Guide To Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee
First of all you need to make sure you get a hold of some very fine quality premium gourmet coffee. If you want to make the perfect cup of coffee you can’t mess around.
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When looking for some milder flavour we recommend Southern American such as Brazil and Colombian beans. Some brighter (more pronounced) coffees come from places like Costa Rica and Guatemala. Heading east we get more earthy tones from Kenya and Ethiopia, which produce some of the highest quality Arabica beans in the world, along with Tanzania. For flavors that tend towards spice and hold a great dark roast, we recommend Sulawesi and Sumatra.
Then you will be ready to get started in learning how to make coffee, real coffee and the best coffee you ever tasted.
Your Choices Among the World’s Fine Coffees
There are many choices when it comes to great coffee including Fair Trade coffee and organic coffee. You may try some of the more respected coffees of Ethiopia, Sumatra, Kenya, Brazil, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, or Guatemala.
Storing Your Coffee
Always store the coffee in a cool, dark and dry place, and not in the freezer or refrigerator. This is essential to prevent the fine flavors and aromas of the freshly-roasted coffee from degrading due to exposure to light and air.
Ideally, you want to store your coffee in a 1-way valve seal container such as the Friis Coffee Vault. If you have opened the coffee bag already, the worst place is the freezer because the coffee beans will absorb moisture. Unopened coffee bags with a 1-way valve seal may be stored in the freezer, and this can actually extend the freshness.
The worst type of grinder to use is a blade grinder because they generate too much eat and can actually re-roast the coffee beans. Only grind what you are going to use at the time because once the coffee has been ground it will lose its fine flavors and aromas very rapidly.
The most important point is to use the correct grind for your coffee maker.
Avoid using too fine of a grind because it can break up the coffee bean fibers to much as it can cause the aromatic oils of the coffee to be over-exposed to oxygen and result in a distinct bitterness. Grinding too coarse will result in underextracted coffee, as the water will pass through too quickly.
Making French Press Coffee
A good French Press has a stainless steel or gold mesh filter. Make sure your equipment is perfectly clean because old residues can impart a tainted taste to your perfect cup of coffee. It’s also important that the glass be made of borosilicate – the same material as beakers in science labs – to deal with the heat without shattering. Glass is a poor choice.
There’s a number of different brands and models as well as sizes, ranging from 1-cup (30 mL) all the way up to 8.6 cup (1500 mL).
Boiling the Water to Brew the Best Cup of Coffee
Now boil some water and make sure the pot you use is also perfectly clean. Use baking soda and water on the equipment to remove any coffee oils or acids remaining from previous brewing. Bottled spring water or cold filtered water work well.
Brewing Your Coffee
Once you have brought the water to a boil take it off the heat and let is sit for just a short time. The ideal temperature of water for brewing the perfect cup of coffee is two hundred degrees Fahrenheit.
If you use a thermometer a few times you can check just the right amount of time to let the water sit and then you won’t need to use the thermometer any more.
Tips for Fine Brewing
Place the roasted and ground coffee into the French Press and pour the water on top. Use about 1.5 to 2 tablespoons of coffee per six ounces of water. Let the coffee steep for about three to five minutes depending upon the strength you desire.
If the coffee grind size is a bit more coarse then you may need to let it steep a bit longer. As the coffee grounds steep in the hot water the fine aromatic qualities of the coffee beans are released into the liquid.
Plunging the French Press
Now it is time to press the plunger down. Do this very slowly so the ground coffee and the very hot water have an ideal interaction that helps to extract the aromatic oils and fine flavors from the premium gourmet coffee beans.
Now before you pour the coffee make sure you pre-warm your coffee cup or it will pull all the heat out of your coffee the moment it is poured into the cup, also harming the fine coffee flavors and aromas.
Once you have poured the coffee into your coffee cup don’t wait too long to begin enjoying it because the finest qualities will immediately start to dissipate including the subtle nuances of the coffee flavors such as the body, aroma, acidity, bitterness, sweetness, and finish or aftertaste).
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