Saturday, June 27, 2015

Coffee Gear That Will Instantly Help You Brew a Better Cup

Coffee Gear That Will Instantly Help You Brew a Better Cup

Brewing a great cup of coffee at home is fairly simple. If you have a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans and the proper brewing equipment, you can whip up a delicious cup in less than 10 minutes. Why settle for mediocre tasting brewed coffee, or worse instant coffee, when you can have a barista-quality cup of specialty coffee every morning? 

So, here's what you need to start brewing that perfect cup.

Follow The Chemistry

Chemistry may not be your favorite subject back in high school, but the entire brewing process is exactly that - chemistry. A great cup of coffee requires precision and a good deal of experimentation. Here are a couple of points to remember to ensure that you brew a quality cup:
  • To start, you need a bag of whole coffee beans within 2-3 weeks of roasting for coffee beans at peak flavor. After that, flavor begins to slowly diminish. 
  • Grind the beans right before brewing. Don't buy pre-ground coffee, the grounds have probably lost a lot of flavor already. 
  • Start at a coffee-water ratio of 1:16 (15g of coffee for a 240ml cup) and make adjustments based on your personal preference.
  • The perfect temperature is around 195°C-205°C, or 30 seconds off boil.
  • Make sure to rinse the paper filter right before brewing, it helps to heat up the cup and remove any 'papery taste' the filter might have.
  • Use a timer, freshly ground coffee is given 30 seconds to bloom with around 30g of water. If the grounds don't bloom, it's probably not fresh.  

The Coffee Essentials

There are a number of brewing tools that coffee geeks love to use, but the truth is you don't need all of them. All you need are a grinder, a brewer, and a digital scale. Everything else do help you craft a better cup, but these are the bare essentials.

A Burr Grinder

Coffee Gear Essentials Philippines - Buy a Porlex Tall Grinder

A good quality burr grinder helps you brew coffee with freshly ground coffee beans that are proportionate in size. I use a Porlex Tall Grinder (shown above), which is quite portable and is great for a bit of morning exercise. A medium grind is 6-7 clicks, perfect for hand-brews at home. You can also get a burr electronic grinder, I recommend a Baratza Encore but it costs around 3.5 times as much 

You can get a Porlex Tall Grinder (Php2,400) from Extraction Coffee Co in the Philippines. 

A Good Coffee Brewer

Coffee Gear Essentials Philippies - Buy a Kaita 102 Dripper
To brew coffee, you need a coffee brewer (DUH). There are plenty of brewers out there, but I recommend a Kalita 102 Ceramic Brewer (shown above) for beginners. The ceramic build helps retain more heat and the in-line 3 hole design helps brew a great cup. It's also very easy to use and clean. 

You can get a Kalita 102 Ceramic Brewer (Php550) at and the Kalita 102 Filters (Php250) from Extraction Coffee Co in the Philippines.

Alternative Product: You can purchase a Hario V60 Brewer Bundle from Lazada for Php 2,400. 

A Digital Scale

Coffee Gear Essentials Philippines - Buy a AWS 2kg Portable Scale
A digital scale takes the guesswork out of the brewing process and allows you to brew with precision every time. Professional baristas use a scale to measure the ideal coffee-water ratio and this allows them to replicate the perfect recipe every time. I use an AWS 2-kg Digital Scale (shown above) but you can also get the more expensive Hario V60 Drip Scale if you prefer a more aesthetically pleasing scale with an in-built timer.

You can get the AWS 2-kg Digital Scale (Php1,950) and a Hario V60 Drip Scale (Php3,600) at Extraction Coffee Co in the Philippines. You can also get cheaper digital scales from Lazada

If you want to be better at coffee, check out the tools that more serious coffee drinkers use

Fun Fact: On coffee beans, did you know that the Philippines and Ethiopia share 3 distinct traits for growing terrific coffee?

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  1. Thanks for coming back with this nice and very useful article! I won't go wrong picking the right gears for brewing my favorite cup of coffee. Cheers! Jayson juliosnchz.blogspot com

    1. It's great to be back Jayson! If you love this, then you'll enjoy my article tomorrow. :D

  2. It's probably obvious, but I would correct the coffee-water ratio to 1:16 instead of 16:1.

    1. I didn't see that! I hope readers didn't start using that ratio. I corrected it to 1:16. Thanks Dawson!