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Brewing Coffee
From “Coffee Basics”
 
Kevin Knox and Julie Sheldon Huffaker
 © 1997 John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

Introduction 

The goal of this document is to steer people through the obstacle course that is brewing a great cup of coffee. We understand fully what it is like when the alarm goes off at 6:00 AM and you have to hit the road at 6:35, but you want a good, hot cup of coffee in your hand when you do. Chances are, you could be brewing coffee in a way that delivers flavors far superior to what you are getting now… in the same amount of time or less. To decide which coffee brewing method or methods best match your needs, start by asking yourself these questions:
 
On what occasions do I normally drink coffee? What is the relative importance of taste and convenience? (You may have more than one answer: for workday mornings vs. leisurely entertaining, for example.)

  • How much money am I willing to spend on brewing equipment? On coffee?
  • Can this coffee brewing method brew great-tasting coffee?
  • For most coffee drinkers, the biggest hurdle to overcome as you begin getting serious about coffee is the fact that you own an electric drip coffeemaker, and the vast majority of electric drip brewers sacrifice taste for convenience. What we humbly suggest, if good taste is your goal, is an investment of attention rather than dollars.


    Grinding Coffee: Recommended Coffee Grinders For most coffee drinkers, the biggest hurdle to overcome as you begin getting serious about coffee is the fact that you own an electric drip coffeemaker, and the vast majority of electric drip brewers sacrifice taste for convenience.

    What we humbly suggest, if good taste is your goal, is an investment of attention rather than dollars.Grind coffee fresh with a burr coffee grinder and measure coffee precisely for the best cup of coffee.  It becomes second nature after a week. If you are going to the trouble of sourcing fresh, optimally roasted beans, brew to capture every precious nuance of flavor and aroma you’re paying for.

    We define great brewing methods as those that meet all the criteria, the “essential elements, ” we have just discussed for brewing a great cup. (Remember that your familiarity with the essential elements of great coffee gives you the tools to evaluate any brewing method, too.)

    There are several great methods that, while a bit more “hands-on” than automatic methods, brew monumentally better coffee in considerably less time. These manual brewers are also simple, easy to use and maintain, and inexpensive. We will focus on three brewing methods that offer the highest possible cup quality: the manual drip coffee maker, the coffee press or plunger pot, and the vacuum pot.

    We Highly Recommend This Book As A Fabulous Resource On Coffee!