As a former organic chemist, there is nothing more than I like than performing a good extraction….. and caffeine. Luckily, making my own coffee at home can provide the best of both worlds! Today, I wanted to share with you a little secret from the coffee world: How to make the world’s best cup of coffee!
The TLDR version!
Grind Size: Varies depending on brew method but in general, the longer the water will be in contact with the coffee, the larger you want your particles of coffee.
- Examples: French Press = Coarse, Pour Over = Medium, Espresso = Fine.
Golden Ratio: 55 grams of coffee to 1000ml of water (1 gram of coffee to ~18ml of water)
Water temperature: 200F +/- 5
Extraction Time (how long the water contacts the ground coffee): Espresso: ~25 seconds. Pour Over: ~3-4 minutes. French Press: ~4-5 minutes.
Still doesn’t taste quite right? Use these guidelines!
- If your coffee was sour: Increase Brew Time, Decrease Water Temperature, or use finer grind size
- If your coffee was bitter: Decrease Brew Time, Increase Water Temperature, or use a coarser grind size.