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Cycle route East Amsterdam

August 26th, 2020 by

AMSTERDAM EAST

Before you embark on your Amsterdam exploration by bike, please remember that the Dutch use the cycling lanes also for regular traffic, including travelling to work. So please maintain the basic traffic rules. Keep right; do not ignore red lights; when turning, indicate your direction by a show of hand (left or right); only cycle on the red asphalt lanes.
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Hey! Nice to meet you!

Hey! We are Hanne and Krissie. We have met each other three years ago while living in Casa and we’ve become friends ever since. Casa has played an important role in our lives: we have found a new place together, but we’ve also met our boyfriends while living in Casa! When we’re together, we usually go out for a stroll around the neighbourhood of Oost. We’ll introduce you to our favourite spots that you can explore by foot or by bike.

The Start.
On a sunny free day, we’d love to start our day with a latte macchiato at the coffee corner of restaurant East in Casa. We’ve tried pretty much all coffee bars around the neighbourhoood but you’ll really get the best coffee only in Casa.  
First stop. Take some time to get to know the area!
Then, we’ll head over to Ringdijk. You can stop here for a picknick in the grass. We’d recommend taking a folding chair or some blankets with you, to prevent that your butt becomes all muddy. A bonus of picknicking around Ringdijk is additionally that Casa’s toilet – for which you don’t have to pay – is always nearby. You’ll also find a field where you can practice some sports: volleyball, tennis and Ping-Pong – even though we’ve used the Ping-Pong table primarily for beer pong.  
Second stop. Secretly watch your neighbour!
Alongside the waters of Ringdijk, you can stroll over to Oostpoort. It’s the central shopping area in East where you can find florists and convenience stores, but also nice places for lunch. On a good day, you’ll be able to enjoy your food and coffee on a terrace. Take a seat and observe how the locals hurry to pick up their daily groceries.
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Third stop. Time for a drink!
After Oostpoort, we usually head to either Oosterpark or Frankendael Park. Both parks are really amazingly green and good for a stroll, a nice picknick, some reading or some sunbathing. If you’d like to have a drink, you should pay a visit to Hotel Arena in Oosterpark, which used to be a Roman Catholic girl-only orphanage. A hidden gem in Frankendael Park is the Huize Frankendael, built in the style of the 17th century.  
Fourth stop. Can you make the same sound as a gorilla?
If the nature in East falls to your liking, you should also be sure to head to Artis, the city zoo, as well as the Hortus Botanicus. In Artis, you’ll find a large collection of various animals – from lions to penguins, and from gorillas to all kinds of creepy spiders – which are treated well, out in the open air. In Hortus Botanicus, you’ll find plants of which you didn’t expect that they were able to survive in the Netherlands.  
Fifth stop. Ready to see lots of boats?
After a quiet afternoon in the park, we’d love to head to a bar at Middenweg so we can meet our friends for drinks. Alternatively you can head to Bam Boa that is alongside Amstel River, where they have lovely sangria and Portugal-inspired dishes. If you’d like some special beers – together with a romantic sunset – be sure to head back to Casa for roof terrace GAPP. If you’re craving some authentic Italian, you could go to Enoteca Pepenero restaurant. And if after that, you feel like you haven’t really had enough drinks yet (and roof terrace GAPP Is about to close), be sure to head to nice former farmhouse Vergulden Eenhoorn or trendy lounge Mojo’s along the Ringdijk. We do that a lot, so you probably understand we don’t have much money left at the end of the month: hence we usually suffice with three bottles of wine for 10 euros at the Vomar supermarket.
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We hope you have enjoyed our little tour around the Casa neighbourhood. Remember, especially on our route, to take it easy: East is wonderful for relaxing. And as you’re on holiday, it’s time for you to relax!   Hotspots from other students along the route
  • Multiple students on the top floor (11th floor) recommend bar Gieter, near Leidseplein. “It’s accessible, open until late and amazingly cheap beer,” one says. Another student thinks it a bar where ‘typical Amsterdam vibes meet student life’. Recommendable is to cycle from Casa to Gieter and look around all the beautiful buildings you encounter, such as Amstel Hotel and Hermitage Museum.
  • If you’re around the Leidseplein area, one student recommends visiting a concert at “One of the reasons I’ve moved to Amsterdam is my love for hip hop, and the fact that all hip hop artists perform at Melkweg.”
  • Rather keep it close to Casa? One students cryptically refers to ‘that bench’ at Frankendael Park. “You can stare very chilled at the trees, the water and nature. It’s a good spot for meditation with the noises of nature in the background.” Perhaps a good idea for your hangover after going to bar Gieter!
  • A 9th floor student recommends the Bogortuin at Java Island, which is a wonderful place for swimming; for shopping, she refers you to De Pijp area, specifically Gerard Doustraat. 

