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 [...]

Aeropress – Brewing Tutorial

A brewing method that perfectly unites full-immersion and pressure to create a one-of-a-kind brewing experience. 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 1 heaping scoop of beans. (Scoops can work well, but weighing is objectively the most accurate method). Step 2. Assemble Aeropress Before [...]

Chemex – Brewing Tutorial

The Chemex creates wonderfully clean flavors utilizing the pourover method. 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 [...]

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. [...]

Pour Over

Brewing coffee at home can often be a challenge for people; a challenge that leaves them wondering why they can't get it to be as good as the coffee shop. A lot of that is due to the tools (equipment) the specialty coffee shops are using and we're going to talk about a way that you can make a great cup of coffee with a [...]

Summertime Coffee: Tips for Making Cold Brew Coffee

At Utopian, we are always striving to generate new ways for our customers to connect with coffee, and this year we decided to create an awesome new blend to highlight one of our favorite coffee drinks: Cold Brew. Cold brew is a method for brewing coffee that produces a smooth and refreshing cup of coffee totally ready to drink on a balmy, summer day! Similar [...]

Iced Coffee

With the hot months of Summer coming up, I thought it would be helpful to share some thoughts on how to make some great iced coffee. I'll offer two different recipes: A quick and easy recipe and then a more technical one for my fellow coffee nerds. The easiest way to make some great iced coffee is to simply double the amount of coffee grounds [...]

Brewing Tips: French Press

The French press, or simply a press pot, is probably one of the most popular manual brewing methods. It's a great way to highlight all that UTOPIAN coffee has to offer. I have some simple French press tips and tricks I use when brewing with the French press that I believe can elevate your gourmet coffee experience and I'd like to share them with you. [...]

Light roast, dark roast, my roast, your roast

During my time in the coffee world I have witnessed the battle of the roast preference. I have heard about every debate out there, from light roast coffee is acidic to dark roast coffee is burnt. Everyone has their favorite place on the roast spectrum, and with a patriotic spirit they will rise up to defend their roast preference if anyone dares to attack it. [...]

Brewing Ratio

I have come to notice that one of the biggest factors in getting great tasting gourmet coffee is the water to coffee ratio. Previously, I was satisfied people were simply brewing with Utopian Coffee regardless of the ratios they were using, but now I am more focused on proper water to coffee ratios. I hope this doesn't come off as snobby, but I have started [...]

Burr Grinder

The best way to improve your coffee experience at home other than using fresh roasted coffee and proper water to coffee ratios is to use a quality burr grinder. If you are are not already using a burr grinder, hopefully I can win you over! Coffee loses most of it's aromatics within 10 minutes of being ground. By the time you brew pre-ground coffee, most [...]