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|The recipe for a
great cup of coffee consists of Grind, Proportion, Freshness
and Water. By understanding and following these guidelines you will
be on your way to brewing a great cup of coffee every time.
How should it be ground? - The shorter the brewing process, the finer the grind. Different brewing methods have different grind requirements, so grind your coffee for the brewing method you use. The amount of time the coffee and water spend together affects the flavor elements that end up in your cup of coffee, and the design of your coffee maker dictates how long the coffee and water sit in direct contact during the brewing process. Here is a comparison guide for different grinds:
ground for an espresso machine should be very fine, in part because the
brew cycle is only 19 to 22 seconds long. But for a coffee press, the
coffee should be coarse ground, because the water and coffee are in direct
contact for about four minutes.
Keeping your coffee fresh - Think of coffee as fresh produce. The enemies of coffee are oxygen, light, heat, and moisture. To keep coffee fresh, store it in an opaque, airtight container at room temperature. Storing coffee in the refrigerator or freezer for daily use can damage the coffee as warm, moist air condenses on the beans and can cause cracking or breaking. For the best results, coffee should be ground just before brewing.
Depending on the kind of coffee beverage you'll be making, you will use different extraction methods and adjust the grind and water flow to your taste. Next, we'll discuss the different types of basic coffee beverages followed by how to make the coffee that goes into them. Following that is a section on recipes for coffee drinks.