Brew guides

The final sprint from bean to cup

Our devoted farmers have done the hard work of nurturing and growing only the finest coffee. Now it’s your turn to make those exotic flavours and aromas come to life!

Take your coffee ritual to new heights with our Road Coffee brewing guides. Discover three of the most popular ways to brew coffee at home or in the office. Soon you’ll be enjoying the best coffee, made by your own hand.

French Press

Since 1929 coffee enthusiasts have enjoyed heavy-bodied flavour crafted with the French press. Simple and consistent, the French press brewing method is very dependable and ideal for those wishing to brew multiple cups for a crowd, in less than five minutes.

Brew time: 4:00

Servings: 4-6

Brewing Equipment:

  • French Press
  • Kettle
  • Coffee beans
  • Coffee grinder (if applicable)
  • Timer
  • Your favourite mug

French Press instructions

  1. Preheat your French Press: Fill the empty French press with hot water. This will help to maintain water temperature while brewing.
  2. Measure and grind: Measure out 55g of coffee, about 8 tablespoons. Grind your preferred beans to a coarse grind, similar to that of breadcrumbs.
  3. Pre-infusion: Discard hot water and add coffee grounds to press. Saturate coffee completely and let sit for 0:30 seconds, allowing for preinfusion.
  4. Add More Water: Fill the press to the top, place the lid to let it sit without plunging, start timer for 4:00.
  5. Press: At 4:00 minutes press plunger all the way down
  6. Serve and enjoy: Avoid over extraction by pouring the brewed coffee into a separate carafe. Enjoy in your favourite mug with your favourite people.

Pre-infusion allows coffee to expand and draw out more flavour for best extraction

The Chemex (Pour Over)

They say the best design is beautiful and function, the Chemex is exactly that. Invented in 1941 by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, it’s unique conical design is housed in the MOMA in their permanent design collection. The Chemex or pour over brewing method creates a clean and consistent bodied coffee, which brings out the delicate notes of each blend.

Servings: 2-3

Brewing Equipment:

  • Chemex/Pour Over
  • Coffee sock or filter
  • Kettle
  • Scale
  • Coffee beans
  • Coffee grinder
  • Timer
  • Chopstick (optional)
  • Your favourite mug

Chemex instructions

  1. Rinse and pre-heat: Place the filter in the brewer with the triple fold against the spout. Rinse the filter with hot water, while preheating the Chemex. Discard rinse water when finished.
  2. Measure and grind: Measure out 42g of coffee, about 6 tablespoons. Grind your preferred beans to a medium grind, similar to sea salt. Place cover in the center of the filter and tare the scale
  3. Pre-infusion: Place coffee grounds into the filter. Start your timer and gently pour the water over the grounds until completely saturated. Let sit for 40 seconds.
  4. Add more water: At 0:40 seconds start gently pouring water in a spiral motion until the volume is about a centimeter from the top of the rim or 450g of water. Continue in this same motion until you reach 700g total.
  5. Brew: Around 4:00 mins you should be close to volume. Let filter drip for a moment then pull out the filter and let drain in the sink or compost.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

Rinsing a paper filter avoids a paper taste in your coffee.

AeroPress

Invented by American engineer Alan Adler, of Aerobie Frisbee fame, the AeroPress has quickly become a favourite brewing method for outdoor enthusiasts and home brewers alike. Simple to use this brewing method creates a delicious full-bodied, sweet cup with minimal equipment.

Brew time: 4:00-5:00

Servings: 1-2

Brewing Equipment:

  • AeroPress
  • Paper or metal filter
  • Kettle
  • Scale
  • Coffee beans
  • Coffee grinder
  • Timer
  • Chopstick or AeroPress paddle
  • Your favourite mug

AeroPress instructions

  1. Measure and grind: Measure out  17g of coffee, about 2.5 tablespoons. Grind your preferred beans to a fine grind, similar to table salt.
  2. Rinse and pre-heat: Place filter in basket and wet the paper filter with hot water. Fill your cup with hot water to keep it warm.
  3. Add Water: Start your timer while slowly adding 202º F water. Pour to the four on the brewing chamber. Gently stir with Aeropress paddle or a chopstick.
  4. Flip and Press: Place the basket with the filter on the top of the brewing chamber and let the flavours infuse further until 1:05. Discard the water in your mug and place the mug upside down on AeroPress and flip both together upright. Press down slowly for 0:30 seconds, stopping when the plunger reaches the bottom and you hear a hissing sound.
  5. Add water to taste: Taste the coffee and further add 202º F water if desired.
  6. Clean and enjoy: Simply take off the basket, and push out the coffee grounds and filter.