At Rebel Bean we do our part by providing you with fresh organically grown coffee that is roasted to perfection but if it’s brewed improperly, you could end up with coffee that is bitter or sour or at the very least doesn’t taste as good as it could. For best possible flavour, please consider these brewing & storage tips:
- Start with freshly roasted coffee. If you are brewing Rebel Bean coffee, you can check this one off.
- Use fresh, cold water. Distilled water is not necessary. In fact, the coffee responds best to some mineral content in the water. If you are heating the water yourself, the ideal water temperature is 195-205F, which more simply means near-boiling. If you are using a kettle, let it sit a minute or two after brewing before pouring.
- If possible, grind your coffee right before you use it and learn the best grind size for your brew method. A finer grind means more surface area of the bean is exposed to the water. For a brew method that uses a longer dwell time such as French Press, a coarser grind is necessary. For Espresso, which only gets 30 seconds of contact with water, the grind is almost as fine as sand. To ensure consistent grind, buy the best grinder you can afford, ideally a burr grinder rather than a blade grinder. Blade grinders tend to heat up the bean and change the flavour profile of the coffee.
- The amount of coffee used per volume of water will make the single biggest difference to the flavour of your cup. For perfect brewing, we recommend that you weigh your coffee and water using a kitchen scale and aim for a 1:17 ratio. For more information, visit Math+Science=Better Coffee in our blog.
- If you don’t own a kitchen scale or would prefer a less precise method, you should aim for 1.5-2 tablespoons of coffee per 8 oz. of water. If, after brewing, you find the coffee tastes sour, you did not use enough coffee for the water. If, however, you find it leaved a bitter aftertaste, you have put too much coffee for the water.
- Store your unused coffee beans or ground coffee in an airtight container at room temperature. No need to put your coffee in the freezer. In fact, it will affect moisture levels in your coffee and could compromise flavour. (Rebel Bean coffee comes to you in a stand-up foil pouch with a one-way degassing valve. There is no need to put your coffee in another container. Just try to get as much air as you can out of the bag before you seal it back up.)
- The amount of time the water is in contact with the coffee will also contribute to your flavour profile. If you are using an automatic coffeemaker, you might not be able to control that, but if you are using immersion techniques, like French Press, or Aeropress, or Pour-Over, you can play with contact time to improve your flavour. Again, if it’s bitter, it has been exposed too long. There are lots of online tutorials for each method.
- Brewing the perfect cup is an art. Be a Rebel and have fun.