If ever there were a coffee legend whose story inspired the Coava family it would have to be Melitta Bentz.
In 1908, she invented her own coffee filter out of her son’s school paper paired with a brass pot that she poked holes in with a nail. That humble beginning of dissatisfaction with the way coffee was typically made and a willingness to do something about it led her on a journey of changing not just the way we brew, but the way we work. As demand for Bentz’ paper filters grew she refused to let it go to her head. She pioneered the five day work week, expanded benefits, and created a social fund for her employees called “Melitta Aid.” Over one hundred years later her legacy of do-it-yourself and treat-folks right still stands as her grandchildren still own and operate the Melitta Group.
To highlight the Melitta, we chose the El Ishco Peaberry from the Pacas Family in El Salvador. The decision was easy for us as the Pacas family carry the same resolve to do a good job as Melitta Bentz so heartily believed in. Their coffee put forward delicious flavors of marion berry & hibiscus with a smooth earthy body.
#4 Melitta Filter
#2 Porcelain Pour-Over Filter Cone
Dose: 21.5 grams
Grind: #5.5 (for finding your grind visit our post here)
Total Water: 275 grams
Yield: 225 grams or about 8 oz
One #coava250 gram bag yields 11 Cups through the Melitta
Step 1. Pre heat everything by placing your filter in the Melitta and thoroughly rinsing it with hot water. Let the hot water drain through into your mug.
Step 2. Dispose of the rinse water and then add 21.5 grams of freshly ground coffee to the bottom of the newly warmed filter.
Step 3. Gently and evenly pour 40 grams of 200 degree water into the coffee bed over 10 seconds.
Step 4. Allow coffee to “bloom.” This will look like a domed coffee crust.
Step 5. As soon as the bloom begins to flatten begin your second pour. Starting in the center, pour gentle, but quick, circles to saturate all of the coffee and bring the water level up to the edge of the porcelain brewer.
Step 6. Hold the water level at the edge of the porcelain brewer until you've reached 8 ounces of brewed coffee.
Step 7. Remove the porcelain brewer and dispose of your filter.
Take a load off and enjoy one of the oldest ways of brewing quality coffee.
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