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The Brewer

If you are brewing with an electric drip brewer it is key that your machine is able to heat the water to 200 degrees Farenheit. The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) tests home brewing units to their brewing standards and releases a list of approved units each year. Here is the current list:

  • Technivorm Moccamaster
  • Bunn Phase Brew 8 Cup Coffee Brewer
  • Brazen Plus Customizable Temperature Control Brew System
  • KitchenAid Coffee Maker KCM0802
  • Bonavita Coffee Maker (model BV1900TS)
  • Bonavita BV1900TD 8-Cup Digital Coffee Brewer

The Grinder

Grinding your coffee just prior to brewing will result in the best flavor and aroma. There are two types of grinders: blade and burr styles. A blade grinder is inexpensive but also inconsistent in grind size. This impacts the presence of unwanted flavors that can result from overextracted fine particles. A burr grinder is designed to grind more uniformly and also give you more control over grind size. A quality grinder like those from Baratza are an investment that will provide many years of service as well as being fully servicable.

The Water

Good tasting water makes good tasting coffee. That only makes sense since the majority of your coffee is...water. Try filter municipal water and avoid using softened water.

Measuring The Coffee

Since coffee density varies between beans, it's actually better to weigh your coffee rather than measuring by volume. If you have a kitchen scale use 11 grams for each 6 ounce cup. If you are measuring by volume use 2 Tablespoons for each 6 ounce cup. This may seem like a lot of coffee but it is the key to properly extracting the good flavors and leaving the unwanted ones behind. If the resulting brew is too strong for your liking dilute the coffee with some hot water.

 

 


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