One interesting capability of steep-and-release brewers is that you can reverse the normal approach to brewing, adding the water to the brewing device before the coffee. This same approach can work very effectively with other brew techniques, such as the ibrik and jug methods. To help us better understand how much this approach affects variables such as brewing temperature and extraction yield, barista trainers Diana Dolejsi and Gwilym Davies carried out some tests for us.
First, Diana and Gwilym prepared a control brew based on the recipe designed by Jessica Sartiani featured in the previous lesson. They used a honey-processed Ethiopian coffee from the Suke Quto washing station; it had been roasted 8 days previously as a light filter roast.
- Dose: 18 g
- Total brew water: 250 g
- Water temperature: 93°C
At 1:30 minutes, break the crust. After 2 minutes (at 3:30), open the valve on the Clever dripper to begin the drawdown.
Next, Diana and Gwilym poured the water into their Clever dripper before adding the coffee.
- The average drawdown speed of the water-first approach was much faster.