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Variety is the spice of life as they say, and coffee can be so much more than what you get in a cup at your local café. We’re here to help you understand coffee a little better, work out what you like best and how to get it. Here’s 7 of our favourite brew methods and our recommended recipes for them.

Grinds

Grinding your own beans is certainly the best way to bring out your brew. Grinding only what you need means they are at their freshest (and bestest).

They typically keep for 9 weeks but we’re sure you’ll work your way through them well before then. All our bags are foil lined and vented to release those cheeky post roast gasses.

It is a good idea to buy a quality grinder that will give you control and consistency (we sell an excellent one don’t you know, you can check it out here). Otherwise just ask us to grind it for one of our 7 grind types, we’re nice like that.

Our beans are really rather good and they’re available to buy here.

 

Espresso

 

Here’s our favourite way of making an excellent espresso:

  1. Measure out 18.5g of Perky Blenders (obviously) finely ground coffee into your portafilter, this will make a double shot producing 36 liquid grams.
  2. Tap the portafilter to level out your grinds.
  3. Hold your tamp as if it were a door knob, placing the portafilter on the edge of a stable surface pressing straight down firmly and evenly.
  4. Remove any loose grounds that have remained around the edge to ensure a clean seal when placing it into your machine.
  5. Every machine varies but it usually produces around 9 bars of water pressure with a temperature of coffee temperature of 90 degrees.
  6. The time from when you start your extraction and when it ends should be between 25-35 seconds, if it’s longer or shorter, you’ll need to adjust your grind size to allow more or less water through.
  7. Time to taste; if your shot is sour your grind is probably too course or if it’s bitter your grind is probably too fine. Play around and see what works best with your machine.
  8. And that’s it, you’re done! Time to sip and bathe in your smug new speciality coffee skills.

Let us know if you have any questions or trouble with your brew and we’ll be straight on hand to offer some friendly advice.

 

Moka Pot

Here’s our favourite way of making an marvellous Moka Pot:

  1. Pop the kettle on and allow to cool a little.
  2. Pour this water just below the valve in your pot. This helps preheat and prevent any metallic tastes from entering your coffee by it getting too hot.
  3. Measure out around 15g of Perky Blenders (obviously) finely ground coffee into the basket (for a 3 cup Moka Pot) or until it is level with the top.
  4. Give it a cheeky tap on a surface to ensure everything is nice and even. Brush any loose grounds from the edge to ensure a nice, tight seal.
  5. Get screwing, best use a towel to hold the bottom half as it’ll be a touch hot, no need to screw too tight mind.
  6. Time to add it onto your stove on a medium heat, make sure that the handle is clear of it, you’ll thank us later. Leave the lid open.
  7. Once you see a rich brown moving smoothly to a honey yellow it’s time to remove I from the heat. Hold he bottom with that faithful towel and run the bottom half under some cold water. This will help stop the extraction and any metallic tastes sneaking in.
  8. You’ll be left with a small, that’s very concentrated, rich and very tasty. You can have this as an espresso or add more water if you’re a fan of a longer beverage.
  9. Pour and enjoy your brilliantly made brew, well done you.

Our Moka Pot Gift Set is available to buy here

 

 

AeroPress

Here’s our favourite way of making a brilliant long black:

  1. Boil the kettle and let it cool a bit (91 deg if you’re perfectionist like us).
  2. Measure out 17g of Perky Blenders (obviously) medium ground coffee into the cylinder (now standing upside down with water in) making sure they’re nice and level.
  3. Place the grinds into the AeroPress making sure that they’re nice and level.
  4. Place the filter into the lid and wet the paper (careful, not too much), this is called ‘priming’.
  5. Pour in your pre-boiled water and fill to 240g then stir the mix and release any air left in the mix.
  6. Place your chosen mug on top and turn upside-down so that everything is then the right way up.
  7. Sit back relax and contemplate the meaning of life for two minutes.
  8. Slowly press down, if there’s no resistance look at making your grind a little finer.
  9. And that’s it, you’re done! Time to sip and bathe in your smug new speciality coffee skills.

Let us know if you have any questions or trouble with your brew and we’ll be straight on hand to offer some friendly advice.

