Handy filter coffee brewing tips
BUY FRESH, GRIND FRESH
2. Grind the coffee just before using if at all possible. Ground coffee loses aroma very quickly, and you’ll get better flavour if you can adjust the grind size to suit your method and palate.
USE GOOD WATER
Water is the main ingredient in your coffee so can have a big impact on taste. Always use filtered water, especially if you live in a hard water area - or try bottled water: Volvic is great, or Tesco Ashbeck is good and inexpensive. Make sure the water is the same temperature each time you brew - just off the boil is fine, or if you have a thermometer, try aiming for 95°.
MEASURE YOUR COFFEE
Measure your coffee and water as accurately as you can - ideally by weighing both. You can use an ordinary kitchen scales, but if you want more precision then try these specialised brewing scales.
About 60 grams of coffee per litre of coffee for pour-over brew methods (like V60, Chemex, percolators)
FOLLOW ONE METHOD
Try and brew your coffee the same way every time you make it - brew for the same length of time, at the same temperature, in the same way
That way the only things you need to change are the amount of coffee (for strength), and the grind size (for flavour)
NAIL YOUR GRIND SIZE