BREW GUIDES

Helpful tips

We recommend using a gooseneck kettle to make your coffee. It allows you to set specific water temperature and have more control over the water flow with the gooseneck spout.

Another helpful gadget to brew coffee is a kitchen scale. Our favorites are this model from Hario and this one from Acaia. Both have built-in timers, which will help you achieve more consistent results.

Coffee always tastes best when it’s freshly ground. We recommend using this burr grinder from Breville. Check out our blog post on ground vs. whole bean here.

Always use fresh coffee and the appropriate grind for your brewing method to avoid over- or under-extraction.

If the coffee tastes bitter, that’s usually a sign of over-extraction. Try a coarser grind or shorter steeping time.

If the coffee tastes weak, that may indicate under-extraction. Try a finer grind or longer steeping time.

Boiling water will burn the coffee and may cause bitterness or off-flavors. The perfect brewing temperature is between 200F-205F.

It’s important to maintain your brewing equipment clean by following the manufacturer’s cleaning procedures after every brew

French Press

Level: Easy

Time: 5-10 minutes

Notes: A traditional French Press does not use a paper filter, which will result in more coffee oils coming through to the cup. This will brew coffee with a stronger body and mouthfeel.

What you’ll need:

1. French Press

2. Kettle

3. Kitchen scale

4. Timer

5. Spoon to portion and stir

6. Abra Coffee quantity: A good rule of thumb is to use 1 gram of coffee for every 15 milliliters of water. For an 8oz (235ml) cup of coffee, you would use 15g of dry coffee and 236ml of water. Experiment with the proportions to find the perfect one for your taste.

Instructions:

1. Preheat the French press container with the plunger and the cups that you will use with hot water.

2. Heat the appropriate amount of water to 200 F-205 F (Or bring water to a boil and wait one minute after it boils to prepare the coffee)

3. While the water heats, grind the coffee coarsely with consistency similar to sea salt.

4. Empty the water from the French press and the cup and take the plunger out of the French press container.

5. Add the coffee, and gently shake the French press to level the grounds.

6. Start the timer and slowly add the whole water in a circular motion to ensure that the coffee is evenly saturated.

7. Position the plunger in the French press, but don’t press yet. Let the coffee steep for 4 min, and then start pressing the plunger down slowly, maintaining constant pressure until the plunger is all the way down.

8. After pressing, serve the coffee right away to avoid over-extraction.

Pour over

Level: Medium

Time: 5-10 minutes

Notes: If you prefer to filter out coffee oils for “clean” cup with medium body, the pour over method is the way to go. We recommend using a ratio of 1 part coffee to 15 parts water. For an 8oz (~240ml) cup of coffee, use 16 grams of coffee.

What you’ll need:

1. Your pour over brewer of choice. Here are a few of our favorites Hario V60, Kalita Wave.

2. Paper filter made for your brewer 

3. Gooseneck kettle.

4. Kitchen Scale.

5. Abra Coffee.

Instructions:

1. Fill your gooseneck kettle with water and heat to 200F- 205F.

2. Insert a paper filter into your brewer and set the filter atop your mug (unless you’re using a Chemex).

3. Pour water over the brewer to wet the filter. This will help remove any paper taste from the filter. Discard the water.

4.Turn on your scale and set the mug and brewer on the scale. Tare the scale to zero.

5. Grind your coffee and put it in the paper filter. Gently shake or tap on the filter to ensure an even level. 

6. Tare the scale and turn on the timer.

7. Pour double the coffee weight in water (for 15g of coffee, pour 30ml of water), and let the coffee bloom for 30 seconds before continuing.

8. Gently continue pouring water in a circular motion, pausing when necessary to allow the coffee to flow through the filter until the scale shows the final weight. The goal is to maintain the water level within the filter at approximately the same level throughout the brewing process. The process (including bloom time) should take about 3 minutes.

9. Serve and enjoy your delicious pour over coffee.

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Moka Pot

Level: Easy

Time: 10-15 minutes

Notes: The moka pot brewing method is commonly referred to as stovetop “espresso.” While this doesn’t make true espresso, since moka pots only reach around 1-2 bars of pressure during extraction (vs. 9 bars for true espresso), it’s still a great option to make delicious coffee at home.

What you’ll need:

1. Moka Pot

2. Abra Coffee.

Instructions:

1. Fill the bottom chamber of the moka pot with water (important to make sure the water level is below the valve that you’ll see on the inside of the chamber).

2. Fill the funnel filter with ground coffee (medium fine grind) and set on top of the water chamber.

3. Set the top chamber over the coffee filter and lock in place.

4.Set on medium heat, your coffee should be ready in about 10-12 minutes.