December 17, 2022
REASONS FOR WEAK COFFEE
- NOT ENOUGH COFFEE IS BEING USED
This is probably one of the most common mistakes. People just don’t use enough when brewing their favourite java. Different methods require different amounts of coffee. For example, if you’re using a French Press, we recommend using 2 full table spoons for every 6oz’s of water. However, if you’re brewing with an automatic drip machine we recommend 1 table spoon for every 6oz’s of water. The reason for the change in amount of coffee used is because automatic drip brewers brew at higher temperatures than a French press would.
- BREW TIME IS NOT LONG ENOUGH
As with tea, the strength of your coffee has a good amount to do with how long the coffee “steeps”. If the coffee doesn’t have enough time to interact with the hot water, you will get weak, under extracted, flavourless coffee. This is entirely the result of under-steeping.
- THE WATER ISN’T HOT ENOUGH
Brewing temperature is extremely important in making the perfect cup of coffee. If the water is too hot, then the coffee will over extract and taste bitter. However, if the water isn’t hot enough, then the coffee will under extract and taste weak. The ideal temperature used to brew coffee is between 195 F and 205 F.
- WRONG COFFEE GRIND SIZE
Consistency is key. Your coffee should be evenly ground for whichever brewing method you enjoy. Each method is different and you should know exactly which grind size is best needed for the brew type you are using. Generally, though, if the coffee grind is too coarse for that given brew type, there’s a potential risk of under extraction resulting in watery, weak, flavourless coffee.
December 18, 2022
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE
Happiness is quite simple….COFFEE. Nothing is more enjoyable and satisfying than the perfect cup of coffee. Here are some tips to follow to make sure you’re brewing the most delicious cup of Joe possible.
- FRESH COFFEE BEANS
Without a doubt, freshly roasted coffee is a must. Fresh, high-quality coffee will be very clean tasting and help ensure your brew is made with no bitterness or aftertaste.
- KEEP YOUR COFFEE BEANS FRESH
Always store your coffee in an air tight container, preferably with a one-way degassing valve. This will allow the CO2 coffee produces to release and keep out any oxygen that may ruin your coffee. We recommend storing your beans in a cool dry place such as a cupboard and avoid storing them in the refrigerator and especially, the freezer. Be aware, oxygen exposure, moisture and extreme temperature are all factors that help speed the aging process of your coffee beans.
- GRIND YOUR OWN COFFEE
Fresh ground coffee is always best. Coffee starts losing it’s quality as soon as it’s ground. Basically, for the freshest possible cup of coffee you’ll want to grind your freshly roasted beans right before you brew
- GOOD WATER
Brewed coffee is 98.5% water. Use fresh water, as free of impurities and alkalines as possible. Nothing ruins a pot of coffee more than poor tap water with heavy chlorine and off flavors.