The absolute best way to brew your coffee is to make it how you like it. Everyone is different and has different tastes so of course you should make your coffee the way you like.
The trick is, how to make it taste the way you like it consistently.
In order to do that, you'll need to know what variables there are to brewing coffee so you can adjust your brew to exactly the way you like it and recreate that same brew again and again.
In general, when brewing coffee we can control:
the amount of coffee we use
how course the grounds are
how much water to use
the water temperature
Adjusting any one of these variables can produce very different results.
We recommend you start with the "golden cup" standard. This is a set of measurements for brewing coffee that has been refined to a brew strength and quality that allows for us to discuss the coffee and specifics on brewing. Taste what that is like and then begin to change one of the four variables until you find what you like. Just only change one variable at a time to know what each does to your coffee. Once you do that, you'll be able to repeat your recipe consistently and get the most from your coffee every day.
To make 1 liter of coffee, enough for 3 or 4 servings, we'll need...
A Pour-Over or French Press coffee maker
A coffee grinder
Kettle with a thermometer
50 grams of coffee
Coffee ground to a medium coarseness
1.2 Liters of water @ 195°F (for dark roast) - 205°F (for medium roast)
Steps to success!
Begin to heat 1.2 Liters of water to temperature. If you do not have a thermometer for your water, you can bring it to a boil, turn off your heat source and wait 1 minute before pouring.
While the water if heating up, grind your coffee to a medium grind. About as course as sugar.
Place the freshly ground coffee into your brewer of choice.
Add the heated water (slowly for pour-over and quickly for french press) to brew according to your selected brewer.
Now that you've tasted the coffee, you can begin to adjusting the different variables to dial-in your coffee to exactly how you like it and be able to repeat that brew, time and time again.
We would love to hear from you about how you like to make your coffee! Do you use a pour-over or a french press? Perhaps you use an espresso machine or even just an automatic drip. Did you make any adjustments and find your perfect cup? Let us know!