Don’t know how to get the most out of your coffee? Don’t worry, we’re here to help! These Tips & Tricks will give the best cup of coffee possible:
Only buy premium quality coffees
Northern-Coffee.ca offers you only the best quality arabica beans from around the world, roasted and ground to your liking. We never use any lower-grade robusta beans in our various offerings and blends.
Preserving your coffees
Coffee preservation is important as the loss of aroma starts right after roasting and speeds up when the coffee is ground. That’s why you receive your order quickly after roasting. The best way to preserve coffee is to store it in an air tight and opaque glass or plastic container at room temperature and away from light. Do not store coffee in the freezer or refrigerator as humidity will crystallize within the beans and the coffee oils will be affected.
Water quality makes a big difference
You should use fresh, purified, filtered or natural spring water and not tap water. The oils in coffee are adversely affected by chlorinated water and the water’s taste can affect your coffee’s taste. Furthermore, strongly mineralized or hard water can leave deposits in your coffee maker. If you notice an accumulation of hard water deposits, wash your coffee maker with a solution of water and vinegar and rinse thoroughly.
Water temperature is also important
For French press coffee makers such as Bodum®, do not pour in boiling water. Water should only be simmering at the moment of infusion. The temperature at which coffee starts to be affected by temperature is 96°C.
Choose the correct grind setting for your coffee maker
First of all, for best results, we suggest that you always grind our coffees right before making it. That said, depending on what style of coffee maker you have, if you choose too fine a grind, your coffee may be overly bitter. If you choose too coarse a grind, it may be too weak. Do select the correct grind setting for the coffee maker you are using. Consult your coffee maker’s documentation or follow this reference:
- Turkish (very fine, powder)
- Paper filter
- Permanent filter
- French press, Bodum®
- Percolator (coarse)
- Whole beans
You can also visit our FAQ or ask for our advice at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose to order your coffee as whole beans (highly recommended), it is best to use a stone coffee grinder (electric or manual). A blade grinder is not recommended for Bodum®, espresso machines, percolators, Neapolitan or Turkish coffee makers. However, if you have a drip brew coffee maker, a blade grinder can be acceptable. And if possible, grind only the amount you need, when you need it.
Permanent conical filters are preferred over paper filters
Using a conical permanent filter instead of paper filters is not only good for the environment, it makes for a better tasting coffee. Paper filters retain part of the coffee’s oils which deprives you of some of the coffee’s aroma and taste. When using a permanent filter, you should use a grind setting of 6 instead of 4 or 5.
For a great coffee, use the right quantity
A quantity of 7 grams (approx. 1 heaping tablespoon of ground coffee) should be used for every 210 ml cup. For a weaker coffee, use the same recipe but dilute your infused coffee with a little simmering water instead.
Wash your coffee maker regularly
Coffee oils stick and build up on the metal surfaces of your coffee maker or thermal container and affect the taste of freshly roasted and infused coffees. Refer to your owner’s manual for the care and cleaning of your coffee maker. For Neapolitan metal percolators that are not used very often, it is important to wash them before use.
Drink your coffee immediately after infusion
In order to appreciate the full flavor of your coffee, it is preferable to drink it within 15 minute of infusion. If you want to keep your coffee warm to drink later, it is strongly recommended to use a preheated thermal container to store your coffee instead of using a heating plate.