We are the Herbst & Muller herd (Unfortunately not the heirs to the H&M fortunes). We aren’t your average coffee snobs. We are crazy about the insane flavours of coffee, and the odd 5 minutes in fancy coffee shops, who isn’t? We are better acquainted with that magical feeling that the first sip of insanely good coffee gives you; that sip before you rush off to a day next to the sports field, in between never ending homework sessions, or at sunrise road tripping with the fam.

 
Insanely Good Coffee

Life with Coffee – Take the Plunge(r)!

Life with Coffee – Take the Plunge(r)!

Dear Riekie
Take the Plunge(r)!.

You might have noticed that we here at www.cazygoatcoffee.co.za tend to travel somewhat often. On a recent trip, we packed all of our coffee paraphernalia, but on the way back, we managed to leave the whole case behind. And its not a small case. After about an hour of: “You said you packed it. No I said YOU pack it,” and so forth, we were even more in the mood for coffee. Going through the house, I managed to find an old hand grinder and an even older Plunger.

I mean, this thing is so old, the glass looks murky. (My husband says its from the dishwasher, but I’m convinced it predates even electricity). Anyway, everything cleaned good and proper, and the grind set to medium-coarse, off we went… Have recently brewed mostly with the Aeropress, the Siphon and the pour-over, what a pleasant surprise!

``Apart from the obvious (it being made largely of glass) the Plunger travels well, too.``

The Plunger creates a coffee with body, suspending particles in the brew for a fuller, composed, Java. Even though we knew it, we were once again pleasantly surprised just how great ‘The Lady Anastasia’, our own blend, works with the Plunger.

It seems to accentuate the boldness of this blend, and soften the brightness a bit, creating a completely different brew compared to other methods. The Plunger is also great when brewing coffee for anywhere up to eight people, dependent the size of your vessel and your cups, but just as easily brews a cup of one. Comparative to other methods, the Plunger is very straight-forward, and as long as you keep to a couple of simple steps, you just cannot go wrong. So, select a medium to full bodied coffee, freshly roasted, and in whole beans, and you are set to go:

  1. Heat the Water

    Boil your water, and let stand for about 30 seconds to cool down to the perfect temperature: 96 degrees Celsius
2. Grind the beans.
Use between 15 and 20 grams of coffee per cup. Personally, I find 20 grams to be the perfect number. Only grind what you need, so that your coffee is as fresh as possible. The grind you are looking for is ‘medium coarse’: about as coarse as kosher salt.
3. Pre-Heat the Press
Rinse the Plunger with some of the hot water. This serves to preheat your vessel. Also see that the wire plunger is clean and free of old coffee.
  2. Grind the beans.
    Use between 15 and 20 grams of coffee per cup. Personally, I find 20 grams to be the perfect number. Only grind what you need, so that your coffee is as fresh as possible. The grind you are looking for is ‘medium coarse’: about as coarse as kosher salt.
  3. Grind the beans.
    Use between 15 and 20 grams of coffee per cup. Personally, I find 20 grams to be the perfect number. Only grind what you need, so that your coffee is as fresh as possible. The grind you are looking for is ‘medium coarse’: about as coarse as kosher salt.
  1. Pre-Heat the Press
    Rinse the Plunger with some of the hot water. This serves to preheat your vessel. Also see that the wire plunger is clean and free of old coffee.
  2. Press and Serve
    Using only the weight of your hand, depress the Plunger fully. You are now ready to serve.
  3. Enjoy!

Make sure to either serve  the coffee immediately, or decant into an insulated vessel. We like the Stanley flasks, they keep the heat of the coffee perfectly for hours. Whatever you do, do not leave the coffee in the Plunger – it will over brew, leading to bad taste and sludge. Uurggh.
Brewing great coffee with the Plunger is as simple as that.

Now go dust off the Plunger in your cupboard, follow the above steps, and be reminded just how good this brewing method works.
If you don’t have a Plunger, drop us a line and we will gladly assist. And yes, there is a massive difference between a good Plunger and a Supermarket Plunger.
Happy Brewing,
Riekie

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