Barista and coffee brewing
Many Baristas or coffee lovers are too much concerned about numbers. They ask themselves, how many grams of coffee beans should I use? How many minutes should the pour-over process take? They worry about aspects that are less important in creating a delicious cup of coffee. Many people are changing nearly the entire coffee brewing process based on the recommended numbers.
It’s important to follow some basic numbers and ratios, but to always strictly follow a recipe is not advisable. It’s also not necessary to buy expensive tools to control the time or weight.
A wise barista once told me that people keep talking about numbers and recipes when preparing coffee. But preparing delicious depends less on numbers or a detailed recipe. More important are our instincts and senses. Preparing amazing coffee is like living an attentive and fulfilled life. It’s about sensitivity and experience.
Not too long ago, Baristas created excellent coffee without relying heavily on numbers. Let’s not be robots, but let’s follow our instincts!
Instinct “Brewing” at home
For people who are starting some coffee preparation method, it is best to start with some recipes or advice. You have to prepare and create according to your instincts.
I don’t mean only smell, sight, taste, voice, how it feels in your hand to know good coffee. It has done everybody more or less some good. But you have to know when is “the right time”. This is very important with coffee brewing. To know when to start blooming, brewing, pouring water or when is the “right time” to finish. There are skills that are very important and they help you manage your senses. It is not only important to have the talent or strong passion but also to know how to use them correctly. This skill you will get after a while and in the beginning, it is good to follow a recipe.
In his wonderful book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell beautifully states:
“The key to good decision making is not knowledge. It is understanding. We are swimming in the former. We are desperately lacking in the latter.”
With instinct coffee preparation, one of the most important things is to know when the right time to finish brewing is.