If you are like us, addicted to great tasting coffee, then please follow along and learn the art of brewing the “Perfect Cup” using the drip method.
The Coffee Bean
Great coffee starts with great the purchase of high quality coffee beans (like ours ..hint). Purchase 100% Arabica beans soon after it is roasted (preferably within 48 hrs of roasting). Also purchase in small batches every 1-2 weeks depending on household consumption. Use a light to medium roast to enjoy the subtle nuances of the coffee’s origin.
Course grind your coffee beans using a good quality burr coffee grinder. Feel the grind between your fingers, because too fine a grind will produce a bitter tasting coffee. So, please keep the grind course so you can enjoy the subtle flavor nuances of the origin.
Cleaning the brewing equipment is a very important step. Throughly clean your equipment with hot water and mild soap to remove any residues from the previous brew. Left over residue will alter the taste and flavor of your coffee.
We recommend using filtered or bottled water if your tap water is not good. If you decide to use tap water, make it run for a couple of seconds before using.
Coffee to Water Ratio
Use 1 to 2 tablespoons of course ground coffee for every six ounces of water. If you prefer a stronger brew add a tad bit more if you prefer a lighter brew add a tad bit less. Use the measure lines on the coffee pot to measure out the water, rather than a regular coffee mug.
If you are using an automatic coffee machine then temperature will probably be maintained between 195 – 205 ˚F. If you plan to brew manually then let the water come to a full boil, wait about a minute before pouring it over the coffee grounds. If your water is too cold the flavor of your coffee will be flat, and if your water is too hot there will be a loss in flavor.
In an automatic machine the contact time between the water and the grounds will be approximately 5 minutes. If you are manually brewing coffee using the plunger method the time should be somewhere between 2-4 minutes for optimal taste. Over-extracting ( longer time) or under-extracting( shorter time) will adversely affect the quality and flavor of your coffee. Experiment with the time until you brew your perfect cuppa coffee.
Enjoy the Perfect Cuppa Coffee
Pour the brewed coffee into warmed cups immediately. If not serving immediately store in an insulated thermos for not more than 40 minutes. And Never Ever reheat coffee.