Brewing Tips & Tricks

A multitude of mountains were moved to bring into bringing you your beans from cherry to cup. Tremendous talent and craftsmanship has gone into each stage of the process so far. What's next? Let's take those exquisite beans and brew the perfect cup of joe!

7 Elements That Influence Your Cup:

 

1. Freshness

Keep your beans fresh. Buy your toilet paper at Costco, not your coffee. If your coffee is not fresh, the notes fade and so will its potential in your cup. That is why nine05 coffee is roasted-to-order. We print the roast date as proof of freshness on every bag.

2. Storage

Keep your beans in an airtight bag (or container) and out of the light such as in a dark cupboard. The ideal temperature for storage is of 10°C to 21°C. Coffee is best brewed fresh, so when it comes to storing coffee beans for long periods of time, simply don’t do it. Instead, for the best results we recommend that you buy less more often.

3. Grind

Once coffee is ground, it degrades rapidly! Purchase a quality Grinder and grind beans only as needed. Grind to the courses level for your preferred extraction method — your brewer. This will help to produce results that are truest to the bean itself.

4. Water

It’s simple: good water is the start of good coffee. Since coffee is 99% water, any unpleasant taste in your water will pass into your coffee. Just make sure it is fresh and clean. Avoid tap water that is heavy with minerals or tastes chemically treated, such as with chlorine. Likewise, avoid water that is free of every mineral, like distilled or heavily filtered water.

5. Temperature

Coffee’s ideal brewing temperature is between 90°C and 96°C. Period. Purchase a gooseneck kettle with adjustable temperature settings to precisely control the heat intensity. However, if you boil water in a stovetop kettle for a French Press or Pour-Over Cone, let the water sit for a minute just after your kettle whistles, then use. This allows the temperature to drop.

6. Extraction

Extraction can be broken down into time, weight and method:

Extraction time and weight: Depending on the brewer used and grind choice, coffee brews anywhere from 90 seconds to 8 minutes. Pro Tip: We highly recommend you use a stopwatch or a coffee timer app along with a digital food scale. Combined this helps to make sure you control the weight (grind to water ratio) and time (from first bloom to final drip as your pour water over the grind).

Extraction method: The type of brewer you select will impact the flavour that it is able to bring out from the bean. It can also impact the mouthfeel, brightness, and over all body of your cup. Popular extraction methods include Drip Brewers, French Press, Aeropress, Pour Over, Chemex, Moka Pot, and Espresso Machines. But there is a world of other brewers as well to experiment with in your quest for the perfect cup of coffee.

7. Condiments

While drinking a coffee black with let you taste the full origin flavours of the bean, some prefer to add some condiments to enhance their coffee to create new types of drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, flat whites, and cold brew drinks. Common add-ons include milk, cream, coconut milk, sugar, honey, sweetener, chocolate, and flavoured syrups.