Does Coffee Go Bad?
- Coffee goes stale 2 weeks after being roasted
- How long do you think the coffee at your local coffee chain or supermarket has been sitting on the shelf?
- Ground coffee goes bad very, very fast… within minutes.
How to Get the Best Taste?
- For full extraction of all the wonderful coffee flavors, please brew it.
- The proper brewing temperature of water for coffee is between 195F – 205F
- Coffee grind? Depends on your coffee maker.
- Best grinder? A burr grinder.
- Brew ratio of coffee is right around 17:1. What the heck does that mean?
- For every gram of coffee, add 17 grams of water.
- For a full cup of coffee (8 ounces) use 14 grams of coffee to 238 grams of water. Or! around half an ounce (.5 oz) of coffee to 8.4 ounces of water
- Brew time depends upon the brewing method (pour over, french press, stove top espresso, vacuum pot, Aeropress, etc.). Typically anywhere between 3.5 – 4 minutes, but it also depends upon the coffee… the brew time may be shorter.
- Fresh coffee should be allowed to bloom for at least 30 seconds.
- Best type of water? Filtered through reverse osmosis. Not spring, which will afffect the taste. Distilled water can be used but it contains less oxygen and may leave you with a dry mouth.
How to Store Coffee?
- What container should you keep your coffee beans in? Something that’s airtight, glass, and in a dark, dark place. Stainless steel may be used, but some stainless steel can leech, depending upon the quality and the other metals the steel is mixed with.
- Never! under any circumstances should coffee be placed in the refrigerator.
- If you are keeping coffee beans longer than 2 weeks please place them in the freezer in an airtight container. If you want a cup of coffee with these frozen beans, measure out the amount you need, place that into an airtight container away from all light (let’s say in a cabinet), allow it to thaw, and place the rest of the beans back in the freezer.
- Keep coffee beans out of all light. Did I mention that?
What About Drip Coffee Makers?
- Drip coffee makers do not make a good tasting cup of coffee.
- Most coffee makers do not heat the water to the proper temperature… so you don’t receive the full flavor extraction of the coffee.
- Keurig cups do not contain enough coffee for one 8 ounce cup.
- Keurig cups only contain 12 grams of coffee, which will make 7.1 oz of coffee. So if you choose 6 cups on your Keurig machine you may be surprised with a strong of a cup, and if you choose 8 ounces you will taste a weak cup.
- Most coffee companies state the size of their coffee maker, brewer, pour over, and so on in European coffee sizes. Ex: I have a 4 cup French press, it will not make 4 standard 8 ounce cups of coffee… only four, 6 ounce cups of coffee.
Type of Roast/Bean?
- You want more caffeine? Choose a lighter roast as a darker the roast has more caffeine roasted out.
- Arabica vs Robusta? Great tasting coffee = Arabica. Loads of cheap coffee with a weaker taste, but more caffeine = Robusta.
- Want more oils in your coffee? Use a French press or something similar as the stainless steel/mesh filter allows the coffee oils to find their way into your cup. A paper filter extracts coffee oils. Personally I enjoy coffee without all the oils.
Coffee vs Wine – the Great Debate
- Coffee vs Wine? Yes! Wine, as we all hear, is a finicky product affected by soil, rain, drought, harvesting processes, etc. But! What we don’t hear is that coffee is affected the same way. Both coffee and wine have volatile aromatic compounds that provide the taste of the drink. Wine has 150+ of these compounds, but coffee has over 800. Yes wine snobs it seems coffee is an extremely temperamental product.
- One bag of coffee may taste different from the next bag of the same brand/type. Why? Well, for example, in Columbia, there are coffee farms all over the country. One side of the country may have more rain, another may have less rain but better soil. These farmers take their harvest to a local co-op and mix all the beans together. A coffee master, not sure what they are really called, mixes the beans together for the desired taste. The coffee will have a specific range, but not every bag will taste exactly alike. Remember there are over 800 volatile aromatic compounds… anything can affect the taste.
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