THE ART OF COFFEE BREWING

Coffee brewing is a simple art. Ground coffee plus water and finding time is what it will take for these elements to come together.

Some drinkers like their coffee full-bodied and some prefer it on the lighter side. Using more ground coffee you use per cup of water, the stronger the cup will taste. In making coffee the length of time it is brewed is a very important factor. Stretching a pound of coffee by using less and brewing it longer or grinding it finer will produce a less desirable cup quality.

Drip method requires four to six minutes, vacuum and espresso coffees take one to three minutes, French press one to two minutes, depending on the grind. Allow no more than six to eight minutes when percolating coffee. Since percolation has a tendency to boil and over extract brewed coffee, gourmet coffees may lose their fine and delicate flavors.

Brewing 100% Kona coffee is nothing like other coffees in the world. A cup of coffee is meant to be shared with others or enjoyed in a quiet moment alone. The key is the right brew.

STORING COFFEE & BREWING THE PERFECT CUP

Experimentation - trying out different brewing methods with different variety of coffee beans to find out the best rich variety of gourmet coffee for a coffee drinker.

1. Unused coffee should be stored in an airtight container in a cool-dry place to keep its freshness, (whole bean coffee will stay fresher longer than ground coffee). To prolong ground coffee freshness, the coffee may be kept refrigerated for 7-10 days maximum. If wanting to keep coffee for an extended time before using Freezing coffee is the best way. Before grinding it is best to allow the beans to thaw to room temperature. Best way to get freshness before brewing it is recommended that coffee be ground nearest time before brewing. To get a good cup of coffee it's best to start with fresh coffee from the start; refrigeration will not restore stale coffee. If refrigerating, be careful coffee is stored in an airtight bottle so it will not attract or absorb foreign odor.

2. Before brewing, always make sure you choose the correct grind for the brewing method that you are using. Talking to your local coffee vendor may help you to choose the perfect grind for you. Experiencing a bitter and overly strong cupping, grind could be too fine or you have used too much coffee. If you use a coarse grind or use too little coffee you may experience lack of flavor or strength in cupping. Depending on the type of brew and equipment used the grind should be adjusted for your brew. If using a faster brewing method, it is recommended that you use a finer grind. Fresh drawn cold water is always best to use. Using hot water will have a tendency to be flat and stale. Using softened water will produces a bad-tasting brew.

3. Always use a measuring scoop for the right measurements. Never guess amounts. To make six ounces (one cup) use two level tablespoons coffee and six ounces of cold water for regular-strength coffee. Depending on the drinker slight adjustment will be made to suit individual taste.

4. *IMPORTANT. Always start off with a clean coffee brewer and that all other supplies are clean and thoroughly rinsed. If the equipment is not rinsed well the coffee will be able to pick up off-flavors during the brewing process. For best results, always brew to the full capacity of your coffee maker.

5. Removing the grounds from the brew as soon as the brewing cycle is completed will prevent bitterness. Never reuse grounds that have already been used.

6. Serving coffee soon after brewing will allow you to capture all the flavors in a good cup of coffee. Letting a fresh-brewed pot of coffee sit on a warmer will start to lose its flavoring immediately. A drinkable pot of coffee will hold its flavor for about an hour.

7. Never reheat cooled coffee or allow it to sit on a heat source. Bringing the coffee to a boil will loose most of its flavor.

8. Using an air pot, such as a thermos or any other kind of vacuum container with a glass or stainless steel inside it will keep the brewed coffee warm for a long time. Using this method of holding freshly brewed coffee it will slow down the process of losing its flavor. Using a glass or stainless steel interior for the inside of the thermos will keep it from picking up other material of bad flavors.

KPFC BREWING NOTES & TIPS

Water temperature should be 195-205 degrees just at a rolling boil


Water should be poured over grounds and let steep for 3-5 minutes


1 cup coffee measure = 3 teaspoons = .25 ounces = 7 grams for 5 ounces of water


Standard recommendation is 7 grams per 5 ounces of water or 3-5% ratio


Here at KPFC we brew 2.5 ounces for 64 ounces of water or 70 grams of coffee grinds for 64 ounces of water.

Type of Grind Brewing Method
Very Coarse Open Pot
Coarse Percolator & Press Pot
Medium Plunger & Drip Methods
Fine Espresso & Vaccum
Extra Fine Turkish Ibrik

 

 





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