Hot Brewing Takes: Holiday Edition

Hot Brewing Takes: Holiday Edition


[MUSIC PLAYING] This is Hot Brewing Takes
With Kyle, Holiday Edition. I know a lot of you
will be returning home. And you will need coffee on
Christmas morning and all the other mornings. That probably means
that you’re going to have to improvise some
techniques to work with kind of [BLEEP] equipment, right? So I want to show you
a few tips to help you get through the holiday season. The first one is how to
deal with a blade grinder. It is a terrible, terrible
coffee-making machine. But if you must use
a blade grinder, there are a few
techniques that can help you get a more even grind. The first thing
you’re going to do, you’ve got to clean
this thing out. Make sure that it’s
unplugged so you don’t chop off your fingers. And then just take a
paper towel, not damp. Thoroughly get into
the nooks and crannies. Get that old hazelnut
mocha java out of there. I see you, Aunt Pam. It’s gross. Plug the thing back in. I’m going to go ahead
and put my coffee in. Put the lid on. And holding the
lid securely, I’m going to grind this and shake
it like a cocktail shaker. And every few moments, I’ll
pause and just check in. I’m evenly passing the
coffee back and forth across the blades. And it’s giving me a
much more uniform grind. I’m going to pass the
coffee through a sieve. And the sieve is going
to separate any boulders. Now I’m going to try to
transfer the coffee back into the grinder. So I put the big,
bouldery pieces back in. And I’m going to do it again. After giving it a
second pass, I choose not to sift another time. You can sift as many
times as you want, but I find that one pass
through the sieve is enough. And what you should have is
mostly Morton’s kosher salt– certainly not
perfect, a little bit uneven, but way better
than what you’ll get if you just leave this thing
on the countertop and do this. That’s my tip for
using a blade grinder. What I would actually
suggest is that you bring pre-ground coffee. This is my preferred
coffee-at-the-parents’-house hack, pre-grind, vacuum seal. These little bricks
will be better than any fresh blade-ground
coffee for at least a week. If you don’t have
a vacuum seal, I would still get it pre-ground. It will still taste better. The blade grinder
is truly a disaster. And the next thing that we have
to conquer is the Mr. Coffee. And the Mr. Coffee is
also an abomination. Biggest, biggest
trick that we’re going to do with the Mr.
Coffee is, we are actually going to preheat the water. The way that we do that is, we
just take our liter of water. And we pour it into the
reservoir, flip open the lid, put it back on the
plate, and just let the water cycle through. And I should mention
that, before you do this, you will also want to
probably clean this thing. I’m going to let this go. It’s going to take an
outrageously long time. Six and a half hours later. What we’re going to do now is
we’re going to turn it off. I’m actually going
to take this water and I’m going to put it
right back in the reservoir. Before I do that, swivel the
spray head over the reservoir, because some water
will gurgle backup. I’m going to put this back. I’m going to take my
cigar-shaped package of coffee, cut it open. I have pre-wet my paper filter. And I’m going to carefully
add my coffee to the basket, so I’m brewing a liter. I’ve got 62 grams here. Give the basket a little shake. I’m going to go ahead and
put the spray head back over, turn the machine on, and wait
for it to start gurgling up. Now, this is not a top-closed
lid-down situation. You’re going to have to be
active in the Mr. Coffee while this is happening. So the first thing
we want to see is enough water just
sort of pool on top that we can actually
pre-infuse with. The bed should be
just about saturated. And then I’m going
to turn it off. And I’m actually going
to take the carafe out, because that stops any
drips from going through. And I’m going to give it a
really nice, rigorous stir without bumping into
the filter too much. I’m going to let it
sit for a few seconds. Now go ahead and
turn this back on. I just keep going with some
nice, gentle, back-and-forth stirring. This thing really
only shoots water into one spot, little
barfs of hot water. It’s not concerned
with coffee extraction, but you are a person
of finer tastes. You demand more. Mr. Coffee sounds
ill, but the coffee that it makes using this
method will be sick. The water is hotter. It’s going to brew a lot faster
than it would if you just had cold water. Now I’m going to actually
pause the brewer for a sec just so the water doesn’t
overflow, just gently push some coffee around. You don’t need to pause for
that long, just about 20 seconds this time. By the way, Mr. Coffee
is not consistent. It’s a little bit
different every time. Mr. Coffee is a little
bit of a prima donna. This coffee that we’re brewing
was ground about a week ago. If you use this technique
and you do it well, what you should see
at the end of the brew is that the bed of
coffee is nice and flat. There is not a bunch of
coffee stuck clinging to the edges of the filter. And we’re coming to
those final gasps. For you coffee nerds, I’m
hitting 21% extractions. 21%, most cafes don’t do that. We’re all done. I’m going to pull
the carafe out. I should mention that you
want to turn the brewer off, because if you leave it on,
this little plate gets hot. And that’s pointless. And I would also not put this
carafe back on the plate, because you don’t
want it to heat. That makes the
coffee taste worse. I’m going to give it a try. This is the Humbuggle Blend,
which is our holiday blend. It’s comprised of a delicious
Columbia and a delicious Kenya. And we’re super proud
of it, because it does taste a little bit spiced,
a little bit ginger bready, just like the holidays– roasted by us. I’m going to give it a shot. (SINGING) Ooh, dream– That just tastes like
a delicious Kenya. That is– it shouldn’t
be that good. It’s so good. It’s so good. You could do this at
your parents’ house. And also don’t forget
to subscribe to the GGET Coffee Club. Gget.com, go there. We’ll send you a bag of
coffee however often you want, whatever kind
of coffee you like, whatever your flavor
profile preference is. Join the club. Hot Brewing Takes With Kyle– happy holidays, and
I’ll see you next time. [BEEP] This is how people
are making coffee. [BEEP] It makes me sad. [BEEP] You suck. [BEEP] I could never be mad
at you, Mr. Coffee.

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