Learn how to brew a café quality cup of coffee at home this weekend! Below are a few pointers in help improve your home brewing!
This one might seem obvious, but fresh coffee is critical to producing a good cup of coffee. When you buy coffee from your local roaster (Aveley Farms) or café ask when the coffee was roasted. Quality coffee should have a ‘roasted on’ date instead of an ‘Expires on’ date printed on the bag.
Coffee is best when consumed in the first two weeks after roasting. Please buy coffee whole bean if possible as coffee is best when freshly ground. Studies show coffee starts to lose its flavor four minutes after being ground. As far as coffee profiles go, this is up to personal taste and preference. Some people like big bodied, chocolate, nutty coffees while other prefer brighter and fruity coffees. No matter how you prefer your coffee, remember that fresh coffee is a must!
Keep in mind that how you choose to brew your coffee, grind size and other factors will determine how each cup turns out.
Grind size is next in line of importance when it comes to brewing a good cup at home. Depending on the brew method you decide to use, this will dictate how you should grind your coffee.
As mentioned above, freshly ground coffee is ideal for the best cup of coffee! We recommend Burr grinders over blade grinders as you can get a more consistent grind size. Burr grinders are more expensive, but worth the investment to ensure a perfect grind each time. The finer you grind your coffee, the more extraction will take place. Pour over and drip coffees require a finer grind size (table salt) than a French Press (courser grinds). If you are fortunate enough to have an espresso machine at home you will have to grind extremely fine as espresso machines require pressure to extract the coffee…more on Espresso in a later post.
Grind size can and will have a huge impact on the extraction of your coffee. Having the correct grind size for your brew method of choice is a must.
There are countless ways to brew coffee. Pour over, Drip, French Press, Chemex, Espresso, Aeropress, Mako Pot and so many more! The method you choose is not as important, but rather what flavor profiles you are looking for.
Pour over and filter coffees such as Hario V60, Chemex and others will produce more extraction and result in a cleaner, lighter cup. One thing to remember with filter coffees is to pre-wet the filter to ensure the paper taste is washed out before you being your brew. Coffee Percolators such as French Press and Aeropress, which cycle the coffee grounds in a heated chamber, will generally result in bigger bodied cups. At Aveley Farms, we use a gooseneck kettle to help with pour speed and consistency in all our brew methods.
Remember the type of brewing method you select will determine the grind size required. The water temperature you use in combination with the amount of ground coffee you use for your brew will determine the pace of extraction as well.
Refer to our ‘Brew Methods’ section to get details on different brew methods.
Experiment & Have Fun
Part of the coffee experience is experimenting with new brew equipment, messing with grind size, tying different pouring speeds, water temperatures and all the other variables into pouring a perfect cup! The above guidelines are a good starting place and will help you improve your home brewing methods. Remember, it always starts with high quality, freshly roasted coffee. After this, it comes down to personal preference, how you like your coffee, and trying new methods.
Feel free to send an email with any questions you have on coffees, brew equipment, grinders, filters or any other questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.