What’s your most favourite thing about autum? Right now, as I look out of the window, I see the leaves on the tree outside our house in many gorgeous shades of yellow. Many of them have already fallen to the ground, a ground that today is very wet.
I love this time of the year, provided it’s not raining cats and dogs. Michal and I love going mushroom hunting in the woods and there’s nothing like sitting on a sunny terrace on a cool October day while sipping your freshly brewed cup of liquid gold. Wouldn’t you agree?
Those of you who are lucky enough to be receiving this month’s Coffeevine boxes will certainly have the right coffees to provide warmth and comfort during these colder days and I hope that you’ll discover all the gorgeous flavours that our October selection from Elbgold, Newground and Rush Rush has to offer.
For this brew guide, I worked with a new brewer that was kindly gifted to me from Bathtub Coffee in Japan and which could be a potential rival for the popular Orea brewer. I’d love to hear your thoughts on that. As always, find below my playlist for this month, lovingly curated for your pleasure.
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 the SIMPLYFY brewer:
I really liked this brewer. It’s made of plastic and looks a bit bulky but rather than having small holes in the bottom (Kalita), it has a wider opening and uses the Kalita 185 filter papers (similar to the Orea Brewer). It’s very durable and easy to clean. Thank you to Bathtub Coffee for gifting me this brewer.
I used 16g of coffee ground medium, somewhat coarser than if I were to use the CAFEC Abaca filters for a V60. Boil your water and prewet your filter. Add the coffee and begin with a bloom using 50g of water. I used a paddle to make sure all the grounds were nicely wet. After 45 seconds, continue your pour and go up to 130g. At 1:15 minutes, add the remaining 130g in a slow pour and finish at 260g. Brew time should be around 2:30 minutes resulting in a super fragrant and floral cup. Enjoy!
Elbgold’s recipe for filter:
15g of coffee with 250g of water. Water: 80 ppm.
Pour in 40g of water and wait 40 seconds. Then pour all the remaining water in before minute 1:15. Total extraction time: 2:30 minutes.
Elbgold’s recipe for espresso:
17,5g in, 40g out. Ratio: 1:2,28. Extraction Time: 25-28 seconds.
Newground’s recipe for filter:
Newground’s recipe for espresso:
Rush Rush’s recipe for filter:
Rush Rush’s recipe for espresso:
19g in, 40g out. 30 seconds extraction.
What did you think of these recipes and the coffees from the October 2022 Coffeevine box? Let me know in the comments down below and make sure you subscribe in time for the upcoming November coffee subscription box.