Clout Coffee has been expertly crafted to provide you with the energy to face anything life can bring at you. You may become a master brewer in no time if you are prepared to try to understand what you enjoy. These tips should get you started with practically any brewer, but remember that the best way to learn is to brew, taste, adjust, and record results as you're starting to learn.
We recommend experimenting with different roasts, origins, and preparation methods from there. Here are some tips on how to make a traditional cup of Clout Coffee.
- Fresh Roasted, Airtight Coffee
Purchasing freshly roasted coffee and keeping it in an airtight container.
- Clean Your Coffee Equipment
Cleaning your equipment can improve the flavor, quality, and consistency of your coffee. Regular cleaning prevents bacteria growth and reduces calcium build up.
- Use Filtered Water
Filtered water that does not contain chlorine and small particles will result in the best tasting coffee. Additionally, filtered water can help extend the life of your coffee brewing equipment.
- Grind Size is Key
The size of the grind is very important to the taste of your brewed coffee. If your coffee tastes too strong or bitter, it may be ground too fine. If your coffee tastes weak, it may mean your grind is too coarse.
- Weigh It Out
Weighing your coffee as opposed to measuring by scoops can be valuable to brewing a consistently delicious cup of coffee. The volume of coffee that you scoop can change depending on the grind size of your coffee. By weighing out your coffee with a kitchen scale, you can get a precise measurement every time.
(Hint: we recommend 1:16 coffee to water ratio. For every 1 ounce of coffee you weight out, use 16 fluid ounces of water)
- Brewing Time
The amount of time that the water is in contact with the coffee grounds is another important flavor factor.
In a drip system, the contact time should be approximately 5 minutes. If you are making your coffee using a French Press, the contact time should be 2-4 minutes. Espresso has an especially brief brew time — the coffee is in contact with the water for only 20-30 seconds. Cold brew, on the other hand, should steep overnight (about 12 hours).
Dialing in the right grind size along with the correct weight will have you instantly brewing better coffee.
If you’re not happy with the taste of the final product, you're likely either:
- Over-extracting - the brew time is too long
- Under-extracting - the brew time is too short
Experiment with the contact time until you get the right balance for your taste.