Brewing Tips

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Brewing café-quality coffee at home or on the go doesn't need to be difficult. Start with our small-batch and freshly roasted beans and by following the tips below, you'll find that improving your morning cup is easier than you think.

Dosage

The amount of coffee you use in relation to the amount of water you brew with is what determines how strong or weak a cup of coffee will be. The more coffee you use, the stronger the cup, and the less coffee you use, the weaker the cup. Coffee can vary in mass depending on the bean size, origin, variety, and roast so although a scale is the best tool to ensure the perfect cup, a general rule of 1 to 2 tablespoons of coffee per 250ml water will yield you a reliable and repeatable cup.

Grind

A consistent grind can't be underestimated and different brewing methods require different grind sizes to make great coffee. From espresso (very fine) to French press (very coarse), it's important to match your grind to your brew method to ensure the perfect cup, every time.

Water Temperature

In order to extract the best flavours out of your coffee, the water you use to brew has to be at the optimal temperature: between 195 – 205 degrees F. While a thermometer is ideal for checking temperature, water that is about 30 – 60 seconds off boil usually hits the sweet spot to bring out the sweetness and complexities of your favourite roast.

Bitter Flavours

Bitter coffee does not indicate strength but is the result of over extraction and burnt beans. Avoid bitter flavours by steeping no more than 4 minutes before plunging your French press. Ensuring the proper grind for your brew method will also keep the bitterness out and allow your tasting notes to flow through.

Coffee Storage

For optimum flavour, coffee is best enjoyed within 2 weeks of the purchase date. Our goal is to provide you with the freshest coffee experience by roasting to order, so don't save your beans for a rainy day. Although with proper storage (not in the freezer!) coffee can keep a shelf life over a year, for the freshest and best tasting cup, we recommend you drink often.