Brewing the Perfect Cup

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1. Choosing Your Favorite Brewing Method

A. French Press (Coffee Press) 

Grind: Coarse 

Directions:

  • Preheat pot and plunger with hot water. Empty water and towel dry.
  • Measure one-tablespoon of coffee grounds for each six-ounce cup into the cylinder.
  • Pour in water (just off the boil) and thoroughly stir the grounds for one minute.
  • Set the plunger on top of the cylinder—do not press down yet, let steep four minutes.
  • Press the plunger down slowly. Allow sediment to settle for 30 seconds before pouring.
  • Note: If the plunger does not press down easily, try a slightly coarser grind.

B. Drip Coffee Maker

Grind: Medium 

Directions: See Below

2. Grinding Coffee Beans

Having freshly ground coffee beans is an important part of creating a quality coffee experience.  Grinding your coffee just prior to brewing brings out the fresh aromas, oils, and flavor, as that coffee is intended to taste.  

 We suggest using a burr grinder.

burr grinder

A burr grinder has rotating metal discs with sharp ridges - or burrs - to grind coffee beans.

This type of grinder is typically adjustable from very fine to coarse, and produces a more consistent particle size compared to a blade grinder. Consistent particle size is the key to brewing quality coffee; this is why using a burr grinder is the choice of coffee professionals.

 

What Grind?

There is a science to everything.  Coffee grinds perform best when ground specifically for your chosen brewing method.  If the grind is too fine, the coffee will be bitter and over-extracted.  If the grind is too coarse, the coffee will taste weak and sour. 

 

Let's go over burr grinder settings:

Espresso: 1 - 4 (fine)

Drip: 5 – 8 (medium)

French Press: 9 – 13 (coarse)

What if the grind was mistakenly ground at a different number?

It happens!  If you accidentally grind your coffee at a different number than intented for your brewing method, then go ahead and use it... IF it is within one notch above or below.  Even with the best quality beans, choosing a grind that is not intended for your brewing method can jeapordize the taste intended for that coffee.  In the case of a large discrepency, it can be a learning experience.  Brew it anyway to taste the difference, or fertilize your roses!

 

How much coffee do I use?

We recommend using two level tablespoons of ground coffee for each six ounces of water.

 

3. Navigating Water

Water quality can dramatically affect the taste of coffee.  Use filtered or bottled water in areas where the tap water is unpleasant.  Cold and freshly drawn water is best, as water that has been sitting in pipes or in a boiler will have the coffee tasting flat.

 

"Just off the Boil"

When it comes to brewing coffee, water temperature is very important.  It is part of the recipe that determines the final flavors in your cup.  

For all coffee brewing methods (other than espresso machines), the ideal water temperature is referred to as "just off the boil".  This is the temperature that a boiling pot of water falls to, the moment it is removed from its heat source.  If you were to put a thermometer to it, it would read between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.  Water at temperatures cooler than 195 degrees will not extract the full flavor of the coffee beans.

Keep in mind that boiling water excessively will drive off the air in the water and flatten the taste.

 

Keep Your Coffee Hot

Throwing a party?  Use a thermal carafe to keep coffee hot for up to two hours without losing any flavor.

Remember that boiling or reheating coffee will boil away the flavor.

 

4. Storing Your Coffee Beans

To preserve the flavor of coffee beans, they should be protected from air, light, and moisture.  

 

About our packaging:

Valve bags are airtight coffee bags with small one-way valves.  This allows gases to escape, yet protects the coffee beans from touching any air that would otherwise seep back into the bag.

 

Did you know?

Because fresh coffee is important to us, we make sure that no moment is wasted between roasting and packing.  Immediately after any roast, coffee beans naturally give off a tremendous amount of gas, which will expand sealed packages not equipped with a one-way valve.  Due to this, the valve bag has been a significant development for the specialty coffee industry.  If packaged immediately in valve bag, freshly roasted coffee will produce enough gas to expel most of the oxygen from the bag—allowing the beans to stay fresh much longer.  Prior to the valve bag, roasters had to settle with either degassing their coffee beans for a few days prior to packaging, or choosing a packaging method with enough air flow for the beans to degass.  

 

Storing large quantities of coffee beans:

If you purchase large quantities of coffee beans, store them unopened in the freezer.  Thaw frozen coffee beans before opening to prevent water from condensing on the beans.  Refreezing coffee beans is not recommended.

If you purchase large amounts of coffee beans and have opened the valve bag, store the remaining beans in an airtight container.