Are you tired of the same old coffee and would like to ensure that you get the best brew every single time? Read on because this is a no-fuss guide made especially for all you coffee lovers out there.
What Results To The Best Brew Possible?
Think of the following factors that will affect the resulting brew:
- Coffee to water ratio: How many cups of coffee do you want? You have to prepare the right amount of coffee grounds to the specific amount of water to brew your cups of coffee.
- Appropriate grind size: Check the manual of your coffee maker and follow the recommended grind size. You’ll need a high-quality burr grinder with the ability to adjust the grind size of coffee.
- Water temperature: How hot the water is will prep the coffee grounds and bring out the best flavors for extraction while brewing.
- Brewing Time: You also have to control the amount of time that the coffee grounds are in contact with hot water to allow for the perfect brew.
All of these factors are the unifying principles in brewing with whatever coffee maker you have.
How Much Coffee and Water Should I Use?
If you find it difficult on which advice to follow for the perfect coffee-to-water ratio, you can start with the brewing standard of 2 tablespoons of coffee to 8 ounces of water. To know more about the different measurements for coffee and water to use, check out this grind size guide from Lifehacker.
The Perfect Grind Size
Here’s a basic list of the perfect grind size for different coffee makers.
- Aeropress: Recommended grind size is fine to medium coarse grind depending on how long you’ll steep the coffee using the device.
- Drip Machine: The coffee extraction is dictated by the small hole of your coffee machine, so you’ll need medium-coarse to medium grind size.
- French Press: Steeping of coffee and water takes a longer time for around several minutes, so you’ll need a coarse grind for this.
- Pour Over: Most pour over coffee makers require a medium to medium-fine grind. The grind size will vary between those two according to the size and flow rate of water of the device.
- Single-Cup Coffee Maker: If you have a brewer such as Verismo or Keurig, the coffee-to-water contact time is short, so you’ll need medium to medium-fine grind size.
- Siphon Brewers: Use a medium-fine grind size while brewing using the siphon method.
Take note that if you are going to make espresso, you’ll need extra fine grind size because the contact time between ground coffee and water is very short. If you’re going to make a cold brew, you have to grind coffee to coarse or extra coarse since the contact time between coffee grounds and water takes ages (around 12 or 72 hours).
What Do I Need To Prepare Everything?
- Fresh Coffee Beans: Grinding fresh coffee beans before brewing is still way better than using pre-ground coffee. This brings out the full flavor and aroma of coffee which pre-ground coffee has lost along the way. Ensure the freshness of your coffee beans with a reliable coffee canister.
- Gram Scale: You need to be accurate in measuring the amount of coffee, and a good quality gram scale does the job pretty well.
- Coffee Grinder: A blade grinder will produce uniform grind size, but a burr grinder allows you to adjust grind settings. Invest on a high-quality burr grinder to help you grind the perfect coarseness for your coffee maker.
- Kettle: Nothing beats a gooseneck kettle with a built-in thermometer to make a more precise heating of water for the right temperature for brewing.
- Timer: You need to follow the exact period of brewing with whatever coffee maker you use to brew coffee at its best. A timer will keep your brewing time more efficient, so don’t rely on self-counting or estimating the time.
IN A NUTSHELL
Make a list of the different factors you need to take in brewing. Master all of the steps with regards to the coffee maker that you’ll use. With daily practice, you’ll brew coffee like no other, and you’ll enjoy the perfect brew every single time.