On September 2nd, Sweet Gypsy Coffee will close its door for the last time.
We can’t thank all of you enough for an amazing 5 years.
This community has been so loving and supportive to the whole SGC team, we’ll remember every one of you!

This is the end of a chapter, but not the story.
We’ll keep you updated as the day gets closer.

From David, Lisa and the whole Sweet Gypsy Coffee team,
sincerely and from the bottoms of our hearts, thank you.

Sweet Gypsy Coffee Brewing

Sweet Gypsy Coffee sells fresh-roasted coffee beans so customers can make the same exquisite coffee at home. Brewing great-tasting coffee at home is easy using beans roasted within 3 days of purchase. After coffee beans are roasted, it takes 2-3 days for them to fully develop their flavor, so buying 2-3 day old beans ensures the longest shelf-life at optimum freshness.

Customers are advised to grind the beans just prior to brewing. This is because when coffee beans are ground, the aroma is actually flavor escaping into the air. In fact, 45% of the flavor present in the beans dissipates within 15 minutes of grinding.  Any brewing method, whether it is French press, clever cup, stovetop expresso maker, pour over, vacuum pot, or drip coffee maker, will produce a perfect cup of coffee when using Sweet Gypsy Coffee’s fresh beans.

Learn the best methods to brew Sweet Gypsy Coffee’s fresh-roasted beans to create and enjoy an exquisite cup of coffee.

Brewing Sweet Gypsy Coffee Using a Vacuum Pot

Many claim that the vacuum pot is the ultimate method of brewing coffee. Be forewarned that this is not the fastest method, but as the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait.

Follow these steps to brew using a vacuum pot:

  1. Fill water into the bottom chamber.
  2. Attach the cloth filter with spring to the upper chamber’s siphon tube.
  3. Fit the upper chamber into the lower pot. It`s held in place by a rubber gasket.
  4. Put a medium to fine grind of freshly roasted beans into the upper chamber.
  5. Place on a heat source. If using an electric stove, a light trivet (supplied with the initial purchase) is needed to separate the pot from the electric element to keep the lower pot from eventually cracking.
  6. Watch the water slowly siphon to the top chamber.
  7. Gently stir the brew as it begins to boil.
  8. Remove the vacuum pot from the heat source after it comes to a boil.

What We Learned

As the pot cools, the vacuum created in the lower chamber pulls the water through the filer and back down into the lower chamber. This action forces the water through the ground beans, extracting extra beneficial flavors that do not make it into your cup with an automatic drip coffee maker.

The whole process takes 15 to 20 minutes to create this superior cup of coffee. We are so hooked on the quality of this method that we even take the “vac pot” on vacation!

The upper chamber is delicate but it recently began to be manufactured with heavier glass, which can take some mild abuse. However, expect to occasionally replace the upper chamber and possibly the lower chamber if you’re not careful.

Clean-up is not as simple as discarding the coffee filter in an automatic drip machine.

Why all the caveats about this method? This method is not for those who want a speedy cup of coffee. However, for true coffee lovers on a quest for the perfect cup, this is the ultimate method to brew your daily pot and well worth the trouble, creating from 24 to 36 ounces of pure delight.

The vacuum pot is also endlessly fascinating to watch and it never fails to draw onlookers when we take it on the road with our festival coffee booth.

Sweet Gypsy Coffee’s roaster David watched his dad use a vacuum pot as a kid back in the 1950’s, so it is nostalgic for him. After WW II, quite a few manufacturers made a robust stainless steel version, which can still be found online for a reasonable price. Don’t listen to any reviews that claim that a vacuum pot is not practical for every-day use. A vacuum pot belongs in every coffee connoisseur’s kitchen.

Brewing Sweet Gypsy Coffee Using the AeroPress 

If you are not making a full pot of coffee, you really can’t beat the fine taste of a single cup brewed in an AeroPress. Similar to how a vacuum pot works, the AeroPress method subjects the coffee grounds to pressure, forcing the water through the grounds and extracting more flavor chemicals than when using an automatic drip coffee maker.

Follow these steps to brew using an AeroPress: 
1. Place the plunger into the bottom part of the unit and turn it upside down. Dampen the plunger first for ease of assembly. 
2. Put two tablespoons of medium/fine grounds onto the tube. 
3. Place a filter into the perforated cap and dampen it. 
4. Boil water in a tea kettle and pour the boiling water into the tube to the top. 
5. Gently stir the grounds and water. 
6. Let steep for three to four minutes. 
7. After four minutes, place the filtered perforated lid on the unit and flip right side up over an empty cup. 
8. Gently press down the plunger, extracting the coffee into your cup. Top off the cup with steaming water. 

What We Learned 
 Step 6 is important. Three to four minutes maximizes flavor and caffeine extraction and is the reason our suggested method uses the AeroPress upside down. If you merely place the filter and cap on the unit and place it over a cup, fill with grounds, and then pour in hot water, the water will immediately begin to drip out of the bottom into your cup. You will not get the best tasting coffee that way. 

Make sure the lid is screwed on correctly. Occasionally we have flipped over the AeroPress with a loose lid, making a fine mess of coffee and grounds all over the counter. 
Clean-up is simple. Simply remove the cap and push the plunger, popping the filter and grounds out of the unit. A quick rinse under running water completes the cleaning. 

The AeroPress offers a perfect way to brew a single cup at a time but won’t work well when several people want a cup at the same time.

