- Start with fresh roasted high-quality coffee from Horse Barn Coffee Company.
- Use good water. Brew with filtered, or reverse osmosis water. Brewed coffee is 98% water, so fresh tasting water definitely will make a great difference in taste.
- Brew coffee with hot water at a temperature between 185° F to 200° F. If the water temperature is not hot enough, your coffee will be poorly extracted and weak.
- Select the proper grind. The method you use to make your coffee changes what kind of grind you need. If your grind is too fine, you will get bitter, over extracted coffee. If your grind is too course, you will have weak, under extracted coffee. A drip or auto drip brewer requires a medium or auto drip grind. For a french press or percolator, use a course grind. Espresso machines need a fine espresso grind. (See grind chart below)
- Use the correct amount of coffee. As a guide, use one tablespoon per cup and adjust to taste.
GRIND OPTIONS EXPLAINED
Whole Bean - whole bean coffee tends to be more flavorful, fresh, and aromatic. For the best coffee experience, you should buy your beans whole and grind them yourself right before brewing.
Medium is what you typically see when you buy ground coffee from the grocery store. The pieces are small and this grind is best used for pour-over and drip coffees.
Fine, Espresso is the smallest grind we offer. This grind is used mostly for espresso machines and moka pots.
HOW TO TELL IF COFFEE IS BAD?
The best way to tell if it has gone bad is to use your sense of smell. If coffee has gone bad or old, the pleasant aroma will be gone and with it much of the taste. Using bad/old coffee will not harm you, but will just not have much flavor and no aroma. Bad/old coffee also tends to appear a lighter brown than normal even in darker roasts.
COFFEE ACIDITY Vs. BITTERNESS: