Brew Tips

At amamus we want each cup of coffee to bring you joy.  A great coffee is the result of the sum of the parts as follows:

✅  A freshly roasted and ground Specialty grade coffee

✅  Good quality equipment that will allow you to control your brew

✅  Sufficient knowledge to use the correct weight of coffee and water and understand extraction time


Coffee: We’re going to assume that you’re buying coffee from So This is Coffee, so you can be confident your coffee is always Specialty grade and shipped to you freshly roasted – the date is stamped on the bag.  All our coffee is roasted to a specific profile to enhance the natural characteristics.  If you aren’t keen on it, it’s not that it’s a bad coffee or it’s been badly roasted, it’s probably just not your perfect region or blend.  Someone else will probably love it!  Just like wine, this is the joy of coffee – we all have different tastes.

Equipment: We have a small range of best-in-class equipment available that we intend to increase as we understand what proves most popular.  The most important bits of kit you can own are are Brita Filter Jug and a grinder as you will use these for any method of making coffee.

Knowledge:  This page is specifically focused on helping you get the very best taste from your Specialty coffee using three of the more common methods of preparing coffee in the home including Hario V60, Cafetiere / French Press, Mocha / Stove-Top Pot

💥 A really useful resource for home brewing is a free app called Brewtime, which is available on both iOS and Android.  Always get your volume of water to weight of coffee perfect 👌

🤦‍♂️ When people first move to a medium-roasted Specialty coffee from supermarket-bought coffee, I often hear that they think it’s ‘a bit weak’.  It’s highly unlikely that the coffee is weak.  The problem is that drinkers tend to reduce the weight of coffee they use where it is supplied dark roasted or a bit bitter.  So when you move to a Specialty coffee and use too low dose, it will indeed taste weak.  There is a ‘magic number’ that is largely consistent across all methods of making coffee except espresso or mocha pot…


So if you’re planning to prepare a single mug of coffee using a V60 you’ll probably use 250ml of water so you would need 15g of coffee.

Don’t fall short on the dose otherwise you won’t get the full benefit!  A set of digital scales is a much better way of getting the precise dose rather than using scoops or spoons, as each coffee will have a different density.