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Amsterdam South-East Cycle Route

August 20th, 2020 by

SOUTH-EAST AMSTERDAM

Before you embark on your Amsterdam exploration by bike, please remember that the Dutch use the cycling lanes also for regular traffic, including travelling to work. So please maintain the basic traffic rules. Keep right; do not ignore red lights; when turning, indicate your direction by a show of hand (left or right); only cycle on the red asphalt lanes.

 

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Hey! Nice to meet you!
My name is Tahrim Ramdjan and I’m a student living in Hotel Casa. You probably know Amsterdam for its canalside houses, liberal drug policy and cycling lanes, but today I am going to introduce you to a neighbourhood that you probably haven’t heard of: district South-East, including the Bijlmer. I’m born and raised in this neighbourhood, even though I’ve been living in Casa for three years now. As a university student of law, living in Casa is a good solution for me to live near the city centre without paying a zillion euros. Next to my studies, I’m a journalist and reporter for Amsterdam daily newspaper Het Parool. If you’ve got a Dutch person close to you in your circle, he or she has probably told you some horror stories about the Bijlmer. It used to be a rather criminal place, though that was decades ago. So let me first tell you some history about the Bijlmer and then I’ll show you a nice cycling route to get familiar with the neighbourhood. I’ll promise you it’s totally different from your stroll along the Red Light District.
 
