Brew it like Butler (The $50 Home Brewer Setup)

For anyone following the NBA season from the Disney bubble, an interesting piece of news came out about Jimmy Butler’s new business. For $20 a pop, he’s selling coffee made with his French Press from his hotel room. Now as far as cups of coffee go, $20 seems like an obscene amount of money to charge for a cup of coffee, though I wouldn’t know if Jimmy Butler decided to bring a large amount of coffee from a specialty coffee roaster or if he has bags of ground coffee from the supermarket. In the off chance that you end up in a bubble and want to sell coffee made with a French Press too, here’s a couple of things you’ll probably need.

French Press (12oz, $12.29)

12oz French Press

One of the easiest ways to make yourself a nice cup of coffee, the French Press is one of those things you might have in your kitchen without you even knowing it. You can get yourself a decent 12 oz French Press for as low as $12.29, and that would be good for 1-2 cups.

Weighing Scale ($15.99)

Simple Coffee Weighing Scale

Using the right ratio can mean the difference between a good cup of coffee and an even better one. This popular coffee scale design has been replicated across various different manufacturers, and this particular one can be had for about $16.

Manual Coffee Grinder ($17.99)

Manual Coffee Grinder

A manual coffee grinder is a good way to get some practice in figuring out the right grind size for your coffee. Although some roasters offer the option to grind your coffee when you buy it, nothing beats getting to grind your coffee and retain that freshness till the time you need to brew. The ceramic burrs are a good start to getting into grinding your coffee before elevating the experience later on.

Once you have all three as well as your bag of coffee, you can follow this basic french press brewing recipe and start Brewing like Butler:

1. Weigh out 15g of coffee and put it through the coffee grinder. Set your coffee grinder to medium-course since you’ll be leaving the coffee to brew for a few minutes.

2. Put the freshly ground coffee at the bottom of the french press. Make sure you’ve removed the plunger first before doing so.

3. Pour in 30ml of water 2 minutes off the boil to allow the coffee to bloom. You can spin swirl the french press lightly to make sure the water gets in to contact with the coffee grounds.

4. After 45 seconds, pour in 195ml of the hot water and wait 4 minutes.

5. After the 4 minutes are up, gently stir the coffee with a teaspoon, and leave it for another 3-5 minutes.

6. When the time is up, place the plunger just at the top of the coffee. Be sure to not rush to plunge it in as doing so will agitate the coffee grounds and bits that have already sunk and settled at the bottom. You also do not need to plunge it all the way in, just in enough that it should help to cover the coffee.

7. Enjoy your coffee!


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