Four steps to the perfect brew

Here at rijo42, we take our coffee very serious. We know that with our RED, BLACK and tunki beans we’re offering the best quality beans on the market – but there’s more to a great cup of coffee than that. Here’s what to do for the perfect brew.

Our guide to brewing the perfect cup of coffee

Coffee beans

If you don’t start with good quality beans, you’re not going to get a decent cup of coffee. You can’t make good coffee out of bad beans. Ideally, use beans that are as fresh as possible. Make sure they’re correctly stored at a cool temperature in a dark place away from direct sunlight, and once you’ve opened the bag, use it up as quickly as you can.

Grounds

The way you grind your coffee and the size of the grounds is very important. Roughly speaking, the smaller the grounds the stronger the resulting brew will be, so espresso grounds tend to be finer than those intended for filter coffee.If you’re using a bean-to-cup coffee machine, that will be taken into account when you make the drink selection. If you’re grinding the beans manually, remember to ground them more finely for espresso.

Water temperature

Water temperature is another vital factor, and again an automatic machine will always brew at the correct temperature. If you’re making coffee manually, water that’s too cool will result in the coffee not being extracted properly, while water that’s too hot will scorch the grounds and result in a bitter taste. The optimum temperature is just below boiling, around 96 degrees C.

Milk

The temperature of the milk is important, as hot milk means that the coffee stays up to temperature for longer. Don’t try and heat it to the same temperature as the coffee, though – around 55 to 60 degrees C is perfect.

For all your commercial coffee needs, from coffee beans to coffee machines, take a look at our main website www.rijo42.co.uk.

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