Let’s start with some history!
The Bijlmer has been built around the 1970s, as a neighbourhood for the ‘modern human’. You’re probably wondering what that may be, and so am I – but the conceivers of the neighbourhood felt that the modern human wanted to separate its activities into different levels of space and place. The design of the neighbourhood followed that philosophy. The ground floor was fully reserved for recreation and nature. Residents would find their houses in tall, colossal flats that aimed for the sky; and transportation would – ideally by car – occur on elevated thoroughways. For those who could not afford a car, a metro was built, and the Bijlmer is the reason why Amsterdam has a functioning metro today. What happened, though, is that the construction of the Bijlmer co-incided with mass immigration from former Dutch colonies. One of the most important Dutch colonies, Suriname, had acquired independence in 1975, leading to many Surinamese people emigrating to the Netherlands. No sufficient housing was available, though, so they were (quite literally) put away in the flats in Bijlmer with little opportunities, money or resources. Hence Bijlmer became a rather forgotten and criminal place over time. Tide has turned, though since the 1990s. The abolition of the tallest and most anonymous flats; the construction of football stadium Amsterdam Arena and event hall Ziggo Dome; and the restructuring of the public space started a second life for Bijlmer – one that’s more peaceful and more quiet, while Bijlmer maintained its image as a multicultural neighbourhood.  
The start.
Your bike ride to Bijlmer will take about 45 to 50 minutes, along a lovely route and will keep you busy for possibly a full day. Don’t be too anxious about the cycling: it won’t be busy along this route. Additionally, you can rent an easy-to-ride bike from Casa at hotel reception. As the planners and developers of the neighbourhood did, I have also split up the 5 stops into 5 different activities you can undertake in Bijlmer along the route.  
First stop. Prepare yourself for a healthy bike ride!
About 15 minutes in from Casa, you will find the sports fields of De Toekomst along your way. These are the fields where local soccer club Ajax trains, all in the hope to reach Champions League again like back in 2018. You might have the chance of running into a talented soccer player – scores well for your Insta and perhaps he can teach you some tricks.  
Second stop. Pamper yourself with a good lunch!
About 10 minutes further from De Toekomst, you have arrived well into Bijlmer. You will find the shopping centre Amsterdamse Poort here. Interesting here is that you have a lot of Indonesian, Surinamese and Afro-Dutch shops that sell fruits, food ingredients, spices – but also robes and decoration – that you would by no means find in areas like Kalverstraat.  
Third stop. Take a moment to enjoy some architecture.
A little bit to the east of Amsterdamse Poort, about ten minutes cycling away, you will find some remnants of the traditional honeycomb-structured Bijlmer flats, called Groeneveen and Klein-Kruitberg. You will also find a monument of the Bijlmer plane crash with El Al Flight 1862, which landed into these flats in 1992: 43 people were killed. In Dutch, this event is called the ‘Bijlmerramp’, and everyone in the nation knows about it.
Fourth stop. Have yourself an Indonesian snack while you listen to some birds.
You will find a little sibling to the Amsterdamse Poort at Kraaiennest. Here you can sit down, have a nice snack and enjoy the sounds of people mixing with one another in broad daylight. Those nice snacks include a baka bana (baked banana, by Indonesian recipe) or a bara (Indian spicy fried bread). If you’re lucky, you’ll find a delicious food stand selling fried bread with fish – by Surinamese recipe – near the metro station.  
Fifth stop. Enjoy a place where you will feel like you’re the only tourist in town!
Do you need a good rest from your cycling trip? Head off to the south to De Hoge Dijk, a wonderful nature area that will make you wonder whether you’ve just left the city. And in fact, you almost did! If you cross even further to the south, you’ll be on the border of the provinces of Noord-Holland (which includes Amsterdam) and Utrecht (which includes, well, the city of Utrecht). Do take the time to enjoy the flowers, the beaks and the sun in De Hoge Dijk. You’ve deserved it.     Hotspots from other students along the route:
  • A 10th floor student recommends the Amsterdam Underground Tour. “Former substance addicts take you through various neighbourhoods of Amsterdam and tell you how the city used to look like. They tell interesting stories about how it’s been to live in the middle of the city as an addict.” During the worst years of Bijlmer, addicts also often stayed in the tall flats.
  • Are you rather in for gaming? Pay a visit to Gamestate in Zuidoost underneath Bijlmer Arena station, says a gaming lover from the 9th floor. “Especially if you and your friend want to battle once and for all to know who’s the best in mini games. And a fun dating spot!”

Cycle route East Amsterdam

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Amsterdam Centre Cycle Route

August 20th, 2020 by

AMSTERDAM CENTRE

Before you embark on your Amsterdam exploration by bike, please remember that the Dutch use the cycling lanes also for regular traffic, including travelling to work. So please maintain the basic traffic rules. Keep right; do not ignore red lights; when turning, indicate your direction by a show of hand (left or right); only cycle on the red asphalt lanes.
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Hey! Nice to meet you!

I’m Cameron Bavay, a student of law at the University of Amsterdam. I love to read books on psychology in my spare time, as well as visiting museums. Apart from that, I like to travel, enjoy some good food and discovering new hotspots.

 

This year, Casa has made it possible for students to stay during summer, because of Covid-19. I really appreciate that I don’t have to move out – as we usually do during summer – so I could enjoy my summer in Amsterdam. I’ve had a good summer, mostly thanks to the roof terrace (GAPP), where I’ve also had a couple of morning workouts! That’s what I like about Casa: it combines the luxurious suite life in a hotel, with student life.

 

Casa is not the only place in Amsterdam where I’ve lived in. I’ve also stayed in the Jordaan, the Staatslieden area (near Westerpark) and the Hoofddorplein area (near Vondelpark). I also know the Pijp pretty well. You could say I’m a traveller in my own city. For today, I’d love to take you on a trip around my former neighbourhood in Jordaan. I’ll tell you what landmarks you absolutely have to see and show you where you can enjoy some wonderful food and drinks.

