BREWING TIPS

 

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Coffee can be tasty, even life-changing

  • Start with quality fresh-roasted whole beans.

  • Grind using a burr grinder immediately before brewing.

  • Heat water to 195-203 degrees.

Measuring by weight (use a scale) not volume (stop eyeballing).

There’s no single “best” way to brew, but here’s four methods we find work well. Except for the Chemex, these are for single servings. These are merely suggestions to get you started.

 
 

Clever Drip


Clever Coffee Dripper (CCD) combines the full immersion brew of French press with the drip thru of pour over. You need a CCD, a white paper filter (we find brown filters add an unpleasant flavor), hot water, and Radio Roasters coffee.

1. Heat water to around 205 degrees F. or about 30 seconds off the boil

2. Place a #4 white paper filter in the CCD and pre-rinse with heated water

3. Take 21 grams of fresh Radio Roasters coffee and grind to a medium coarse texture and place in filter.

4. Slowly pour the water to submerge all the dry grounds and let the grounds “bloom” for about 30 secs

5. In circular motion, slowly pour the rest of your hot water for a total of 355ml (12oz).

6. Cover the top of the CCD and let it brew for about 3 mins.

7. Place the CCD on your vessel of choice and let the brewed coffee drip in. Enjoy.


Cone Drippers


A cone dripper like the Hario V60 is your primary equipment here. You can get them made in plastic, glass or ceramic. We prefer ceramic. Bee House Japan also makes excellent ceramic drippers. Add a #2 or #4 paper filter, hot water, and our ground coffee.

1. Heat water to around 205 degrees F. or about 30 seconds off the boil

2. Place a #2 white paper filter in the cone drip and pre-rinse with heated water

3. Take 21 grams of fresh Radio Roasters coffee and grind to a medium coarse texture and place in filter.

4. Slowly pour the water to submerge all the dry grounds (about 40-50 grams if using a scale) and let the grounds “bloom” for about 30 secs

5. For next 2 mins or so, we’ll slowly pour water onto the coffee in stages. In a circular motion, slowly pour the hot water, being careful to not let water line go far above coffee line.

6. Keep pouring water over grounds until you’ve reached about 360ml of water.

7. After about 2 more minutes your pour should be complete and your cup ready to enjoy.

 

Chemex


A classic introduced in 1941, this coffee maker and its iconic carafe is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. More importantly, it's simple and brews a very clean cup. Need a Chemex filter, hot water, and our ground coffee. These steps are for a 6-cup Chemex.

1. Heat water to around 205 degrees F. or about 30 seconds off the boil

2. Place a Chemex pre-folded filter in top (placing 3-layer section in front of the pour spout) and rinse with hot water. Important: Discard the rinse water.

3. Take about 40 grams of fresh Radio Roasters coffee and grind to a coarse texture. Place grounds in filter.

4. Slowly pour just enough water (~60g) to wet all the dry grounds and let them “bloom” for about 30 secs

5. In circular motion, slowly pour hot water on grounds to fill most of the filter (below the glass line).

6. Continue to add water as needed to fill to around the Chemex’s glass bubble (about 600ml or grams). Enjoy.

 

AeroPress


The designer of the Aerobie flying disc came up with this design to make better single-serving coffee. While it produces a short, concentrated brew, it is not an espresso substitute.

There’s several creative ways to use this, even an app to guide you, but here’s a simple start:

1. Heat water to around 200 degrees F.

2. Place an Aeropress disc filter in the filter holder disc. Rinse with hot water, install holder disc on to lower half of Aeropress (not the plunger). Place atop your drinking vessel of choice.

3. Take 17 grams of fresh Radio Roasters coffee and grind to a fine texture. Place grounds in Aeropress.

4. Pour around 220ml of hot water over grounds in about 45 seconds. Stir.

5. Place plunger top onto Aeropress but let steep another 45 seconds before plunging.

6. Plunge slowly for about 40 seconds. Enjoy straight up or dilute with hot water to taste.