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How to Buy, Store, and Grind Coffee for the Perfect Cup

At the start of the coffee shop craze, before the first Starbucks appeared in my small town, I operated a coffee

and tea shop for a number of years. Espresso was new to most people, and the new frontier brought a lot of

questions from customers. I ended up teaching a class on coffee at the shop and discovered that there are a

number of misconceptions about the purchase, storage, and grinding of coffee that when corrected will give you

a much more pleasant drinking experience.

Coffee connoisseurs prefer to buy the beans in small quantities. This allows you to brew the coffee within a few

days of being roasted, and results in the best possible cup of java. Keep the fresh-roasted beans in an air-tight

container, and the flavor will remain strong for a week or more. The conventional wisdom of storing the beans

in the fridge or freezer is quite incorrect. This practice actually diminishes the flavor for two reasons: a) the

beans absorb the flavors of the other items being stored, and b) the moisture affects the oils in the coffee. It's

better to keep the sealed coffee container on the counter or a dark cool place. When you open the container, if

there is no aroma the beans have lost their prime.

It is best when cleaning the container to use a paper towel or soft dry cloth to soak up the coffee bean oil.

Soapy water can leave a residue. The same is true for your coffee brewing machines. Instead of soap, use

vinegar and rinse thoroughly. Because the beans have oils which can get rancid over time, clean your storage

container often.  Because the oils in coffee beans are released by grinding,

it's best only to grind the quantity that will be used immediately. When you grind the beans the night before you

brew the morning cup, the flavor is dispersed. It's better to wait until morning, unless your sweetheart prefers

not to be awakened by the sound of the grinder. How coarse or fine should the grind be? That depends on the

duration of the hot water's contact with the coffee grinds. The shorter the brewing time, the finer the grind

needs to be so that there is maximum surface area. These are the recommended consistencies for various

brewing processes:  Drip Brewing: Similar to granulated sugar. Drip cycles should range between four to six

minutes. If less, grind to a finer consistency. If longer, hold back on the grinding.

French Press: The grind should be quite coarse.

Espresso: Very fine, almost like powdered sugar.

Espresso's extraction should take 25 or 30 seconds. If a one ounce extraction takes less time, finer grind.

Longer, use a coarser grind.

How much coffee do you grind? For brewed (and FrenchPress) coffee, three tablespoons for eight ounces of


For espresso, an ounce (7 grams) for a single shot. Doublethat for a double shot.

Time and again I heard from my customers that they had no idea what a good cup of coffee really tasted like

until after they had followed these easy guidelines. Try it. It's the small things that will make your coffee

drinking experience sublime.

By Marilyn J. Schwader


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