The Start

My Amsterdam adventure started in the Jordaan. The neighbourhood is one of the best-known districts in Amsterdam: partially because of the Anne Frank House, which is a wonderful museum that you’ve probably already heard of, but also because of its pubs, courtyards and narrow alleys.

I’d recommend you to discover this cosy neighbourhood by foot, or when cycling slowly. That way, you can optimally enjoy the serenity and beauty of it. You’ll find that serenity especially in the small alleyways and hidden courtyards. You should go on a hunt for those courtyards, such as the Hofje van Brienen, Zon’s Hofje, Suykerhofje and Raepenhofje. But be sure to do that in silence, because people still live around these courtyards: you could say it’s their garden.

First stop. Stoll through the Noordermarkt and treat yourself with a good meal

The Jordaan is traditionally a residential neighbourhood for workers. You can still see these roots during Saturday’s farmer market, at Noordermarkt square. I’d recommend you to stroll across the various stands, buy some good food and connect with the friendly locals. If you enjoy handmade apple pie, you should pay a visit to Winkel 43 at Noordermarkt square – I’ve had the best apple pie in my life over there. If you’d rather enjoy some other pastry or well-prepared sandwiches, head to Le Petit Deli.

If you’d like to enjoy an easy, affordable lunch for take-away, head to Smoked Crispy Bacon Sandwich House. Hans, the owner, will prepare his best sandwiches for you, with prices between 3 and 4 euros. If you’d rather rest a bit while having your lunch seated, head to Kessens  for soups and their classic ‘Toast Skagen’. Alternatively, D&A Hummus Bistro has amazing Middle Eastern dishes and hummus. Both are close to Anne Frank House.

Second stop. Time for a special evening drink with a view

When the sun’s out, definitely head past Bar Waterkant near Elandsgracht. They’ve got a huge terrace at the waterside with a chill vibe. You can observe the boats passing by, order some beers together with a large bowl of nacho’s and before you know it, your day has passed already. Time flies!

You can also have a lovely dinner in Jordaan. The best restaurants are in Westerstraat, Tweede Anjeliersdwarsstraat, Tuinstraat and Tweede Egelantiersdwarsstraat. My personal favorites are the Italian place La Florita and the Mexican restaurant Rosario Cocina Mexicana. Make sure you’re had enough food before you discover Amsterdam nightlife: close your day by heading into one of the traditional pubs in Jordaan, or head to Chin Chin Club if you’re rather in for a dance.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my ‘life tour’ through Amsterdam. Oh, and I have a great last tip for you: Van Stapele Koekmakerij in the city centre. No visit to Amsterdam is complete without trying these fresh-baked cookies. Don’t hesitate when you stumble upon a rather long line, because they have the best cookies you’ll ever have. Thank me later for this life-changing experience!   Hotspots from other students along the route
  • Our 10th floor students recommend brewery De Prael. “Amazing beer at a fantastic location, with a cosy – ‘gezellige’ – ambiance inside.”
  • And our 9th floor students recommend cycling across the Magere Brug in the centre. “Between the busy streets, you have a wonderful view on the Amstel river, the old canal houses, the little boats and – in dark – all the lights that shine,” says one student. “It reminds me of how wonderful of a city Amsterdam is.”

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Beer entertainment in quarantine time

April 24th, 2020 by

Beer amusement during quarantine

I am in the mood for something adventurous. With me as a beer enthusiast, my view on the world always gets a bit more beautiful after a couple of beers.  Exactly what I need during quarantine! Every week, I will update this blog with news and events from my favourite gappies; beer brewers from Amsterdam.
 
See you later!
 
