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Espresso           Plunger        Stove top        Drip filter


Storage

There is much debate about how to store your coffee for maximum freshness. For many, it depends on where you live. For example, we found in tropical north Queensland it was essential to keep beans sealed and in the freezer. The key, no matter where you store them, is to keep them well sealed. Don't let them sit in your cupboard for months, the difference is quite noticeable.

 

Grinding

We will grind your coffee at no extra cost. However, we strongly recommend buying whole beans and grinding to order. Why? The best way to buy and store our beans is whole. As soon as your beans are ground, they start to lose their flavour. Keeping it in a vacuum sealed bag, as supplied by Budan Beans, will help.

But to get the freshest flavour possible, we recommend grinding immediately before use.

   
 
Brewing the perfect cup
 
espresso-crema.001.jpg Espresso

The perfect espresso is a combination of the machine, the beans, the grind, and the barista. In short, a 30mL shot of espresso should be extracted from your coffee in 20-25 seconds (with up to 30 seconds acceptable). If your shot of coffee is extracted too quickly, it will be too weak, if the shot is delivered too slowly, it will be bitter.

If you are making espresso you will definitely notice the importance of freshly ground beans. A coffee grinder doesn't have to be expensive, but avoid buying a spice 'grinder' which has cutting blades rather than grinding burrs.

However, if you don't have a grinder at home, we can grind to order which will produce a very good espresso on most machines.

   
plunger.001.jpg Plunger

Never underestimate the humble plunger. The perfect accompaniment to any office, with the right beans the plunger can make a fine coffee. Use one heaped dessert spoon of coffee per cup. Bring cold water to the boil, and pour over the coffee in the bottom of the plunger. Allow to stand for a few minutes (just a few). Too long and the coffee will stew.


You can stir the coffee prior to plunging, but allow time for the water and ground coffee to stop swirling. Otherwise, pressure can build up and plungers have been known to spout boiling hot water over all of their surrounds

   
stovetop.001.jpg Stove top

Stove tops can produce a wonderfully flavoured espresso, without a complicated and potentially expensive espresso machine.
Use only cold water in the base of your stove top, and only fill to the safety line.

 

Fill the filter to the marked line and firmly pack the basket. Use a low to medium heat and remove as soon as the coffee begins to flow.

When the flow stops, your coffee is ready to serve.

 

If you are looking to make a delicious milk based coffee using your stove top, heat up the milk separately in a microwave or on the stove, and in a mug add milk to coffee about 7:3.

   
coffeepot.001.jpg Drip filter

Drip filter machines often get a bad wrap. But there is no reason you should be suffering poor flavours from a drip filter machine.

Start off by pre-heating the jug with warm water, and use only cold water in the water reservoir.

Use fresh coffee in the filter, one rounded table spoon per cup (the number of cups is usually marked on the side of the coffee pot.

The key to better drip filter coffee is to drink it as soon as it is brewed. Too often the temptation is to make extra and leave it on the heated element. Unfortunately the coffee begins to cool and becomes bitter the longer it sits.