Getting rid of paper filters is your first step towards complete coffee brewing awesomeness.
Using a steel mesh filter will give your coffee a much fuller, richer taste, and will save you lots of time and money over the long haul versus always having to replace disposable paper filters.
If you’re unfamiliar with how to brew coffee using your Bröyêur stainless steel coffee dripper, below is a handy guide that will take you from start to finish, so that you can end up with a nice hot cup of joy in your hand!
Boil approximately 500-600ml (16 to 20 ounces) of water to get everything started. It’s better if you can used distilled water, or water that has been passed through some kind of purification system. Tap water by itself can vary in hardness, which may give your coffee an unpleasant aftertaste, and in some cases can really conflict with the acidity in the coffee grounds, essentially weakening the flavor of the coffee.
After you’ve brought the water to a boil, let it stand for about 30 seconds before you start using it to make your coffee.
Weigh out about 20g of coffee beans (about 1-2 tablespoons), and grind them according to your desired preference. For a steel mesh dripper, fine to medium coarseness is typically preferred. Grinding coffee beans is an interesting discipline all on its own, and it carries quite a bit of a learning curve for the beginning brewer.
Most experts recommend using a manual burr grinder instead of a blade grinder in order to achieve a very fine and evenly ground coffee for your dripper. This is where your Bröyêur burr coffee grinder comes in handy. In case your only option is a blade grinder, try to grind the coffee beans using small bursts or pulses in order to achieve a more thorough grind. When using a blade grinder, be sure not to over-grind the coffee, as this can cause it to develop an excessively bitter flavor.
Place the steel mesh coffee dripper and holder on top of a mug, cup, coffee pot, or carafe. The last thing you would want is to start off your brewing adventure with a cold coffee filter or container, so pour in a little hot water to warm up the filter as well as the mug, cup, coffee pot, or carafe.
Let the remainder of the water to sit in the kettle until the temperature comes down to about 200 degrees Fahrenheit (95 degrees Celsius). After about 60 seconds, empty the water out of the mug, cup, coffee pot or carafe to prepare for brewing.
Pour the ground coffee into the filter, and then give it a little shake to make sure that everything settles and levels out evenly. This step marks the beginning of watching poetry in motion.
Start pouring the water onto the ground coffee, aiming for the dead center of the filter. When you pour, make sure not to allow it to splash or hit the coffee too hard; try to be gentle and smooth with your pouring motion. A good rule of thumb to remember is that if you have about 20 grams of coffee, pour in about 330ml (11 ounces) of water to keep the proper coffee-to-water ratio in check.
When you pour the water into the middle of the filter, you will notice that the coffee will begin to “bloom”, which means that it will expand outward from the center in a gradual motion. This is perfectly fine; in fact, it’s actually what you want to happen in order to ensure even water dispersion, which makes for a highly flavorful cup of coffee. So let it bloom, my friend…let it bloom.
Again, keeping it slow and steady, pour the remainder of the water into the center of the filter very smoothly to allow for a very even brewing process. You should expect this process to take about two to three minutes total, and it should require about 330ml of water per cup of coffee. Take your time and enjoy the process; after all, you’re creating a work of art here!
As soon as you have a full cup of freshly brewed coffee, you can go ahead and enjoy it! Just sit back, relax and savor every sip of your hand-brewed concoction. Reflect on life, ponder the future, question the wisdom of the ages…hey, it’s your time to enjoy a hot cup of joy with a healthy dose of deep thought. If you’re feeling extra-awesome, grab a slice of cake or some other sweet treat to add to the fun.
Now comes cleanup time. Dump out the used coffee grounds into the trash can (or preferably a compost bin), and then thoroughly rinse out the coffee dripper with warm water. You can also throw the dripper into the dishwasher to ensure that it gets thoroughly clean.
You will often hear that paper filters have the advantage when it comes to cleanup – after all, all you have to do is take the filter out and throw it in the garbage, right? Well, the problem is that while the convenience level of paper filters is quite high, it creates a heck of a lot of paper waste over the long haul. Think about it – with roughly 500 billion cups of coffee being consumed every year, that’s an awful lot of paper filters being discarded! Why not reduce your carbon footprint a little and help the environment out by using a non-disposable metal mesh filter?
Contrary to popular opinion, they’re very easy to clean, and once you buy one, you won’t have to go out and get another one for basically as long as you plan to drink coffee. Metal mesh coffee drippers are highly cost-effective over the long haul, and they’re a lot more environmentally friendly as well.
Now remember, if you plan to make more than one cup of coffee, be sure to adjust your proportions of water and coffee accordingly. It may take a couple of times for you to really feel out the entire process and settle on an exact coffee or water quantity that works for you, and that’s perfectly fine. Just use the steps above as your guide to help you make a delicious, robust and artful cup of hand-brewed coffee with your highly convenient Bröyêur stainless steel dripper!