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Upcoming
Brouwerij Gebrouwen door Vrouwen
On Sunday, the 10th of May, we celebrate the most important woman in our life. Gebrouwen door Vrouwen has prepared something nice; a lemon blueberry cake made by Baksels Amsterdam, Bloesem Blond & Gin Weizen and on top of all of this; a Gebrouwen door Vrouwen beer glass. Would you like to spoil your mom? Then order this package via Gebrouwen door Vrouwen and pick it up on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Check out the link for more information: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_xELbVlYwH/
Brouwerij Poesiat en Kater
Mmmm! Asparagus! This week (04-05 till 10-05) brouwerij Poesiat en Kater has made a delicious week special for you! White asparagus with egg, ham and Hollandaise sauce, for only €17,50. Their beer suggestion with this dish is ‘Princessebier’. For takeaway and delivery. https://www.instagram.com/p/B_zJOTQJNWV/
Always there for you during quarantine
 
Oedipus

Oedipus has something nice for you; new funky studio beers! And we have to admit; they are real beauties. The experiment has led to new surprising flavours and a beautiful design, numbered from 1 to infinity. Check them out at their shop! https://oedipus.com/shop/

Also, Oedipus offers a freshly brewed beer, which varies weekly to challenge your taste buds! You can pick up this beer and other prizewinning beers every Friday to Sunday between 14:00 and 18:00 at Badhuis Javaplein! https://www.instagram.com/p/B_Ugx7mJDb-/

 
Brouwerij de leckere

UTRECHT ONLY                                                                                                            Every Friday evening at 19:00 Brouwerij de Leckere goes live at Werkspoorcafe de Leckere with a beer tasting. They have made a beer and bite box with 12 beers and snacks for €29,50. Every Friday they deliver it in person to your house, right in time for the tasting! Order the box before 08:00 to be sure the box will be on time. https://www.deleckerewebshop.nl/ 

 
Brouwerij Homeland       

Waking up thirsty? Order a box of beers berfore 10:00 and enjoy your beers the same day! Sustainably delivered by bike.                                                                https://homelandshop.nl/

 
Gebrouwen door vrouwen

Walking your dog? Walk by the Gebrouwen door Vrouwen bar! They offer an amazing drinks and snacks platter, with admission to the Gebrouwen door Vrouwen live stream on Friday, at 18:00. Pre-order it, pick up at Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday between 14:00 and 19:00. The costs are €21,95.

These woman not only surprise us with this pop-up bar, also they introduced “beer and balcony”! Every Sunday you can grab your bike, scooter, car or whatever vehicle you like the most, and go to the drive through at the Nieuwe Hemweg 4f from 12:00 till 17:00. Drink your beers at home, at your roof terrace or balcony or in the neighbors’ garden!

https://www.instagram.com/gebrouwendoorvrouwen/ 

 
Jopenbier

“During quarantine you need to entertain yourselves”, is what Jopenbier must have thought. They have made a crossword puzzle (“anything but makkelijk”), special Jopen church backgrounds for the daily Zoom meetings with your colleagues and you now can organize a beer tasting at home! Check it out at their website: https://www.jopenbier.nl/

 
Brouwerij troost

Every Monday Brouwerij Troost organises an online pubquiz starting at 20:00. The winner receives a box of New England beers!  Log in at https://www.twitch.tv/jerk_at_thecastle on monday evening before 20:00 with your team of maximum 3 persons! https://brouwerijtroost.nl/oud-west-amsterdam/

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BBQ tips by René

April 24th, 2020 by

BBQ TIPS BY RENE

Are you also getting crazy excited when the sun is out and the temperature is rising? You run to the store to get all the good stuff and prep the barbecue! Although, what should you getNo inspiration? Let our chef René help you. He has got some good tips to bring these hot evenings to a higher level! 

 

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A good piece of lamb 

René’s suggestion is definitely lamb neck fillet. But, make sure to start ahead. Lamb is not cheap, so invest some time to prep aswell. Start 24 hours in advance. Chop the following ingredients in a food processorhalf a bunch of parsley, a bay leaf, sage, thyme, one clove garlic, a shallot, a table spoon mustard and 1 dl sunflower oil. Marinate the fillet in this for 24 hours. Slice the fillet in pieces and grill on the barbecue until medium rare.  

 

From the ocean 

This is the best time for shellfish, so enjoy it now! Make sure you carefully wash them first. Make a little package from aluminum foil. Put in the shellfish, some fresh herbs, herb butter, some white wine (pour a glass for yourself at the same time), salt and pepper.  Possible addition: slice some raw peeled asparagus and add to this to the package.  

It’s the breeding season for flat fish, so don’t go for these ones. But sardines will always taste good on the barbecue. Ideally fresh, but if you happen to take them from the freezer, make sure you defrost them well. Scale the fish and make dry with paper, so It doesn’t stick to the grill. Just season with pepper and salt. Serve it with gremolata and you will never want anything else from the barbecue again!  

 

Green all the way 

We mostly think of meat when talking about the barbecue. But we all know that these days; no meat is cool too. A vega(n) dish, even from the barbecue can be super satisfying! So René likes to give it as much love, and time, as a meaty dish gets.  This eggplant recipe takes up to 24 hours, so start in time. Slice the eggplant in four equal pieces. Brush them with olive oil and salt. Put in the oven until al dente.  

Make a mixture of the following ingredients: tablespoons of soya yogurt, 1,5 tablespoon of tandoori herbs, a smashed garlic clove, half a red peper in rings, a handful of shopped coriander leaves and a shopped shallot. Put the warm eggplant in this mix and set apart in the fridge for 24 hours. Skewer the aubergine. Make sure the barbecue is really hot and grill the skewers nice and brown.  

Another good option to make veggie skewers with is red pepper and tempeh or go for haloumi in case you don’t need it to be vegan.  

 

Hopefully you are totally inspired! We would love to see your barbecue creations. Tag us on Instagram, use #vanThuisvoorThuis and enjoy the sun! 

René Bekker, chef restaurant EAST

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Pour over coffee

April 24th, 2020 by

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Our barista Hugo will share his expertise on coffee in this blog! He takes you along the art of making pour over coffee! Happy reading! 

This time I’ll like to tell you a bit about Pour Over Coffee and specific I will like to tell you ( based on my experience ) how to make delicious Pour Over – filter coffee on The V60 method , what you need to make it taste good and how to adjust recipe for Coffee Roast degree.

What is pour over coffee? 

The pour over method involves pouring hot water through coffee grounds in a filter. The water drains through the coffee and filter into a carafe or mug. Pour over is also known as filter coffee or drip coffee.

What sets pour over apart is that it is made by hand-pouring the water over the coffee. So you may hear it called hand brewing or manual brewing.

Why using the pour over method?

Pour over accentuates intricate flavors when compared to other brewing methods. Specifically, whit the V60 method you are able to Highlight Sweetness and Acidity. This makes it a popular choice for single origin coffees, since it allows the flavors and aromas to shine.

Good filter coffee is clean, clear, and consistent. This is because the water is allowed to extract coffee oils and fragrances in its own consistent time and at its own pressure. The filter then catches certain amount of oils, leading to a clean cup.

And because this is an infusion method, it is a little more efficient at extracting coffee solubles than immersion techniques such as the French press. Immersion methods cause the water to become saturated, whereas pour overs use a constant supply of fresh water.

What equipment do you need?

It may seem like there is an unending amount of options for pour over equipment, but you don’t need to invest in all of it. You can start with a simple device and some filters and then add more equipment as you choose.

Let’s take a look at what the basic equipment you need to make a pour over.

1) V60

The advantage of using this device is that they are widely available, simple to use, and have filters made specifically for their design. There are also many online guides and hacks to using these devices so it’s easy to learn how to use them properly and adapt as needed.

If you’re not sure where to start, try brews made in your locals specialty coffee shops and ask the barista which they prefer and why.

2) Filter

Bleached or Unbleached? You may think that the filter is the least controversial part of brewing, but there is even some debate here. Specific filters are designed to fit V60 and allow efficient extraction. Some claim that paper filters create an undesirable papery taste, particularly if they are bleached. To avoid this, rinse your filter before using it.

3) Scale

You may not think scales are essential, but if you want to create consistently good coffee, they are. Invest in a digital scale and use it to measure your coffee and water. Knowing exactly how much of each you used in a good (or bad) brew can allow you to replicate the recipe or tweak it for even better results.

4) Kettle

Have you seen specialty baristas pour water from a small copper kettle and wondered why? Can’t you just use a standard electric kettle? Yes, you can. But you may choose not to.

