Cartel Coffee & The Chemex

08.20

Since the early days of brew method videos, there’s been an impressive evolution in the quality of the videos being produced. From the academic, to the clever to the action packed—tutorial videos have become a way for coffee companies to educate consumers, market themselves and have a bit of fun in the process.

The latest addition to the brewtorial archive comes from Cartel Coffee Lab in Arizona. Using the same “Stranger Than Fiction” notations as their earlier video, their latest—also produced by Ah Dios—gives the mid-century modern Chemex a southwestern flair.

posted by on 08.20.2012, under Brew Methods, Brewtorial, Coffee 101, Misc., Videos

The Matt Perger Method (V60)

07.30

 
Matt Perger, the 2012 World Brewer’s Champion, has put together a lovely V60 tutorial for ST. ALi in Australia. The two and a half minute tutorial is a fully annotated, “real time” brewing demo filmed to the sounds of Frank Ocean.

While there are a couple moves I’d consider a bit risky for those just learning, it’s worth trying out if you’re not satisfied with your own pourover method. Tap dat.

posted by on 07.30.2012, under Brew Methods, Brewtorial, Videos

AeroPress: How MacGyver Brews Coffee

07.18

 

Stunts, explosions, & coffee. This may be the greatest coffee brewing video ever. From the same people who brought you syphon brewing in the dark, comes this explosive 80′s throwback to my favorite brew method—the AeroPress. Huge thumbs up.

[via CoffeeCircle]

posted by on 07.18.2012, under Brew Methods, Brewtorial, Videos

The Subtle Beauty of Syphon Brewing

07.03


Here’s a beautifully simple video of a syphon pot in action—capturing all its romantic serenity—only to be shattered with an odd and unexpected ending. Bonus points for being unique? I hear the clubs in Berlin are fantastic. Enjoy.

[via CoffeeCircle]

posted by on 07.03.2012, under Brew Methods, Brewtorial, Videos

MadCap’s Method: Espresso

02.27

 

I don’t brew espresso at home, and I’m not in the market to begin doing so anytime soon. However, once the ZP Machines start shipping, there will probably be a lot of people making espresso for their first time—or in need of a refresher course.

For anyone looking to improve their espresso technique, the guys at MadCap Coffee and Hybrid Media Co. have teamed up again to produce a follow up to their popular V60 tutorial. So grab your favorite tamper and take some notes from Sensei Knapp.

posted by on 02.27.2012, under Brew Methods, Brewtorial, Coffee 101, Videos

MadCap’s Method: The Hario V60

12.16

Hario V60 from Hybrid Media Co. on Vimeo.

I’m a big fan of all the previous MadCap videos released in partnership with Hybrid Media Co. But until now, most of them have just been really pretty coffee footage. This time MadCap adds their own addition to the growing library of roaster produced brew method videos—starring the ever handsome 2011 NCRBC winner Ryan Knapp.

Like their other videos, it’s really well made with a great soundtrack. Be sure to stick around for the outtakes at the end—they’ll blow your head off.

Past MadCap videos:
Latte Art
Green Bean

posted by on 12.16.2011, under Brew Methods, Brewtorial, Coffee 101, Videos

Brew Method: The Sowden SoftBrew

12.13

Two months ago, I wrote about a new way to brew with the Sowden SoftBrew. I immediately fell in love with the object itself and looked forward to comparing it with my trusty press pot. An early article by the New York Times helped the SoftBrew sell out quickly through its only US distributor at the time, and it was initially back ordered until mid-January. I was fortunate enough to get ahold of one a few weeks ago and since then, Sowden has caught up with demand in time for the holidays.

Initially I was disappointed and skeptical of Mr. Sowden. After brewing a number of really weak pots, I increased the brew time to 6, 7, and 8 minutes as suggested by the manufacturer, but that just seemed way too long for a pot of coffee to brew. So, I started playing with the grind to discover the micro-filter’s sediment threshold—slightly finer than drip—and after a few days I dialed in my method. I settled on a 4-minute brew time with a grind that’s in-between a drip and a French press.

The SoftBrew has replaced the press pot as my preferred morning brew method for a few reasons. First, I just love using it. The porcelain is solid, feels nice in my hands and it won’t shatter with a slight tap on the edge of the sink. I can pull the grounds out of the pot right after brewing to prevent over-extraction and the micro-filter creates a cleaner cup, while still producing a full flavor. The porcelain also maintains heat better than a glass carafe and it’s much easier to clean.

Last week, I included the SoftBrew in the DCILY Gift Guide, but realized not everyone is familiar with it, so I made a video to show it in action. Enjoy!

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posted by on 12.13.2010, under Brew Methods, Brewtorial, Design, Misc., Products, Videos

Brew Method: The Clever Coffee Dripper

04.26

Over the last couple months, I’ve been to a number of cafes that use the Abid as their weapon of choice for pour over coffee. It’s a nice hybrid of full immersion brewing, like a french press, with the filtered cleanliness and single cup simplicity of a V60 or Melitta.

I had been considering getting one myself to experiment with when I found this lovely video on BrewMethods. I then found my way to a great write-up about the Abid, by David on The Other Black Stuff. Enjoy!

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posted by on 04.26.2010, under Brew Methods, Brewtorial, Misc., Products