How to get the Best Brew for your Bean

Did you dig the Coffee Roasting tips in our bi-weekly newsletter “How to get the Best Brew for your Bean”? Well, here are the additional tips we promised!

1.      Get good beans, the coffee can only be as good as the beans that go into it. Don’t settle for bargain brands – your stomach will thank you.

2.      Use cold, filtered water (any type of consumer-level filter is great). If you don’t filter it, at least use clean water; coffee is only as good as the water you use. Do not use distilled water – only filtered, bottled, or spring water.

3.      Remove the used coffee and the filter immediately after brewing; if not, then the filter will continue to drip bitter coffee into your perfect pot.

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Next newsletter we’ll tell you how to get the perfect grind. Ever wondered if a simple change in your grinding could get you better coffee? We’ll show you how in two weeks.

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2 responses to “How to get the Best Brew for your Bean

  1. A note on #2:
    I’d definitely recommend filtering the water if you have a lot of sediment build up. I’ve seen some really great coffee makers, especially those with compliated metal interiors like espresso makers, end up having problems b/c of mineral build up within them.

    As for #1, could you expound upon what the characteristics of “good beans” are? I’d like to know some more details to avoid other than low price “bargain brands.” Also, aren’t there some less-expensive fairly traded, maybe even organically-grown coffees out there? I have a feeling that not all bargain (and store) brands are created equal.

    Thanks!

  2. Hi Dawn,

    You are right – filtered water is best, especially if you are using an expensive machine or just one that you want to protect. It also depends on your city’s municipal water system – some cities, like NYC, have clean enough water that some (including me) would say is fine to use without a filter (except for commercial or higher end espresso machines, for which you should use filtered water). I recommend either using a filter at home, or buying spring water. DO NOT use distilled water, since the distillation process removes all the natural minerals that make your coffee yummy!

    Re: your “good beans” question, freshly roasted is most important. The majority of coffees at supermarkets have been sitting on the shelves for months, so buy from your local roaster or a local specialty shop, or from a respected roaster online. ask them how fresh the beans are – if the beans are over 1 to 3 weeks old, then don’t buy those beans! always keep your beans in airtight containers to keep them fresh longer. Italians may disagree with me, but also make sure that you’re buying 100% Arabica – many cheap brands on the supermarket shelves will mix in some robusta since it is much cheaper. robusta may provide coffee with a bitter kick, but will not provide that “flavorful kick” that really makes coffees impress.

    the other type of “good beans” are those that are good to the earth and to the people who produce them. look for a roaster with transparency, who can tell you which farmers/farms the beans came from – not just the country!

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