Tips on Grinding Coffee

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April 12, 2012

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The more uniform the grind, the better the extraction of the essence of the coffee bean. This is why grinding coffee becomes such special point in the coffee enjoyment. One of the oldest ways of grinding coffee was the simple mortar and pestle approach. It was all based on a quite simple system. The coffee to be ground was just placed in the bottom of a bowl, and the blunt end of a stick was used to ground the coffee along the bowl’s bottom and side. Nowadays we rather us a more mechanical way to ground our coffee. The mortar and the pestle have left their place to the mechanical moving disc and created a new term we carry into the present, the grinding force we know as milling.

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So milling becomes very efficient and common with the use of electrical motors. Maybe we should bring up the blade styled coffee grinder at these points. This type of coffee grinder is practically available in every houseware store in the world. The blade-style coffee grinder works simply with two high-speed spinning metal blades and a universal electric motor. The Blade type coffee grinder chops the beans up. Many models of this type can be had for a very cheap price.

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But there is a second common type of coffee grinders. This is the grinder called a Burr grinder, and these can be broken down into cone or plate burrs. These use two bits of metal really close together to break the beans apart. Kind of like millstones. Usually, they are called Coffee Mills. We prefer the second type of coffee grinder; the Burr-Mill type grinder. First of all; it does not alter the flavor of the coffee beans. The blade type will actually scorch the beans adding a burnt taste. So it’s often preferred to choose a coffee mill if you don’t want to spoil the flavor of your coffee enjoyment.…

Essential to brewing a great cup of coffee

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April 8, 2012

Everyone strives for what they believe is “The Perfect Cup of Coffee”. But perfection in coffee means a different thing for everyone. Like appreciation of art or music or food, it comes down to individual taste.

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Origin Coffee’s master roaster Roger Sheppard has this advice:

“If You believe the Taste matches the promise of the aroma, then you have achieved the perfect cup.”

Essential to brewing a great cup of coffee is the following important steps:

  1. Make sure you’re using clean, fresh water every time.
  2. Clean your brewing equipment regularly and if your machine is equipped with a water filter, change regularly.
  3. Select the correct grind of coffee for your machine. A fine ground is best for filter coffee. Always use unbleached paper filters.
  4. Don’t rely on long holding times for brewed coffee. Quality and taste will deteriorate after 30 minutes plus.
  5. Store ground coffee in a vacuum tight container, some recommend the fridge (not in the freezer, there are many people out there that had a bad experience with frozen coffee), for an optimum time of two weeks. It is best to grind enough for two to three days usage only. Obviously freshly ground coffee tastes the best. Roasted beans will stay fresh for four to five weeks if stored in a similar container.

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Filtered coffee is still the most popular brewing method although occasionally frowned upon by some aficionados. Either a paper or metal filter is placed in a cone-shaped holder with medium to fine coffee and hot water drips through. Most machines are automatic. Filters from unbleached paper produce the best results but remember that leaving the coffee on the warmer too long will result in a ‘chemical’ taste. Fresh-brewed coffee always has the best taste.

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Espresso is gaining popularity all over the World. It’s a black, Italian-style and means “made to order” on the spot. In an espresso machine, hot water is forced through coffee at high pressure for maximum flavor. The coffee should dribble out slowly and a foamy golden brown crema is the sign of a good cup – especially if your sugar floats for a few seconds. Use 1 to 1-1/4 oz of espresso and serve in a demitasse cup.…