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So far there has been a tremendous amount of work by a multitude of lovely people to get you the best coffee bean possible. What’s next? Well, just don’t sit there, you Ninny, it’s time to take some responsibility. Take those exquisite beans in hand and brew them! Brew them I say!
“Professor Peaberry, old boy, you’re positively genius! Who knew that cleaning the sludge from the bottom of the coffee pot could be the key to coffee nirvana? “
“Ohhhh, you brilliant, fat, little sexy man! Mother was right. Technique is everything!”
Buy your toilet paper at Costco, not your coffee. If your coffee is not fresh, the notes fade and so will its potential in your cup. Buy coffee that is roasted-to-order. Look for the roast date as proof on the bag.
Air, heat, light and moisture are coffee’s enemy. You see oxygen is the biggest antagonist to our little bean friends and quite the bully. So with that, fresh roasted coffee is the only way to go – unless a gamma ray burst from a distant star blasts away our oxygen rich atmosphere – well we wouldn’t be here anyway, so this is a moot point. Therefore, coffee beans should be stored properly in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. I prefer a ceramic container with a rubber gasket on the lid for a tight seal.
Coffee reaches its joyful peak 3-10 days after it is roasted. Sadly, it degrades quickly after two weeks, losing its voice, its song, thus its vanquished into an abyss, into a proverbial Coffee Black Hole after a month.
Yes, this roasted bean’s short life is over – like that of the Hu-hu-ma-tu-tu. But don’t be sad. Just order some more and the notes will sing and dance across your palette once again!
Freezing your beans -- A chilly proposition. Though hotly debated amongst the coffee elite, some experts believe, if done properly, you can indeed extend the life and freshness of your beans for up to a month by freezing them. (See the chilling details below.)
Once coffee is ground, it degrades rapidly! Purchase a Burr Grinder and grind beans only as needed. No dilly-dallying here, grind and brew for results that are truest to the bean itself.
Coffee’s ideal brewing temperature is between 199 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Period. If, for instance, you boil water separately for a French Press or Pour-Over Cone, let the water sit for a minute just after your kettle whistles, then use. This allows the temperature to drop. Depending on the method and grind choice, coffee brews anywhere from 4 to 8 minutes. You may use a stopwatch, if you wish. I do.
Check any pertinent directions on your coffee device regarding what measure constitutes a cup. Trial and error is often needed, but a good rule to observe is one tablespoon of coffee, properly ground, per 6 ounces of water. What’s that? You prefer a mug and its 8 ounces? Then measure up! Some use 2 tablespoons of coffee for an extra rich cup. Taste is subjective, thus proceed with reckless abandon. Experiment, I say… Brew in the nude! Brew standing on your head! Just remember to brew a cup worth brewing! For those of you who are anal enough to weigh their beans for precision brewing, I applaud you. My rectum does as well. So pull out your digital scales and weigh those beans!
Important Factoid: Light and dark roasted coffee beans may measure the same, however they do not weigh the same and this is why weighing is the most precise manner for initiating your cup.
French Press: 25 grams of beans for 10 oz. of water.
Melitta Brewers: 25 Grams of beans for 10 oz. of water.
Vacuum Pots: 7 to 8 grams for every 5 oz of water.
Electric Drip: 7 to 8 grams for every 5 oz of water.
Would I roast my ice cream? Then why in the hooey would I freeze my beans! Let’s explore this controversial paradox, shall we?
Yes, it is true; many experts believe that freezing does indeed help preserve the freshness of coffee. But rules must be followed. If you choose to freeze your beans, never do it for longer than one month. It’s actually the process of freezing and thawing, and freezing and thawing that can harm the quality and flavor notes of your beans. In the freezer store your beans in individual Ziploc Baggies, preferably in one-day to a maximum of one-week portions. This way no condensation or unpleasant frostbite will occur. So once you take them out of the icebox, do not put them back in.