Tips for Brewing the Best Cup of Coffee
We are guilty of life’s little pleasures. A freshly brewed cup of coffee is one of them!
Let’s face it, the best part of waking up is a cup of freshly brewed coffee. For a fleeting moment, as you savor the scent while hugging your favorite mug, you are being taken to a moment in history that brought you great joy. Meanwhile, during that moment, you are able to exhale as your daily worries momentarily drift away.
For every coffee lover, it is THIS VERY reason that your coffee must be nothing short of perfection.
Therefore, here at the WolfPack, we thought it only right that we share some insider tips for brewing the best cup of coffee. As tempting as it is to toss a k-cup into the Keurig and run, it won’t generate the experience you are seeking. So, show yourself and your coffee some love and you will get heaping amounts in return.
Start with the right grind.
If you buy whole bean coffee, always grind your beans as close to the brew time as possible for maximum freshness. For those who elect to indulge in our ground coffee, be sure to keep your coffee stored on a pantry shelf in an opaque airtight container away from light, heat, and moisture.
The best water and water ratio.
The water you use is very important to the quality of your coffee. Use filtered or bottled water if your tap water is not good or has a strong odor or taste, such as chlorine. Use one to two tablespoons of ground coffee for every six ounces of water. (This may be adjusted according to individual preference.)
Try to maintain a water temperature between 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit, in your brewer, for optimal extraction. If you are brewing the coffee manually, let the water come to a full boil, but do not over boil. Turn off the heat source and allow the water to rest a minute before pouring it over the grounds.
Your brewing time will vary according to the type of system you are using.
According to the National Coffee Association, the following guidelines should be adhered for brewing the perfect cup of coffee:
In a drip system, the contact time should be approximately 5 minutes. If you are making your coffee using a French Press, the contact time should be 2-4 minutes. Espresso has an especially brief brew time — the coffee is in contact with the water for only 20-30 seconds. Cold brew, on the other hand, should steep overnight (about 12 hours).
Coffee is BEST enjoyed fresh out of the pot. If you are unable to consume it all in one sitting, we do recommend a well-insulated thermal cup – but there really is nothing quite like that first sip!