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A Coffee Guide - Start your coffee journey!

Cherraldine Dayrit

Coffee has been with us for a very long time and it has been enjoyed as a part of our daily lives. Most people commonly drink coffee to relieve mental and physical exhaustion and to increase mental alertness. Coffee drinks are enjoyed by almost all types of people for anyone can prepare and drink it in so many ways - black coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino and more. To go over each type of coffee is a very exciting experience. Once you get to know your way around this famous bean, there's no turning back!

Thinking about starting your coffee journey? Here's a guide for you.

Always start with ~

Freshly Roasted Coffee

Coffee's freshness plays an important role in your coffee journey. Coffee flavor is at its best within two weeks of the roast date. It is best to check your bag of coffee for the roast date to maximize your coffee experience.

Coffee is usually roasted from green beans to Light, Medium and Dark roast.
It is recommended to try your first cup of coffee in a light feel, coffee with milk or sweetener (latte) to balance the bitter notes if you are a new coffee drinker. Once you get used to drinking coffee in this form you can move on to darker roasts (black coffee, espresso).

Grinding Coffee Beans
It is better to buy whole bean coffee and grind just before brewing. As soon as the coffee is ground, it starts to lose flavor immediately.

Coffee Storage
Moisture, heat, air, light are enemies to the roasted coffee bean so keep them at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. Do not store your coffee inside a refrigerator or freezer. Once your coffee bag has been opened, it is best to store your coffee in an airtight container to keep its freshness.
Brewing Tools/Gears
With all the coffee gears available in the market, it is much better to invest in quality gears which really helps in making a quality cup of coffee every time. If you're new to the manual brew, we recommend starting with a French press and then move onto a pour over as your coffee journey develops.

- French Press -
The French Press is what we call the "gateway" coffee brewer. Cheap and easy to brew, it produces a full bodied cup in about four minutes.
- Pour-over -
The V60 is one of the most popular pour-over brewers on the market. Producing a clean and sweet cup, pour overs are beautifully designed and boast a therapeutic and relaxing brew process! For even water distribution, a gooseneck kettle is recommended.
- Kettle -
Gooseneck kettle gives you full control of your water distribution during brewing. It looks pretty graceful too. It is best to get one with a built in thermometer.
- Thermometer -
Water extracts coffee best between 195 – 205F (water boils at 212F). If you don't have a thermometer, boil your water and then let it sit for 30 seconds before brewing.
- Paper Filter -
Rinse your paper filters before brewing, this eliminates any excess paper taste and helps warm your brewing equipment. Choose between white or brown filters.
- Grinder -
A grinder that produces a consistent and even grind will give you the best tasting cup of coffee. You can start with a hand grinder first and upgrade to an electric grinder as your journey continues.
- Scale and Timer -
In order to brew delicious coffee, practice measuring your coffee, water and time in every brew.
Some Coffee Brewing Habits to Follow
  • Preheat. Pour hot water into your mug to heat it up while you prep for your brew. This habit will keep your coffee warm for longer.
  • Brew just enough to drink. Your coffee will taste bitter if you leave your coffee sitting in your French Press for a long time.
  • Do not reheat. Your coffee will taste bitter if you reheat. When it's cold, it is better to discard it and brew a new one.
  • Clean. It's a good habit to clean your equipment with hot water or a cleaner after brewing. Coffee oils and grounds can ruin your equipment and make your next brew taste stale.
May this simple guide help you in starting your coffee journey and may you continue to explore the coffee world! I can't wait to see where your journey leads from here. Keep brewing coffee lovers!



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