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Once you receive your beans, the final step is brewing them. Using the utmost care in brewing will ensure that you get the best, richest flavors out of your beans. Brewing great coffee is a science and an art. I believe in keeping things simple, but there are small adjustments you can make that will help you enjoy your coffee more! And if you want to go deeper with it there is always more to learn and experiment with.
Here are a few basic tips to help you get started. If this seems overwhelming, maybe pick one to focus on each time you brew and work your way through the list. Even making a change in one of these areas can drastically improve the quality in your cup.
- Use filtered water if possible. If your water tastes bad, it will taint the flavor of your coffee.
- Make sure your water is getting hot enough. Ideal temperature is 195-205 degrees F, or just off the boil. Most automatic machines do not get the water hot enough to extract the full flavor from the beans. That’s one reason why we recommend the the full immersion method, in which you control the temperature of the water and the amount of time that the grounds are immersed. (see #4).
- Grind immediately before brewing! Once coffee has been ground, the best flavors disappear within 24 hours. Make sure the grind of your coffee is right for the brewing method you choose.
- To experience the best, fullest flavors of our coffees, we recommend brewing with the Clever Dripper, a full immersion brew method that combines the best features of French press and filter drip brewing, eliminating the drawbacks of each. Out of all the brewing methods we’ve tried, this one makes the best cup. All you need is the Clever Dripper, a cone filter, freshly ground coffee, and hot water right off the boil!
*All of our beans make excellent espresso!