Sparkplug Coffee - tips for great coffee every time

tips for great coffee every time
Luckily, making great coffee isn’t rocket science. Just paying attention to a few key
variables will help ensure every cup is a great cup.
1.
BEANS - use FRESH ROASTED Sparkplug Coffee.
OK, maybe you don’t have to buy Sparkplug Coffee every time. But,
whatever coffee you’re buying, fresh tastes best!
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2.
Don’t buy too much coffee at a time. You want to drink it up
within 8-10 weeks of roasting, or within 2 months of
receiving a Sparkplug Coffee order. We always tell you the
date your order was blended and packaged so you can
figure out when to reorder some more fresh coffee.
GRIND - pick the grind that works best with your coffeemaker.
Ideally, grind the coffee just before you make each cup or pot of coffee. You’re
looking for a grind that is consistent - meaning the particles are all the same size and are the correct grind for your coffeemaker. A grind that is too coarse can give
you coffee that is underextracted (weak - the beans and water didn’t get enough
time together). Too fine can result in coffee that is bitter.
I put together the Sparkplug Coffee grind chart to look up the best grind for most
coffeemakers. If you don’t see yours there, give me a shout and we’ll figure it out!
3.
MEASURE - use the proper proportions of coffee to water.
A common mistake made is not using enough coffee. For most coffeemakers, we
recommend 1 Sparkplug Scoop (2 Tbsp / 30 ml) of ground coffee for 8 oz / 235
ml of water (a standard coffee cup). If you want to get very precise, weigh 12-13
grams for standard North American mug (8 oz / 235 ml) or 55-60 grams per
liter / quart of water.
Tip
It is easy to underestimate the amount of coffee needed - if you’re
making “one cup” of coffee, measure the mug so you know if it is one
6-ounce (about 170 ml) old school serving. Or the increasingly
common 10- or 12-ounce (280 to 340 ml) servings. Once you’ve
figured out the right measurements for your mug or coffeemaker, you
can whip up a brew, certain that you’ve got the right mix.
4.
WATER - the same WATER you’d drink straight up.
Most of us in Canada are fortunate to have pure, clean water on tap so you can
probably ignore this one. Just be aware that water quality affects the taste of
coffee. If your tap water tastes of chlorine or minerals, run it through a filter
before adding it to your kettle or coffeemaker.
5.
TEMPERATURE - use HOT WATER, not quite boiling.
The water temperature makes a big difference. If the water isn’t hot enough, the
coffee can taste sour (ick!) and weak. If it is too hot, it can be bitter.
Tip
Coffee nerds say 91-96ºC or 195-205ºF is the perfect temperature. If you
are boiling coffee for your brewer - whether for an AeroPress, French
press or pourover of any sort, wait 30-45 seconds after your kettle
comes to a full boil before adding it to your beans.
6.
BREW TIME - follow the TIMING recommended for your brewing equipment.
Like grind size and temperature, the amount of time the water and beans are in
contact has a big effect on the taste. Too much time gives you a bitter,
overextracted brew. Not enough time makes your coffee weak and boring.
7.
STORE - keep your coffee in an AIRTIGHT container in a cool, dark spot.
We get asked this all the time - no, the fridge or freezer are not recommended.
No. Just don’t.
airtight container. Especially if there is a way to remove air when
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it up. The ziplock bag that your Sparkplug Coffee comes in works
well: push out any air that got in then zip it back up and put it in your cupboard. A
mason jar also works fine - if it is clear, make sure to put it somewhere dark and
not out on the counter in the sunlight.
8.
ENJOY! Drink up while it is hot and fresh.
If you’re not going to drink it all right away, keep it warm in a thermal carafe.
xo from Kara
& Sparkplug Coffee
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