Food & Drink
Jan 21, 2015

7 steps to brewing better coffee

By: Amanda Etty
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Food & Drink
Jan 21, 2015

7 steps to brewing better coffee

By: Amanda Etty
Chris Chekan, founder of Monarch Methods, designs sleek copper pour-over kettles with efficiency and brewing precision in mind. I asked him about his favourite way to brew coffee – the pour-over method, obviously – and how to do it in seven steps for a better cup of joe, every day. Web From Chris: "The pour-over has always been a favourite method of mine. Simply put, it is a way to brew drip coffee wherein all the variables of brewing can be precisely controlled and manipulated from cup to cup. The control comes from how the water is poured over the coffee grounds and the ratio of coffee to water that is used. The result is a perfectly balanced cup that showcases all of the unique flavours and subtleties that can sometimes be hidden with other brew methods."   Brewing pour-over coffee is as easy as following a few simple steps. The most important factor to creating a great-tasting cup is perfecting the ratio of coffee to water used. With Monarch Methods’ copper kettles, the volume is set to either 320 mL or 500 mL, which makes controlling this ratio easy. Use 20 g of ground coffee for the smaller size (320 mL) and 30 g for the larger (500 mL).   1. Place a filter in your pour-over brewer and set it on top of your mug, or on a brewing stand like the Monarch Stand. 2. Use a bit of hot water to rinse the filter, which also serves to preheat the whole system. 3. Grind your coffee beans to a medium-fine grind (think table salt) and place the ground coffee (remembering to weigh the correct amount) into the rinsed filter. 4. Fill your copper kettle with water just off the boil and pour just enough to wet all of the grounds. 5. Wait about 30 to 45 seconds, and then begin pouring in quick circular motions to fully agitate all of the coffee, using about half of the remaining water. 6. After another 30 to 45 seconds, slowly and gently pour the remaining water in circular motions trying not to splash or cause much agitation at all. 7. Sit back and wait for your coffee to finish dripping through and marvel at the delicious cup of coffee you've just made with your own two hands!   P.S. The most delicious breakfast sandwich
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