To Fridge Or Not To

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“To fridge or not to fridge, that is the question”

-Author Unknown, but possibly a contemporary of Shakespeare

How many of us have heard that putting your beans or grounds in the fridge or freezer are suppose to keep the coffee tasting fresh longer?  See Keeping It Fresh for more info.

I know I have done so for many years, call it a family tradition.  But this just isn’t a good idea, especially if you don’t seal the bag or container.  But it may still be a bad idea according to this excerpt from Seriously, Stop Refrigerating These Foods:

“Go ahead and refrigerate your leftover iced coffee from lunch, but coffee beans and grounds should really be stored more carefully. Condensation created by the fridge or freezer can affect the flavor of the beans, and sensitive palates can detect the difference. For best results, store beans or grounds in an airtight container outside the refrigerator instead.”

Brewing Coffee With An Aeropress

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Yet another really great way to get the most taste out of your coffee and absolutely amazing for travel!

Recipe:

(1) aeropress scoop (17 g, 3 tbl sps) of freshly roasted, freshly ground coffee (medium grind)

Take the plunger and place it upside down and push it into the brewing tube until the rubber portion is at the number 4.

Place the coffee into the brewer tube.

Boil water.

Pour just enough water to wet the coffee and let bloom for 30 seconds.

Set timer for 1 minute and start.

Continue pouring water until you reach the number 3 line in the brewer tube.

Use the Aeropress stirrer and stir the coffee and water for a good mix.

Pour more water until you reach the number 2 line in the brewer tube.

Screw the black cap with a fresh paper filter onto the brewer tube.

After 1 minute, turn aeropress right side up and place over coffee mug.  Press plunger, the air pressure will force the water through the coffee for a nice espresso-like cup of coffee.  Add hot water and milk as you like.

 

Equipment:

-Aeropress (includes the brewer tube, the plunger, the stirrer, scoop measurement spoon, paper filter, and sealing cap)

-Timer

-Grinder (preferably a burr grinder)

 

 

 

Brewing Coffee Turkish Style

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There are many styles of pots that can be used to make Turkish Coffee, preferred would be a pot made of copper or steel, but aluminum is also good.

For every 150 ml of water, add two table spoons of finely ground coffee.  Use freshly ground and freshly roasted coffee for the best effect.

My favorite recipe:

Add 150 ml water, 2 tbl sps of coffee, and 1-2 tsps of sugar (add green cardamom for extra taste).  Place over low flame.  As the creme begins to foam up, use a spoon and capture all the foam and place along the edges of your coffee glasses.  As coffee comes to a boil let it foam up 2 or 3 times then extinguish the flame.  Pour coffee into the glasses.  Let sit for 1-2 minutes so the coffee grinds sink to the bottom.  Serve with a glass of water on the side, great with something sweet too.  Serves 2 people.

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Equipment:

-Ibrik, Chezve, or a small pot

-coffee mugs or chai glasses

-measuring spoon

-measuring cup

 

 

Brewing Coffee With A French Press

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There are many varieties available in the Indian market such as glass, aluminum, and stainless steel.  The key is choosing one of sturdy material, and especially a good plunger and filter.

Brewing Measurements

Filter: Water (ml): Coffee (grams): Infusion Time: # of People:
3 Cup French Press

300

19

3:00

1

4 Cup French Press

600

38

4:00

2

8 Cup French Press

850

53

4:00

3

12 Cup French Press

1400

88

4:00

4-5

*Let “bloom” for 30 seconds before pouring continuously.

**French press requires a coarse grind.

***If possible, grind the coffee immediately before preparation to ensure best taste, storing whole bean coffee in an airtight container will also increase its duration of freshness.

 

Equipment:

-French Press

-Grinder (preferably a burr grinder)

-scale (not necessary but useful for accuracy), or a table spoon measurement, and a measuring cup in ml.

-timer (not necessary but useful for accuracy)

 

Brewing Coffee Pour-Over Style

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This is by far my favorite method, but does take some time to setup and perform.

Brewing Measurements

Filter: Water (ml): Coffee (grams): Infusion Time: # of People:
#2 Filter Cone

300

16 (approx. 2 tbl sp) 2:30

1

#2 Filter (for iced coffee) 240 ml ice (8-9 ice cubes) and 240 ml water 28 (approx 3 tbl sp) 2:30

1

#4 Filter

590

32 (approx 4 tbl sp) 2:30

2

#4 Filter (for iced coffee)

240 ml ice (8-9 ice cubes) and 240 ml water

28 (approx 3 tbl sp) 2:30

1

*Let “bloom” for 30 seconds before pouring continuously.

**Drip coffee requires a medium fine grind.

***If possible, grind the coffee immediately before preparation to ensure best taste, storing whole bean coffee in an airtight container will also increase its duration of freshness.

 

Equipment:

-Dripper (Hario V60, #4 Filter size dripper with 4 holes—preferably ceramic, or a Chemex)

-Paper Filter with appropriate size for your dripper

-Grinder (Use a burr grinder if possible)

-Coffee flask if brewing for a number of people at one time

-scale (not necessary but useful for accuracy), or a table spoon measurement, and a measuring cup in ml.

-timer (not necessary but useful for accuracy)

Brewing Coffee With A Coffee Sock

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This method of brewing coffee can be found throughout SE Asia, especially in Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia. Soon Coffeewala Roasters will offer cloth filters on our website.

The coffee sock is made of muslin cloth and is sewn around a wire that allows you to hold the sock above your coffee mug.

Use a fine grind for your coffee.  Use 2 tablespoons per 150ml of boiling water.  Place the coffee in boiling water and turn off the heat source.  Let seep for 5 minutes.  Pour the coffee through the coffee sock and filter into your cup.  If you want a stronger taste, feel free to repour the coffee through the filter a second time.  Add milk after the filtering process is complete.  If you have sweetened condensed milk, this makes for a nice treat as well, just like you’ll find on the streets of SE Asia!

 

Choco Butter Coffee

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My friend Farid is now brewing Coffeewala Roasters coffee with a South Indian filter.  It tastes really good, something between a french press and pour over coffee.  Plus, now he’s offering choco butter coffee–not what you think, actually it’s amazingly tasty for those who like more dessert style coffee.  Anyhow, he’s having a lot of fun mixing it up, so you should check it out!