BRITA brew-along at The Gentlemen Baristas Coffee House
As someone whose coffee making skills are basic, I was really pleased to be invited to an event at The Gentlemen Baristas Coffee House in Bermondsey with BRITA baristas DunneFranowski. These barista boys would show us how to brew gourmet coffee at home using BRITA filtered water and a Chemex.
After a few glasses of prosecco and some delicious salads and dips we got to work. The chaps explained that the ideal ionisation of water for coffee making needs to be at 80-150 TDS (total dissolvable solids) and that filtering the water achieves a TDS of 150 in turn softening it.
When you insert the filter paper make sure that the thicker doubled-over section is positioned by the spout; then pre-saturate the filter so you don’t get a paper taste in the coffee.
Our final task was to make iced coffee by the ‘Japanese cold drip’ method. The grind was even coarser than before with 28gms less water being used with the ice making up the balance. First we soaked the filter paper, then removed it placing 150g of ice cubes in the Chemex. Next we replaced the filter and put the coffee in followed by 350g boiling water. The hot water gives a high volatility and acidity to the brew.
Sugar syrup was added for sweetness at the end of this process. I have to say that the combination of the BRITA filtered water and the Chemex created a great cup of coffee.