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Start Something: Brewing Coffee

The Yardstick Coffee team teaches us how to concoct the perfect cup of joe at home

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There once was a time when 3-in-1 coffee reigned supreme, when fancy brews were but a luxury. For a lot of men and women, those days seem unfathomable. The widespread of third wave coffee and the rise of artisanal cafés have spoiled most of us by refining our palates, making us all crave for brews beyond purely utilitarian reasons.

Today, we want to take your obsession a little bit further by learning how to be your own barista. Here’s what we learned from a basic brewing class with Yardstick Coffee: a good homemade brew is only a few simple steps away. Watch how.

 

 

Choose
The first step is choosing, particularly your equipment and beans. This step is important because the decisions you make will determine the overall quality and flavor of your coffee.

You can pick from three major brewing methods: pour-over, full immersion, or hybrid. The pour-over method is pretty self-explanatory and allows for the most control but is the most meticulous of manual methods. Full immersion, on the other hand, entails completely submerging your ground coffee and allowing it to steep over a certain period of time in your chosen apparatus: siphons, vacuum pots, French presses, etcetera. This technique produces deep-flavored brews. The best of both worlds, however, is truly achieved through the hybrid method. A prime example of accessible equipment for this kind of method is the aeropress. This is a fancy little gadget that gets the robust flavors associated with steeping but that also maintains the clean taste and smooth texture of pour-over coffee.

After deciding how to make your coffee, it’s time to choose the actual beans. There are four factors to consider when choosing coffee beans: roast date, origin, roast style, and processing. While flavors and aromas are usually noted on the packaging, here are some important things to remember when choosing beans: Always check the roast date as coffee should ideally be consumed within 30-45 days of roasting; make sure the roast style jives with what equipment you have at home (it never hurts to ask but generally light to medium roasts are for filters and pour-overs while medium to dark roasts are for espresso machines); and it’s always better to grind your coffee yourself to retain caffeine and flavor.

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Measure and Grind
Speaking of grinding, it’s important to know what kind of grind matches your brewing method of choice. For pour-overs and hybrids, medium to medium-coarse ground beans are best. For full-immersion methods, it’s best to use coarse ground beans to keep the final brew as clean as possible.

Take note that the ideal ratio for dose:grind is 1:15-1:19. For example, when making coffee for a single person, the best measurements to follow are 15g of ground beans: 225g of water. Try to be as precise as possible when weighing your beans and measuring your water in order to avoid waste and to get a perfectly balanced blend.

Avoid grinding your beans in advance. Doing so will make your coffee go stale.

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Brew
When it comes to actually brewing your coffee, it’s best to use filtered water. Mineral water has a tendency to push down flavours aggressively, bad flavors, included. Distilled water has the opposite effect and may ultimately lead to blandness. The ideal temperature for brewing is 92-96 degrees Celsius. Since most of us don’t have professional pots that accurately measure our water’s warmth, here’s a pro-tip from the folks over at Yardstick: let your water reach boiling point (100 degrees Celsius) and then wait exactly a minute before using it to brew your coffee. The temperature will have gone down to 93-94 degrees.

Always remember to distribute the water as evenly as possible, wetting all the ground coffee you possibly can. Seeing as the water is pre-measured, it’ll be easy to know when to stop for pour-overs and hybrid equipment. For full-immersion techniques, stir vigorously and then allow the coffee to steep for 3-5 minutes. Once your drip is done or your steeping time is up, it’s time to enjoy a quality cup of joe in the comfort of your own home.

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Photography by Renzo Navarro
Art Direction and Video Editing by Mags Ocampo

FOR A MORE DETAILED LESSON ON THE ART OF BREWING AS WE AS CLASSES ON ESPRESSO-MAKING AND LATTE ART, SIGN UP FOR A TWO-DAY CRASH COURSE AT YARDSTICK. IT IS AT UNIVERSAL LMS BUILDING, 106 ESTEBAN STREET, LEGASPI VILLAGE, MAKATI, 845-0073, AND ON FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM.
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Mags Ocampo
Mags Ocampo is a twenty-two-year-old writer, graphic designer, and life guru (or so her friends claim). She currently works as Rogue Media Inc.'s Digital Art Director and takes freelance jobs on the side. She likes diving into whitecaps, reading sad books, and trying to tear down the patriarchy during her spare time. She's taken on adulthood by changing her screen names to her actual name, and thus, can be found as @magsocampo on Twitter and Instagram.
food + drinks by Alyssa Castillo

Yardstick’s Christmas bundles will keep you warm on a cold night

All the coffee company wants this season is for you to gift differently

Weeks coming into their fourth anniversary on November 30, Yardstick came out with a slew of surprises. These include: Black Friday deals on coffee and machines; a limited edition tote bag and T-shirt package featuring “Cold Brew in Space” that was designed in Paris; colored enamel pins named Flat White, Americano & Gibraltar; and a limited edition “microlot” pin (only 50 of these were produced); and the #3 single-origin and #4 Mocha variant additions to their cold brew selection.

But that’s not the only thing new this year. They’ve also put varied twists to the usual coffee bundles that are sold as gift bundles in cafés everywhere. For them, it’s about pushing forward to what they enjoy doing every single day. This is through sharing coffee, drinking chocolate, and educating people through their specialized workshop classes.

Yardstick

Bundle A: P3,900  (from P4,740, savings of 16%)
Aeropress
250g Whole Bean Coffee
Keep Cup
Yardstick Limited Edition Tote Bag

Bundle B: P2,000 ( from P2,550, savings of 19%)
Yardstick Gift Card
250g Whole Bean Coffee
Grounded Pleasures
Yardstick Limited Edition Tote Bag

Bundle C: P2,500 (from P3,130, savings of 21%)
Tasting Specialty Coffee Workshop Voucher
250g Whole Bean Coffee
Keep Cup
Yardstick Limited Edition Tote Bag

Bundle D: P1,600 (from P2,050, savings of 21%)
250g Whole Bean Coffee
Grounded Pleasures
Yardstick Limited Edition Tote Bag

Warm up your holidays with a cup (or two) of coffee, as we’re giving you and a friend a chance to join us in a special NBHD x Yardstick Class Series on Coffee Fundamentals and Latte Art (worth PHP 10,700+ per slot). Get all the details here.

Produced by Alyssa Castillo
Photography by Renzo Navarro
Art direction by Mags Ocampo

YARDSTICK IS IN UNIVERSAL LMS BUILDING, 106 ESTEBAN, LEGAZPI VILLAGE, MAKATI. YOU CAN ALSO FOLLOW THEM ONLINE @YARDSTICKCOFFEE ON INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK. SHOP ONLINE THROUGH SHOP.YARDSTICKCOFFEE.COM.
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Alyssa Castillo
Alyssa Castillo is a freelance writer and is concurrently Rogue Media's Editorial Assistant for The NBHD. She reads for fun, writes for a living, and wastes too much time entertaining the possibility of a zombie apocalypse. Find her on Instagram as @lysscstll.