Top 3 Coffee Brewing Tips

by Joseph Trichilo

1.  Grind Fresh

If you don't already own a grinder, do your taste buds a favour and buy one.  If you love coffee, then a coffee grinder should be the backbone of your morning brew.  In terms of importance, place the grinder ahead of your actual brewing device.  

Grinding coffee is quick and easy.  It can be a great addition to your household appliances. Most importantly, it will have the biggest impact on the taste of your coffee.  There are many affordable options when choosing a grinder. Stick with a quality burr grinder and you can be a barista too. 

2. Use filtered water

This may come as a surprise but water does matter. In Canada, we have the luxury of a good source of tap water; and actually filtering this water is a great place to start when looking to brew a great cup of coffee. Your favourite spring water, due to the way it interacts with the coffee during the brewing process, may not produce the best results.

So, you are doing everything right – such as buying good quality freshly roasted coffee, grinding fresh before every brew and performing a spectacular pour-over – and you’re still not getting the results you are hoping for; try looking at your brewing water as the possible culprit! 

To make it easy on you, if you are looking for an awesome filtering system then consider BWT; a system designed to also add magnesium to your filtered water, which is a mineral that facilitates the brewing process.

3. Extraction

To keep things simple, this is everything your water takes from your coffee grinds.  A recommended starting point ratio is 17 g of coffee to 250 g of filtered water (ratio for drip, french press and pour-over). Don't settle for a single coffee to water ratio.  Ask yourself the question: How does my coffee taste? Everyone's system for brewing coffee is different.  What works for you might not work for someone else.  Slightly adjust the coffee weight according to your taste buds. For you coffee enthusiasts, we can dive deeper into this concept another time or send us an email with any questions you might have.

Bottom line, coffee is a subjective taste experience. Following these critical tips will bring you closer to barista status and more importantly, to a delicious cup of coffee.