Our AeroPress Gift Set is available to buy here

 

 

V60

Here’s our favourite way of making a very tasty V60:

  1. Boil the kettle and let it cool a bit (96 deg if you’re perfectionist like us).
  2. Pop your V60 filter in the V60 Dripper and trickle some of that hot water in it over a sink or mug enough to wet and ‘prime’ the paper, tipping any excess away.
  3. Place the dripper over a clean mug or on a stand with jug below (we sell some very cool copper stands don’t you know).
  4. Measure out 30g of Perky Blenders (obviously) medium-course ground coffee can carefully pour into the filter. Tap it on a surface to make sure they’re nice and level.
  5. Gently pour 50g of your just boiled water in a lovely circular motion from out to in.
  6. Give it a little stir, making sure all the grounds are wet and mixed evenly.
  7. Sit back relax and contemplate the meaning of life for a whole 30 seconds, this will release the gases and allow the coffee to what we call ‘bloom’.
  8. Continue to pour, working a circular motions as you near the top of the dripper and you’ve totalled 500ml of water and then leave to filter through.
  9. Give it another cheeky stir to make sure everything’s evenly extracted.
  10. Pour and enjoy your brilliantly made brew, well done you.

Let us know if you have any questions or trouble with your brew and we’ll be straight on hand to offer some friendly advice.

Our V60 Gift Set is available to buy here

Chemex

Here’s our favourite way of making a classy Chemex:

  1. Boil the kettle and let it cool a bit (89 deg if you’re perfectionist like us).
  1. Measure out 35g of Perky Blenders (obviously) medium-coarsely ground coffee into the press, this will work for a 3 cup Chemex.
  2. Place the filter into the cone and carefully wet it, get rid of that water afterwards though.
  3. Pop in your ground coffee and gently tap the Chemex on the bench to level your grounds.
  4. Pour 40g of your boiled water in a circular motion from the outside-in.
  5. Give it a little stir, making sure all the grounds are wet and mixed evenly.
  6. Sit back relax and contemplate the meaning of life for a whole 30 seconds, this will release the gases and allow the coffee to what we call ‘bloom’.
  7. It’s now ready to slowly pour in 3 remaining batches of 120g, again in a lovely circular motion, until you’ve used up 400g of water in total.
  8. It’s time to contemplate life again until all of the water has filtered through, this should be a few minutes, get thinking.
  9. Remove the filter paper and swirl the Chemex to mix your coffee.
  10. And that’s it, you’re done! Time to sip and bathe in your smug new speciality coffee skills.

Let us know if you have any questions or trouble with your brew and we’ll be straight on hand to offer some friendly advice.

Our Chemex Gift Set is available to buy here

 

French Press

Here’s our favourite way of making a fantastic French Press:

  1. Boil your kettle to around 90 degrees and warm up your French Press by swilling it out with a splash of hot water.
  2. Measure out 10g per cup of Perky Blenders (obviously) coarsely ground coffee into the press.
  3. You’ll need roughly 125ml per ‘cup’, so you’ll need to know how much your French Press can hold and how much coffee you want.
  4. Stir the mix gently then let it brew for 2.5 mins.
  5. Slowly press down the plunger, this can be strangely satisfying.
  6. Pour and enjoy your brilliantly made brew, well done you.

Let us know if you have any questions or trouble with your brew and we’ll be straight on hand to offer some friendly advice.

Our French Press Gift Set is available to buy here

Cold Brew

Here’s our favourite way of making the coolest Cold Brew:

  1. You’ll need a container that’s a bit bigger than the amount of coffee you want to end up with. In this example, we’ll be using our Mizudashi 1 litre Cold Brewer.
  1. Measure out 80g of Perky Blenders (obviously) coarsely ground coffee into the filter.
  2. Add 1 litre of cold water and give it a good old mix so that all the coffee is nice and wet.
  3. Allow for it to steep/allow for the magic happen for 8-12 hours.
  4. After that anticipatory wait it’s time to remove the filter.
  5. And that’s it, you’re done! Time to sip and bathe in your smug new speciality coffee skills.

Let us know if you have any questions or trouble with your brew and we’ll be straight on hand to offer some friendly advice.

Our Cold Brew Gift Set is available to buy here