My coffee recipes

Jan 11, 2021

When covid was a fact and my current employer asked everyone to work from home I had a hard time finding balance in my days. I usually got up around 6:30, put on a pot of coffee and started working around 7:15 and didn't stop until 18 with hardly any breaks. This worked for around three weeks before all my stress symptoms came back at once. I needed to take more breaks and stop drinking so much coffee.

For some reason I stumbled upon manual coffee making and I became curious. It would be a natural break to make coffee, the taste and quality would be better and I would also drink less. I have previously experimented with mixing drinks so it felt like something I'd like.

I bought a V60 set, some standard coffee beans and a cheap but terrible hand grinder from IKEA. After some YouTube tutorials I was ready to go. I measured, grinded and poured.

It tasted awful.

I was determined though, I really hoped I could get it to taste at least as good as a regular coffee maker. So every day I made adjustments to grind size, ratios and pouring techniques. After a while I could get a cup that wouldn't taste bitter (or bland).

The real sensation came though when I saw that Lidl had coffee beans from Drop Coffee for less than half the price on their website. I made a cup and felt like Remy in Ratatouille when he describes the taste of cheese. This is when I understood how coffee really could taste.

Since then I invested in more gear; an electric grinder, an AeroPress, a Mizudashi (for cold steep brews) and for christmas I got a clever dripper. Gear is nothing without good beans and my favorite so far is still Drop Coffee's roasts with strong contenders from Gringo and Slöinge (I like their light roasts).

The downside to this new hobby is that my taste buds have become a lot more sensitive and I have a hard time drinking regular black coffee ("en slät kopp" in Swedish). It just tastes earthy, bitter or oxidized to me. Even a cappuccino from a café can taste bland. There's also this common agreement in Sweden that bitter is better which is just beyond me.



Here are my recipes for making great coffee.

V60

Gear:
V60 filter + paper, chopstick, kettle

Grind ratios
1 cup    • 15g coffee • 250g water
2 cups • 30g coffee • 500g water
3 cups • 45g coffee • 750g water (maximum for standard v60 carafe)
4 cups • 60g coffee • 1000g water

  1. Measure coffee beans and put in the grinder (don't start it yet)
  2. Boil water, keep on high heat
  3. Put a filter paper in the holder and rinse with hot water from tap or kettle
  4. Put filter, holder and carafe on scale
  5. Grind the coffee beans and pour in the filter
  6. Level grounds and use a chopstick to make a hole in the grounds, like you would plant a seed
  7. Reset scale
  8. Pour between 50-60g of water onto the grounds and let it "bloom" for around 30 seconds
  9. Continue pouring in a circular motion until you reach about 80% of your water ratio
  10. Stir the grounds with a spoon or give it a swirl - this will cause the flow to slow down
  11. Let the coffee draw down. You should have a flat bed of coffee grounds


Clever dripper

Gear
Clever dripper + paper filters (I use large V60 paper filters but you can use melitta style as well), teaspoon, kettle, timer

Grind ratio
Same as V60 but adjust grind size to steep time. The longer the steep, the coarser the grind size.

  1. Measure coffee beans and put in the grinder (don't start it yet)
  2. Boil water, keep on high heat
  3. Put a filter paper in the clever dripper and rinse with hot water from tap or kettle
  4. Put clever dripper and filter on scale
  5. Optional: fold down edges of filter over the clever dripper
  6. Reset scale
  7. Grind the coffee
  8. Pour maximum 500g of hot water into the clever dripper
  9. Add the grinds to the hot water and mix with a spoon
  10. When the grounds are immersed put on the lid
  11. Start a timer and let it steep for 2 to 4 minutes
  12. Give it a stir with a teaspoon
  13. Put onto a carafe and let it draw down

AeroPress

Gear
AeroPress + paper filters, the plastic stick you get in the box, a decanter which can handle pressure (I use an aluminium milk foamer pot), kettle, timer.

Grind ratio
30g for two cups, use the same grind size as french press.

  1. Measure coffee beans and put it in the grinder (don't start it yet)
  2. Boil water, keep on high heat
  3. Put the AeroPress in the inverted position
  4. Grind the coffee and pour into the AeroPress
  5. Pour some of the water and swirl to let it bloom
  6. For two cups, pour until the AP is almost full
  7. Stir with the plastic stick (or a spoon)
  8. Let it steep for 2 to 4 minutes
  9. Put a paper filter in its holder and rinse with tap water
  10. Lock the filter holder and turn the AP around
  11. Put the AP on the decanter and give it a swirl so no grounds are stuck on the plunger
  12. Gently press, it should take around 20 seconds
  13. When you start to hear a hiss you can stop. The more pressure you apply in the end the more oil you will extract
  14. from the grounds. More means more flavor but too much can yield the coffee bitter or off tasting. This really depends on what you like and how fatty your beans are
  15. Divide the coffee into two cups
  16. Add hot water as you like, Americano style (trust me)