Understanding the Things you Need to Brew Good Coffee

Coffee is one universally loved beverage that can brighten up even the worst of days. As per the study conducted by a leading coffee making company, the individual preferences of a customer play a major role in determining the kind of coffee maker he/she chooses.

However there are some pour over coffee setups that are used all across the world. Coffee machines offer a smart solution for caffeine lovers who want to enjoy commercial quality coffee from the comforts of their homes.


The best home-coffee machine setup would comprise of a strong grinder, a kettle with a long gooseneck spout and an accurate scale.

Read on to know about the best coffee making tools and how to use them:

Kalita Wave 185 series glass, launched by Kalita is ideally suited for users looking for a competent coffee maker that brews the most delicious coffee. This 2013 Brewer Cup Champion offers both compatibility and easy functionality. Also the top quality framework ensures sturdiness. This coffee machine is equipped with features to allow you to create a mix of flavours, each of which is a treat to the taste buds! However the proprietary filters are not easily available in the stores – both online and in reality.

Filtering is a cheap way of improving the taste and quality of bad coffee and Wave is a leading brand in the market delivering the best filters to customers. Other than that you can also try out the Bee House or other brands as well such as Kalita, Bonmac, or Melitta.

These filters can be used for both commercial and personal purposes, brewing flavourful and cups of coffee that have a rich consistency. But these brands are only second best to Wave however there are benefits that make Bee House special, for instance the cone filters are easily available.

Both Bee House and Wave Filters are extremely competent but require constant inspection the entire time the coffee is being brewed. For users who are looking for something simpler go for a Clever Dipper, the four filter cones can brew coffee quicker than any other brand, all you have to do is add grind coffee beans, add water and let it rest for some time before straining it into a cup. And although it may not be as competent as a pour over, the filter sure saves a lot on time and effort. [Credit : Freshpresso]

For consumers who want a cheaper alternative, there’s always the AeroPress coffee making products that can effectively reduce the bitterness and acidity levels of coffee thereby improving the taste considerably. But the complex operation and slow process make it a less favourable choice when compared to the above mentioned brands.

Why is pour over coffee the best?

Want to brew professional quality coffee at home? Well you’ve come to the right place! Pour over coffee makers are among the most wanted machines.

There are many factors that determine the quality of the coffee prepared, the primary points being the quality of the beans used and the types of machine you use to grind them. Often a cheap and low grade coffee machine can ruin the flavour of the beans.

Also pre ground beans lose their taste over time so much so that even the single origin coffee from Guatemala would taste the same as some low grade coffee beans. Therefore it is best that you use freshly ground coffee and use proper quantities of it. Brewing the coffee for a few extra minutes using a pour dipper only enhances its flavours and textures.

A good coffee maker can extract about 20% of the beans soluble material, the consistency of the coffee powder, temperature, quantity of the water and its distribution determines how well the machine can extract the flavours.

Using an automatic dripper gives you control over the consistency of the grinded beans and proportion in which coffee and water is used. But most automated drippers don’t support higher temperatures and often lead to uneven distribution of water thereby reducing the extraction. A pour over helps you solve this problem.

Users can control almost every aspect here; from the temperature to the flow and location of water you can decide everything. A pour over allows you to prepare a cup of coffee as per your individual tastes.

The ideal conditions for brewing include a bean powder consistency same as salt, water heated to about 202 degree F and an even distribution around the dripper.

Visit the Gravy Booth at Mad. Sq. Eats!!

Gravy’s setting up shop at the Mad. Sq. Eats Food Festival in Madison Square Park’s Worth Square from May 4th – June 1!

Drop by our booth (located right to the west of Madison Square Park between Fifth Avenue and Broadway) to sample Gravy staples like Crawfish Fritters and Shrimp and Cabbage Rolls, and stay for chef Reagan Angelle’s festival-specials, Crab Bread (a play on the New Orleans-famous crawfish bread), and Homemade Andouille Dogs. You’ll be able to wash it all down with cold Abita Beer.

Located right around the corner from Gravy, Madison Square Park is a perfect place to enjoy the New York springtime and sample amazing food from around city. The Gravy booth is open daily from 11am till 9pm – perfect for lunch, dinner and everything in between!

More details about the Mad. Sq. Eats Fesitval can be found here: http://urbanspacenyc.com/mad-sq-markt-eats/



Kentucky Derby Viewing Party & Open Bar – May 5th!

Derby Day is May 5!!

Join us in the Gravy Lounge to view America’s Race in style!

From 3-7pm on May 5th we’re hosting an Open Bar featuring our signature Mint Juleps, select cocktails and complimentary hor d’oeuvres for just $40. We’ll have the Kentucky Derby on the big screen, and a prize for the best hat!


Gravy Gumbo Throw Down May 11-12

Jazz at Lincoln Center Gumbo Cook-Off

Gravy executive chef Reagan Angelle  is leading Team Gravy in a Gumbo Cook-off at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater on Friday May 11th and Saturday May 12.

As part of the pre-concert festivities for “New Orleans Celebration: The Music of Jelly Roll Morton,” a few select New York City restaurants will showcase their best gumbos under the backdrop of live music and album art displays. While we can’t reveal chef’s gumbo plans in detail, we can say it will not disappoint! As the cook-off wraps up, Marcus Roberts’ jazz octet will take the stage at 8pm.

Tickets are available on the Jazz at Lincoln Center website here: http://jalc.org/concerts/details309a.asp?EventID=2657


NYC’s Best New Restaurants

Do you like Michael Jordan? Do you enjoy Southern food? If you’ve answered yes to both of these questions, we’d like to direct you to Gravy, the new restaurant from Michael Vignola, the executive chef behind Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse NYC. His latest endeavor seeks to gather up all the divergent cultural strands that make up the South—French, Spanish, Caribbean, and Mexican—and make the flavors pop in all their complexity.

A quick stroll through the menu’s pages reveal Blackened King Crab Legs, three varieties of grits, Spice Rubbed Venison, and Black-Eyed Pea Hummus, just to name a few. At Gravy, they make it a point to source local products from the regions their recipes draw on, ensuring that the ingredients will be just as fresh as the riffs and variations on the Southern classics Vignola and crew cook up…

Complex: NYC’s 10 Best New Restaurants



New York Times – Introducing Chef Reagan Angelle

New York Times – Off the Menu

Head chef Reagan Angelle was recently highlighted in the New York Times feature, “Chefs on the Move.”

Reagan Angelle, who is from New Orleans and Baton Rouge, is the new chef at Gravy in the Flatiron District, where the feeling is definitely Southern.

Stop by Gravy to check out his recently revamped Spring menu!


NY Post – It’s All Gravy!

The New York Post recently sent readers Mark and Risa on a blind date to Gravy! Sounds like dessert may have sealed the deal!

When the dessert menu came out we decided to be adventurous and ask about the daily ice cream flavor. We had just finished saying blackberry was our favorite flavor, when against all odds, it was the special. After sharing dessert, we rode the train uptown together. I said goodbye and we exchanged numbers. We already have plans for a second date.

Read more about their date and experience at Gravy – http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/dating/it_all_gravy_f6FftDrMTQsgq6soO0hs5J




Chef Michael J. Vignola: It’s all Gravy, baby

Michael J. Vignola, the former executive chef of Michael Jordan’s: The Steakhouse N.Y.C, decided to devote the next phase of his career to devising and implementing the menu at Gravy, the recently opened fine Southern dining restaurant in the Flatiron. Here’s how he knew his version of the South would rise again….