Sowden SoftBrew™ Coffee. When studying the design and during the development of the SoftBrew™ – which uses infusion as the brewing method – the aim was to find the simplest and best way to brew good coffee. We decided that just like brewing tea, infusion is the natural way, easy and flexible, where everything is decided by the user. Starting with the choice of coffee, followed by the darkness of the roast and the coarseness of the grind, the user has the opportunity to ‘play around’ and discover the fascinating world of coffee.
Sowden SoftBrew™ method allows the coffee to be ground (unlike other brewing systems) anywhere from coarse to fine. This means that the user has greater control of the brewing process and has complete choice of variety, roast and grind. One detail to remember when using the SoftBrew filter – the finer the grind the quicker the extraction time. For some varieties of coffee and particular levels of roasting, for example ‘light roast’ which is popular in USA and northern European countries, the user may adjust the grind to get just the flavor preferred by ‘experimenting’. The SoftBrew™ system freely allows you to try different ways – no instructions for use!
The purpose of the Sowden SoftBrew™ filter is to keep the ground bean waste separated from the final beverage; thousands of microscopic holes sized between 0.15 and 0.18 mm allow the water to flow and take up the taste without any of the inconveniences of the other coffee making systems, whilst some “fines” (very small particles) filter through into the coffee giving the typical “body” of an excellent brew.
The method is simple: place the filter into the pot, put coffee into the filter and pour over hot water at the desired temperature, SoftBrew™ allows natural brewing giving the final beverage a soft taste with all the flavour that your choice of coffee can give – no squeezing, forcing, pressing or over-filtering.
The filter is permanent, can be washed under the tap or in the dish washer. The holes are ‘cut’ in a way that means the fine powder of the ground coffee does not block the holes.