Every person has their own preference for how their coffee should be enjoyed. However, a few fundamentals will help you to perfect your brewing technique and maximize your coffee enjoyment.
To brew a classic cup of coffee, here are a few tips:
Ensure that your coffee equipment is thoroughly cleaned after each use. If some grounds have not been properly removed from your coffee maker, this could lead to build-up of coffee oil (caffeol), resulting in a bitter and rancid taste in your next cup.
The quality of the water adds to the quality of your coffee. If the quality of the tap water isn’t optimal, or has a distinct odour or taste, it is best to use filtered or bottled water.
Remember, SAFETY FIRST, when working with heat and hot beverages! Please take the necessary precautions when brewing, pouring and drinking coffee.
When using a French Press or brewing manually, allow the water to come to a full boil, but do not over boil. After boiling, allow the water to rest a minute before pouring it over the grounds.
Ultimately, the temperature at which you enjoy your coffee is your own preference.
Another important factor to consider, for optimal flavour extraction, is the amount of time the water is in contact with the coffee grounds, also referred to as contact time.
Herewith a few guidelines:
In a drip system: approximately 5 minutes.
Plunger / French Press: between be 2-4 minutes.
Espresso: briefly for only 20-30 seconds.
Should the taste not be pleasant, please consider the following:
Over-extracting – the brew time is too long
Under-extracting – the brew time is too short
Experiment with the contact time until you get the right balance for your preferred taste.
After enjoying your coffee, what to do with the ground?
We are always working to reduce our impact, while improving the quality and flavour of your perfect cup of coffee. Therefore, we want to help you avoid wasteful methods of brewing your coffee.
To learn how to recycle used coffee grounds, view the recommendations below: