An Opinionated Guide to Brewing Coffee at Home

The Water

The Grinder

The Dripper

The Kettle

The Scale

The Beans

The Technique

  1. Pre-soak your filters with hot water to avoid the taste of paper.
  2. Use a medium to medium-fine grind size. For the Timemore C2, start with 20 clicks. If your brew isn’t bitter, go finer by 1 click the next time you brew (19). Repeat this process, grinding finer and finer until you get bitter coffee. Then go back to the setting that didn’t produce a bitter cup.
  3. Place your mug on the scale and place your dripper directly on your mug. Grind 15 grams of coffee and place it in your dripper. Using more coffee makes it more difficult to brew quickly and can often lead to a more bitter cup. Less coffee will lead to an empty, sad cup. Using your thumb, create a small depression in the middle of the coffee bed, which will allow you to wet all the grounds with less water.
  4. Start a stopwatch. Pour 35 mL water over the grounds to release CO2 from the grounds. Now wait for 45 seconds.
  5. Pour 190 mL slowly in concentric circles, moving outward from the center. Give the dripper a gentle swirl once you’ve finished pouring. You’ll know that you did this right if your coffee bed is flat at the end.
  6. Regardless of how much coffee has gone through, pull the dripper off at 3:30. Any drips past this point will only make your cup less enjoyable.

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