How to Avoid Bitter Coffee
We could imagine nothing worse than a poorly prepared cup of coffee. Only when you practice the proper brewing techniques, can you fully appreciate and understand different flavor profiles. Many coffee consumers are frequently under the misconception that all coffee is bitter. With more than a few years of experience in the coffee business, we can confidently tell you that this is not necessarily true. When coffee is brewed correctly, you shouldn’t experience an unpleasant bitterness. Follow these guidelines, and you can get the most out of your coffee, in terms of that boost of energy AND those unique flavors. Grind First of all, the quality of your coffee beans will greatly affect the quality of your coffee brew. If your coffee beans are too coarse, your brew will be weak, on the other hand, if your coffee beans are too finely ground, then the beans will be over-extracted, resulting in a bitter brew. It’s important to grind your beans as close to brewing time as possible. This is because once ground, coffee loses its essence. With CoffeeAM, you don’t have to stress, as all of our coffees are freshly roasted and ground. Brewing The way in which your coffee is brewed is also incredibly important. Based on the size of your coffee grounds, the brewing method should be adjusted accordingly. Also, depending on which brewing method you use, the amount of time that you let your coffee brew will be different. Water When brewing coffee, distilled or filtered water are not the best options. Instead use bottled water or coffee beans that are meant for “soft” or “hard” water. You also need to keep in mind the optimal water to coffee ratio—using too much coffee is wasteful, using too little coffee will result in a watered-down brew. For every 6 ounces of water, it is recommended that you use 1-2 tablespoons of ground coffee. Quantity As we’ve said, coffee starts to lose its flavor and freshness shortly after brewing. Therefore, you should only brew as much as you plan to consume immediately. Reheating your brewed coffee, or letting it sit out for too long will definitely ruin the flavor. Storing If you have left over coffee, it’s best to store it in a thermos flask where you can keep the temperature at 180-185° F. Don’t leave your brewed coffee in an electric burner for more than 15 minutes. Otherwise, your coffee will develop a burnt taste. For more tips on the proper way to store coffee, please visit our informational page. We hope that you put these tips into practice, and we’re certain that you will consistently enjoy a fresh and flavorful cup of hot coffee each and every time, and avoid that unsettling bitterness. If you are looking for a delicious selection of gourmet coffees, then CoffeeAM has you covered. All of our coffees are freshly roasted and packaged in heat-sealed valve bags, so you can be sure that you are receiving the highest quality product. Visit us today for a truly memorable coffee experience.