Driftless Brew Recipe on the Bonavita 8-Cup Brewer
For those of you that use a drip maker each morning, we want to help you get the best from your brew. If you’ve got a different brewer, scroll to the bottom of this recipe for additional tips.
We’ve used a regional favorite, Driftless Blend, for this brew on our favorite drip brewer: the Bonavita Connoisseur 8-Cup Brewer.
Ultimately, a cup of Driftless should taste like an ode to the classic cup of coffee. Expect flavors of rich and smooth cacao powder, met with soft and playful fruit tones of plum, and finishing sweetly with a touch of toffee.
Fill carafe with filtered water and pour into the brewer
64g (approx. 8 rounded tablespoons)
Medium (table salt size)
We recommend using taller filters such as the Melitta 8-12 cup basket filters.
Turn on the switch and brew! Brew time is approximately 6 minutes.
Optional: Pre-infuse mode. To set your brewer to pre-infuse (aka allow the coffee to bloom) before each brew, press and hold the power switch for 5 seconds. At that point the power switch light will flash and 2 beeps will be heard indicating that you’ve enabled the pre-infusion mode. Press and release the power switch a second time to begin brewing. You can disable the pre-infusion mode by pressing the power switch until the light blinks (5 sec.) and a single beep is heard. The brewer will remain in this mode until the mode is turned off or the brewer is unplugged.
Have a different brewer on your countertop?
Here's how to get your brew just right.
Ratio is Key
When brewing a pourover, we typically use a coffee to water ratio of 1:16-17, depending on desired strength. We’ll apply this same ratio to drip brewers.
While it may seem straightforward, brewing a good cup of coffee on a traditional drip coffee maker can be difficult, largely because of the variance in coffee/water ratio. Each coffee machine measures a ‘cup’ differently and can range from 4-6oz.
Tip: to determine the size of cup for your brewer, measure 12 oz of water, pour into the reservoir/carafe and you can check the level next to the cup markers to see how large a cup is.
For brewers with 6oz ‘cups’: 10 grams (1 rounded tablespoon) of coffee needed for each cup.
For brewers with 4oz ‘cups’: 7 grams (1 leveled tablespoon) of coffee for each cup.
Example: A 10-Cup brewer (measured at 6oz/cup) would need 100 grams of coffee to brew a full pot.
Peru San Fernando Brew Recipe on a French Press
While Driftless is our go-to medium roast, San Fernando is our standby lighter roast. It features more tuned citrus and nougat flavors and a focus on the liveliness of the coffee over deeper roast depth flavors. To best highlight these flavors, I'd recommend whipping out your handy French Press to create a balanced and sessionable brew.