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Best Way to Brew?

What’s the best way to brew coffee?

We are frequently asked, “What’s the best way to brew coffee?”.   Although the question sounds easy, there isn’t a ‘best’ method to brew coffee.  Coffee is a versatile ingredient and can be brewed in many ways.  So, there is no RIGHT, WRONG, or a BEST way to brew coffee – your favorite brewing method is the best.  Don’t get us wrong; some guidelines will help make tasty coffee.  Follow these simple steps, and you will be brewing coffee like your favorite café.                

  1. Use ONLY freshly roasted coffee from Encore Coffee. OK… OK… so you don’t have to use our coffee, but why wouldn’t you?   The critical point here is to use FRESH coffee… it will make a world of difference in your brewing experience.   We typically recommend you purchase coffee only for a few weeks’ worth of consumption.
  1. Grind beans for your brewing method, and JUST BEFORE brewing. Let’s state again… grind beans for your brewing method and just before brewing.   Yes, it’s THAT important!  Coffee starts losing its aromatics and flavor when it is ground.  Invest in a home grinder if you’re buying great freshly roasted coffees. 
  1. Use 2 Tbsp. (10g) Per 6 oz. Cup of Coffee. Let’s be honest… who drinks a 6 oz. Cup?  Do cups that small even exist?   Whatever size your coffee ends up in, use the proper ratio of coffee to water.  Without getting too far in the weeds, the coffee-to-water ratio will dictate the amount of Total Dissolved Solids in the cup.   Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) are the “stuff” or soluble solids in a liquid, basically, the flavors which make coffee, coffee.  If you use too little coffee, your cup will be underdeveloped (sour); use too much, and it becomes bitter.   If you love to nerd out like us, head to the Specialty Coffee Association for more information.
  1. Use COLD filter water. Why does water matter?  Because it makes up 98.75% of your ‘cup of coffee.’  Start with COLD water, not hot!   Hot water can have higher mineral content and may impact the flavor of your coffee.   For an easy solution, buy yourself a filter pitcher from one of the major brands.  Simply fill up the night before and place in your refrigerator.  When you’re ready to brew coffee, you have nice clean, cold, filtered water.
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