How to brew the perfect cup of coffee using drip bag
How you brew your coffee is as important as the quality and freshness of the coffee your procure. Follow this steps to ensure you get the intended flavour of our coffee beans.
Step 1. Boil water and let it cool to 92°C - 96°C.
Boil a pot of water and allow it to cool to 92°C - 96°C.
If you do not have a food grade thermometer, just leave your water to cool for roughly 45 seconds to a 1 minute.
Pouring boiling water directly onto the coffee grounds can cause them to extract too much too early, leaving a bitter taste in your cup.
Step 2. Scoop 10g-15g of coffee powder into the drip bag
Hang your drip bag on the side of a medium cup ( 150ml~200ml ) and scoop 10-15g ( 2-3 heap teaspoons ) of coffee powder into your drip bag.
Be sure to pour away any residue coffee powder that may have accidentally fallen into your cup.
Step 3. Pour enough hot water to damp the coffee and let it bloom
Pour 1 to 1 ratio of water to coffee powder to damp the coffee powder and allow it to bloom for 30 seconds.
You will notice air bubbles forming on the top of your coffee powder, that is the CO2 gas escaping.
Step 4. Pour enough water to fill your cup and let it steep for 2-4 minutes
After it has bloomed for 30 seconds.
Pour the hot water slowly into the drip bag and allow it drip completely before pouring more hot water. Make sure to fill the cup until the bag is at least half submerge in the water for steeping.
Allow the coffee powder to steep in the hot water for 2 - 4 minutes depending on how flavourful you want your coffee to be.
Never allow it to go past 5 minutes as that will result in over extraction of your coffee and contribute to bitter flavours.
Step 5. Enjoy your coffee in any way you like after it has cooled a bit.
The best cup of coffee is the coffee you like!
Taste your coffee now and adjust it to your preferences.
If you like your coffee to be lighter so you can steep it in the hot water for just 2 minutes. If you like it coffee to be richer you can steep it longer for 4 minutes.
If you like your coffee black, great!
If not, we recommend adding a little sugar or even making a latte for yourself ( Instructions below ).
Never serve coffee piping hot, allow it to cool to 65°C - 79°C so that you can properly taste the flavours without burning your tongue.
Enjoy your cup of freshly brewed coffee!
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my coffee more bitter than expected?
If it's more bitter than your liking, it is likely that you have over-extracted the flavour for the particular type of bean.
Reduce the timing used to steep the powder accordingly as some beans like Honduras may be more bitter after 2 minutes of steeping.
Can I make a latte at home without an espresso machine?
While traditionally you would require an espresso machine to make latte, there are still many easy ways to produce a pretty good cup of latte at home! But first, some fun facts about coffee with milk:
A latte is a coffee drink that is normally made with espresso, steamed milk, and milk foam. A cappuccino is very similar, but it has a greater percentage of foamed milk to steamed milk. A macchiato has no steamed milk added to the espresso, but a little cap of milk foam. Cafe au lait has only warm steamed milk added to coffee (sometimes espresso) and no foam.
You can easily have warm milk with great foam by shaking milk in a jar and then microwaving it ( Please remove the cap of your jar and use a microwave safe vessel for this! )
If you are making a Cafe au lait, you will use single brewed coffee ( The normal way with the drip bag method ), if not lets go into our espresso options.
The next part is the espresso which is a concentrated coffee that usually requires passing high pressure water through coffee grounds from the machine.
Without an espresso machine, the next best option is to use either a Moka Pot, French press or an Aeropress.
If you do not have any of these specialised equipment, the final option is a double-brewed coffee using our drip bags.
You need two cups to do this.
Using our drip bags, add at least 1.5 times more coffee powder than usual and pour the hot water through it.
Next, transfer the drip bag to the second cup and pour all the coffee from the first cup into the drip bag ( Hence the word, double brewed ) and do not let it steep at all to prevent over-extraction.
This will create the intensity of the flavour required to make a great cup of latte.
You can then add sugar at this stage to taste before adding your warm milk or foam to your preference!
Coffee and Nuts is a traditional coffee powder and beans wholesaler in Singapore.
We take pride in processing our beans the traditional way to give you a great cup of coffee every time.