Brew Guides


The Coffee Exchange Brew Guides

Welcome to our brew guide section. Here you can find brew guides for your favourite coffee.  Coffee is about being curious and exploring so don't be afraid to try something new, you might not get it spot on first time but who does?! We will be making more tutorials as we grow with you guys! Let us know any feedback or questions that you have and most of all enjoy making your coffee!

Aeropress:

The Aeropress is a great way to brew coffee and we are big fans of it here at The Coffee Exchange. This is how we like to brew our coffee with the Aeropress to get consistently good results each time. 

What you’ll need:

  • Aeropress with filters
  • 18g Coffee
  • 260g Hot water

 Getting Started:

  • We use the inverted Aeropress method which is just a fancy way to say start with the Aeropress upside down as you can have more control over brew time. 
  • Next is our grind size, we want to have a finer grind than we would use for other filter methods as the brew time is shorter. We have a blog up about this, you should check it out here!
  • Water temperature for the Aeropress should be approx 88° which is easy if you have a pouring kettle but if not just take your kettle off the boil about 20 seconds or so before boiling fully. Now we are set to brew! 

 Technique: 

  • Add 18g of your ground coffee into your inverted Aeropress. 
  • Allow the coffee to bloom which is essentially pouring approx 50g/50ml of water in with our ground coffee. The bloom phase is essentially allowing your bed of coffee to come in contact with hot water allowing the release of carbon dioxide which is held within the bean due to the roasting process. You should let your coffee bloom for 30 seconds and you should see your coffee start to rise and bubble! 
  • Add the remaining hot water (210g/210ml) to our bloomed coffee and give it a gentle stir to ensure that all of our ground coffee is brewing effectively
  • Wet the filter paper with hot water to remove any paper taste from the filter.
  • Attach your cap to the top of the Aeropress. Make sure you do this tight so the cap doesn’t fall off and your brew goes everywhere as you flip the aeropress! (It’s happened to me!!)
  • After a total of 1 minute 30 seconds we are now ready to flip the aeropress and place on your mug or glass server. Press firmly down on the Aeropress for the remaining 30 seconds of our brew time which should be a total of 2 minute of brewing great coffee. 

Lastly, enjoy the fruits of your labour.

 

 

 

V60: 

The V60 brew method is one of our favourite brew methods here at The Coffee Exchange and we can’t wait for you to try our brew recipe for the V60. 

What you’ll need: 

  • A V60 with filters
  • 16.5g Coffee
  • 275g Water

Getting Started: 

  • Our method uses 16.5g of ground coffee to 275g/275ml of water
  • When brewing coffee, ratios are really important with the ratio of ground coffee to water being essential to your brew. We recommend using the 60/1 rations of 60g of coffee to 1L/1000g of water
  • Your water temperature should be between 92°-94° for optimal results, if you don’t have an electric kettle simply take your kettle off when it is 10 seconds from the boil! 
  • Grind size should be a little coarser than an Aeropress Since the V60 is a slower brew method than the Aeropress so aim for between medium and medium-fine grind size as a guideline. See our blog for more info! Now let's get brewing!

Technique: 

  • Firstly we need to place our filter into our V60 drip and wet the filter paper to remove the paper taste by pouring water through the V60, this also will heat the V60 to help your brew.
  • Remove the water from your glass server! 
  • Place your coffee grounds into the V60 drip and pour 40g of water to allow your coffee to bloom. The bloom phase is essentially allowing your bed of coffee to come in contact with hot water allowing the release of carbon dioxide which is held within the bean due to the roasting process. You should let your coffee bloom for 30 seconds and you should see your coffee start to rise and bubble! 
  • When adding the next dose of water is it is important to add the water slowly and in a circular motion for the middle of the coffee bed out to not disrupt to brewing process! 
  • After allowing your coffee to bloom you should pour approx 120g/120ml to bring your total weight to 160g.
  • Wait another 30 seconds or so before adding 70g/70ml of water to bring your total to 230g.
  • Finally the last pour should be 45g/45ml of water hence giving our final weight of approx 275g which is true to our ratio! 

Now please go, enjoy your coffee!

 

 

Let us know your feedback and if you have any brew related questions!