Why whole bean? We strive to provide you with the freshest coffee possible. By supplying you with a whole bean it allows the coffee to degas properly, leaving you with the richest flavors of the bean. Grinding your own coffee adds less than a minute to your coffee drinking routine & we assure once you taste the freshness you won't enjoy it the same, any other way.
We highly recommend downloading this app: Coffee Guru
The app includes different brewing recipes for all of the different brew methods. It also allows you to save your own brew recipe so that you remember how you made that perfect cup of coffee. We have personally been using this app and find it to be very helpful.
Let's talk brew methods.
With there being so many options out there, it can get overwhelming. I'll try to break down the most common brewing methods for you.
Pour Over Method: You can use a Chemex or Hario V60 for this process. It works similar to a drip coffee maker, other than you control the water. This allows you to control the richness, and leaves you with a more vibrant flavored cup of coffee. This method truly allows you to taste the single origin from which the bean derives from, allowing the flavors and aromas to shine.
French Press Method: The French Press immerses the ground coffee in hot water and then separating the grounds from the coffee by pressing down the filter. Unlike a drip method the filter does not absorb the essential oils found in the grounds. This results in a stronger, richer coffee with a more aromatic flavor.
AeroPress: The AeroPress uses hand pressure to force the water through the ground beans. While drip coffee makers use gravity to pull the water through the coffee grounds, the AeroPress uses air pressure, forcing the water through by pushing the plunger down. The AeroPress is also very compact which makes it perfect for camping, traveling, or on the go situations.
Cold Brew Method: Instead of using hot water to brew, making your own cold brew coffee starts by steeping coarse coffee grounds in cold water for 12-24hours. This leave you with a strong, rich, and fresh cold brew coffee.
Drip Coffee Maker: The drip coffee maker will heat the water to boiling or near-boiling, and the steam will rise through a tube system until it reaches a drip area where it is dispersed. The heated water evenly flows through the grounds and filter then into the waiting coffee pot. This is one of the most popular brewing method because of the convenient factor of being able to set a timer, or turn in on, then walk away while it is brewing. We recommend if you do prefer a drip coffee maker getting one that imitates the pour over method, and leaves you with a more enjoyable, richer cup of coffee compared to a traditional coffee maker.
Coffee-To-Water Ratios & Grind Size:
"Golden Ratio" 1-2 Tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6oz. of water (general guideline).
Pour Over: 1:16 ratio meaning for every 1g. of ground coffee, you need 16oz. of water. This method calls for a medium-coarse even grind.
French Press: 1:12 ratio meaning for every 1g. of ground coffee, you need 12oz. of water. This method calls for a coarse even grind.
Coffee Connoisseur Starter Kit: What do you actually need?
First, you need to pick one of the brew methods mentioned above.
Second, you need a grinder if buying whole beans (which we recommend). You can buy a smaller personal size grinder or a larger one that allows you to change the grind size. Both of them are efficent. It just depends on what suits your coffee needs the best.
Third, you need a kettle. Electric kettle are much faster but a stove top kettle will work. We just recommend it have a long goose neck stem.
Fourth, you need a scale to weigh your beans and water.
I'll include pictures and links below of example options of all the things mentioned on this page!
There are tons of coffee gear out there to choose from! You just have to pick what fits your coffee needs. We're happy to help if you have questions. Cheers!