You don’t need to be pretentious or obsessive to understand that different coffee brewing methods can yield highly varied results. It should be common sense that a 35 ml espresso shot, made with 206°F water, evenly pressed through a cake of finely-ground coffee, at 9 Bar of pressure, will taste vastly different from a Ms. Coffee machine, dripping a stream of 12 cups of varied temperature water (180-210°F), right down the middle of a loose pile of drip-grind coffee.
What does Brushtail Coffee recommend? Well that very much depends. If you are looking for the simplest way to get fantastic coffee, perhaps start with a french press. With that said, you should really explore all the options available to you for brewing, as you may find that they all have their time and place.
Despite the endless amount of literature available on the topic, find herein, various suggested brewing methods, from Brushtail Coffee:
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The Prismo Tip
The Prismo Tip is an attachment from Fellow Products that allows for higher pressure in your Aeropress brewer, making for something of an espresso-like drink. Its pressurized valve also allows for infusion without having to worry about pressuring the chamber with the plunger or an inversion method. While this innovative device is fantastic, the classic paper filter of the Aeropress is not to be neglected, as this is truly where the Aeropress devices shines.
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We may cover espresso in greater detail another time. Espresso requires exceptionally fine-ground coffee, pressed tightly into a puck, and 9 bar, or 130 psi, of pressure. If you are able to dial in your espresso setup's water temperature, Brushtail Coffee would recommend a brew temperature of around 207°F (97°C) for most of our roasts. The only exception to this would be the Peru and Uganda dark roast, which you could try at a lower temperature, say around 198°F (92°C).
What's your favorite way to brew? Do you choose your brew method for simplicity, taste, the experience, or a combination of factors? Let us know in the comments!