How do you make the perfect cup of coffee? Whether you use K-Cups® (or better yet our single serve kups that contain 20% more coffee grounds and are 100% recyclable), or if you brew in a drip coffee pot, pay special attention to the freshness and quality of organic coffee you use. Freshly roasted beans better preserve the desirable aromas and flavors, which degrade overtime. Well roasted coffee transforms the physical and chemical composition of the bean to produce a truly exquisite flavor. You notice it from the first sip. A freshly roasted organic coffee like Silver Bridge is bold, rich and flavorful, delicious and aromatic in your cup.
If you don’t use coffee pods, here is how to make a perfect cup of coffee from scratch.
Better Water and the Freshest Beans
For starters, don’t just use the water out of the tap. Always make sure it has been filtered, even if it’s just a water filtration pitcher you keep in the fridge. And make sure to use the best organic coffee available. It needs to be fresh, ideally within a week of when the bean was roasted. Always store open coffee in an airtight container. Glass or ceramic jars with rubber seals are ideal. Don’t refrigerate or freeze the beans. Their flavor can be contaminated with fridge or freezer odors, as well as any moisture. Coffee is best stored at room temperature.
Like strong coffee? Grind the beans down to a fine powder. That produces more surface area so the coffee gets the strongest flavor possible. Make the coffee within 15 to 20 minutes of grinding the beans. This preserves the rich aromas and flavor, which naturally degrade overtime.
Avoid cheap coffee filters. “Oxygen-bleached” or “dioxin-free” paper filters are the best disposable choice when it comes to flavor. You might consider a permanent gold plated filter. This can lead to more grounds in the coffee, but they tend to settle to the bottom in a sandy mixture and don’t disrupt the taste.
Measure about 5 tablespoons of coffee for 16 ounces of water, depending on how strong you like it. Avoid using water that is too hot. Ideal brewing temperature is 200°F, or about 45 seconds off a full boil. Most coffee makers automatically regulate this.
You can use a regular coffee pot, but a French press will deliver the strongest flavor. It takes a little more time to get going as you need to boil the water and then wait until the coffee is fully steeped (about 10 minutes) but the flavor is well worth it. If you like a second pot, begin brewing the coffee as soon as the remainder of the first has been poured. This way, when it’s time for a refill, the coffee will already be steeped, flavorful and ready to pour.
Always clean your grinder, brewer and storage containers to remove any oily build up. For coffee makers, run a vinegar solution through the machine as if you are brewing a pot of coffee.