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Handsome Coffee Roasters – Wager 2.0

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I managed to get in for Handsome Roaster’s 2nd round of their Wager/marketing sesh…

Check out http://handsomecoffee.tumblr.com/post/7668968232/jackpot-its-wager-2-0 for more detalis.

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July 26, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Blue Bottle in Oakland

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an Americano.

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July 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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travel kit in action

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July 14, 2011 at 4:30 pm

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I’m more third wave than you are…

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This is silly.

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July 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm

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Cold Brew Adventure

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So with the official day of Summer days away, I wanted to jump on this craze of cold brew coffee. With such devices as the Hourglass  claiming 69.9% less acidity, and the fact that the concentrate can last for up to two weeks, I’m excited to try my hand at some cold brewing.

I did some quick searching for different recipes for some guidelines and off I went. I found several recipes. A few claimed around 1/3 C coffee and then 1 1/2 C water, and then a couple that required 1 LB (16 oz) of coffee with 72 oz of water. But I wanted something a little more specific because I like things to be in grams rather than vague US measuring units. (Is it 1/3 C of ground coffee or of beans?) But I was not going to be too picky so I determined a ratio more to my liking:

60 Grams of Coffee
710 Grams of Water (25 oz)

I did a medium to coarse grind and I placed it into my french press. I added the water and gave it a quick stir and then placed it in the fridge for the extraction action. I don’t know how long is best but I did start a timer when I put it in the fridge and when I woke up to check it, the timer read just about 15 hours.

Now comes the fun part; my self claimed creative three step filter process. For the first filtering, I gave the slurry another stir and then prepared to plunge the french press filter.

French Press Filter

After pushing the filter all the way down, I then poured the cold brew through my AeroPress which was fitted with the Coava DISK coffee filter to pull out some of the fines that typically remain after any french press brew.

Coava AeroPress Disk

Then the final filtering system was a retrofitted cloth syphon filter to the bottom of my Hario pour over to remove the even finer grit from the cold brew.

Syphon Cloth Filter

Close up of Final Filter Process

 

Final Filtering Apparatus

The vision for my procedure was to stay away from any paper filters because they tend to suck up the coffee oils that contain so much of the natural flavors. At the end of it all, I am very happy with the flavor of my cold brew but I will need to try this process a few more times while changing some variables to compare and contrast a final method. Your feedback is appreciated. Happy Cold Brewing!

Final result from Final Filter Step

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June 17, 2011 at 2:45 pm

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Garage Coffee

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February 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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at Sightglass Roasters, San Francisco

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January 27, 2011 at 6:44 pm

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