Recently I was sent a Brew Dial by Avery Coffee Company, a Canadian coffee company located in Toronto, Ontario.
What’s a Brew Dial?
It’s an easy-to-use dial that quickly calculates brew ratios. Why is this important? Well if you’re like me and you’re absolutely TERRIBLE at math, then calculating brew ratios on the fly isn’t as easy as it seems. When it comes to brewing pour-over coffee the sweet-spot for brew-ratios is 1:15 – 1:17. That means for every 1 gram of coffee you add between 15 to 17g of water.
POP-QUIZ: What’s 17g x 16 (1:16 ratio), well its 272g TBW (total brew weight) but as I said, that might not be as easy to calculate with mental math.
So the Avery Brew Dial was created to take the guesswork out of those calculations so that you can consistently achieve the optimum brew ratio each and every time. The team at Avery have gone with a 1:16.65 ratio as their sweet-spot on their brew dial. This ratio that Avery uses is based upon their own research, observations and surveys they did early-on where they found that this was the best ratio to start with. After considerable deliberation they felt this would be best for greatest amount of people. Obviously you can tweak ratios to whatever you want, but this dial is a great option for anyone who is new to brewing coffee and wants some of the guesswork taken out of the process.
If you enjoy a more analog life then this is a great option for you. If you don’t have a Google Home or Alexa that you can yell math equations at, again this is a great option. If you live with your phone always within arms reach then obviously you know that it comes with a calculator. And you’re welcome to simply use that. This product isn’t likely for everybody and that’s ok.
So Who Is This Brew-Dial For?
I feel like this brew-dial is for anyone who is newer to brewing pour-over coffee. Taking some of the guesswork out of brew-ratios means consistent results each and every time. And consistency is where you’ll develop confidence in brewing coffee. It’s well-designed, fits great on any brew-bar, and is very easy to use.
Future of Avery Brew Dials:
Avery tells me that they are already exploring the idea of offering other brew-ratios to swap in and out with their dial, and even custom brew-dials in the future. I really like this concept as I personally tend to brew my coffee closer to a 1:16 ratio. Having that specific measurement would be great for me.
Interested in getting your hands on a Brew-Dial?