Brewing Guide2020-04-22T11:48:03-04:00

5 Steps to Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee


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Whether you’re new to specialty coffee or have been making coffee for years, we’re here to help. From a pour-over to French Press, we’re here with detailed Brew Guides to help you make the perfect cup of Utopian Coffee at home, however you want to make it.

French Press – Tutorial

The French Press is a full-immersion brewing method, meaning all the coffee grounds will become “immersed” by hot water for several minutes before being filtered and served.

Step 1. Weigh and Heat

The first step in brewing on a French Press is to weigh the beans. For the average French Press we will use 50 grams of coffee. After weighing the beans, use hot water to pre-heat the French Press vessel.

Step 2. Grind 

After your water is heated (recommended between 200-205 degrees), grind your beans. The size should be similar to coarse sea salt. Once the coffee is ground, add it to the French Press.

Step 4. Bloom

First pour about 150 grams of water onto the beans. Immediately afterwards begin stirring the coffee in order to saturate all the grounds in the hot water. Once finished allow the “slurry” to sit for about 45 seconds.

*Slurry – Fancy coffee word for the mixture of grounds and hot water – aka coffee before it has been filtered

Step 5. Pour More

After 45 seconds fill the rest of the French Press with water […]

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Aeropress – Brewing Tutorial

How to Brew on the Aeropress

A brewing method that perfectly unites full-immersion and pressure to create a one-of-a-kind brewing experience.

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Step 1. Weigh Beans 

For brewing on the Aeropress we want about 17-18 grams of coffee. If using the scoop provided with the Aeropress, this would amount about about 1 heaping scoop of beans.

(Scoops can work well, but weighing is objectively the most accurate method).

Step 2. Assemble Aeropress

Before grinding your beans the Aeropress needs to be assembled. There are 3 main pieces that makeup the Aeropress: plunger, brewing column, and cap. The “Classic” brewing method calls for the brewing column to point downward on top of a carafe (which will catch our coffee!). Attach the cap with one filter to the bottom of the column and place both on top of a carafe. Once these pieces are put together, rinse the paper filter with hot water and allow to drain before tossing the brewing water out.

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Chemex – Brewing Tutorial

How to Brew on the Chemex

The Chemex creates wonderfully clean flavors utilizing the pourover method.

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Step 1. Weigh and Grind

Weighing your coffee is extremely important! Beans will weigh different depending on size, shape, and roast level. Weighing the beans ensures a consistent brewing experience each time! We recommend grinding 45 grams coffee on a coarse setting. The grinds should resemble sea salt.

Step 2. Insert and Rinse Filter

Unfold the filter and place the side with the triple-fold facing the Chemex’s “spout.” Once inserted, rinse the filter thoroughly with hot water. The Chemex uses a thick filter which in turn ensure an exceptional drinking experience. Rinsing the filter removes any of the “papery” tastes and warms the vessel to retain heat during and after brewing. After rinsing pour this water out.

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Step 3. Add Coffee and Begin Brewing

At this point we’re about ready to begin brewing. Pour your coffee grounds into the filter and “shake” the Chemex […]

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Hario V60 – Brewing Tutorial

Step 1. Weigh and Grind

Weigh 22 grams of beans and put them into your grinder. The grind size you want to shoot for should be about as fine as table salt.

Step 2. Insert and Rinse Filter

Unfold the V60 filter and set it inside the dripper. Using hot water right-off the boil, pour through the filter, thoroughly wetting it to remove any paper-like tastes. Make sure to dump out any of the waste water before brewing!

Step 3. Bloom* 

Pour the ground coffee into the Hario V60 filter and shake them gently to create a flat brewing bed. After this, begin pouring in a circular motion beginning in the middle and continuing toward the outside of the brew-bed. You should aim for about 60-70 grams of water in the first 30 seconds. Ideally, this first pour should cover all the grounds evenly, creating an optimal brewing environment for the rest of the pours.

*The first pour is called the “bloom” because of how coffee expands in the filter!

Step 4. Continue Pouring

About 30 seconds after the first pour you will want to add […]

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