Achieving the perfect brew
Always start with fresh, cold water. Never use water from the hot tap or water that has already been boiled. Bottled or filtered water is recommended especially in areas with old plumbing or heavily chlorinated hard water. The best water temperature for brewing is between 90-95°C. To achieve this temperature, let your kettle rest for a few moments after boiling.
If the water is too hot, the coffee will be scalded and become bitter. If the water is too cold, it won’t extract all of the flavour, leaving a watery brew. Also, remember to pre heat your pot by pouring hot water into the empty vessel to warm it; empty before brewing.
The grind of your coffee depends on the brewing method you are using. Coffees should be ground to the correct consistency, so remember to consult your grinder’s instruction manual for the correct settings when grinding your own beans. Check out the back of our retail packs for a guide to purchasing the correct blend for your coffee maker. An espresso machine offers the best method for extracting all of the potential flavour from your coffee and makes the best cup of Brasilia. Always ensure your equipment is properly cleaned after each use and is kept in proper working order.
The flavour of your coffee depends heavily on brewing time. When water comes into contact with coffee grounds for too long it can produce a bitter flavour. Conversely, when water is passed through the coffee too quickly, the coffee lacks flavour.
Coffee should be consumed directly after making it for the best flavour. It can be kept heated for no more than 20 minutes, before the flavour becomes rancid. Reheating coffee can make the flavour even worse. An airtight thermos preserves the flavour of coffee for several hours if you filter it first; coffee kept like this can develop a thermos taste though. Brew it fresh instead for small effort and a big reward.
Buying and Storing
The better coffee is stored, the better it will taste when consumed. At Brasilia, our 500g and 1kg coffee is sold in heat sealed packs with a one-way valve so gases released after roasting can escape but air cannot enter to oxidize and spoil the flavour, retaining its natural taste and flavour. Once opened all our bags should be stored in an airtight container.
Follow these tips for the best tasting coffee:
- Always purchase freshly roasted coffee. Coffee is a food, so the fresher the better. Old coffee becomes oily and develops a rancid flavour.
- Keep equipment clean. Dirty equipment can harbour coffee oils, which can have the same effect as brewing with old coffee. It is best to clean your equipment after each use.
- Store your coffee correctly. Heat, light and moisture affect the end result of your brew. Store your coffee in an airtight container.
- Choose the right grind. The wrong grind for your equipment will leave you with an under or over-extracted brew. Store ground coffee in a cool, dark cupboard in an airtight container and try to make ground coffee purchases in the smallest possible amount.