Brewing the Bean
So, you loved the coffee served to you at Barley Bean during your last visit with us. You’re keeping it #TexasLocal and just purchased a bag of our very own coffee beans to take home, in an attempt to recreate that perfect sip of java our baristas served you. Now what? Don’t fret, we’re here to help guide you through some different home-brew options to consider for your next cup.
A drip coffee machine is most likely what’s on your kitchen counter -- they’re the most common. Make sure to grind your coffee to a medium grind to prevent over or under-extraction. If you’re wondering why your drip coffee machine never tastes quite like the coffee in Barley Bean, your answer is probably in the water. Coffee is 99% water, so make sure it’s filtered for the best tasting product!
You’ve seen these contraptions in your local Barley Bean, and the results are available on our menu. A Pour Over is generally in the form of two stacked cups, one contains the filter and grounds, another catches the coffee. Pour Overs are good for people who want ultimate control over their cup ‘o joe. You’re able to control the speed of your pour; the slower the pour, the more time the water has to strain through the paper filter. This allows for more exposed flavor profiles to surface from our beans to your taste buds. Use a grind between fine and medium for this method.
A French Press is a wonderful, inexpensive, and less frills option for brewing your morning coffee at home -- and in the comfort of your pajamas. They’re available almost anywhere basic cooking utensils are sold. This device is shaped like a cylinder with an integral pump and metal filter. Fill your press with a coarse grind, and hot (filtered!) water. After steeping for 3-4 minutes, press down the filter and bask in your caffeinated reward.
When you can’t escape the Austin heat, you might as well embrace it, and enjoy Barley Bean’s roast on ice. With a cold brew, you’ll put your coarse coffee grounds in a large jar or pitcher, fill with water, and let them sit for between 12-24 hours. Strain your grinds, pour over ice and enjoy. Be mindful that cold brew is not iced coffee, which is brewed hot, then poured over ice. It’s got a higher caffeine content! Your day, when it begins with a cold brew, will be twice as efficient -- we promise.
And there you have it -- you’re all set up to enjoy our coffee back at your crib! And for the days when you’re not feeling the home-brew, our baristas will be ready and waiting to whip up your favorite coffee at the nearest Barley Bean!