For many of us, our home kitchen has replaced our favorite coffee shop. So how do we brew café quality coffee, every morning?
Follow these 4 tips for a delicious cup of Jim’s, every time you brew. And continue to enjoy (for a limited time) 15% off all coffees in our website shop with code JIMS15 – making brewing at home that much easier.
#1 Grind Fresh
The grind is often overlooked as a key to great coffee. As a general rule, the faster the brew method, the finer the grind.
– Single Cup: Fine
– Automatic ‘Pot’: Drip
– French Press or Cold Brew: Coarse
If you have a grinder, use it. If you don’t, with all the coffee you’re drinking at home, now would be a good time to invest in one!
Tend toward using more coffee, not less. 2 tablespoons per 6 oz cup (that’s a tiny cup) is the starting point. Because of the lower density, make it a heaping tablespoon if using a dark roast. Even at $14.00/lb, a strong cup of coffee is just $0.65/cup… that’s definitely a bit lower than what you pay at the coffee shop! For true ‘coffee house quality’, the proportion is 1 gram coffee to 15-18 grams of water. To learn more, visit our our Brewing Guides: How To Brew
#3 Use Hot Water
The best tasting coffee is brewed at 200+ degrees, just off the boil. This is why we prefer home methods like single cup pourover, Chemex, and French Press. Your stove kettle can get the water hot enough to properly extract, while most Auto Drip machines do not. Hot water = great extraction.
#4 Use Clean Equipment
You’ve cleaned everything else in the house… have you cleaned the coffee maker? If you’re using a standard drip ‘pot’, rinse the ‘brew basket’ with hot soapy water after each use.
Once a month run a cycle of 50/50 water/white vinegar through the pot by adding it to the reservoir. Stop the brew half way to allow the mixture to soak inside the machine, then resume the brew. Discard the vinegar/water and make sure to run plain water through twice after to remove the vinegar taste.
For those really looking to up the home brewing coffee game, there are some great home brewing coffee kits available online. Some of our favorites are:
For other tips, visit the How To Brew section on our website – and use JIMS15 at Checkout to take 15% off your order until further notice.