It is important to start with fresh coffee beans. Remember, coffee is like produce in that it is a perishable product. It will lose freshness over time and become stale! Your coffee will begin to go stale a month or so after roast date.
If possible, get a good conical burr grinder. This is going to ensure that your grind is even and always consistent. These grinders have several grind settings that are easy to adjust when you’re switching from, let’s say, a French Press to an Aeropress brew method. Don’t forget, it’s best to grind your beans just before you brew. Once you grind your coffee, each ground particle is now fully exposed to oxygen, coffee’s freshness enemy!
Your delicious cup of coffee is about 98% water! It’s important to know that your water can greatly affect the taste of your coffee. In fact, in the coffee industry, it’s common to taste the same coffee with different waters to prove the point! Ideally, you want to begin brewing your coffee with water that is about 30 seconds off the boil - between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.
COFFEE TO WATER RATIO
Depending on the coffee, we may adjust our brew ratio of coffee to water. If you like your coffee on the stronger side, you may want to try a 1:15 ratio, meaning one part coffee to 15 parts water. If you don’t have a scale, a TBSP is about 6 grams of coffee. Note, there are 28 grams in 1 ounce. Play with your ratio to find that perfect cup for you!
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