Like many things in specialty coffee, the important factor here is consistency. Kettles made specifically for pour over are designed to keep water at a stable temperature. This helps you create consistent extraction. And that long, thin gooseneck is designed to control the flow of water. Water tends to gush out of kettles with shorter spouts.

5) Coffee grinder

And invest in a quality grinder to make sure your coffee particles are all ground to the same size. Lower-quality grinders may produce inconsistently ground coffee and a lot of “fines”. These tiny fragments of coffee extract very quickly and can throw your cup off.

 

What sort of coffee should I use? 

So you have your equipment ready, but now what? Which coffee should you use with a pour over? There are a few factors to consider when choosing your beans.

1) Roast Profile

Because the pour over method works well to highlight subtle flavor notes and aromas, you may want to choose a light roast. Beans that are roasted to this profile are the brightest, with the most acidic flavors. Of course, you can go medium or even dark if you prefer and if you do so you should know that you most adapt your recipe in order to extract the most desirable flavors out of it! But this brewing method is complementary to subtle flavors.

2) Grind profile

The size of your grounds affects the rate of extraction. Pour over V60 is a an infusion method, which means that the coffee and water are in contact for a shorter amount of time than in an immersion method, but longer than in an espresso. So you want the coffee to have enough surface area to extract before the water filters through into the cup, but not so much that they under-extract and produce a bitter brew.

What this means is that you should start with a medium-fine grind size and then evaluate your cup and tweak it as needed. If it’s a little watery or sour, try a finer grind. If it’s bitter and lacking sweet notes, try going a little coarser.

3) Ratio

 You’ll see a lot of different suggested ratios out there, but 1:17 (1g of coffee to 17g of water) is a generally accepted good starting point. I most of the time start with this Ratio and works very well for me. Make some brews with this measurement but adjust factors that affect extraction, such as grind size and water temperature, one at a time until you find a recipe that works for you.

Then, try changing the ratio of coffee to water. If your brew tastes watery or weak, add more coffee without changing other factors and evaluate whether it tastes better. If you find your cup too intense, consider reducing the amount of coffee. But remember to keep track of what you’re changing so you can replicate your perfect brew when you find it.

And don’t forget about the water. Tap water can contain minerals and contaminants that affect flavor, so use filterd water! 

Pouring technique

Be consistent in how you pour and learn how to use blooming, pulse pouring, and agitation to achieve even extraction. Many people pour in concentric circles ( like a spiral ), which will help you maintain a consistent flow of water.

1) Bloom

The bloom is the quick bubbling up of water that happens when you first pour. It is caused by the degassing of carbon dioxide that is built up in the roasting process. Light roasts and fresh coffee are likely to produce a big bloom because they usually contain more gases.

Carbon dioxide can prevent even extraction because it repels water, and the disturbed grounds can sit at different heights. So let the gases escape and improve your chances of a consistent extraction.

Gently pour twice the measure of coffee in water over the grounds. So, if you have a 15 g dose of coffee, pour 30 ml of water. Then wait 30 to 45 seconds until the bloom has ended and the grounds have settled.

2) Pulse pouring and continuous pouring  

Pulse pouring means using multiple pours of specific amounts of water. You can experiment with the volume of water and number of pours. This technique help prevent channelling or grounds rising up the side of the filter. It also gently disrupts the grinds, causing them to move about and creating more even contact with the water.

It’s an alternative to Continuous pouring, which is when you will pour the water at as constant of a flow rate as possible without stopping. Continuous pouring aims to keep the flow and saturation as even as possible, whereas pulse pouring is intentionally varied. You can use pouring technique as another variable to consider when adapting your recipe. Different types of pours will have different effects on extraction and therefore have different impacts on your brew.

3) Agitation 

This is simply mild disturbance of the coffee grounds during the brew process. There are many ways to agitate coffee, including stirring or swirling the brew.

Agitation disperses grounds that can be left “high and dry” on the filter by channeling. It also breaks up any dry clumps inside the bed of coffee. By making sure all grounds are saturated, agitation aids even extraction.

