How to Caffeinate In The Wild - Episode 4
This for everyone who enjoys coffee – one cup at a time. We’re wrapping up our How to Caffeinate In the Wild series with Pour Over, the prize choice method of many coffee snob’s (we mean lover’s) routine. Follow along as Brandon Litun, founder of Smoking Gun Coffee, takes us step-by-step through the process of perfecting your Pour Over, no matter how off the grid you are.
Pour over coffee is slow, romantic, and a great way to accentuate the brighter notes of coffee. There are many different types that vary in shape, filter style, material, and price. We like the Kalita Wave because it is durable, can be used directly on top of a cup (requiring less equipment), and can be used as a single cup brewer. Whatever brewer you choose, the pour over technique remains generally the same.
Brandon Litun is the founder and head roaster of Smoking Gun Coffee Roasters based in the Fraser Valley, BC. Brandon has been in the coffee industry for many years, working as a barista in cafés around western Canada, consulting with some of the best roasters and coffee leaders in the Pacific Northwest, and competing in several local festivals and events.
Brandon discovered roasting coffee to be an incredibly dynamic, sensory, and therapeutic process, and recklessly threw himself at it, eventually founding SG out of his garage as a side hustle in 2015. In winter 2019, SG partnered with a local brewery and launched its first production roastery with a focus on wholesale. This was quickly impacted by the pandemic that closed many businesses in spring 2020.
In an effort to pivot, SG quickly launched a "curbside café" which was warmly received by the community and provided an opportunity to develop the service side of the business. This momentum also resulted in SG signing a lease on a new brick and mortar café/roastery in Chilliwack BC (launching summer 2021). SG's goal is to craft exceptional coffee experiences, and to make the dynamic world of specialty coffee accessible to everyone. SG works hard to offer a range of coffees - from light and bright to dark and classic, including dope decaf!