Use fresh coffee within a few weeks of roasting. As long as you are brewing King’s Row, you wont have to worry about freshness. Buy as much coffee as you want, but we suggest only opening a week’s supply at a time, and keep left over beans in an airtight container. Whole beans stay fresher than ground coffee, so ideally, grind your own beans just prior to brewing. You will appreciate the difference freshness makes!
Different brew methods require different grinds for proper extraction, so make sure to use the correct grind for your method of choice. Too coarse a grind and the oils are under-extracted, producing a thin, tasteless brew. Too fine a grind and oils are over-extracted, yielding a bitter cup.
Brewed coffee is over 98% water, so make sure it’s good. If the water is undrinkable plain, do not use it to brew your coffee. The better the water, the better the coffee!
Make sure to brew your coffee in the ideal temperature range of 195° – 205°F. Your automatic brewer will do this for you, but if you are using a manual brew method just boil your water and let it stand for 30 seconds prior to brewing.
Make sure you use enough coffee. Strength is ultimately a matter of preference but we recommend starting with 1 mounded tablespoon for 6 oz. of water (approximately 1 g of coffee per 17 grams of water).
We recommend brewing what you need and serving in timely manner. Coffee deteriorates on a warming plate and will over-extract in some manual methods, like French press, if it’s left in the brewer.
It is best stored in a thermal carafe that has been preheated with hot water. Make it fresh and do not reheat coffee; the additional heat will destroy the delicate flavors and aromatics of this unique and complex coffee. Save leftover coffee in a jar in the refrigerator for iced coffee! Also, never pour coffee before the brewing cycle is complete-you will get one very strong cup and ruin the rest of the pot.
Keep your coffee maker clean. Old coffee oils are difficult to remove and can impart a stale flavor to the fresh brew. Clean all non-electrics by soaking in warm water and baking soda and rinse thoroughly. Clean electric coffee makers regularly and according to manufacturers’ instructions.