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Proper Brewing

Everybody has their own method for brewing coffee, but it’s important to remember that one blend will taste different depending on time of day, even when brewed using the exact same methods. Whether first thing in the morning, in the middle of the afternoon, or in the evening after dinner, our taste buds and receptors will perceive the nuances of coffee differently. We encourage all of our customers to try our blends at different times of the day to appreciate theirfull range of tasting notes and subtleties.

Deep Blue Coffee Company believes in always using proper brewing techniques. The beans we’re fortunate enough to offer our customers should be respected in their preparation. These carefully sourced beans have been handpicked individually, and every 100 pounds of coffee cherries yields roughly only 20 pounds of green beans for roasting. From these beans, up to another 40% are lost in the roasting process. The beans that make it to our blends are precious, and should be brewed and stored properly.

Water is a crucial consideration when brewing coffee. We recommend cold-filtered water, because water that doesn’t taste good prior to brewing can’t taste good afterward.Coffee should also never be brewed with boiling water. The perfect temperature for brewing coffee is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit.Not everybody is as particular as we are about proper brewing temperature (we use laser and infrared thermometers in our kitchens), and that’s OK. But knowing that water that is too cool will not properly extract the oils from the grounds and that water that’s too hot will scald the oils can go a long way in achieving that “perfect cup.”

To that end, we offer these brief guidelines for different brewing techniques, and remember to always let your palate be your guide.

French Press
Two rounded tablespoons of coarsely ground coffee per 6 oz. of 200-degree water will yield a wonderful, strong and flavorful cup that is typically very smooth. Allow the grounds to steep for 3-4 minutes, depending on strength preference, before gently pushing down on the plunger. Longer steep times can produce a bitter cup, as the coffee begins to over-extract.

Follow the Aeropress’ directions using their scoop (2½ rounded tablespoons per scoop) of finely ground coffee. Please note that 175-degree water is the preferred temperature for this brewing technique. This is ourfavorite method for creating an incredible cup that brings out all that our blends have to offer.

Auto-Drip (Cone Style)
Use 2 rounded tablespoons of fine-ground coffee per 6oz. of water. Note that the larger the pot being brewed, the 2-per-cup rule should be similarly relaxed. Dial back the grounds-per-cup measurement once you reach 7 or 8 cups’ worth in the water reservoir. Remember, however, that a strong cup of coffee can always be made a bit weaker by adding hot water. A weak cup of coffee cannot be made stronger.

Auto-Drip (Basket Style)
Basket auto-drip machines also call for 2 rounded tablespoons per 6 oz. of water, but of medium-fine grounds. As with the cone style, the larger the pot being brewed, the less need to adhere to the 2-per-cup measurement. When done well, drip coffee makers (either cone or basket style) are convenient and create a great brew, but sometimes erase the nuances you’ll find after trying other brewing techniques.

Chemex and Other Pour-Over Methods
Use 2 rounded tablespoons of medium-coarse ground coffee per 6 oz. of 200-degree water. This method requires more attention to keep the grounds immersed in the water, but yields a great cup that is much smoother than that produced by auto-drip machines.

Toddy Cold Brew System and Other Cold Brew Techniques
Use course ground coffee to get the most out of this brewing method. Adhering to the instructions provided with the Toddy system will yield a supremely smooth cup of cold coffee -- perfect for a hot summer’s day, or when a cup of coffee less acidic than hot brewed coffee is desired.

We highly recommend other brewing methods for the best possible results. If you do use a Keurig, we’re found the use of the EZ-Cup pod for Keurig coffee makers produces the best results. Use 8 teaspoons of coffee ground specifically for Keurig coffee makers. Place 6 ounces of water into the Keurig and begin the brewing process. A Keurig’s pod capacity does not make a larger quantity of coffee properly. For those that are looking for a larger 8 or 10 ounce cup of coffee, the ratios cannot be increased, because the pod size is fixed. You’ll just have to make another cup!
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