Brew Guide – Stove Top

What you’ll need:

You’ll need a Stove top pot, an electric kettle, a grinder, coffee, a heat source (electric or gas stove), hot pads, a bar towel and cups.

Step 1:Preheat the water

Bring water to a boil and then either stop it or remove it from the heat. It’s incredibly important to pre-heat the water. If you don’t do this, the pot will get very hot and bad things will happen. If you’ve ever had bitter, thin coffee with a harsh metallic taste then you know what we’re talking about. If you’re using an electric stove or hotplate, get it cranking.

Step 2: Grind the coffee

Grind coarser than you would for espresso. You can experiment and find the ideal grind for your tastes. You’ll need enough coffee to fill the filter basket.

Step 3: Add heated water

Fill to the indicator line in the brewer bottom.

Step 4: Insert the filter

Insert the filter in to the brewer bottom.

Step 5: Add coffee

You should fill the basket, slightly mounded, and then level the surface off using your finger. Apply downwards pressure with your finger while doing this. Some people like to tap the filter basket down a few times to settle the grounds – this is optional. Make sure you brush away any loose grounds on the top edge of the filter basket.

Step 6: Screw on the top

Be careful to keep the brewer upright while doing this, and don’t shake it about. You’ll want to use hot pads to avoid getting burned if the hot water has heated the bottom of the brewer. Don’t over-tighten.

Step 7: Add heat

You should use moderate heat and leave the top lid open for now.

Step 8: Watch

Coffee should begin to emerge. You’ll often get a splutter of coffee with a puffing sound that goes along with it before it comes out in a stream. The stream should begin as a rich red-brown and progressively get lighter in colour. When you hit a yellow honey colour, the brewer should be removed from the heat source and the lid closed. It’s hot so don’t go burning yourself.

Step 9: Wrap the bottom

Wrap the bottom of the pot in a chilled bar towel or run it under cold tap water. This will stop extraction, resulting in coffee that is sweeter and more full bodied. It will also decrease the odds of the coffee developing a metallic taste. The idea is to get a relatively small amount of coffee which has very concentrated and rich flavours.

Step 10: Wait for the coffee to finish

Wait until there is no more coffee coming out then pour into cups.