A Guide to Coffee Brewing

Manual coffee-making methods are becoming an increasingly popular option for home enthusiasts and coffee shop baristas alike. The abilities to control every variable in the brewing process, create a cup that's exactly suited to one's preferences, and highlight the unique character of the coffee has convinced many to make the switch. This new popularity has prompted the birth of several new methods and devices, as well as the resurrection of older methods. In this article we'll feature our favorite immersion brewing methods and explain the differences between them. This post is confined to full immersion devices, but if you're interested in other methods then check out our Guide to Pour Over Coffee Brewing.


Brewing Tips

These suggestions are meant to provide a starting place for beginners. Our recommendations are dependent on batch size, pour rate, roast level, processing method, and more, all of which vary. Experiment and adjust to taste!


Use a quality burr grinder. This will ensure an increasingly consistent grind and even extraction — or, in other words, a tasty cup of coffee! Anything from Baratza or Mahlkonig will serve you well.


Begin with 60 grams of coffee for every liter of water. Adjusting this ratio will affect other factors in ways both obvious and subtle, so pay close attention. Changing any single parameter will also require change elsewhere.


Thoroughly filtered water, heated to 200-205 degrees Fahrenheit, usually yields the best results. Review the recommended accessories below to learn about controlling water.


Since brewing at the proper temperature is vital for producing a great cup, we recommend purchasing either the Pino Digital Kettle or the Bonavita Variable Kettle. A gram scale and thermometer will also help you brew great coffee consistently.