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Brewing A Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Brewing A Perfect Cup Of Coffee

Brewing a great cup of coffee depends on a few things such as, the quality and freshness of the coffee beans, the quality of the water being used, the type of brewing being done, and the grind of the coffee. Now, the quality of the beans and water is something you should be able to take care of.  Just use good quality, fresh beans and pure water.  However, the relationship between the grind of the coffee and the type of brewing being done is more detailed and is explained  below.

Coffee is made by passing hot water over crushed coffee beans. However, for it to really work well we need to understand just how long the water should be passing over the beans. The purpose of this article is to help you understand how to match your coffee’s grind to the type of brewing you are doing in order to make the best coffee possible.

Generally speaking, the ‘soaking’ time depends on how coarse the coffee is ground. This means that finer ground coffee beans need less contact with the water, and coarser ground coffee  beans  need longer contact. Espresso coffee is only exposed to hot water for about 20-40 seconds and as a result is made using extremely fine ground coffee beans. A French press coffee maker can take as much as 4 minutes and uses an extremely coarse ground coffee. If coffee is left contacting water for too long for its grind size, unwanted extracts emerge and make the coffee taste bitter.  Of course, if the grind is too coarse and the water passes too quickly (for instance if you used a french press grind in an espresso machine), very little of the caffeine and flavors will be extracted and the coffee will have poor flavor.

Filters also play an important role in managing the balance between over and under brewing your coffee. Not only do they keep the grind out of your cup, but they also control how fast the water passes over the ground coffee. Paper filters are the most common, and generally do a good job but  can absorb some of the coffee flavor.  Some people even claim they can taste the paper in the coffee brew.  Another option is the metal filter which are usually made from stainless steel or a gold plated mesh.   They have a very fine weave and filter out the coffee grinds very well.  A decent quality metal filter will last a very long time and be more cost effective in the end.  But whichever yo choose, paper or metal, be sure to buy decent quality.  Cheap filters can clog and may not allow the coffee to brew properly.

Brewing a cup of coffee is not that difficult however, brewing a great cup takes a little more dedication, but isn’t any harder. Start with buying the freshest coffee beans you can find and good clean water, then match your brewing style to the proper grind and experiment with the exact proportions and pretty soon you’ll be brewing killer coffee every time!

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