If you’re a regular Schuil customer, chances are you already know how to brew coffee at home. But, for those of you who want to up your game, here are a few key tips to help you brew the best cup possible.
1. Start with freshly roasted whole bean coffee. Coffee that you plan to brew as espresso is an exception, as it’s best to let the coffee de-gas for a week or two before pulling shots.
2. Choose your brew method. Different methods yield different results, so experiment and have fun with it! We recommend pour over for single origins and lighter roasts, while some of our darker roasts taste delicious from a french press. Your regular coffee maker can create a great cup too. You do you.
3. Grind the coffee just before brewing. Grind size matters! The finer the grind, the more surface area will touch the water, making the coffee taste stronger. Espresso is a fine powder, pour over is more like sand, and french press is very coarse.
4. Use the correct dose of coffee grounds. Our recommendation is a 1:17 coffee to water ratio for optimal extraction, although that’s more of a starting point. Go ahead and add a little more or less depending on the coffee you select. Remember to adjust in small increments!
5. Use the correct temperature of water. Most coffee makers are already set at the correct temperature of 205, but if you’re brewing manually you may have to double check. Water boils at 212, so the best temperature is just below boiling point.
Any barista will tell you that you should play around with these settings and adjust to whatever works best for the coffee you’re brewing. Mostly, have fun and enjoy the experience!