BREWING A PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE

Coffee is a very personal drink! The right way to make it is how you like it best. However, being able to master a few simple techniques will help you prefect your own cup of coffee. This page will give you an introduction on how to brew the perfect cup of coffee, going over everything from the brewing chemistry to the two main types of brewing methods. 

BREW SCIENCE: SELECTING AND PROCESSING YOUR COFFEE

TYPES OF ROAST

There are three different types of roasting profiles when it comes to coffee. The first being the light roast, this roast has no oil on the surface and it tends to be fruitier with a more distinct taste. Next there is the medium roast, this roast is slightly sweeter than the light roast and it has a very balanced flavor, aroma and acidity making it a very commonly used roast. Finally, there is the dark roast, which tends to be very bitter and the original flavor of the beans.

GRIND SIZE

The grind size is very important when it comes to the overall taste of the cup of coffee. The size of the ground coffee determines the contrast surface area of the coffee bean to the water. This effects the extraction rate and overall flavor of the coffee. If the grind size is fine then it be expected to observe a faster extraction rate and a more contact area which will lead to a stronger tasting cup of coffee, compared to a larger grind size.

SUMMARY & BREWING METHODS

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