Located in Newburgh New York's Downing Park, the Shelter House café has made it their goal to inspire you beyond the mainstream assumptions about coffee and tea. Traditionally in America coffee has been marketed as an on the go commodity thus neglecting taste and quality for the convenience of mass production and profit. Our customer based model has more of a counter culture approach to your experience. Everything we do, from working with third wave roasters who practice direct trade from the farms to hand crafting your beverage at our café.
Brewing methods are a vital part of your experience at the Shelter House Café we believe it will strengthen not only our relationship with you but more importantly the relationship you will have with your beverage.
Pour over coffee, or hand drip coffee, is an old-fashioned technique that uses a coffee dripper, which is basically a fancy funnel. Proponents of the dripper claim that it makes better coffee. With a drip coffee maker, the water runs over plastic parts that may retain a stale taste, and sits on a heating pad that creates more of a bitter taste. By exploring hand drip coffee, you, the barista-in-charge, can pay attention to the fine details of the brewing process, rather than simply pressing a button. Pouring the water by hand, more slowly over the coffee, will result in the extraction of more flavor. Drippers also take up less space in the cupboard or on the counter than a coffee maker, and they're super convenient for making only a mug-full of coffee, although they can be used for a whole pot.
Of all the different coffee brewing methods, the one I’ve used the most has been the French Press. Also known as a press pot or Melior, the French Press is a simple way to make a rich delicious cup of coffee.
The French Press is a low tech portable coffee brewing method. Let hot water steep over coarsely ground coffee for 3-4 minutes before pressing down the filter and serving. It doesn’t get more simple than that. This tutorial will go into grind, water temperature, steep time and fixing common issues when the brew is less than perfect.
The vacuum pot, also called the syphon, is a beautiful and flashy way to make great coffee. Invented in Germany in the early 19th century, it’s a full immersion brewer that also employs a metal or cloth filter, so you end up with a full-bodied and clean cup. This brew method can be rather finicky, but with some practice can certainly be mastered.