Spring football has started up for me again, and it’s been really cold out. Some other coaches and team moms asked me if I would bring some coffee for them to stay warm with. Our practices run from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, and drinking coffee that late is no bueno for me. I’ll be up all night. But I am the supposed coffee expert in my circle of coaches and football friends, so I feel a little bit of pressure to deliver. It also gives me great joy to serve the parents that entrust their kiddos to me. Plus, I have more opportunity to practice my coffee creation craft. See, I don’t have a batch brewer or traditional coffee pot. I only have this weird specialty coffee equipment (and a Keurig machine that I keep for my mom- honest).
I only make one airpot of coffee for practice each night to go with two airpots of hot cocoa on really cold nights. They each hold 2.2l (or 2200ml… or about 74 ounces) of liquid. For me, that means I’ll prepare one Chemex, one French Press, and two cups in the Hario V60.
I start with the French Press, grinding 40 grams of coffee on a coarse setting in my Bodum Bistro. I’ll stir and bloom with 80 grams of water, and then fill it up to 800 grams of water. I set a timer on my phone so I can use my scale and it’s timer for my next two methods. Three minutes later, I’ll plunge the press and pour the coffee into the airpot.
Next up is the 6-cup Chemex, 50 grams of medium-coarse coffee, and 100 grams of water with a 30 second bloom. Then I’ll make three pours of 200 grams each, to end up at 700 grams total. I’ll add those 700 to the previous 800 and get to 1500 grams of coffee inside the airpot.
Lastly is the Hario V60. Recently, I’ve changed my methods for this after getting coached up on doubling coffee recipes by none other than Chris Baca of Cat and Cloud Coffee. I’ve coarsened up my grind so that now it’s the same as I use with the Chemex method. the recipe is very similar as well. I’ll use 35 grams of coffee with a 70 gram bloom for 30 seconds. Then I’ll rock three 200 gram pours to get to 670 grams and add the remaining 30 grams to get to 700. I pour that coffee from the Hario vessel into the airpot and I’m sitting pretty at 2.2 liters of coffee for my football families.
Now, in full transparency, I started using Third Wave Water for my football coffee, but the wife quickly put the brakes to that nonsense. See, we set the coffee on a table and let people have at it. That means there’s no coffee education going on. So, people get to put flavored creamers and other sacrilegious add-ins into their coffee and make it just the way they like it. I’m also using a blend I bought from Firehouse Coffee. I don’t like it much. But the families enjoy it. It’s certainly not Orange Cactus Coffee. But it is still coffee, and for that they are truly thankful.