Coffee making - Douwe Egberts our family suggestions - How to brew coffee

Making a perfect cup of coffee only depends on everyone’s unique coffee preferences and tastes! Do realise that coffee types and brewing methods are the one’s that orchestrate your coffee quality and flavor. These general guidelines are to assist you with brewing your superb cup of coffee everyday. After all, combining hot water and ground coffee should be easy, fun and taste fresh home made delicious!

Ideally - Purchase the best ‘fresh roasted high quality’ 100% Arabica coffee for your monthly amount of consumption to experience your roasted coffees at their peak of perfection. Please read our 'Coffee bag & storage' suggestions below.

Your coffee equipment - Should always be thoroughly cleaned and rinsed just before brewing.

Whole bean purchasers - Grind only your beans to brew, do not pre-grind and grind as close to brew time as possible. Preferably use a burr grinder for precise consistent ground size, blade grinders are acceptable but less consistent and require shaking and crucial timing. Use a coarse to medium ground coffee (suggesting Costa Rica Tarrazu) in a French Press or Cafetière, a medium to fine ground (suggesting Breakfast Blend or Yirgacheffe) in a Cone Filter or Drip Coffee Maker and finely ground (suggesting Brazil Bourbon) in Espresso Machines.
Note - A bitter coffee may be over-extracted or ground too fine, a flat weak coffee may be under-extracted or ground too coarse. If adjusting a grind to taste, keep your same coffee dosage and measure coffee by weight not volume!

Your coffee dosage - Water to coffee ratio really makes the difference! Generally, 2 tablespoons or 0.35 ounces (10 g) of ground coffee for every 6 fluid ounces (177 ml) of water. Do experience what is right for you!
Note - It's better to dilute coffee that tastes too strong than to use ‘too little coffee’! For a ‘weaker coffee’ simply add a little hot water to your cup of coffee.

Fresh quality water - Always use crystal fresh, cold spring or tap water. Ninety-eight percent (98%) of a cup of coffee is water and its quality will affect the flavor. If you are using tap water let it run a few seconds. Use filtered or bottled water if your tap water has a strong odor or taste. Don't use demineralized water, such as distilled or softened water.

Right water temperature - Coffee should be brewed just ‘off the boil’, between 195-205°F (95-98°C). If brewed with boiling water, delicate flavors will be lost. If the water is not hot enough you will end up with a thinner cup.
Note - Some home coffee makers do not have enough power to heat water to between 195-205°F to make coffee properly!

Prewarm your coffee cup - Before pouring the coffee warm-up your cup with warm water to keep the coffee temperature longer and stir the coffee before serving to mix heavier oils and coffee extraction differences.

Never reheat your coffee - Or re-use coffee grounds or let your coffee stand on a warmer for more then 20 minutes. Transferring to a thermal carafe can keep the coffee for four to five hours.

Best to enjoy brewed coffee immediately - For full flavor and aroma!

Coffee bag & storage - Our coffee is custom roasted with great care and then packed in specialized 'one-way' degassing valve bags to allow fresh roasted natural gasses (carbon dioxide) to escape whilst keeping maximum coffee freshness and flavor. After opening one of our bags, reseal the bag and store ‘daily coffee’ up to two weeks in an airtight preferably ceramic container in a cool dry place away from heat, moisture or sunlight. Larger quantities of coffee storage should be wrapped in airtight bags and can be stored up to a month in the freezer. Once removed from the freezer store as ‘daily coffee’.

Protect your daily coffee investment - Today coffee apparatuses look very efficient and highly attractive. ‘Too specialized devices’ include grinder, espresso maker and drip maker all into one. Buy them ‘separate’ to avoid expensive breakdowns! The traditional manual Pour-Over, French Press and the ever popular automatic Cone Drip Filter, are the inexpensive favorite coffee makers and all provide good extraction. These simple coffee makers give you control of your finished product and you keep control of your most important daily coffee investment!

Enjoy your fresh custom roasted coffees.

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