We continue to use our trusty Fetco Brewer to batch brew the majority of coffee we serve at Dancing Mule. We also offer pourover brewed coffee for those who want to try additional coffees or just want an individually brewed cup of coffee. We believe a batch brewer when properly programmed, maintained, and used with exact procedures and guidelines for brewing can do an excellent job of making great coffee. The main reason we batch brew most of our coffee is our customers mostly want coffee ready when they are ready to drink it. Our drive-thru is an environment where coffee needs to be ready for the customer when they arrive. Many of our in-house customers are also on the go and appreciate a fresh cup ready to serve. Ken Nye with Ninth Street Espresso had this to say in a recent Fresh Cup Magazine article,
“The difference today, says Nye, is in the freshness of the beans. Cheap, instant coffee won’t taste good regardless of the brewing method. After more than twenty years immersed in specialty coffee, Nye maintains that batch-brewing is still the most reliable method of making good coffees shine, though he’s happy to make a Chemex for curious customers considering a different roast.
“By-the-cup brewing, pour-over, these are all methods that were designed to happen in your kitchen,” says Nye. “If you try to make 400 pour-overs a day, they’re going to be wildly inconsistent.” He attributes this to the pour-over’s “micro-environment,” where every issue regarding extraction is exaggerated.”
If you would like to check our the entire article you can view it here: http://www.freshcup.com/back-to-batch-brew/ The article is a suprisingly well balanced discussion of the merits of batch brewing especially given the recent mania with pourover and other manual brewing methods.
At Dancing Mule we start with fresh roasted excellent coffee, we grind it immediately before brewing, we carefully measure the dose with a scale every time, we use filtered water with chlorine and lime removed, we clean our grinders and check for the proper setting regularly, we check the programming on the brewer and clean it frequently, we pour out coffee when it is past serving time, and most importantly we taste our batch brewed coffee every day throughout the day to make sure it is brewed correctly. Yes it is possible to make bad coffee with a batch brewer. It is possible to make bad coffee with any brewing method, even when starting with great coffee beans, if you don’t pay attention to the details. The batch brewer is after all a pourover brewing method. It dispenses water evenly over the ground coffee at a consistent temperature and even allows for the coffee to bloom before adding more water in pulses throughout the brewing cycle. As a coffee consumer don’t automatically discount batch brewed coffee as inferior to manual brewed coffee. We will have a cup waiting for you when you want it.