Coffee Ed/101

Brewing Great Gourmet Coffee

You've probably heard that brewing a great cup of coffee requires a lot of fuss. Actually, it's pretty simple, especially when you start with the best possible beans, such as SmartBean coffee.

  1. Use good quality cold water?heat it to a near boil.
  2. Measure your coffee: 2 level tablespoons of coffee per 6 ounces of water.
  3. Pour the hot water through the ground coffee.
  4. Allow to come to full flavor?about 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. Pour into your favorite cup or mug.
  6. Add some cream and sugar if that's how you prefer your coffee.
  7. Enjoy, hugely.

Hints

  1. Always grind beans just prior to brewing?use just enough for the amount you wish to brew.
  2. For brewing with a drip coffee maker, the optimum grind has the consistency of granulated sugar.
  3. Brewed coffee that tastes bitter is usually the result of not using enough coffee. A bitter taste can also happen when coffee is brewed too long, or the grind is too fine.
  4. To maintain the best possible flavor of your remaining just-brewed coffee, pour it into a thermal container, as too much heat (i.e. a coffee maker's warming plate) will affect the "structure" of the coffee after 20 or 30 minutes.