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Essential Elements for Brewing Coffee

It’s me Sandy again, ready to take you behind the scenes of Parisi Coffee and teach you how to perfect your brewing process and truly enjoy Arte Della Tazza {art from the cup}™!

 Nick Pouring Coffee 

There are four essential elements for brewing delicious coffee: 
  1. Brewing Device and Filter: Whether you prefer pour overs or French presses, there are many different brewing methods and equipment available. Some filters are built into the brewing devices {i.e., French press} while others have a flat, curved or even, a pointed bottom.  Using the correct filter for your brewing device is key! 
  2. TDS of Water: The total dissolved solids {TDS} of your water makes a big difference in the taste of your coffee. You always want to brew with clean, odor-free water, rated with a TDS between 75-250 parts per million {ppm}. The Specialty Coffee Association {SCA} recommends using water with a TDS of 150 ppm so that your coffee will be properly extracted and feature balanced flavors and acidity. Once you have the proper water, make sure to heat it up to 195°-205°F.
  3. Grind: The coarse of your grind should always match your brewing time {brew time is defined as the total contact time between coffee and water}. So the longer your brew time, the coarser the grind. For example, espresso with a 20-30 second brew time relies on brew pressure and a super fine grind. Whereas the French press, which requires a longer brew time, needs a much coarser grind than the espresso.
  4. Brewing Recipe: Like anything else in the kitchen, there is a science to how to brew an inspiring cup of coffee! That’s why I always recommend using a recipe. 

Los Pinos Honey

With all of the different methods out there, it can be hard to know the differences between brewing devices and how to use them. But that's why I'm here! Next in the series, I will jump into the differences between popular brewing methods.


Sandy Hon

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