Brewing Guides

Brewing the perfect cup of coffee or espresso has never been easier. The days of expensive equipment and hours of practice are over. If you’re serious about your beans, here are a few tools and methods that can help you achieve the perfect cup.

Brewing with the following methods will offer a pronounced taste profile, and really bring out the flavour of the roast. We’ve included guides that feature traditional methods like Chemex and french press, and more modern techniques like using the Aeropress.

The Basics of Better Coffee

Use freshly roasted and just-ground coffee.

Brew with water heated to between 195° and 205°F.

Use 2 grams whole bean coffee per 1 oz water, adjusting to taste.

Store whole bean coffee in an airtight container, away from heat, cold, & moisture.

BOD™ Cold Brew

One of the best ways to cool off is with cold brew coffee. Lucky for you, it’s really easy to make. In our opinion, one of the best inventions of this decade is the BodyBrew BOD cold coffee system. It allows you to make a cold coffee concentrate that’s quick and easy. Once you’ve made your coffee concentrate, you can easily add it to cold water, blended drinks or even heat it up to a quick cup of joe.

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If you’re looking to up your coffee game and get serious about pour-over brewing we’d like to introduce you to the Chemex. Equal parts brilliance and common sense, the Chemex remains a staple in every coffee enthusiast’s arsenal. Its design has endured, unchanged since its invention in 1941.

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The coffee siphon is one of the newest old-school-coffee trends. Of all the coffee brewing methods to be popularized recently, the most unusual and the most special to look at, is the siphon. Made famous in Japan, it adds an element of magic to a coffee shop experience. Seated at a bar while your wait for your coffee, you watch in amazement as the water quickly heats up and bubbles up from the lower glass chamber to the upper chamber and then down again with coffee in tow. Because of the filter system it employs, the coffee is light and smooth but fully extracted in what they call “full immersion”. And because the extraction and filter is significantly different to other manual brew methods, it has less body and seems very clean compared to a French press. So if you’re entertaining and want a party trick after dinner and at the same time an awesome tasting coffee, there is nothing like the siphon.

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Aeropress is a manual, pressure-brewed coffee technique that uses a paper filter to allow natural oils but prevents sediment in your coffee. It’s a lot like a syringe, where you place coffee grinds in the main vessel, add water, then plunge the coffee into your cup. It’s a wonderfully simple and effective way to make quick, hand-powered espresso-ish coffee. There are many “green” advantages to the Aeropress – it uses no power, it’s single serve so there’s no wastage. There are multiple ways to use the Aeropress and achieve different extraction techniques. Depending on your grind, dosage and amount of water you are able to acquire everything from a rich, ristretto style shot to a bright, clean americano.

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Brewing the most amazing espresso may take a little practice to really nail down, and will definitely take some experimentation, which is all part of the fun. Grind, weight and time are key factors when brewing espresso, and most likely you’ll have to adjust one or more of these elements several times to get your shot dialed in. We recommend using about 19 to 21 grams (about 3 Tablespoons) depending on your basket, coffee and how many days the coffee is off the roast. Choosing a good espresso machine also matters. You’ll find the really cheap versions won’t last and will likely leave you disappointed. Spend the money up front, and you’ll be glad you did. Your tastebuds will thank you.

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French Press

French press has been the trusty workhorse for coffee aficionados for a long time. French press coffee is thick and heavy-bodied, and ready for action in just four minutes. We’re sure someone somewhere told you to measure 2 spoons of coffee for every cup – but how big is a cup? We’ve taken the math out of the equation for you: here are directions for a 4 cup French Press.

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Some things in life are best enjoyed enjoyed slowly, completely, fully. The journey is the destination. Pour-over coffee brewing is a hands-on, analog approach coffee.

We at Cherry Hill Coffee are huge fans of the Hario v60 pour-over coffee brewer. Hario's V60 range server has become the standard carafe for manual brewing in homes and cafes alike.

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