|TYPE OF GRIND
|COFFEE BREWING METHOD
|PLUNGER / FRENCH PRESS
|DRIP FILTER & STOVE TOP ESPRESSO
Trying out various coﬀee beans and diﬀerent brewing methods – introduces coﬀee lovers to the rich variety of gourmet coﬀees. There are a number of do’s and don’ts associated with good coﬀee brewing that are common to all methods. Here are several recommendations:
Store fresh unused coﬀee in an air-tight container in a cool dry place, whole bean coﬀee stays fresh longer than
ground coﬀee.For prolonged freshness ground coﬀee may be kept in a refrigerator for 7-10 days maximum.
Freezing coﬀee is best if you must keep it for extended time before using.
It is best to allow the beans to thaw to room temperature before grinding.
However, it is recommended that coﬀee be ground nearest to the time of brewing whether at the
gourmet store or at home. Be sure that the coﬀee is fresh at the start; refrigeration will not restore
stale coﬀee. Coﬀee attracts and absorbs foreign odours, so be careful to protect your coﬀee from
foreign ﬂavours and odours that can aﬀect the ﬂavour.
Always use the correct grind for the particular brewing method you have chosen.
Cafe Hernandez will have suggestions about the perfect grind for you.
Often, if your coﬀee is bitter and overly strong, the grind is too ﬁne or you have used too much coﬀee.
If the brew lacks ﬂavour or strength, it is likely that the grind is too coarse, or you have used too little coﬀee. The grind of the coﬀee should be adjusted to the type of brewing and equipment used.
Generally speaking, the faster the brewing method, the ﬁner the grind.
Always use freshly drawn cold water. Hot water has a tendency to be ﬂat and stale.
Never use softened water – it produces a bad-tasting brew.
Never guess amounts. The recommended proportions of coﬀee and water is two level tablespoons per six ounces (one cup) cold water for regular-strength coﬀee – preferably measuring both.
Slight adjustment can be made to suit individual taste preferences.
Make sure the coffee brewer and server are clean and thoroughly rinsed.
Coffee quickly picks up off-flavours during the brewing process.
For best results, always brew to the full capacity of your coﬀee maker.
To prevent bitterness, remove the grounds from the brew as soon as the brewing cycle is completed.
FOr the same reason, never re-use grounds.
Serve coﬀee immediately after brewing. With drip methods, stir the brew before serving.
Fresh-brewed gourmet coﬀee allowed to sit in a warmer will begin losing ﬂavour immediately.
The longer it is held, the less desirable it becomes.
Brewed coﬀee stays ﬂavourable for about 20 minutes and drinkable for about one hour maximum.
Never reheat cooled coffee or allow it to sit on a heat source – the coffee will lose it flavour
quickly if the brew begins to boil.
An air pot, such as a thermos or any other kind of vacuum container with a glass or stainless steel
insides will keep freshly-brewed coﬀee warm for a long time.Storing coﬀee this way also keeps the
coﬀee from breaking down and losing its ﬂavour. Be sure that the interior is glass or stainless steel,
for other materials may hold old ﬂavours.