CAMANO ISLAND COFFEE BREW GUIDE11 WAYS TO BREW GREAT COFFEE AT HOME
JAMIE PARRISH WRITER
Brew Method: Chemex Favorite Roast: Peru Dark
BEN PICTON DESIGNER
Brew Method: Syphon Favorite Roast: Colombia Reserve
TJ FITTIS EDITOR
Brew Method: French Press Favorite Roast: Honduras Dark
ROBIN GUNDERSON PHOTOGRAPHER
Brew Method: Pour-Over Favorite Roast: Papua New Guinea Light
MEET THE TEAM
TABLE OF CONTENTS
EASY BREW METHODS These simple methods are the classics of home brew.
COMPLEX BREW METHODS For the more experienced brewer, try out these delicious brewing methods.
UNIQUE BREW METHODSIf youre an adventurer and looking for a coffee that tastes a little different - start here.
TERMS, TOOLS, & GRIND GUIDE
Chapter 1:Chapter 2:Chapter 3:Chapter 4:
FRENCH PRESSPOUR-OVERKEURIGMOKA POT
Chapter 5:Chapter 6:Chapter 7:Chapter 8:
Chapter 9:Chapter 10:Chapter 11:
TURKISH SYPHON WOODNECK
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Welcome to the Camano Island Coffee Brew Guide: 11 Ways to Make Great Coffee at Home. Weve compiled many of our favorite homebrew methods to share with you. Whether youre new to homebrew coffee, or searching for a new method, this is your one-stop shop for all your homebrewing needs.
HELPFUL TIPS BEFORE YOU GET STARTED
NEVER USE BOILING WATER Boiling water will scorch your grounds and cause a burnt flavor in your coffee. Always remove your kettle from the heat source at least 30 seconds before using.
PRE-RINSE YOUR FILTERIf your brewing method uses a paper filter, we recommend giving it a pre-rinse with hot water to remove any papery taste. If your brewing method uses a cloth filter, be sure to boil it the first time you use it and always store it in a dish or bag of water in the fridge. Give it a rinse with hot water before brewing as well.
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HEAT YOUR MUGA hot mug keeps your coffee piping hot. The best way to do this is while pre-rinsing your filter. Simply place the filter over your mug as you rinse it so the hot water warms your mug too! Use this trick to ensure that your coffee stays warm and wonderful for as long as possible.
STORE YOUR COFFEE IN AN AIRTIGHT PLACEForget about putting it in the freezer - that doesnt keep it fresh at all! Extreme temperatures change the coffees flavorful oils. This will give you a tainted flavor. Simply place your opened coffee bag in a zip-loc bag and keep it in the cupboard.
GRIND YOUR COFFEE JUST BEFORE YOU USE ITThe flavor of your coffee changes dramatically only minutes after you grind it. Thats why its best to grind your coffee right before you brew it. See our Grind Guide on page 98 to learn more.
6WHY CAMANO ISLAND COFFEE
Whether youre brewing Pour-Over, Turkish, or any other method, there is one key that can make or break your drink: the type of coffee you use.
4 REASONS YOU SHOULD DRINK CAMANO ISLAND COFFEE
ONLY ORGANIC All Camano Island Coffee is USDA Certified Organic. No pesticides, no herbicides, no harmful chemicals. Coffee is sprayed with more chemicals than any other crop outside of tobacco. Thats why we commit to only buying USDA Certified Organic coffee beans. These are the tastiest and healthiest beans on the market.
ONLY SHADE GROWNDirect sunlight is not good for coffee - it causes the beans to grow too quickly, and adds acidity and caffeine to the bean. Shade grown beans develop a smoother flavor, less acidity, and a lot less caffeine. This means no heartburn and no jitters - just a tasty cup of coffee.
7WHY CAMANO ISLAND COFFEE
ONLY FRESHLY ROASTEDStraight from our roaster to your door. The best tasting coffee comes from freshly roasted beans. Even a few weeks on the shelf can be enough to diminish the flavor of your coffee. At Camano Island Coffee we are committed to shipping freshly roasted coffee beans straight to your door. Your beans will never sit around gathering dust. Just take a whiff of your next Coffee Lovers Box shipment and youll know youre getting the freshest beans possible.
ONLY FAIRLY TRADEDBy paying a fair wage for a beautiful product, were empowering coffee farmers around the world to support their families. This means the necessities of food, clothing, shelter, and an education for their children. This means ending generational poverty.
In addition, Camano Island Coffee partners with Agros International, a Seattle, WA based non-profit that assists responsible coffee farmers in purchasing their own land through low-interest or interest-free loans. When a farmer owns land, he owns his destiny and creates generational change for his family.
The exact origin of the French Press has been subject to much debate. Folklore says it was an elderly Frenchman in the 1850s, while the Italians claim to have produced the most functional model in the early 1900s. Of course, the fight to take the credit is understandable, as French Press is one of the most-loved brew methods around the world. For this brew, we used a Bodum 32oz french press.
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WHAT YOU NEED AMOUNTS
GROUNDSTo start, we suggest a ratio of 2
tablespoons of grounds for every
8oz of water. The coffee should be
ground on the coarsest setting - a
#9 on an industrial grinder. If your
grounds are too fine, you will get
muddy coffee in your press.
WATERHeat your water until its boiling,
and then remove from the heat
source for 30 seconds before
pouring (boiling water will burn
your grounds and ruin your drink!) -
The best temperature for brewing is
ADDING GROUNDSDrop the grounds into the french
press, and pour enough water over
them until they are fully covered.
BLOOMPause and let the coffee bloom for
ADDING WATERContinue to pour the rest of your
water into the press. You can
now let it brew for 3-5 minutes
(personally, we think 4 minutes is
the perfect time, but its all about
your own taste preference).
BREAKING THE CRUSTOnce the time is up, use a small
bamboo paddle or chopstick (not
metal - you dont want to crack the
glass) to break the crust and give the
grounds a quick stir.
PRESSNow you can put on the lid and press! There should be a small
amount of resistance, but not much. If it is difficult to push
down, your grounds are probably a bit too fine. If it seems
way too easy to press, perhaps your grounds are too coarse.
ENJOYPour into your
favorite mug, and
enjoy your marvelous
cup of delicious
Over the past few centuries, many different inventors and coffee companies have developed their own unique method of Pour-Over coffee. By changing the size of the hole and the pattern of the interior ridges, companies have developed different pour-over models that all produce their own unique cup of coffee. For this brew, we used a German Cilio pour-over with a size #4 filter.
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WHAT YOU NEED AMOUNTS
GROUNDSTo start out, measure out your
Camano Island Coffee and set your
grinder to a medium-fine grind.
Also, thats #5 or autodrip on an
WATERBring your water to a boil and then
remove from heat. Never pour
boiling water straight onto coffee
grounds - it will scorch them and
give your coffee a burnt flavor.
Allow the water to cool for 30
seconds (the temperature should
be between 195-205) before you
proceed to the next step.
FILTERPlace your filter inside your pour-
over, set it on top of your mug, and
use hot water to give it a quick
rinse. This gets rid of any papery
taste the filter might add to the
coffee, and warms your mug up,
too. Dump out the excess water.
ADDING GROUNDSDrop the grounds into the filter and
give it a small shake so they are
POURINGGrab your kettle and begin pouring
the water in a slow, circular motion
outward from the center. Only
pour until the grounds are slightly
covered with water, then stop.
BLOOMLet the grounds bloom for 45
seconds, then use a small wooden
paddle or chopstick to give the
grounds a quick stir. By stirring the
grounds you are ensuring they are
evenly covered with water, which
helps create an even extr