The Brewing Handbook
Manual Brewing Methods
At Sound Coffee Company, we’re partial to manual brewing methods over automatic brewing methods. Read about what makes manually brewed coffee worth the effort here.
Types of Manual Brewing Methods
Continue reading below to learn about different types of manual brewing methods, or head straight to Blue Bottle Coffee Inc. for more info!
Bialetti Moka Pot - The Luxury of Espresso-Style CoffeeRead More
Skip the daily run to Starbucks or the price & maintenance of an espresso machine.
Simple stovetop steam creates pressure in the lowest chamber of this three-chambered coffee pot, then pushes up through the coffee grounds for elegant and rich results.
Pour Over - Simple Steps, Complex FlavorRead More
Slow down your morning with this meditative manual brewing method. Observe the bloom of the coffee grounds as they swell around that first pour, experiment with different flow rates and spiral methods, and breathe in the serene steam.
Cold Brew Bottle - Everyone’s Favorite, All Year-RoundRead More
It’s simple: add ground coffee and water, let it sit for eight to twelve hours in the refrigerator, and enjoy neat or on the rocks.
Chemex - Charming and SophisticatedRead More
Attention to detail and a higher level of commitment to excellence are required for this method, but the reward for yourself and your friends is well with the effort for a delicate, refined cup of coffee.
Aeropress - Defying GravityRead More
Enjoy a light and clear coffee flavor with this aerodynamic brewing method.
French Press - Full-Bodied EleganceRead More
While this brewing method only takes four minutes, the devil is in the details for achieving excellence. Be sure to decant the coffee immediately after brewing to prevent bitterness!
How Do I Choose the Right Brewing Method?
Rule of Thumb: The tasting notes of the coffee bean should correspond to the brewing method.
If the flavor notes on the bag sound like a fruity lemonade, choose a brewing method that will result in a cup of coffee with a thinner, tea-like texture. The light nature of the brew method will highlight the bright, fruitiness of the coffee.
Conversely, pair rich and deep flavors with a brewing method that will produce a headier, full-bodied cup of coffee with the texture of hot chocolate.
Light & Bright
The AeroPress brew method will highlight the bean flavor with clarity.
Nutty & Milk Chocolatey
A pour over method such as the Chemex will showcase the more subtle flavors of a medium roast coffee.
Dark & Earthy
Use a brewing method that will produce a deep, intense cup of coffee, such as a French Press.