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What is Batch Brew?
Batch Brew, or drip coffee, is one of the most common methods for home, and commercial, brewing. The light flavor and body you get from using this method differs from espresso and french-press methods and more closely resembles that of the V60 extraction method.
Despite its importance and prevalence, batch brewing is sometimes left out of the third-wave mentality, which is why we have developed this brew guide to help anyone used to batch brew, get the flavors, and body, of a quality cup of coffee.
For the batch brew method, you will require the following:
- 1 Batch Brewer (and filter)
- 1 Coffee Grinder
- 1 Coffee Scale
- 60g of Whole Bean Coffee.
- 1 liter (4 1/5 Cups) of Filtered Water
Average Brew Time: 4 minutes
Clean out the carafe and the grounds basket.
This is an important step, as without much cleaning, remnants of previous, old, coffee batches will taint the flavor of your brew. You can use simple soap and water (rinse well), or use specific products like Carfiza.
Measure out your coffee : water ratio.
For batch brew, we recommend using 60g of coffee per liter of water. In other words, 14g of coffee per cup of water.
ex. 30g for ½ liter, 90g for 1 ½ liters, etc.
Grind your coffee.
For the batch brew method, you should be targeting grind coarseness similar to that of table salt and you want the grind to be as consistent as possible to get an even extraction of flavor from your beans.
Load your water hopper according to the ratio you measured in Step 2. Then, place your filter in the basket, and pour in your fresh coffee grounds.
At this step, you want to aim for an even distribution of coffee in the filter, with ideally 3-5 cm (~1 in) of bed depth, or how much coffee there is from the bottom of the filter.
Start your brew.
Ideally, you'll want to adjust the temperature to between 195-205°F, if your batch brewer has this feature.
While your home equipment may seem sufficient, we have outlined our recommended line-up below if you want to dial-in your coffee equipment.
In terms of batch brewers, we recommend one with good temperature control and a thermal carafe, such as the Bonita One-Touch Thermal Brewer. This model also has a pre-wet (“bloom”) feature which allows the coffee to degas before brewing.
We recommend the Baratza Encore for the best value grinder. It is hands-down the most affordable quality grinder on the market, and it yields consistent and even grinds.
While almost any coffee scale will do for this method, you may consider a Brewista Ratio Scale for its precise measurements. This scale also has the ability to give your pouring speed when using a V60 brew method, which optimizes extraction time for the perfect cup.
The whole bean coffee you use with the batch brew method can vary to your taste. However, we do suggest a light/medium roast profile, like our Guatemala, Haiti, and Peru beans, in order to get the most body and sweetness out of your batch brew extraction.