Your Guide to Brewing Specialty Coffee
While our farmers ensure we have the highest quality beans and we ensure they are roasted optimally for their profiles, it’s up to you to choose your preferred brew method. We've shared our expert opinion below to get you started.
Once you choose your brew method, check out our step-by-step brew guides above to perfect your method. Together, we will produce exquisite flavors...
Now, let's dive into the critical brew factors that make a good cup of coffee.
Extraction time is the amount of time that water makes contact with the coffee.
Significance: Coffee has an optimal extraction time. Too little time in contact with water yields acidic coffee, and too much time yields bitter coffee. We are aiming for that smooth velvety sweet spot in the middle.
Bed depth is the distance between the bottom of the filter and the top of the coffee
Significance: The bed depth will influence the extraction time. The deeper the bed of coffee is, the longer the water will remain in contact with it.
Grind size refers to how coarse or fine the coffee will be ground.
Significance: Grind size influences the extraction, and thus, also the flavor of coffee. The finer the grind the more the coffee will make contact with the water, and the slower the water will flow through the bed.
Coffee : Water
The coffee : water ratio refers to the amount of coffee extracted with a certain amount of water.
Significance: This ratio will vary depending on the brew method and the desired flavor you want from your coffee. More coffee to water will yield a bolder flavor than less coffee to water.
The Perfect Cup
While this may seem a little detailed for a cup of brew, the finesse is what makes the difference between an over-extracted bitter tasting coffee and a smooth flavorful cup of bliss.
To start out, we recommend paying the most attention to the grind size and water : coffee ratio as these two factors will help you calibrate (or "dial-in" as we say in the coffee world) the right bed depth, and ultimately, the optimal extraction time for flavorful and well balanced cup.
Check out our experts' recipes above for more detailed parameters on your specific vessel, or shop our assortment of equipment and beans if you are ready to get started!