Pour over V60 coffee can be a great way to make your daily cup and it doesn’t have to be complicated. By understanding these key topics, you’re well prepared to make a decent brew and have the tools to tweak it until it becomes a great one. When you have more practice and become more familiar with what’s happening ..please BREAK THE RULES, experiment and most important HAVE SOME FUN!

My Recipe

340 H2O

18-20gr of Coffee

Water temp between 92-96 C* ( I use Magnesium filtered Water from BWT).

Fine grind size ( Mahlkoning Guatemala: #2.5 )

Final beverage 275- 295ml

Total brew time between 2:10 – 3min

Bloom: 50ml of water between 30 and 45 sec

Pour add till scale marks 200ml and wait +/- 30sec

Last Pour inject water till 340 . Give a gentle swirl.

Enjoy 

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National week without meat

At a sunny Wednesday afternoon during the ‘National week without meat’, together with ‘Een vegan meisje’ (A vegan girl) we dwell on a vegan lifestyle. We talked about vegan food, nutrients in a vegan diet, inspiring food blogs and easy tips to start altering your food pattern. Curious for more? Read below!
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How to start eating vegan

From one day to the next, Saonah (from Een Vegan Meisje) went from carnivore to vegan. Before she started with her new lifestyle, she watched some documentaries which immediately changed her mind about eating animal products.

For everyone who would like to start eating vegan, or people whom are interested in eating less meat and other animal products, Saonah cannot express enough how important it is to inform yourself about this diet by reading blogs, making meal plans and by finding good alternatives for certain nutrients.

Nutrients

A frequently asked question is how vegans replace missing nutrients which people (normally) retrieve from animal products. Often mentioned missing nutrients are for example vitamin B12, omega-3 and iron.

First of all, lactose makes part of many products you can buy in the store. However, there are a lot good replacements of lactose, by for example using coconut yogurt for breakfast, oat milk in your cappuccino or almond milk in your daily smoothie.

Eating a varied plant-based diet also ensures enough iron. Iron can be found in leafy green vegetables, such as spinach, but also in whole grains, lentils and peas. And on top of this, by combining these foods with vitamin C, the iron will be better absorbed by your body!

To fulfil the need of omega-3, which can be found in eggs and fish, you could eat a lot of healthy seeds such as flaxseeds, chia seeds and hempseeds.

We asked Saonah what ingredient people could use instead of eggs while baking something tasty, such as cake. Well, there are a couple of good alternatives, such as apple puree, peanut butter, chia seeds or banana!

Social situations

Sometimes, people adjust their diet to the lifestyle of their friends and relatives. It is the assumption of many that it can be hard in social situations where you are invited for dinner, to ask if they can cook vegan for you. According to ‘een vegan meisje’, people around her actually see it as a nice and fun challenge! Next to this, a lot people around her are already eating plant-based, which makes this a bit easier. However, people are excited to dive into recipes and cookbooks, to make cooking a bit more special and extra. So don’t be afraid to ask for it, inspire them, help them and make something fun out of it!

Inspiration 

To make a vegan lifestyle even more fun, Saonah looks for inspiration on Instagram, online food blogs and even the Allerhande! (the magazine of Albert Heijn) Whenever she sees a nice recipe in this magazine, she tries to replace the animal- or dairy products, by plant-based ingredients. How smart!

Her favourite inspirators are; ‘wat eet je dan wel’, ‘de groene meisjes’, ‘veggiereporter’ and ‘elavegan’.

A daily food plan of Saonah
 
Breakfast

Green smoothiebowl, made of frozen banana, spinach, mango, avocado, dates and oat milk. Yummie!!

Snack

Oat cappuccino, together with a freshly baked pumpkin muffin.

Lunch

Two multigrain wraps with hummus, Mexican bean mix, cucumber, spinach and tomato.

Dinner

Vegan chicken nuggets, with homemade peanut sauce and a miso noodle soup with mushrooms, edame beans, carrot and broccoli.


We hope we’ve inspired you a little into the vegan lifestyle. Are you craving for some delicious vegan food right now? Come by East or GAPP and try one of our tasty vegan dishes! 

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