Tired of drinking coffee that is bitter or weak? The experts at Big Joe Coffee share two easy tips for better tasting coffee.
Start by ditching the coffee machine. Coffee enthusiasts agree that the manual pour over method for making drip coffee maximizes coffee extraction, accentuating the intricate flavors for a cleaner, more robust taste. Removing the machine from the process also eliminates any potential for flavor spoilers, like the unseen mold and limescale that can build up. It’s no wonder pour over is preferred by baristas and has gained popularity in recent years.
What is pour over coffee? The pour over method involves hand pouring hot water over coffee grinds into a carafe or cup. Pour over does not require expensive equipment and simply involves a coffee dripper with filters and a kettle. Removing technology from the equation ensures the water is hot enough (an area where most automated drip makers fall short) and is distributed evenly over the grounds for maximum flavor extraction.
Two of the most important elements that produce a great cup of coffee are brew temperature and grind size. Learn how adjusting the brew temperature and grind size can improve coffee’s flavor:
Temperature: Water is important to extract flavor from coffee beans. The optimal brewing temperature for coffee is between 195-205 degrees F (90.5-96 degrees C). One of the reasons pour over coffee tastes so much better than drip machines is because drip machines never reach perfect brewing temperature. The result is under-heated (<195) sour coffee or over-heated (>205) bitter coffee.
No thermometer? No problem. Bring water to a rolling boil, remove from heat and wait about 30 seconds before pouring.
Grind: Coffee beans must be ground to the right size to allow for optimal water contact time in order to extract the flavors and aromas from them. Use drip-style pre-ground coffee or better yet invest in a grinder for fresh ground beans. The grind size matters here: too coarse and the coffee grounds will under-extract for coffee that tastes sour, acidic and salty; too fine and the coffee grounds will over-extract for coffee that tastes bitter and over-powering. For pour over coffee the optimal grind size should be equivalent to that of coarse kosher salt.
Batch brewing? The Big Joe Extra Large Pour Over Coffee Maker was designed for those who want a lot of coffee while enjoying the full, rich flavored pour-over coffee experience.