Today I’ll be introducing 5 pro tips that you can use at home to take your coffee to a whole new level. You’ll feel much more comfortable with making coffee as well as maintaining consistency with your coffee.
What’s more, these tips will give you more freedom to adjust and create the perfect ratio for the coffee you make.
1. Trapezoid or Cone-shaped, choose one
So there’re generally two types of drippers you should take note of.
One is the trapezoid, the other is the cone-shaped.
Trapezoid drippers generally tend to extract slower, but is more consistent and very friendly for anyone starting out with pour over coffee. You may find one-hole, two-hole or three-holed drippers. Generally speaking, the more the holes the faster the extraction.
Cone-shaped drippers tend to extract faster, and is more difficult to maintain consistency. You need to get used to the timing of when to add more hot water and when not to.
What I’d recommend is you choose one type of dripper, maybe the trapezoid if it’s your first time and then stick to it. Better to get very comfortable with one dripper first before moving on to other drippers. I know it’s tempting but trust me on that.
2. Measure Your Coffee
It’s time to get rid of those coffee measure spoons. Okay, maybe that’s too harsh. I tried an experiment using the coffee measure spoon to see if the weight of the coffee beans varied among different roasts and sizes.
3. Adjust the Grind Dials
I’m using the Kalita Next G coffee mill and the dials can be adjusted from fine to coarse. It’s always good to try out various dials and then stick to one when making pour over coffee or change the settings depending on the roast levels.
Another thing to keep in mind is changing the grind settings depending on the dripper you use. The trapezoid dripper, for example, takes time to extract and if you’re looking to extract it the same way you’d extract a cone-shape, you’d want to make the grinds coarser.
4. Consistent Temperature Range
Temperature affects a lot of the extraction. For example, a higher temperature can bring out the acidic elements of the coffee and is usually ideal for lighter roasts. On the other hand, slightly lower temperatures tend to be used for darker roasts.
The temperature you decide to make your coffee is totally up to you. However you should keep a temperature range to work with so you don’t end up with something different every time.
Consistent temperature is key for consistency in your coffee.
I use a thermometer for milk pitchers but a lot of coffee drippers like the Fellow Stagg have a built-in thermometer which measures the temperature accurately.
5. Measure Extraction Time
This is usually a must for most coffee shops dedicated to serving good coffee. They’ll always have a timer at the ready and keep an eye on it while extracting coffee.
Extraction time is another key factor which can affect the taste of the coffee. Too long and you over extract. Too short and you might under-extract.
You want to look for balance and keep a certain time in mind when extracting. As long as you maintain the extraction time, you should expect to get the same coffee every time.
So there you have it!! 5 tips that’ll definitely take your coffee brewing skills to the next level.