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Manual Brewing with Vintage Coffee

Manual Brewing with Vintage Coffee on Rita Hello

Monday mornings are synonymous with my intense need for coffee. Thus, I reckoned it is the perfect time to share some with you. More times than not when I grab my coffee at the end of the line I don’t stop to appreciate the process. With the ever rising popularity of slow living, something which I appreciate a great deal, various kinds of manual brewing is embraced. And rightfully so! I’ve hung around brewing counters and every time my lack of knowledge seemed to pull me back to just uttering ‘Cappucino’. This just wouldn’t do, so I asked the guys at Vintage Coffee if they could fill in the blanks for me.

So, have you ever wondered why you should wait the extra few minutes for a pour over? If you’ve ever been to Vintage Coffee you would have seen Stanley Biggs around.

 More About Stanley

Stanley is a software engineer by day and a barista and coffee aficionado always. He has been a part of the Vintage Coffee family right from the start and is always ready to share his knowledge about coffee. Stanley also developed the Vintage Coffee App available for download on iStore.

 Pour Over Explained

Manual brewing or hand brewing has gotten increasingly popular over the last couple of years. The most alluring trait of this method of brewing is the amount of control the brewer exerts over the way the coffee is brewed. Manual brewing can be divided into three categories, one of which is the pour over. What makes pour over so great is the fact that this method of brewing is the best way to actually coax out the flavour and taste the coffee in its purest form. What makes it even better is how easy it is to do at home.

 Pour Over at Home

When making a pour over you need a conical dripper device with grooves, a paper filter, a gram scale to weigh your coffee and a brewing kettle with a narrow spout to slowly pour your boiled water. The most important thing is, of course, the coffee; you’ll need medium ground coffee. When making a pour over it is best to first pour boiled water over the filter to warm up your pouring device and wet the filter. Make sure to have 220ml of boiled water ready to pour. Add 14 grams of your freshly ground beans and cover the beans with water. Allow the beans to absorb the water for about 45 seconds and then continue to slowly pour the remainder of the water for another 90 seconds allowing the coffee to slowly drip into your cup. The total brewing time should be between two to three minutes. Allow the coffee to cool for about one minute before drinking for the ultimate tasting experience. When you decide to undertake this adventure, make sure to download the Vintage Coffee app. It explains various brewing methods, the perfect ratios and brewing time for these individual brewing methods.

 Some Tips

What would you suggest for home use; a hand grinder or an electric grinder?
A hand grinder, you have much more control over the texture of the coffee and a great electric grinder is incredibly expensive. 

Why grind your own coffee beans?
Coffee loses most of its aroma within four minutes of it being ground. In addition, pre-ground coffee is too finely ground to be used for brewing methods such as filter coffee, Chemex, pour over and Aeropress.

How does speed influence a pour over?
When the water is poured too slowly the coffee tastes bitter and if it was poured too quickly your coffee can taste weak. You need to experiment to find out what grind and ratio work for you.

PS | Vintage Coffee currently has a great gift set perfect for a coffee lover. So if you’re stuck on Christmas gifting this year make sure to pop by their shops.

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