Many factors can easily turn great quality beans into a bitter tasting cup of coffee and let’s be honest, no one wants that! We’ve had a lot of time to perfect things since 1582, so if you’re brewing at home, here are a couple of tricks and tips we have picked up along the way to extract and enjoy the best flavours from 1582 coffee beans.
ALL IN GOOD MEASURE
Invest in a decent set of scales to accurately measure the coffee as the slightest over/under measure can have a massive effect on your end result. Simply start with a base recipe of fresh ground coffee, then simply tweak as you go by adjusting your grind. Refer to your measurements for your next cup, and only change one variable at a time.
GRIND IT RIGHT
Grinding is an ultra-important step of the process as this can make or break the extraction. So get your hands on a quality grinder and do it right. Good grinders will allow you to select the size of the grind which is important as each brew process requires a slightly different grind size.
H20 IS KEY
A simple tip, but often missed. Start with fresh filtered and heat to the right temperature. The optimal water temperature should be between 92-97C depending on the origin, roast style and apparatus you are brewing with.
KEEP YOUR TOOLS CLEAN
Dirty tools produce dirty tasting coffee, so keep everything clean and tidy. This includes everything from your brewing apparatus to filters, cups and spoons, scales and timers. Don’t be a fool, look after your tool(s).
THE COFFEE. MMM. THE COFFEE.
Choose specialty coffee, always Arabica beans and always the best quality you can get your hands on. Of course, 1582 beans are selected from the world’s top producing coffee farms, delicately processed and dried before being expertly roasted on our amazing Loring coffee roasters. As with all fresh produce, beans are best consumed within 5 – 30 days of being roasted. Oxygen and bright light are the enemy of your coffee beans, so store in an air tight container in a dark cool spot to retain optimal flavour qualities of the beans. Storing in a fridge is a bit taboo, but if you do this always allow for the beans to return temperature before grinding, this will ensure consistency in your grind setting.