What's your coffee ritual? - here's mine

What I use to brew: Stainless, air-tight canister, Hamilton Beach blade grinder, Capresso 5-cup drip machine, 2 oz. measuring scoop

What I use to brew: Stainless, air-tight canister, Hamilton Beach blade grinder, Capresso 5-cup drip machine, 2 oz. measuring scoop

Update 1/29/19: I upgraded my grinder to a Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill and, as a result, the bean flavors are much more clarified / well-defined in the brew. What they say about burr is true!

I’d venture to say that half of my enjoyment of coffee comes in the preparation — preparation as individual as musical tastes. There’s no right or wrong way to brew coffee, but certain roasts do lend themselves better to certain methods. Still, lately I’ve returned to good-old drip brewing as my go-to method for my roasts — especially the dark ones (which is most of them).

Here’s my ritual. I’ll try to include the finer details, as that’s where the idiosyncrasies lie…

  1. Rinse out the carafe, brew basket, and filter from the last brew. I use a 4-cup basket style permanent coffee filter (fine mesh with a plastic bottom). The solid bottom is key in achieving a stronger brew, but I take care not to grind my beans too finely — otherwise the water won’t run through fast enough and, as a result, will spill over the sides and into the carafe along with coffee grinds. No good.

  2. Fill the carafe with room temperature, filtered water. I use a Brita, countertop style.

  3. Grind about a scoop and a half (or 3 oz.) of coffee beans. Before I grind, I turn the grinder upside down (with the lid on) and tap out any grinds that have accumulated on the bottom. I typically grind on the “medium” setting. Sometimes a bean seems to want to be ground coarser or finer, and I watch for that.

  4. Transfer the ground coffee from the grinder lid into the filter. Not much of a step here, but what’s important is not filling the filter too high. I leave a margin of about half an inch, level out the grinds, insert into the machine, close the lid, and brew.

If I’m trying a coffee for the first time, I keep an eye on the brew to make sure the water runs through at an appropriate speed. I know there are fancier machines that handle that regulation for you. I guess I’m just old-school. One day I’ll upgrade and, when I do, I’ll write about it here.

Share your coffee ritual in the comments.

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