Here is an array of tips covering the different aspects that make a great cup of coffee and the different ways you can brew your coffee.
We often get asked specifically how many spoons of coffee should people use in their brewers. While we believe the answer is up to the brewer, these are the numbers for those who seek the definitives:
8.25grams per 150ml of water (as per the Specialty Coffee Association of America cupping protocols).
But not all of us have precision scales in our kitchens. Roughly, 8.25grams translate to 2 heaped tablespoons of ground coffee.
There are wonderful coffees whose qualities shine if brewed in certain ways. Therefore we believe there is not a single brewing process that is superior to the rest. There are just people's brewing preferences. However, a good cup of coffee can become great if the beans are fresh and ground just before brewing. So if you want to invest in something to improve your coffee at home, get a grinder.
There are myriad of ways to brew coffee at home. That's why we've included cupping notes for plunger, vacuum brewer, drip filter, stovetop moka pot and domestic espresso machines. Though we steer clear of prescribing specific dosages and proportion of coffee to water (because we recognise individual preferences for these things) you may appreciate some brewing tips:
- Preheat cups. Cold cups act as heat sinks reducing your brew's temperature several degrees and diminishing cup qualities.
- Dose coffee according to taste.
- Grind as you brew.
- Use the appropriate grind size:
Drip Filter - coarse
Plunger and Vacuum Brewers - slightly finer than for drip filters There's always a bit of silt that settles at the bottom of your cup. If you find more silt than you care to have, grind a bit coarser
Stovetop moka pot - even finer but you are still able to discern the grinds
Espresso machine - fine enough to produce a 30ml shot, with 7-9 grams of coffee in a single basket, in 25-30 seconds