The topic of coffee can bring out a wealth of emotion in a wide variety of people. If you are like me, coffee is the shining star in your morning, as well as your afternoon. Having been a coffee lover since college, my interest in coffee has defiantly evolved as I have gotten older. While I still enjoy an occasional drive-through coffee on a road trip or a busy day around town, I have come to adore my at-home coffee rituals. I use the word ritual because every step of the coffee making process has become a special treat. From choosing my favorite beans, to grinding, to assembling any equipment needed, to the actual brewing and enjoying of the coffee – the entire process is a relaxing time in my day. It seems as if I am not the only one who feels this way. Coffee lovers everywhere are turning to making craft coffee at home. Lucky for everyone, KitchenAid has a line of Craft Coffee Brewers to make the experience that much sweeter.
When getting into making hand-crafted coffee in your own home, there are a few things to consider, such as which style of brewer you prefer and how you’ll grind your beans. Every style of coffee brewer has flavor characteristics unique to that brewing style. With those unique brewing styles and flavors, the coarseness of the coffee grind size will vary.
I have the KitchenAid® Burr Grinder in my kitchen and it has made the process of creating a fabulous, rich cup of coffee very simple. This grinder offers 15 different grind settings so that you can fine-tune the coarseness of your coffee beans to fit your preferred brewing method. On the Burr Grinder, setting 1 is the most coarse grind and the knob can dial all the way to setting 8 for the finest of grinds (with half-stops in between all the sizes).
Coffee grind size makes a huge difference when it comes to making the perfect cup of coffee. Super fine grinds are great for quickly brewed coffee, like espresso, while medium grinds are commonly used for drip coffee makers. Medium/coarse grinds are perfect for pour-over coffee brewers which fall in between a drip- and a press-style brewer when it comes to coffee ground immersion and brew time. A coarse coffee grind is great for a longer brew time, or a brew method where there is a high chance of particles escaping into the final cup of coffee, such as French press.
The KitchenAid® Precision Press Coffee Maker brews coffee in the classic style of a French press, but with a few upgrades in design that make this my favorite press-style brewer. The machine itself has double insulated walls, which keep the coffee hot until I am ready to enjoy it. With kids and a house to run, having our coffee hot when we want it is not always easy, which is why I adore this feature.
The other component that makes this Precision Press unique is its integrated scale and timer. Having a proper ratio of coffee grounds to water, as well as the correct brew time, is important for an enjoyable coffee experience. I think we’ve all had times when we’ve made coffee with either too many grounds or too much water and ended up with a cup of coffee that was less than desirable. The built-in scale and timer help keep everything precise and prevent me from having to pull out a separate piece of equipment, which is beyond convenient.
Brewing coffee in the Precision Press is simple and enjoyable! Simply zero out the scale between weighing the ingredients by pressing the scale button, and after adding the water, gently stir the grounds to break the crust of coffee, just like a classic press-brewer. Place the lid on the brewer, but do not depress the plunger. Press the timer button to begin timing your brew process.
I have found that for one good size cup of coffee, I like to use 18g of coffee grounds to 296g of hot water (205 degrees F). I prefer a 4 minute brew time, but if you like a stronger cup of coffee, I recommend brewing longer. At the end of the brew time, slowly and steadily depress the plunger and pour your coffee. The Precision Press delivers a classic French press taste that has a rich, thick and almost smokey flavor, making it a great brewer for press coffee lovers everywhere.
*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*