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How to Make Great Coffee at Home

Volume 74 - three minute read

Feb 16th, 2018

Yes, I am admittedly a coffee snob. But, I do know how to make a good coffee and save money staying home making my own coffee when I’m working from home, so I’ll take it. Making coffee can seem like a more complex process than it should be, but at the end of the day it’s chemistry so it makes sense. I’ll make it easier for you and will outline what you’ll need and what the process is based on multiple different processes I’ve tried and a few years of practice. You can thank me later 🤓.

Disclaimer: This is for non-espresso drinks. I haven’t been fortunate enough to afford a down-payment on a pricey espresso machine just yet.

🛠 The Gear

While you can switch out any of these to your own liking, I recommend not going too cheap on your equipment. Like most things in life, you get what you pay for, and the initial investment here will give you a lifelong tool to make coffee with. I also recommend purchasing your coffee beans from local coffee shops or smaller shops you know as they tend to be of better quality and it’s great to support small businesses. You can see some of my recommendations here. Here is what I personally use at home (click each for a link of where to purchase):

A cheaper hand-grinder option here, and a cheaper kettle option here that I recommend.

☕️ The Brewing Process

  1. Measure around 400 to 450g of water and put it to boil. While your water is getting to a boiling point, measure out 23 grams of coffee beans on a scale. I like doing 352 grams of water to 23 grams of coffee for the perfect cup size, but feel free to adjust the amount of coffee to 22 or 21 grams if you prefer coffee a bit lighter without sacrificing taste.
  2. Grind the beans with your grinder of choice (although cheaper grinders tend to “chop” beans instead of “crush” them so keep that in mind when purchasing). I recommend grinding these fresh each time before you make your for the best taste.
  3. Put your brewing tool of choice (+ your cup under it if you use a V60 like me) onto the scale along with a paper filter in place. Once your water is boiling, pour into the filter (with NO coffee yet) and make sure to wet the entirety of the paper filter. Pour the water from this out. This is done to remove any papery taste residue from the filter.
  4. Place your brewing tool back onto the scale and add your ground coffee to the paper filter. Reset the scale to 0.
  5. Grab your water and starting from the center out, pour the coffee in a circular spiral motion until just before the edge (try to avoid pouring on the paper filter during the process from now on). Once you’ve gotten all the coffee grounds wet (should be between 50 and 75 grams of water), stop pouring and wait 45 seconds (this is called the “bloom” process, a good time to smell the coffee too).
  6. After 45 seconds, start this process again, but once you reach the edge come back to the center. Keep this going back and forth with no pauses until you get to 352 grams of water reading on the scale.
  7. Let the coffee finish filtering and you’re done. Enjoy!

Dennis Cortés
Designer & Illustrator that codes, writes, and makes music.



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Dennis Cortés

Head of Design @ Northstar, Musician, Content Creator, Software Tinkerer. I write about design, leadership, tech, and music.