There are many methods and types of equipment for brewing coffee. A single right way does not exist. Personal preference and taste play the largest part, but certain guidelines should be followed in order to produce the best cup of coffee possible.
- Equipment— keep the equipment clean and free of coffee oils. Buildup will compromise the taste.
- Coffee— use only fresh coffee, preferably, 100% Brazen Hazen Kona coffee, and ideally, not more than 2 weeks old.
- Grind— buy only whole beans and grind them immediately before brewing. Find the correct grind—not too fine (bitter flavor) or too coarse (flat flavor) for your brewing method.
- Water— use only filtered or bottled cold water (eliminating chlorine and other additives that come from the tap). For every 6 oz of water, use 1 to 2 tablespoons of coffee, depending on personal taste.
- Drink Immediately— coffee begins to lose its flavor the minute it is finished brewing, so drink up! Coffee left on the electric hot plate of a standard coffee maker will develop a burned flavor after about 15 minutes.
Like with brewing, there are many schools of thought on the subject of coffee storage, and ultimately what pleases YOU is the correct method.
Here at Brazen Hazen we believe in keeping things simple. There are four major areas of concern that could harm your beans: moisture, air, heat and light.
The easiest way to keep these elements at bay is to buy more frequently in smaller quantities. Storing in an airtight canister (ceramic is preferred—this also covers the “light” issue) in a cool spot on the counter or in the cupboard is sufficient. It’s just that simple!