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Coffee Brewing Guides

Preparing and enjoying a great cup of specialty coffee is a pleasure. While we do not believe in hard rules to tell you how to make your coffee, a few coffee brewing tips can help you take your coffee to the next level - or at least offer you a good starting point for you to add your personal touch.

Some coffees are also elevated if brewed in certain ways due to their characteristics such as origin, variety, roast level, or a combination of factors. Check below our suggested coffee brewing guides and our top coffee picks for each method.

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THE BASICS

BETTER COFFEE 101

Fresh roasted coffee

Specialty coffee that is roasted days before you open the bag is the best way to enjoy coffee at its peak

Mindfully ground

Grind your coffee with a burr grinder right before brewing, if possible or buy coffee ground for your preferred brewing method

Hot water

But how hot? We recommend water heated to between 90.5 and 96.1C (195 and 205F)

Espresso guide

Espresso is a delicious coffee that can be brewed at home. It's also one of the most complicated to brew, so it's helpful to have an expert guide you through the process. 

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Best espresso coffees

Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee

Pour over guide

Pour-over coffee is a delicate process that has a rich, complex flavour. Brewing pour-over coffee at home can feel challenging at first, but with this guide, you'll have the knowledge and know-how to make pour-over coffee like a pro!

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Best pour over coffees

Bombe Sidama single origin Ethiopia coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Bombe Sidama single origin Ethiopia coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Bombe Sidama single origin Ethiopia coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Bombe Sidama single origin Ethiopia coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Bombe Sidama single origin Ethiopia coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Bombe Sidama single origin Ethiopia coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Quebrada single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Quebrada single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Quebrada single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Quebrada single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Quebrada single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Quebrada single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee

French press guide

French press coffee is a delicious and cost-effective way to brew your morning cup of joe. It's a simple process, but there are a few things you need to know to take it to the next level. Following this recipe will take you to a great starting point if you're new to french press coffee and allow you to adjust the coffee to your personal taste.

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Best French Press coffees

Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Rotunda single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Rotunda single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Rotunda single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Rotunda single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Rotunda single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
La Rotunda single origin Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee

Chemex guide

The Chemex remains a staple in every coffee enthusiast's arsenal. Its design has endured, unchanged (wood handle, leather cord, tapered glass and all), since its invention in 1941.  Coffee from a Chemex is very similar to that from a drip, but there’s more room for error.

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Best Chemex coffees

Blue Mountain + Eldorado Jamaican Brazilian coffee blend - Portfolio Coffee
Blue Mountain + Eldorado Jamaican Brazilian coffee blend - Portfolio Coffee
Blue Mountain + Eldorado Jamaican Brazilian coffee blend - Portfolio Coffee
Blue Mountain + Eldorado Jamaican Brazilian coffee blend - Portfolio Coffee
Blue Mountain + Eldorado Jamaican Brazilian coffee blend - Portfolio Coffee
Blue Mountain + Eldorado Jamaican Brazilian coffee blend - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Santa Monica single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Santa Monica single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Santa Monica single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Santa Monica single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Santa Monica single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Santa Monica single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee

Moka pot guide

Moka pots (sometimes referred to as a stovetop espresso maker) vary in shape and size by brand and manufacturer. It is a classic brewing method with strong Italian roots that produces a delicious, espresso-style cup.

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Best moka pot coffees

Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Inga Aponte single origin Colombian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Sucuri single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Sucuri single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Sucuri single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Sucuri single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Sucuri single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Sucuri single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee

Coffee maker guide

Automated drip styles will grind beans, heat water and brew coffee with the touch of a single button, and programmable features ensure your drink is ready for you up to 24 hours in advance. Want to take it to the next level? check our brewing guide.

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Best automatic drip machine coffees

Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Equilibrio blend Brazilian Nicaraguan coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee

Aeropress guide

AeroPress is a simple, easy-to-use coffee maker that consistently brews better tasting coffee and espresso drinks. It’s an espresso maker, a drip coffee maker and a French press, all rolled into one!

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Best Aeropress coffees

Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Joia Rara fermented Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Cachoeira single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
Fazenda Eldorado single origin Brazilian coffee - Portfolio Coffee
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