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Brewing 101: SoftBrew

May 19th, 2014

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Part 4 in a series on brewing excellent coffee.

- By Jacob Long, Roasting & Quality Control Manager at Thanksgiving Coffee

While pour-over/manual brewing methods continue to gain popularity, SoftBrew offers a simple alternative for making a stellar cup of coffee.

In my opinion, this high-tech but easy to use brewing method provides the purest expression of the coffee’s flavor. The mouth-feel is similar to that of a French Press, but with a better range of flavors and less sediment in your cup.

The porcelain pot is great for serving, but it does not retain heat for very long. To enjoy hot coffee throughout the day, transfer the brew to an insulated pot.

Here’s how it works:

SoftBrew_how-to

and here’s the text version of how it works:

  1. Preheat the pot and filter with about 4oz of hot water.
  2. Empty the preheat water and add 65g of freshly ground beans into the filter.
  3. Add half of the total water (16oz), taking care to evenly soak the grounds.  The ideal temperature is 196° for dark roasts, 200° for light roasts.
  4. Stir for an even mixture and allow the bloom to settle.
  5. Add the rest of the water (16oz) and give the grounds another good stir.
  6. Put the lid on the pot and let the coffee brew for 3-4 minutes.
  7. Remove the filter.
  8. Pour and enjoy!

 

Miel de Cajamarca, PERU

Get your SoftBrew system at Sowden.

We made our first pot of SoftBrew with Miel de Cajamarca and the flavor was fantastic! Want to try it? Pick up a bag and see for yourself!

 

6 Comments on “Brewing 101: SoftBrew”

  1. Chet Gabriel says:

    What do you use to measure the 65g of ground beans?

  2. […] While pour-over/manual brewing methods continue to gain popularity, SoftBrew offers a simple alternative for making a stellar cup of coffee.   In my opinion, this high-tech but easy to use brewing method provides the purest expression of the coffee’s flavor. The mouth-feel is similar to that of a French Press, but with a better range of flavors and less sediment in your cup.   The porcelain pot is great for serving, but it does not retain heat for very long. To enjoy hot coffee throughout the day, transfer the brew to an insulated pot.     and here’s the text version of how it works:   1. Preheat the pot and filter with about 4oz of hot water. 2. Empty the preheat water and add 65g of freshly ground beans into the filter. 3. Add half of the total water (16oz), taking care to evenly soak the grounds. The ideal temperature is 196° for dark roasts, 200° for light roasts. 4. Stir for an even mixture and allow the bloom to settle. 5. Add the rest of the water (16oz) and give the grounds another good stir. 6. Put the lid on the pot and let the coffee brew for 3-4 minutes. 7. Remove the filter. 8. Pour and enjoy!   read more: Thanksgiving Coffee Company […]

  3. Dan S says:

    While that’s a nice scale with a timer as well, there are cheaper ones also available at Amazon and other places.

    For Chet, basically there are 28 grams to 1 weight oz.
    65g is approx 2.3 oz of coffee.

    I’d like to experiment with the number of scoops to water ratio for the Sowden. Of course this depends on taste, but Thanksgiving Coffee suggested 2g of coffee per oz of water. (65 grams to 32 oz water in the example given)

    By the way, Amazon also has the Sowden softbrew available as well at a reasonable price. They come in different sizes, I went with the 4-cup.

    You can find them here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VUZNUS/

    • Dan S says:

      I just received my Sowden. A scoop is included

      The directions included say to use:
      2-3 scoops for the 2 cup pot
      3-5 scoops for the 4 cup pot
      6-8 scoops for the 8 cup pot
      10-12 scoops for the 12 cup pot

      I assume that’s for the hot brew, of course I want to experiment with the cold brew. I think I can also “water it down” if I brew it too strong, easier to make a strong brew lighter than to make a light brew stronger… and iced coffee is usually served over ice of course…

      All parts are dishwasher safe, also per the instructions.

      I am so looking forward to testing this out… with some of Thanksgiving Coffee’s incredible selections!

  4. Dan S says:

    Here’s what I’ve learned with my Sowden so far.

    The 4-cup Sowden means 4 6-oz coffee cups, not 4 fluid cups (32 oz).

    The directions for the Sowden state do not fill up past the MAX line on the filter insert. This is approx 3.3 fluid cups (27 fluid oz.) So if you follow the directions you would not use 32 oz of water but only 27 oz.

    Now I don’t know why you don’t want to exceed the “Max” line, but something to consider is the recipe that Thanksgiving Coffee uses would exceed this in the Sowden 4-cup. Maybe to prevent spillage when using a hot-brew?

    Just something to be aware of. I’ll post my results for coldbrew with the Sowden under that thread.

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