5 Simple Steps to a Fresh Cup of Home Brew Coffee Part 1

1. Select Your Beans

Single Origin Beans are typically used when brewing coffee at home.

In bigger scale set ups, coffee beans from different origins can be mixed to create another dimension of taste. However, for the home brewer, single origin beans are recommended.

Using single origin beans does not limit your choices or range of taste that you can get from coffee. Coffee beans harvested from different farms alone can produce a variety of taste due to the slight difference in growth conditions. Beans from neighboring farms alone can produce a very different cup.

Where can your coffee come from?

There are a wide variety of beans that one can choose from. The top 3 coffee producing countries at the moment are Brazil, Vietnam and Colombia. Of which, Brazil and Colombia produces more Arabica Beans while Vietnam produces more Robusta beans. For home brew coffee, we would recommend Arabica beans. Of course there are famous, well marketed coffee such as Kopi Luwak, Hawaiian Kona Coffee and the Blue Mountain coffee among many. These beans are difficult to obtain and thus expensive. If your pockets are deep enough, give them a try and please have them black (i.e. without sugar or milk) so that you actually taste what you burn your cash on!

To ensure that the coffee that you drink is fresh, purchase a small quantity at any one time if you are drinking only a cup a day. Typically, coffee roasters sell a minimum of 100g to 250g worth of coffee.

2. Grind the Beans

Once you have selected your coffee beans, it is time to grind the beans. This process will break the coffee bean into smaller pieces, allowing you to extract the coffee with ease.

Depending on the type of extraction that you use at home, you will have to adjust the grind size accordingly. The extraction equipment usually comes with a suggestion of the grind size. Start off using the suggestion and vary your grind size to taste. The grind size of the coffee will affect the resultant taste of your coffee.

Here’s a table of suggested grind size for various common home brew equipment:

Equipment

Grind Size

French Press

Coarse

Coffee Dripper

Medium-Fine

Aeropress

Medium-Fine

Another important point to note is to make sure that the grind is even. This will ease the coffee extraction process.

Selecting a Grinder

For coffee lovers who like to make their Fresh cup of Coffee at home, Alliance Coffee recommends the use of a hand grinder rather than an electronic grinder. Hand grinders allow the grinding of a small quantity of beans compared to their electronic counterparts. Plus, hand grinders are typically more cost efficient too.

When you select a hand grinder, take note that the hand grinder should allow adjustments to produce a desirable grind size. Keep your grounded coffee in an airtight container and consume them within 3 days. Otherwise, use a bag with an airlock for the grounded coffee to breathe – this maintains the freshness for a slightly longer period.

Alliance Coffee recommends that you grind the coffee ONLY when you are ready to extract and drink it.

With the grounds, you are now ready to extract the coffee. The fragrance of the freshly ground coffee should be urging you to speed things up.

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