OK, you've just picked up a fresh bag of Dynamite coffee and are ready to brew up a pot.
Here's how to make perfect coffee right at home:
1. Start with 2 Tbs of coffee for every 6 oz of cold water. It's OK to play with this a little. Do what tastes good to you.
2. Grind it fresh, right before brewing. The shorter the brewing process, the finer the grind should be. For a French Press, a course grind is what you want. For an automatic drip coffee maker, a finer grind will do the trick.
3. Use fresh, cold water. Filter it to get the chlorine out if you can and heat it to just off the boil (195-205 Deg F). Any cooler and you won't extract the full range of flavors. If you are using an automatic machine, be sure it gets the water hot enough.
4. Sit back and think happy thoughts. Good job on brewing a great cup of coffee.
5. When you're done, be sure to store your coffee in an air-tight container, away from light, heat, and moisture. A glass jar in the cupboard is perfect. Coffee can kept in the freezer for long term storage, but avoid the fridge or your coffee can start tasting like yesterday's leftovers. For best flavor, buy your coffee often, at least every two weeks.
1. Brew your coffee a little stronger than normal. Try 1 cup of fresh ground coffee for 32 oz of water.
2. Fill a large pitcher with 1.5 pounds of ice.
3. Remove the filter basket from your coffee maker and place it on top of the pitcher. Pour hot water just off the boil slowly over the grounds, melting the ice and diluting the coffee to the proper strength.
4. Have a seat on the porch and enjoy.