some really lovely comments left by satisfied coffee lovers from around the world.

Here’s a selection of some of the nicest comments:

“Just keep doing it how you do it – your best (and with the mind on environment and sustainability)”

“You guys are great! Keep up the good work! :)”

“Good frequency of emails with information on roasters, makes me look forward to the box. Tracking info is nice to have. Brew guides are sometimes missing information or inconsistent, but nothing major.”

“Would love to see you visit more cities for coffee recommendations.”

Naturally, there were also some comments that suggested improvements and we are taking these very seriously to make sure our service continues to be the best in Europe. One of the things that was mentioned was to publish our brew guides a bit sooner to have them ready for when our boxes land on peoples’ doorsteps. So, without further ado, let’s jump into the guide for the recently shipped November ’19 coffee box.

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Basic setup:

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.

These include:

    • 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 (Kalita Wave, V60, Aeropress etc)
    • A clean vessel for brewing and decanting
    • Filtered water
    • A pouring kettle but a regular kettle will also do, however, it requires more precision
    • And a little gas stove if you’re brewing outdoors

When working with whole beans, it’s crucial to make sure to always freshly grind your coffee just before preparation because it quickly loses its aroma and old coffee ends up tasting stale and hollow.

If you are working with an espresso machine, you will want to be sure your machine is cleaned on a regular basis and that you check the temperature and pressure to have an optimal extraction.


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Coutume’ recipe for filter:

V60: 18g of coffee ground medium-fine. Add 250g of water at 94° – 95°, starting with a bloom of 30 seconds with 80g of water. Brew time: 2:30 minutes.

Coutume’ recipe for espresso:

18g of coffee ground fine. Extraction time: 28 – 30 seconds. Yield: 48 – 50g.

Ernst’s recipe for filter:

V60: 17g of coffee ground medium-fine. Add 270g of water at 93° – 95°. Brew time: 2:30 minutes.

Ernst’s recipe for espresso:

21g of coffee ground fine. Extraction time: 38 – 30 seconds. Yield: 50g.

Frukt’s recipe for filter:

V60: We go with 1:16 brew ratio quite often. Or then simply 60g of coffee to one litre of water at around 94°. V60 is our go-to brew method, but recently we’ve been using Kalita a lot more. Brew time: 2:45 minutes.

Frukt’s recipe for espresso:

17g of coffee ground fine. Extraction time: 26 – 30 seconds. Yield: 34g.

Were these recipes useful for you? Share your feedback or own recipe in the comments below!


Keen to get your hands on our forthcoming December ’19 coffee box?

Preorder until 12-12 | Ships globally on 16-12

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What our reader said

admin said:

Thank you for your comments. @Emanuel, that is good feedback. However, the amount of clicks will greatly depend on your choice of brew method and since a lot of people use different ones, we'd have to do a lot of testing in our warehouse to find out what the right amount of clicks is per brew method. Happy to explore this for the next brew guide!

Emanuel said:

Since many of your customers (me included) use a comandante grinder, it would be interesting to include the "clicks" used for grinding the coffee.

Arline said:

Brilliant, thanks for sending the brew guide out with the boxes!


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