I make my products carefully and with consideration from the best materials obtainable in the hope that they may last at least a lifetime, and if looked after they have the potential to last many. Please follow these instructions to maintain your Wooden & Woven goods and feel free to get in touch should you ever need advice.
Wood is a hardy and resilient material but will require a little care if you want it to continue to look its best.
- Cleaning wood is easy and quick, just hand wash after use with warm soapy water and rinse off. Unlike metal or plastic most wood is naturally antibacterial and after being given a light wash will neutralise 99.9% of any remaining bacteria after 24 hours.
- Avoid leaving wood items to soak or washing them with a dishwasher, this will significantly weaken the wood and can damage your product.
- Your Wooden & Woven product has been treated with a handmade salve which comprises of organic beeswax and coconut oil. Wood will eventually start to dry out and lose some of its water repellant property, so just occasionally rub in a little coconut oil to top up this protective barrier. Mineral oil and linseed oil also work great and most can be found at your local grocery store.
- If you find after prolonged use the surface of your wooden product feels less smooth than when you first began using it this is because fibres of the wood have become damaged or raised slightly, this happens mostly due to contact with hot liquids so will be noticed quicker on teaspoons or coffee cones than eating spoons or grain scoops. The fibres can be removed easily by giving the surface a very light rub with a fine sandpaper (between 320 and 400 grit) and reapplying oil, this will bring back the silky smooth finish your product had when you bought it.
Brew Guide & Coffee Cone Instructions
When your Coffee Cone arrives it will have residual coconut and coffee oil on the surface and it's underneath from when it was treated, the first time you use it this will start to melt away and you will see a slight amount of oil on top of your brew, these oils are totally organic, healthy for you, and the mild flavour is actually quite complimentary to the coffee, but if you don't like the idea of this you may wan't to make the first go with your Coffee Cone a dry run and think of it as the first pancake!
First heat a kettle until it is slightly off the boil. Now, the brewing temperature of water is very important. It should be between 195 F (91 C) and 205 F (96 C) in order to properly extract flavour from the coffee. Fully boiling water should never be used as it will burn the coffee, spoiling the flavour and may damage your coffee cone or cause the wood to split.
Your Coffee Cone is best suited to size 2 paper filters which you can buy from most grocery stores, so open one up, fold the two seams underneath and along the side edge so that the filter sits flush inside the cone, then rinse with warm water. This will ensure no papery taste resides in the brew.
Place the Coffee Cone on top of the cup or vessel you want to brew in and scoop the required amount of coffee into the cone, you can use the chart below if you are unsure. If you are grinding your own beans then it's best to set your grinder to a sand-like grind.
Now to make a brew! The first stage of the brew is to saturate the grounds, use a slow pouring kettle to pour a very small amount of water very slowly in a circular pattern to soak the coffee, the goal is even saturation, don't pour too quickly or fill the cone with hot water. The rule of thumb is to pour twice as much water as there is coffee (i.e. 26g coffee x 2 = 52g water) over the grounds. Don't worry if a few drips come through, but ideally for this step you are just aiming to wet the grounds, not filling your cup, this step allows the coffee to de-gas, enabling the water to yield the full potential of the coffee. This is an essential step that should never be rushed.
After about a minute, slowly add the rest of the water in stages (around 70g at a time). When pouring aim into the center of the Coffee Cone and with slight a circular motion. The water stream from the pouring kettle should be slow enough to fall straight down, not at an angle.
Once the stream slows to an occasional drip, the brew is finished. Enjoy!
After use rinse your coffee cone with water and follow the wood care instructions on this page. Both Wood and Coffee have antibacterial properties and so if used regularly the coffee cone will require minimal cleaning, just be sure to top up with oil and wipe down to avoid the wood drying out. Oil enables the wood to be water resistant and protects it from heat, if the coffee cone is left to dry out it may crack when exposed to high temperature water.