A little more about Coffee
The Best Cup
Always start with fresh coffee beans.Use the correct grind for the particular brewing method used.Type of Grind Brewing Method Looks LikeCoffee Grind ChartUse fresh, cold, filtered water. Hot water from the tap is flat and stale.
We recommend one level tablespoon per six ounces (one cup) cold water for regular-strength coffee.Adjust slightly for individual taste preferences.Serve coffee immediately after brewing. With drip methods, stir the brew with a non-metallic utensil before serving. The amount of extraction tends to change over time with the drip method. By giving it a quick stir, the flavor is evenly disbursed.
Freshly brewed gourmet coffee allowed to sit on a warmer will begin losing flavor immediately. The longer it is held, the less desirable it becomes. Brewed coffee stays fully flavorful for only 20 minutes.
Never reheat cooled coffee or allow it to sit on a heat source-the coffee will lose its flavor quickly if the brew begins to boil.
An air pot, such as a thermos or any other kind of vacuum container with a glass or stainless steel interior will keep freshly-brewed coffee hot longer—up to an hour. Storing coffee this way also delays the coffee from breaking down and losing its flavor. Be sure that the interior is glass or stainless steel. Other materials may hold old flavors.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Coffee Bean?
Coffee beans are not ACTUALLY beans at all but rather the seeds of berries that grow on trees.
There are usually 2 seeds or beans per cherry. Occasionally, the fruit contains only one round bean called a Peaberry. About 10% of a trees production will be Peaberries.
Is it better to buy whole bean or ground coffee?
The moment that coffee beans are ground, you start losing flavor and aroma. The purpose of grinding the beans is to create a larger surface area that will release the flavor and oils to the surrounding hot water. If coffee is prematurely exposed to air, it leaves less flavor for the brew.
If you buy ground beans, we recommend brewing your beans within 2 weeks to achieve the freshest flavor.
For the very best flavor, buy whole coffee beans and grind with a burr grinder moments before brewing.
What kind of grinder is better, blade or burr?
The main difference between the two types of grinder is consistency. Blade grinders are a great and affordable way to get coffee ground quickly, but the grind tends to be inconsistent. Burr grinders crush the beans at a high speed through spinning wheels (burrs) resulting in a uniform, more consistent grind. A uniform, even grind is important because it allows a more even extraction during brewing resulting in better tasting coffee.
How do I brew the best cup of coffee?
-Always start with fresh coffee beans.
-Use the correct grind for the particular brewing method used. If possible, grind close to the brew time.
-Use fresh, cold, filtered water. Hot water from the tap is flat and stale and usually has chlorine in it. If using water from the tap, let it run for a few seconds before filling your coffee pot.
-We recommend one to two level tablespoons per six ounces (one cup) cold water for regular-strength coffee. Adjust slightly for individual taste preferences.
-Serve coffee immediately after brewing.
-Freshly brewed gourmet coffee allowed to sit on a warmer will begin losing flavor immediately. The longer it is held, the less desirable it becomes. Brewed coffee stays fully flavorful for only 20 minutes.
-Never reheat cooled coffee or allow it to sit on a heat source-the coffee will lose its flavor quickly if the brew begins to boil.
Does Coffee Beanery use Arabica or Robusta coffee beans?
There are essentially two main species of coffee: the prized Arabica and the lower quality Robusta. Arabica trees have long been recognized for producing superior coffee beans. They grow almost exclusively at higher altitudes, and are cultivated with more care than Robusta trees. Arabica coffee “cherries” are handpicked so that only the perfectly ripe ones are processed. All Coffee Beanery varieties come from Arabica coffee trees grown on the best coffee estates and plantations around the world. These premium beans are what give our coffees their distinct and complex flavors.
Coffee Beanery only sells the highest grades of Arabica coffees—only 3% of the world’s Arabica crop qualifies as Specialty Coffee. Arabica beans are delicate and flavorful and sell at higher prices because of their quality and limited availability.