The Secret to a Perfect Brew

July 31, 2015

how to brew coffeeSo you’ve just picked up a pound of your favorite fresh-roasted beans. You know you want to turn that beckoning aroma into an equally delicious home brew – but exactly how do you do that without compromising flavor? No worries! We are here to guide you through the correct brewing process and have you on your way to the perfect cup. Here are some helpful tips for unlocking your coffee’s rich flavor and deep aroma:

  1. If you grind your own beans, grind just before brewing.
  2. Grind your coffee in small batches.
  3. Measure 2T of coffee per 6oz. of water. This makes a deep, flavorful cup of coffee. (If you prefer a lighter cup, simply add a little hot water to the finished brew.)
  4. Always use fresh water – some people prefer using filtered water.
  5. If you use a French press coffee maker, bring the water to just short of a boil (195-205 degrees).
  6. Keep brew time to 4-5 minutes.

The Scoop on Grinding

Different brewing systems require different grinds to get the best results. Your barista can advise you on the proper grind for your coffeemaker. Here are a few guidelines:

  • If possible, only grind as much coffee as you intend to use right away.
  • Choosing the proper grind setting is an art in itself. In general, the faster brewing systems benefit from a finer grind, and slower systems require a coarser grind.

coffee brewing chart
The Skinny on Storage

When it comes to freshness, there’s no substitute for, well, freshness. We encourage our guests to buy just a week’s worth of coffee at a time. Store your coffee at room temperature in the same bags you bring your coffee home in. Avoid refrigerator or freezer storage.

 

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