s

News

  • How to Brew Good Coffee at Home
  • Info At Mocha Joe's
  • brewing

How to Brew Good Coffee at Home

There are several methods better than an auto-drip machine for brewing your coffee, ranging from inexpensive pour-over's like those made by Melitta, to the more expensive French Press or Chemex. There are also, of course, many other brewing methods, but I've found these to be the easiest for beginners.
Water is an incredibly important part of brewing coffee. I highly recommend using a water filter on your faucet or one of those filter containers that you can stick in your refrigerator. Quality water makes quality coffee. The water temperature should be between 195-202 degrees but 198-200 degrees is optimal in most cases. If you want to get technical you could grab a thermometer and check the temperature of your water but if you don't have one you can let the water boil and then let it sit for about 30 seconds to a minute so that it can come back down to roughly the correct temperature range. Alternatively you can pour it from your hot water kettle into another vessel to drop the temperature sufficiently. Just make sure not to use boiling water when making your coffee because it will over-extract.

Next you want to make sure you are using a good ratio of coffee to water to brew. If you are measuring your water before brewing and start with 8fl oz, then you want to use 13.2g of ground coffee. If you are pouring your water in until you get 8fl oz of brewed coffee, then you want to use about 15g of ground coffee. This is a 17.3:1 ratio of water to water but anywhere from 16:1 to 18:1 is a good starting point for experimenting. I highly recommend buying an inexpensive digital gram scale if you don't have one in your kitchen. You can get a suitable one in the $10-15 range.
Burr grinders are more expensive but better than blade grinders because you have more control over the fineness or coarseness of the grind. The particle size is also a lot more consistent and you can make sure you are always getting the same grind size. You can also get your coffee ground at our cafe or most grocery stores if you don't have a grinder at home. If you follow the brewing instructions for brew time and keep the coffee to water ratio the same, the only thing you should need to adjust is the grind setting. This is how you dial in your taste preference. If your coffee tastes too bitter and over extracted, make the grind a little coarser. If your coffee tastes weak and watery, make your grind a little bit finer.

There is of course a lot more you can experiment with once you get the hang of the basics but this is a good place to start.
  • Info At Mocha Joe's
  • brewing