How to Brew with French Press

The French press is both a device and method for brewing coffee. The device itself is simply a container with a plunger attached to a metal filter, which separates the grounds from the brewed coffee. A major advantage of this brew method is the precision afforded the brewer, given the control over the grind size, water temperature and steeping time. As with any brew method, adjusting any of these elements allows you to personalize what ends up in your cup.

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How to Froth & Steam Milk

Ideally, steamed milk should be velvety and sweet. For a properly frothed milk, your milk relies on three things: lactose, proteins, and fats. Lactose is responsible for the sweet flavors in milk. Proteins create the stability for the formation of foam. Fats create richness in the milk, imbuing the froth with body and velvety texture for a superb mouthfeel. When milk is heated the sugars from lactose begin to caramelize. A good target range for milk froth is somewhere between 140-150 °F. Exceeding this causes the milk to lose its sweetness and flavor.

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How to Tamp

Tamping is integral to making fine espresso. The purpose of tamping your grounds in the portafilter is to create a uniform surface through which brew water can flow evenly.

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How to Brew Pour Over

Pour Over is a method of manual brewing that’s become very popular, allowing you a measure of control that other brewing methods don’t offer. All you need is a dripper, a gooseneck kettle, a vessel to brew into, a filter, and some fresh coffee.

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How to Brew Espresso

Pulling the perfect shot is an elusive, but rewarding art determined by a few key techniques. Espresso at its simplest is a coffee brewing method which utilizes heat and high pressure to extract flavor from ground coffee beans. While this definition may sound straightforward the actual practice of brewing great espresso involves balancing different variables to produce the best results. Brewing a great shot of espresso is similar to a controlled experiment, where you understand the effect of each variable. This is why espresso brewing is commonly referred to as both an art and a science.

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