For The Love of Beans, Perfect Your Pour

Featuring best-in-class retailers such as Tin Pot Creamery and Blue Bottle Coffee, Bay Meadows’ Town Square is shaping up to be the ideal gathering place with more ground floor retail, outdoor dining and pop-ups to come. These retailers are anticipated to open in 2017, but why wait?  Blue Bottle Coffee’s brewing guide walks us through how to make the perfect pour-over coffee in 2 ½-3 minutes. Begin perfecting your perfect pour-over now, and soon you’ll be shopping for fresh beans and sipping alongside your neighbors. The pour-over method is nothing flashy—just good, solid technique that produces the best cup of coffee. With just you and a few simple tools you’ll be enjoying a delicate and complex cup of Blue Bottle that is worth the extra time and effort.

What You’ll Need: Pour over dripper, #2 filter, kettle, grinder, digital scale, and a timer.

Step 1: Bring at least 600 grams (20 oz) of water to a boil.

Step 2: Grind 30 grams of coffee (3 tbsp) to a coarseness resembling sea salt. To enjoy the nuanced flavor of a single origin coffee that is lightly roasted, we recommend less coffee: 23 grams for every 350 grams water

Step 3: Place a filter in the dripper.

Step 4: Pour half of the hot water over the empty filter to remove any “papery” taste and warm your dripper. Discard rinse water.

Step 5: Add the ground coffee to the filter and gently tap it to level the surface of the grounds. Place the brewer on a carafe or cup, place this entire set-up onto a digital scale, and set it to zero.

Step 6: There will be four pours total for this coffee preparation. This is the first, and the most magical, because it is when you will see the coffee “bloom.” As hot water first hits the grounds, Co2 is released creating a blossoming effect—the grounds will rise up en masse.

Start a timer. Begin pouring water slowly over the coffee, starting at the outer rim and moving in a steady spiral toward the center of the grounds. Stop pouring when the scale reaches 60 grams. Make sure all the grounds are saturated, even if you need to add a little water. The pour should take about 15 seconds. Give the coffee an additional 30 seconds to drip before moving on to the second pour.

Step 7: Starting in the center of the grounds, pour in a steady spiral toward the outer edge and then back toward the center. Add roughly 90 grams, bringing the total to 150 grams. The goal during this pour is to sink all of the grounds on the surface of the bed. This creates a gentle turbulence that “stirs” the coffee, allowing water to more evenly extract the grounds. Allow 45–65 seconds to elapse.

Step 8: As the mixture of water and coffee from the second pour drops to the bottom of the filter, coming close to the level of the grounds, pour an additional 100 grams of water using the same pattern as the second pour. This brings the total up to 250 grams and should take 15–20 seconds.

Step 9: When the water and coffee from the third pour drops to the bottom of the filter, complete your fourth and final pour. Add 100 grams, bringing the total up to 350 grams of water. This pour should take 20 seconds.

We asked T.J. Foster, Meadow Walk – Shea Homes Community Representative his favorite Blue Bottle paring and he replied, “Blue Bottle Latte and a Blue Bottle Waffle, are you kidding!!?? AWESOME!

We agree! So we dug up a recipe for you… Whip up a delicious, sweet side of Bottle’s famous Liege Waffles paired with Blue Bottle coffee or a latte in the comfort of your home at Bay Meadows! Liège Waffles (adapted slightly from The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee) Liège Waffles (adapted slightly from The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee)

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Keep your eyes open, Blue Bottle Coffee is coming to Bay Meadows, set to open in early 2017 near the Town Square.

Soon home to a stunning new sculpture from internationally-renowned artist Jeppe Hein, the Town Square will be the dynamic core of our urban village. With Caltrain electrification to start in 2017, the platform will be elevated and grade separations will be installed on 31st and 28th Avenues, making the Town Square the perfect place to relax outside for a glass of wine or an ice cream after a day of shopping and entertainment at Hillsdale Center. Join the Bay Meadows email list to stay on top of the latest.