With so many thoughts out there about how to brew, it kinda gets a bit crazy, and we firmly believe there are countless ways to brew a good coffee, but for those who want a little bit of direction, here's our basic specs for this wonderful thing they call coffee! 



This isn't the be all and end all, and we find jumping between different machines, commercial, domestic, etc.. this will all change a lot.. but start here, and apply the usual rules.. if it tastes watery/lacking then fine it up a touch and slow down the extraction. If it's on the overly intense or bitter, try going a touch courser and speeding up the extraction.. after that start playing with things like dose, yield and so on. 

Pressure - 6 Bar
Temp - 95 Degrees Celsius
Basket - 20g VST
Shower screen - IMS

Single Origins
Dose: 19 grams
Yield: 53 grams
Time: 18-19 seconds
Ratio (dry coffee:espresso): 1/2.7
TDS: 7.7-8.0
Ext %: 20.5-21.5%

Gossy Blend
Dose: 21 grams
Yield: 45 grams
Time: 27-31 seconds
Ratio (dry coffee:espresso): 1/2.1

Seasonal Blend
Dose: 21 grams
Yield: 50 grams
Time: 30-33 seconds
Ratio (dry coffee:espresso): 1/2.3


If you're in a commercial space, buy a commercial piece of equipment. It's worth it! At home, if you want simplicity and non-engagement, go the Breville Precision Brewer.. if you want to engage a bit with the brew, agitating and stirring etc, then look into the moccamaster.. As usual, everything can make a good coffee, it's just up to how you approach the machine.

General Specs
Ratio: 1:17
TDS: 1.25 - 1.35
Ext %: 20-21%

Breville Precision Brewer
Temp: 95 Degrees Celsius
Flow Rate: Fast
Bloom: 30 seconds
Basket: Flat bottom gold
Filter Paper: Melitta 8 - 12 cup
Dose: 70 grams
Water: 1,200 ml
Ratio (dry coffee:water): 1:17

Temp: 94 Degrees Celsius
Brew Time: 4:15
Pulses: 10
Pre-Wet: 15%
Pre-Wet Delay: 1:00
Drip Delay: 1:15
Dose: 120 grams
Water: 2,050 ml
Ratio (dry coffee:water): 1:17


Ah the love of our lives.. firstly, come into our slower from Thursday-Saturday, 8:00am - 12:00pm, and learn as you enjoy some sweet brews from the pros. That aside, this is purely down to what you want to do, all the different brewers out there can win the world brewers cup, with the right person and the right coffee.... and the right water. 

Here are our basic thoughts for the two most common methods, but we find the best way to nail your own style is to get on YouTube, do a brewing binge, watch reputable people dow their thing then become a home brewing legend.

Pour Over
Dose - 15g
Temp - 100 Degrees
0:00 Bloom - 30g
0:45 First Pour - up to 150g
1:30 Second Pour - 200g
2:00 Third Pour - 250g
Brew time 2:45 to 3:00

Check out James Hoffmans Youtube for an awesome bloom technique, and use the Rao Spin after each pour.

Use the inverted method
Dose: 13g
Water: 220g
Brew Time: 1:30
Press Time: 30sec
Extend brew time to make it stronger, shorten brew time if you want a mellower brew.

We're huge fans of James Hoffman & Scott Rao, if you want more info, YouTube them, they're all over it.


That's about it. 
Go Brew!


March 16, 2023 — Peter Andrews