Coffee Brewing – Make Your Coffee Taste Delicious With a Few Simple Steps

So many people worry about the coffee they purchase, but never consider how their coffee brewing techniques really impact the final flavor. Here are a few different coffee brewing ratios that you can use when making your next cup or pot.

The first place to start is with great coffee. At Path we offer a variety of different single origin and blended coffees to choose from. Once you’ve got your coffee in hand you need to set up your tools. Coffee brewing equipment can vary, and there are many types out there to choose from. The ratios and techniques below can work across a few similar pour-over methods, so regardless of which you have you should be able to dial in pretty quickly.

Coffee brewing methods

pour over coffee

pour over methods - Kalita Wave, v60, chemex

Pour over is one of the most versatile coffee brewing methods. Below is a tried and true formula that we use every day.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • Start with fresh ground Path coffee.
  • Filtered water at 212 degrees or boiling.
  • A pour over method like a V60.
  • White V60 filters.
  • A Kalita server to brew into.
  • Scale.
  • Small spoon.
  • Timer.

The recipe below produces a rich and balanced cup of coffee. The the pour over method tends to present a coffee’s cleaner and crisper side since it is a filtered method.

  1. Portion out 25g of Path coffee.
  2. Grind your coffee fresh on a medium setting to start. You will adjust this if needed later.
  3. Place your dripper onto the server and insert the paper filter. Pour enough water over the filter to wet it and pre-heat your dripper and server. Discard the water after a few seconds.
  4. Add your ground coffee to the filter and shake it to level it out.
  5. Place your dripper with coffee and server on your scale and tare it out.
  6. Make your first pour, or the “bloom”, using three times the amount of water to coffee. In this case it would be 60g. Pour in a circular motion making sure to saturate all the grinds. Set your timer at the same time you make your first pour.
  7. Use the spoon to stir your coffee, making sure all the grinds are saturated. You don’t want any large bubbles coming to the surface after this first pour.
  8. At 40 seconds start your second pour. You will pour in a circular motion till you hit 200g. Let the coffee slurry drip out a bit and then start again to 300g. Repeat these steps till you hit 400g of poured water.
  9. After the final pour gently swirl your coffee so that the bed of grinds levels out and you have an even extraction all the way through.
  10. Ideally you should see the water dip below the bed of coffee around 3.5 – 4 minutes.

The pour over coffee brewing method is one of our favorite ways to brew coffee on the weekend. It’s a great way to connect with your coffee and if  you are inclined you can experiment with grind size and pouring methods.

cold brew coffee

cold brew method

Our cold brew concentrate formula and technique produces a very rich and flavorful batch of coffee. The intention with this is to brew something that you will enjoy with milk or cut it with water.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • Start with fresh ground Path Coffee.
  • Filtered water at room temperature.
  • Two equal sized containers.
  • A strainer.
  • Cheese cloth.
  • Scale.
  • Large spoon.

The recipe below produces a cold brew concentrate that is meant to be cut with either water (hot or cold), milk or a milk alternative.

  1. Use 1.5 pounds of coffee for every 1 gallon of water. Remember that some of the water will be left in the grinds so you will get less out after brewing is complete.
  2. Grind your Path Coffee on the coarsest setting or ask us to grind it for you.
  3. Put your ground coffee into one of the containers and add the correct amount of room temperature water. Use the spoon to mix everything up so that all the grinds are saturated.
  4. Place your container on the counter away from sunlight and let sit for 18 hours.
  5. After your 18 hour steep, place your cheese cloth into the strainer and strain the coffee into your other container.
  6. Place the cold brew concentrate into the fridge over night to chill.

At this point you’ve got a rich cold brew concentrate that you can enjoy a variety of ways.

woman pouring french press coffee

french press method

The French Press coffee brewing method is very simple and produces a wonderfully rich coffee with a heavier body. The one thing you need to keep in mind is that this method can over-extract coffee producing bitter or unpleasant flavors. It’s important to drink this coffee quickly or transfer it to another container.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • 8 cup French Press.
  • Fresh ground Path coffee.
  • Scale.
  • 205 degree filtered water or water just off boil.
  • Spoon.
  • Timer.

The recipe below produces deliciously rich cup of coffee. You can adjust your grind setting to dial in your perfect flavor profile for that particular coffee.

  1. Prepare 56g of your favorite Path coffee.
  2. Grind your coffee fresh to a breadcrumb like consistency.
  3. Warm up your French Press then throw away that water.
  4. Add your ground coffee to the French Press.
  5. Add your 205 degree filtered water to the top of the band around the French Press.
  6. Stir to make sure all the grinds are saturated.
  7. Carefully place the top on and let your coffee steep for 4 minutes.
  8. At 4 minutes slowly press the plunger.

Our suggestion would be to drink this coffee immediately or transfer it to another carafe to keep it from over extracting.

fetco 2132 dual xts batch brewer

commercial brewing methods

One of the best ways to make consistent, delicious coffee at your business is via a commercial brewer like a Fetco.

What you’ll need to get started:

  • 180g of fresh ground Path Coffee for a 3 liter batch or 200g for a 1 gallon batch.
  • Scale.
  • Brewer set to 205 degrees.
  • Pulsing set for a pre-infusinon and then evenly spaced pulses if possible.
  • 3 liter or 1 gallon thermals warmed with hot water for at least 30 minutes, preferably over night.

The recipe below produces a consistent batch of rich and flavorsome coffee.

  1. Weigh out either 180g for 3L or 200g for 1g batches.
  2. Pour out any hot water from your thermals.
  3. Grind your coffee on a medium setting. We recommend brewing a batch and then deciding if you need to go finer or coarser with your grind to properly extract your coffee.
  4. Add your coffee to  your filter and basket. Shake the basket to settle and create an even coffee bed.
  5. Brew for at least 6-7 minutes.

Once you taste your coffee you should consider if it taste just right, a bit under-extracted i.e. sour or weak, or over-extracted i.e. bitter or just too concentrated and salty.

If your coffee taste under-extracted then do everything the same, just make your grind a bit finer.

If your coffee tastes over-extracted then do everything the same, just make your grind a bit coarser.