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The Craft of Coffee – Our guide to the best brew

Over many centuries, the influence and love of coffee has straddled the globe while intriguing stories about coffee trading have deepened our connection … however the future (best practices of coffee making and the appreciation of freshly brewed coffee) is still being written and you are part of the story.

Rules to follow for the best brew

  • Choose good quality, freshly roasted coffee beans stored without refrigeration in an airtight container
  • Use a burr grinder to create coarse or fine grounds depending on your brewing style – use with a few days of grinding
  • It is always best to use bottled or filtered water as the purity and mineral inclusions directly influence the finished product
  • Use the optimal amount of water for your coffee and don’t skimp on the amount of coffee you use
  • Choose your filter with care, avoiding bleaches and glues
  • Pay attention to the water temperature … the perfect temperature for brewing fresh coffee is boiling at 200°F / 93°C for about 45 seconds
  • Never re-heat or stand coffee on a heating platform as it will stew and become bitter

What type of grind is best?

Good baristas don’t share their secrets but we do! Here are a few tips to help you choose the perfect grind for your preferred style of making freshly brewed coffee. First and foremost, we encourage you to buy freshly roasted coffee beans as pre-packaged beans can degrade and oxidise.

Burr grinders will give an even grind, resulting in better extraction and a more balanced flavour than blade grinders

Coarse – French Press / Cold Brew / Percolator / Siphon Coffee Maker
Medium – Drip coffee makers with flat or conical filters
Fine – Stovetop espresso / Cone filter drip
Super fine – Espresso

What water should I use?

If the water isn’t right, the coffee will be wrong.
The best in the business tell us that filtered or bottled spring water is without question, the best choice when brewing fresh coffee, whatever equipment or method you are using from stovetop to French Press, siphon or cold brewing. The result will be coffee with a naturally sweeter, cleaner flavour and less exposure to chemicals or contaminants. Natural minerals assist the extraction of oils and particles so vital to our taste experience so the use of softened or distilled water is not recommended.

Coffee brewing methods

Stove top espresso pots – For an eloquent Italian short coffee
Commercial machines – When making barista style coffees
Coffee pod/Nespresso – Consistent quality with less clean up
French Press – Plunger style with inbuilt filter
Cold Press – DIY summer favourite with undiluted flavour
Siphon / Vacuum – Distinctive steam infusion

TIP:

In machines with a water reservoir, empty and clean the container regularly before refilling with bottled spring water or filtered water.

IN REVIEW

The KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer

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