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How do you make good coffee? Follow the tips below to improve your favourite brew!

YOU CAN'T MAKE GOOD COFFEE WITH BAD BEANS:
  • Always try to use 100% Arabica blend
  • When choosing your beans look for uniformity of size and colour.
  • Buy your beans from a reputable supplier
STORING:
  • Protect your beans from air & mosture in sealable containers.
  • Ideally coffee should be consumed within ten days of roasting
  • For long term storage either freeze or refrigerate the beans.
  • Don't keep putting the coffee in and out of the fridge which will cause moisture to condensate onto the coffee and adversely affect the flavour.
  • GRINDING:
  • DON'T grind the beans until you're going to use them!
  • The consistency of the grind is essential, an average coffee with a great grind is better than a great coffee with a poor grind.
  • Espresso must have a fine grind.
  • A plunger must have a coarse grind
  • filter coffee must have a medium grind.
  • BREWING:
  • A cup of coffee is more than 98% water. If your tap water tastes more like bath water, like mine, make sure you filter it, use bottled water or even rainwater from the tank.
  • DON'T boil the water
  • Use the following equation:
     *Plunger/Filter = One dessert spoon per cup + one for the pot
     *Espresso = 7 to 9 gms coffee per 30ml (you should get 10% crema on your espresso liquor).
  • SERVING:
  • Hot coffee should always go into a warm cup.
  • NEVER boil milk - it should only be heated to 70C.
  • DON'T leave filter coffee on the hot plate for any longer than 20 minutes or it will turn rancid.
  • Use demerara sugar with your coffee.
  • OTHER KEY POINTS:
  • Crema is the holy grail of the coffee afficiando.
  • Crema should be a rich golden brown with no dark brown or whitish streaks (a sign of under/over extraction).
  • Crema is essential on an espresso pour and also forms in plunger coffee when the plunge is pushed down after 5 minutes brew time.
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