What is your favorite Brew Method and why?
My favorite brewing method is what we use in our café, Using the Tetsu Kasuya V60 paired with a Lily Drip with the ratio of 1/13, 20grams of coffee and 260ml of water. The Tetsu Kasuya V60 has a spiral rib structure that affects the water flow the most. The spiral rib design slows down the water flow that allows the water contacting the coffee longer. Adding the Lily Drip to the Tetsu Kasuya V60 made a world of a difference. The Lilydrip is made of ceramic, so when it is preheated, it also adds a mass of heat to the center of the brew bed, helping maintain a consistent temperature when brewing.
The tandem of both Tetsu Kasuya V60 and Lily Drip allows us to increase the surface area from a more even coffee bed and thereby create a better contact between the coffee and water while extracting evenly. The Lily Drip allows you to extract coffees at finer grind size but when paired with a Tetsu Kasuya V60, the best results are with medium-coarse grind size. This method is consistently giving our coffees a better body, a more pronounced sweetness, more enhanced flavors of the original character and more clarity in the cup. Even if brewing at a lower temperature, the strength of the coffee is still consistently good.
What do you recommend a Home Brewer should think about if they want to make competition quality coffee at Home?
The three things that I would highly recommend so that a homebrewer can achieve competition quality coffee at home is to use high quality roasted coffee while pairing it with a good grinder and using good water to brew.
What's the best coffee you ever tried?
The best coffee that I’ve tried is the Gesha Lot 179, from Colombia La Palma El Tucan’s Heroes Series.