The manufacturer suggests that you can simply drink the concentrated extraction without added water for an espresso cup, but this is not a true espresso. The AeroPress uses a fraction of the pressure used in a true espresso shot and does not yield all of the flavors possible in a true espresso. However, it makes a top-of-the-line cup of brewed coffee, nearly rivaling the vacuum pot.

Brewing Sweet Gypsy Coffee Using the Clever Cup

What a great invention! The Clever Cup is a definite improvement over both the pour-over cup, such as a Melita, and the French press. This nifty coffee maker is simplicity itself.

Follow these steps to brew using a Clever Cup:

  1. Place a paper filter in the unit.
  2. Add two full tablespoons of freshly-ground coffee, fine to medium grind.
  3. Pour about 10 ounces of boiling water over the grounds and gently stir.
  4. Place the cover over the unit and set a timer for 4 minutes.
  5. After four minutes, place the unit over your cup. This action opens the valve at the bottom of the funnel and allows the brewed coffee to flow into your cup. Voila!
  6. Top off with a few more ounces of boiling water.

What We Learned

The Clever Cup combines the simplicity of a pour-over with simple clean up and the enhanced flavor of a 4-minute steeping that a French press allows. The superiority over the French press is achieved via the paper filter, which removes some of the bitter finings that pass through the metal filter of the French press.

Experiment with different amounts of coffee grounds, the fineness of the grind, and the brew time. You can custom-brew a cup so suit your taste.

The Clever Cup method is somewhat inferior to the methods using a vacuum pot, the AeroPress, or an Italian stove-top espresso maker because it has no added pressure to extract extra flavors. However, coffee brewed using a Clever Cup is far superior to coffee brewed using a simple pour over, since nearly all experts agree that 3 to 4 minutes of brewing creates an ideal cup of coffee.

Clean-up is fast with a Clever Cup, faster than using a French press or the AeroPress. Simply discard the paper filter with the spent grounds.

The flavor of coffee brewed using a Clever Cup is a huge improvement over that brewed using an automatic drip coffee maker, with very little added time or trouble, and just as easy of a clean-up.

Brewing Sweet Gypsy Coffee Using the French Press

The French press was the first love that wooed so many of us away from automatic drip coffee makers and it still has its loyal followers. It’s simple to use, fast, and vastly superior to an automatic machine.

Follow these steps to brew using a French press:

  1. Freshly grind approximately two tablespoons of beans per cup using a coarse grind and place in the carafe.
  2. Pour boiling water over the ground coffee and gently stir.
  3. Steep for 4 to 5 minutes.

Press the plunger to the bottom and pour.

What We Learned

The 4 minutes of brewing extracts far move flavor than is possible with a simple pouring through of the water with an automatic machine.

Varying the amount of grounds and steeping time allows users to customize the flavor to their liking. Note that too long of a brewing time will result in bitter flavors in your cup.

You must use a coarser grind or risk clogging the filter and preventing the plunger from pressing to the bottom of the carafe.

The French press comes in different sizes from a single-cup model on up to four-cup versions, making it flexible to suit your needs.

You can carry the French press to the dining table, which adds to its appeal at serving time. One small disadvantage is that the pot cools quickly, so keep a quality insulated carafe handy if you are making a pot. Keeping a brewed pot on a heating element to keep it warm is an abomination to true coffee lovers. The flavor rapidly deteriorates beyond drinkability, while a quality insulated carafe will keep coffee at peak level for a few hours.

Because the metal filter does not block as much of the grounds as a paper filter, some unwanted finings will pass through along with the beneficial ones, which can impart some bitter overtones to the finished cup. Some people love French press coffee exclusively, though there are better alternatives if flavor is your primary criterion.

Brewing Sweet Gypsy Coffee Using the Italian Stove-Top Espresso Maker

David, the roaster at Sweet Gypsy Coffee, was skeptical of this little coffee maker at first. He could not quite understand how an espresso machine could function on a stove top. He decided to investigate found out that this little coffee maker brews a beautiful cup of coffee, every bit as good as the vacuum pot.

Follow these steps to brew using an Italian Stove-Top Espresso Maker:

  1. Fill the lower chamber with water to the internal mark.
  2. Place the basket inside the unit and fill it with freshly ground coffee.
  3. Tighten the upper chamber and place the pot over heat.
  1. After a few minutes, the unit will begin to hiss, just like a pressure cooker.
  2. Remove from the heat source and pour the concentrated brew into a cup.
  3. Top off your cup with boiling water or milk for as perfect a coffee as you can brew.

What We Learned

Similar to the vacuum pot, this little coffee maker uses pressure to help extract extra flavors into your cup, mimicking an espresso machine. Though the pressure achieved is only 1.5 bars of pressure and not the 9 bars of a true espresso machine, it far outperforms a standard automatic drip coffee maker. It’s amazing how much that little bit of extra pressure improves the flavor over traditional drip brewing methods.

Cleaning is moderately difficult, easier than cleaning the vacuum pot, but not as easy as cleaning the AeroPress. Dump the grounds out of the metal filter and rinse out the entire unit. Some coffee grounds will adhere to the bottom of the upper chamber as well.

This method uses more ground coffee per cup than most methods, but the flavor is well worth the added expense. Note that Italian stove-top espresso makers can be purchased in different sizes from a single-cup model up to a 9-cup version.