Learn the fundamentals
Freshness, grind, weight, temperature, and time all play an important part in the flavors extracted during the brewing process. With our brewing guide and a few rules of thumb you can get the most out of your beans at home. Let's get brewing
Start with freshly roasted whole beans - that is between 3-14 days of the roast date. If you bought coffee at the store and there is no roast date but instead only indicates a best before date, that’s a good indicator that the coffee is not fresh and will not taste as sweet and smooth as freshly roasted beans.
Grind the beans immediately before brewing, according to the brewing method (see chart below). Even though we offer to grind your beans before we ship, we strongly suggest you get your own grinder for a better tasting cup. Two types of grinders are on the market: burr and blade. Burr grinders crush the beans and the result is a more consistent grind size. This is your best option and it’s worth the investment.
Measure your coffee with a scale. The coffee to water ratio is key (see chart below). Each tablespoon holds about 5 grams of coffee, and a mL of water weighs about a gram, but a scale is the most precise.
Use filtered water if possible, particularly in rural areas. A simple filter for tap water will eliminate the effects of minerals, salt, and chemicals on the taste. The water should be just off the boil: 195° for darker roasts, and 205° for lighter roasts.
Time your brew. Coffee that has brewed too long tastes bitter and harsh. On the other end, if not brewed long enough, it will taste weak and watery.
Learn our favorite brewing methods
The following guides are a good place to start.