Ten Rules for Coffee Brewers

  1. Find a recipe you trust, and then try trusting it for a while. Put into your coffee what you hope to get out of it.
  2. Buy the coffee you like to drink - it should smell, taste and feel good to you.
  3. Your water quality is equally, if not more important than your coffee quality.
  4. Grind intentionally, it makes a difference. If you don’t have the tools, ask someone for help.
  5. Trust your senses, there is no right answer.
  6. Practice brewing your coffee. Build a routine, and be mindful of what you like, finding the agency to make adjustments. Reminder: this is a ritual.
  7. Enjoy your coffee whenever you can manage it.
  8. Learn to consume without waste or surplus. It’s better to run out than have too much, but if you have extra, find an opportunity to share.
  9. Understand your coffee as a part of the world. Who, how, why? Even vacuum sealed coffee doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
  10. We’re breaking all the rules, even our own rules and why should we do that? To leave room for whatever it is we’re looking for.

Helpful hints:

Always prewet your coffee filter.
Consider everything an experiment. Take notes!
Try as many coffees from as many places as you can.
Coffee and water are two ingredients, but you can add more.

There may be new rules next week.

Inspo and credit due to Sister Corita Kent and her students at the Immaculate Heart College Art Department in 1967.