How to Brew

Red Whale Coffee recommends
the best brewing technique

Our favorite way to brew coffee at Red Whale is the pour-over method. 

The Grind

How and when you grind the beans makes a huge difference in the way your coffee tastes 

Grind the beans right before you brew your coffee. Why? Because as soon as the beans are ground, the oils inside are exposed to air, causing the thousand different flavor compounds inside to breakdown.

As for the size of the grind, a medium grind is the best; it’s not too big or too fine to lose the rich flavor from the bean (coffee ground too fine can taste bitter).  Coffee needs to be handled with care, its delicate. 

The Water

Water is as equally important as the grind

Clean, fresh, decently mineralized water at 200F-205F creates the best possible extraction for the beans, resulting in a beautiful cup of coffee. During the pour over, allow about 3-5 minutes for a medium ground coffee to steep. 

If you don’t let the coffee steep long enough you will have a cup of coffee lacking flavor.

If you leave the coffee for too long, it can become bitter and acidic, leading to an upset stomach(which is never good).

The Equipment

Brewing options

  • Chemex
  • French Press
  • Aero Press- we like the Aero Press; it’s effective, easy to use and Portable
    (we also like to use a stainless steel photo etched Able filter instead of the paper filter, which can be purchased separately)

The Proportions

Use the ratio of one tablespoon (about 7.5 grams by weight) of coffee per 4 to 5 ounces of water. One cup of water is equivalent to 4.5 ounces of water.