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Coffee Knowledge & Brewing

Why do we sell whole bean coffee only? 
Because as soon as you grind the coffee it begins the aging process and oxidizes.  It is best to grind your coffee just before brewing.

"Dialing it in"? 
In the coffee world the phrase "dialing it in" is used to describe the perfect cup of coffee.  To "dial it in" we must understand how to get the perfect extraction of coffee by way of coffee-to-water ratio, grind size, brew time, and water temperature.

Coffee-to-Water Ratio? 
For pour over coffee the optimal water to coffee ratio is usually between 15-17 to 1.  Meaning for every 1 gram of coffee you should use between 15 grams to 17 grams of water.  If you're having a hard time converting just keep in mind 1 gram is equal to 1 millileter (ml).  We suggest using a 13-14 to 1 ratio for using a french press.  

We understand most people don't geek out on coffee as much as we do, so use these ratios as general rule.  Depending on the brewing methodology and personal tastes the coffee-to-water ratio will vary.

Grind Size? 
This will vary depending on the brewing method of choice.  For an explanation of grind sizes and suggested brewing methodology please see the photos below.

Photo credits/sourced from 'I Need Coffee' and the following article: via the Creative Common License. 

Coarse Grind (see below photo): 
Best for Brewing with French Press or Plunger Pots.



Medium Coarse Grind (see below photo):
Best  for Brewing with Chemex, Clever Dripper, or Automatic Machines with cone shaped filters.
Medium Coarse


Medium Grind (see below photo):
Best for brewing with automatic drip coffee makers with flat bottom filters.

Medium Fine (see below photo)
Best for brewing with an Aeropress, Siphon, Vacuum Pots, Hario V60,  Bonmac, or single cup pour over coffee makers.


Fine Grind (finer than granulated sugar) (see below photo): 
Best for brewing with Moka Pots, EspressoMakers and Espresso Machines Pump or Steam. 


Turkish Grind (looks like flour, powdered with no grains)(see below photo): Best for brewing Ibik & Turkish Coffee

Brewing Time? 
In general the time of Coffee-to-water contact recomendation by the SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) is 1-4 minutes Fine, 4-6 minutes Drip/Pour Over, 6-8 minutes Coarse.  This will depend on the brewing methodology of choice.  More details to come on this or visit YouTube as there are a plethora of how to videos for your method of choice.

Water Temperature? 
The optimal water temperature for brewing coffee is between 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit (90.55-96.11 degrees Celsius).

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