Brewing the perfect cup begins with buying the right coffee beans. Any coffee lover will tell you that while the history of coffee is a complex tale, Espresso is the uncontested OG. And while a shot of espresso can be pulled from a varied range of beans, Chariot’s Espresso Coffee Beans yield an exceptionally flavorful and highly concentrated cup. An espresso shot brewed from these beans is likely to be decadently thick and produce an enviable “crema”.
How to Use
- Measure out the desired amount of coffee beans based on the number of cups you want to make. A general rule is to use one to two tablespoons of coffee beans per 180 ml of water.
- Grind the coffee beans using a coffee grinder. Choose a grind size based on the brewing method you will use.
- Place the coffee grounds into your coffee maker or brewing device of choice, such as a French press or pour-over filter.
- Boil water in a kettle or on the stove. Pour the hot water over the coffee grounds. Use a circular motion to ensure all of the grounds are wet.
- Let the coffee brew for the recommended amount of time. This will depend on the brewing method you are using.
- After the coffee has finished brewing, remove the grounds and serve.
- If desired, add milk, sugar, or other flavourings to your coffee to taste. Enjoy!
From Bean to Cup: Understanding the Factors that Affect Coffee Taste
Coffee bean quality and origin: Beans from different regions can have distinct flavour profiles, such as floral or fruity notes, while beans of different quality grades can have varying levels of sweetness, acidity, and bitterness.
Roasting level and method: Lighter roasts tend to be more acidic and have a milder flavour, while darker roasts are often more bitter and have a stronger, smokier flavour. The roasting method can also influence the flavour, as different methods can create unique flavour profiles.
Water quality and temperature: Water that is too hard or has high mineral content can negatively affect the taste. Additionally, the temperature of the water used to brew coffee can affect the extraction process, with different temperatures affecting the flavour and strength of the coffee.
Grind size and consistency: Finer grinds tend to produce stronger, more bitter coffee, while coarser grinds tend to produce milder, less bitter coffee. Consistency of the grind is also important, as uneven grinds can result in uneven extraction and an inconsistent flavour.
Brew method and equipment: The method and equipment used to brew coffee can also affect the final flavour. For example, pour-over methods tend to produce a cleaner, brighter flavor, while espresso methods produce a stronger, more concentrated flavor.
Brewing time and ratio of coffee to water: Longer brewing times tend to produce stronger, more bitter coffee, while shorter brewing times produce milder, less bitter coffee. The ratio of coffee to water can also impact the strength and flavor, with different ratios producing different levels of strength and bitterness.
Storage and freshness of the coffee beans: Stale or poorly stored beans can have a flat, dull taste, while fresh beans can have a more vibrant, complex flavor profile. Proper storage, such as in a cool, dark place in an airtight container, can help to maintain freshness and flavour.