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
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
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
KPFC BREWING NOTES &
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%
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
||Percolator & Press Pot
||Plunger & Drip Methods
||Espresso & Vaccum