UPDATE (June, 2023): I now drink cold brew coffee which is better in many ways.
A good tasting coffee makes all the difference.
Invest in these:
- Scale (0.1g precision)
- Brew kettle with precision thermometer (I use Fellow Stagg)
- Coffee canister (I use Airscape)
- A good burr grinder (I use Niche Zero, or Comandante when travelling)
When coffee tastes bad, change one or more of these factors. It may take several attempts to get it right.
- Get a good burr grinder! 1
- higher for light roasts; lower for dark roasts
- even a +/- 5f adjustment can make a difference
Coffee to water ratio
- I generally do not vary this, and keep it fixed at 10:100g.
- Change to a new coffee matching your preferred flavour in the flavour wheel 2
Generally speaking, you mainly want to vary grind size and/or water temperature.
How I typically make coffee:
Inverted Aeropress recipe
- Invert the Aeropress
- Add 15g of coffee
- Water temp at 165f-190f (depending on beans)
- Start timer; pour about 50g; and stir until ~30 seconds
- Pour rest, total 150g.
- Brew until about 2 minutes
- Gently but consistently press for ~30seconds
If you use fresh coffee with your preferred flavour profile, and select the right grind size and water temperature for those beans - expect this method to consistently produce a great cup of rich coffee that is equivalent in strength to what the Québécois call café allongé.
Kalita Wave 155 recipe
TODO: This recipe is usually not successful (probably because I tend to use espresso blends?).
- 10g of coffee
- 185-194f water temp (depends on beans)
- 35g pour, wait 35 secs.
- Pour rest, total 135g. Wait till water comes through.
I tend to buy my coffee beans online from iDrinkCoffee.
Learnings / experimentation
- More coffee doesn’t impact sleep when fasting during the day (ie. OMAD close to bed time)
Eating (creamy) butter in between cups helps ‘reset’ taste receptor.
- But eating a meal is ideal.
- Roast coffee myself