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Thursday, April 25, 2019

How We Make Coffee

How We Make Coffee

How We Make Coffee

We often get asked "what is the best way to make coffee"....well the simple answer is that there are only two requirements for making a great cup of coffee....freshly roasted and  ground quality coffee beans and freshly heated (but never boiling) water.  The method that you prefer to use to brew your coffee is entirely to your own preference, there is no "right" or "wrong " way.  However........


The right grind is essential

When we are out and about we quite often hear the comments, particularly from people who have espresso machines, that “it doesn’t matter which coffee I buy it always tastes weak”. It then turns out that they are buying pre-packed, ready ground coffee from supermarkets, which is too coarse a grind for espresso machines. It is very important that you select the right grind for your preferred method of making coffee.

For use in espresso makers, whether stove-top or all singing/dancing electronic machines, the grind needs to be very fine as the water is in contact with the ground coffee only momentarily to enable successful extraction.

If you use a filter machine, whether with a fixed or disposable filter, you will need a slightly coarser grind so that the coffee feels slightly gritty when rubbed between your fingers.  This grind is also suitable for use in cafetieres that have a fine mesh. We are always happy to provide a coarser grind if your cafetiere or French Press has a more open mesh filter.

For percolators, whether stove top or electric, the water continually cycles through the grounds using gravity until the required strength of the brew is reached so a coarse grind is required.

At Cherizena we use commercial metal conical burr grinders which have myriad grind adjustments so that we can grind to your preference from Turkish super-fine to very coarse. Your coffee is always freshly ground to order, so you can enjoy the best possible flavour. Should you wish to grind your own beans, which, in our opinion, is part of the enjoyment of making fresh coffee, then we stock a small selection of hand grinders, all with conical burrs.These allow the coffee to be ground exactly to the right size of grain for the type of brewing equipment you intend to use. click here for details. We do not recommend electric blade “grinders” as they do not grind the coffee at all, merely chop the beans and it is difficult to obtain a uniform consistency.