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WHERE TO BEGIN?

We believe that to create a good cup of coffee you need at least a few minutes. Coffee should only be prepared “in the moment” and you should enjoy your freshly brewed cup immediately. You don’t need a miracle to brew good coffee at home. Although the flavors can complex, making a great cup requires mastering just a few simple techniques. It is important to focus on the following things: the date of the coffee roast, the correct grind for the chosen brewing method, the dosage and water proportions, and finally the proper water temperature.

 So, the best way to begin is ... to choose coffee! Yes, this is the first and most important step. Always check the freshness of the coffee. You should aim to brew your coffee during your bean's "golden period", or a few days to 2 weeks after roasting.

The flavor notes will always reflect the coffee bean's origin. If you are looking for a more interesting and complex flavor, turn boldly towards a regional coffee or even better - a specific single origin. 

The next step is grinding coffee. Each coffee maker requires a certain degree of grinding. We recommend using a large, coarse grind for brewing a French Press coffee method. The filtered Chemex, Harry/Kalita or Aeropress appliances will require a medium and finer grind. Your espresso grind needs to be finely ground. Each brewing method has a standard recipe regarding dosage and time, but you do not always have to follow the rules! You should have fun with experimenting to find the method that works best for your flavor preference. If you are a beginner looking for a great place to start, check out our recipes under the brewing guide tab. It is important to keep a good proportion of coffee to water, in general a good recipe is 1. 

Freshly ground coffee: check. The best grind size for your brewing method: check. A recipe that monitors dosage and time: check. What’s missing? Water temperature. Use a kettle with goose-neck spout for precision pouring. When the water is boiling, remove the kettle from the heat for 30 seconds. The perfect brewing temperature is 195 to 205 degrees F.

Happy Brewing! 

 

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