The 3 Basic Elements
Coffee is 99% water! Use only the cleanest, freshest water available.
The perfect temperature to brew coffee is between 90°C and 96°C. When brewing manually with a cafetière or filter cone, remove your kettle of boiling water from it’s heat source and let it sit for 2 minutes before pouring over your ground coffee.
When you purchase whole bean coffee, it’s best to grind it right before brewing, although it’s perfectly fine to grind your coffee when you buy it. Your goal is to achieve the right grind for the right brewing method:
- Coarse grind for cafetière brewing
- Medium-coarse grind for automatic filter machines
- Medium-fine grind for filter cone method
- Fine grind when making espresso
If you purchase Equal Exchange ready ground coffee this is a medium – coarse grind.
Storing your coffee
Storing your coffee in an airtight container is optimal. Properly stored coffee can stay fresh for up to two weeks and should not be refrigerated, nor is it necessary to keep it in the freezer.
There are multiple ways to brew coffee in your own home these days. Below we’ve offered a selection but there are many more. For espresso machines and electric drip through machines, follow the instructions on the equipment and play around with the coffee to suit your own tastes.
Coffee to water ratio
Whatever method of brewing you use, the general standard is 15g of ground coffee (or one heaped tablespoon) per 250ml freshly boiled water.