Brew Guide: Woodneck Coffee
Woodneck brewing originated in Japan in the early 1900s. It’s unique flavor comes from the use of a cloth filter and the slow brewing process. We recommend the Woodneck to those who are truly dedicated to the craft of home-brew – it requires patience and precision to get the bold, sweet cup it’s known for.
This brew is intermediate, and takes about 12 minutes.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Cloth Filter
- Gooseneck Kettle
- 3 tbsp coffee and 8 oz water
- 5 tbsp coffee and 13 oz water
- 24 grams coffee and 236 grams water
- 40 grams coffee and 385 grams water
You’ll want to grind your coffee on a medium grind – a #6 for those who have their coffee ground on an industrial machine.
If you have a new Woodneck cloth filter, make sure you remove the cloth filter from its frame and soak it in boiling water for 5 minutes before beginning to brew.
Heat your water until it’s boiling and then remove it from the heat source. Woodneck brews best with an unusually low temperature of water – around 175 – 185 degrees. Let your water cool for about 1 minute before you begin the brewing process.
Place the filter onto the the wire frame, set it over the carafe and pour boiling water through the filter. The main purpose of this step is to warm your vessel prior to brewing to keep your coffee hotter for longer.
Once you’ve dumped the water out of your woodneck, place the grounds into your filter. Give it a gentle nudge, so the grounds settle flat.
POUR TO BLOOM
Begin pouring water in a very slow, circular pattern, starting at the edges and working your way towards the middle. When the water has barely covered the grounds, stop and let it bloom for 45 seconds.
To continue the brew, pour half of the remaining water in the same slow circular fashion as before, and then wait for it to fully filter through. Finally, pour the last round of water very slowly until the filter is full and wait for your brew to finish.
Once it has all filtered through, you can set the filter aside. To properly care for your cloth filter, give it a thorough rinse and store it in a small dish of water in your fridge.
Now enjoy your strong, bold cup of Camano Island Coffee.