Strictly Speaking: Home-brew methods
If 2020 taught us anything, it was that one must be able to produce a satisfactory cup of coffee from the comforts of home. Even when cafes become out of reach, a quality cup of coffee doesn’t have to be. Making a tasty brew at home can be incredibly easy, with a multitude of devices available to conquer this very task.
Hario V60 Dripper
Designed and manufactured in Japan, this is a classic pour-over method that is loved by coffee enthusiasts all over the world. A distinctive conical design lined with paper filters, the V60 shape adds depth to the coffee by allowing for deeper layering of the grounds. Sturdy, lightweight and portable - the Hario V60 is a practical and simple yet high quality approach that is trusted by many to produce a bright, light and delicate cup of coffee. Pour-overs are considered to be a fantastic choice for those looking for a smoother clean and light cup.
If you drink your coffee with milk, try our Escobar blend, or if you prefer black coffee,try our Single Origin Ethiopian coffee.
With a full hour-glass body, polished wood collar and leather tie, the Chemex is a paper-filter brewing device that is simple and elegant, producing an exceptionally clean cup of coffee. The design is considered so noteworthy that it’s featured in The Museum of Modern Art in New York, making it a superb feature of any kitchen if you’re after a small talking point or statement piece. Like the Hario V60, the Chemex is used by manually pouring water into over the coffee grounds and through a paper filter - excellent for those wanting to really highlight a coffee’s inherent characteristics and individual flavour notes. The 6-cup Chemex is able to produce larger quantities of coffee, meaning it is practical when it comes to caffeinating a household or keeping your own cup topped up over breakfast.
The AeroPress is an incredibly popular brew method amongst baristas and coffee enthusiasts due to its ease of use, practicality and versatility. It only brews a single serving of coffee at a time and is delicious enough for everyday use, while compact and portable to take on your travels. Check out our previous ‘Strictly Speaking’ post, for basic instructional insight on how to use the AeroPress. Like both above methods, the AeroPress uses paper filters to stop oil and sediment, creating a smooth cup without bitterness. The AeroPress is not a pour-over method but rather considered as a ‘full immersion’ brewer, meaning that the coffee grounds sit in hot water before being separated through a piston style plunger. The AeroPress is particularly perfect for those curious coffee drinkers interested in experimenting and trialing with methodology and recipes. Hundreds of recipes for unique cups have been created by simply adjusting variables such as grind size, brew time and even the technical way in which the AeroPress is used.
Stove Top Espresso Maker
Commonly known as a Moka pot, this is the proud and well-regarded invention of a nation where a love affair with coffee runs deep. This iconic coffee maker is the creation of Italian engineer Alfonso Bialetti in 1933, and rapidly became a household staple in Italian culture. Available in a variety of sizes and capable of brewing as many as 5 cups at once, the pot sits directly on the stove and works using percolation. The base is filled with water, a small basket of ground coffee is placed just above the surface and from there, an upper chamber is screwed on top. Coffee is brewed by passing boiling water through a filter and spout into the upper chamber. Brewed coffee does not have to pass through any additional coffee filters, as the grounds stay below the final extraction.The coffee that results is intense and heavy-bodied, often being substituted for a traditional espresso.
A french press, also referred to as a cafetière or a coffee plunger, is a tried and tested method that will always deliver. It is one of the easiest and affordable options. Always use 60gms of coffee per 1 litre of water and a coarse grind size. Simply steep the grounds in hot water for 4 minutes before pressing the plunger down. Tiny dissolved particles can slip through the metal filter to give the coffee a richer, fuller body. If you like your brew a little lighter, gently push the ground on the surface with the back of a spoon, allow the grinds to settle on the bottom of the carafe and gently pour the coffee through the seive without plunging.
It goes without saying however, if you want good coffee, you’ve got to start with quality beans. An excellent method with excellent beans goes hand and hand. At Strictly, we supply beans in a variety of roasts and grinds, so that the consistency of your beans can be optimal for the method you wish to use. Pop into Strictly HQ to explore our range of brew gear and learn about the coffee offerings from our friendly team, as certain roasts are better suited to certain methods.
It is worth noting that there are other tools which you can incorporate into your coffee set-up to enhance the end product, choosing a method is simply the beginning! Fresh whole beans produce a superior tasting coffee so a grinder is valuable, and scales can be useful to ensure the exact measure of beans and water.
We aim to simplify the art of home coffee-making rather than leave the reader more perplexed and overwhelmed, so we will save diving into these further details for a later ‘Strictly Speaking’ update.