Brewing coffee is an art form. But, understanding your taste is the first step to making a quality cup. Determine if you like your coffee strong, medium or light, and then use our calculator to customize a cup with the perfect coffee-to-water ratio.
To use our calculator, fill out how many cups of coffee you want to brew and how strong you prefer your coffee. Then, use our recommended measurements by weight or volume to brew the perfect cup. Once you’re ready to make a cup, make sure you’re using ground coffee at a similar grain size to table salt and quality water.
Once you the coffee-to-water ratio that suits your taste, there are a few extra steps you can take to make the perfect cup. Take an extra 2 to 3 minutes to run through the list below, and your friends and family may mistake you for a barista.
Clean your coffee maker. Nothing is worse than your coffee passing through oily build up. Run vinegar through your coffee maker once every few weeks to remove any build up, but make sure to run it with water after to remove any reminisce of vinegar.
Buy fresh beans. Recently roasted beans will make all the difference. Try to buy from trusted local roasters, or from brands that consciously packages their beans to last a while. It’s common for beans from large bins at the grocery store to be sitting for weeks, so you may want to rely on packaged beans. And, once you purchase your beans, remember to store them in an airtight container, away from light.
Perfect the ground. We recommend that you grind only enough beans just before brewing since coffee begins to lose its quality once it’s ground. Avoid blade grinders at all costs and opt for burr grinders for better grind consistency. For drip and pour-overs, you’ll want to grind the beans so that the consistency is similar to granulated table salt, and adjusting size as needed.
Use quality filtered water. Tap water can ruin the taste of coffee with its contaminants, so opt for bottled water or filtered tap water to maintain the full flavor of the coffee.
The filter makes a difference. Bargain filters can be thin, affecting the brewing process. Plus, many are bleached, which is bad for the environment and some claim it affects taste. We recommend that you select a thicker, unbleached filter.
Turn off the coffee maker when brewing is complete. If your coffee machine doesn’t shut down automatically, make sure to turn it off when brewing is complete to avoid a burnt taste.
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