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Brewing methods have a dramatic impact on your coffee’s aroma, body and aftertaste.

Most Common Brewing Methods

Filter coffee method – Technically speaking, the filter or filter-drip method refers to any manual or electric brewing method in which water flows or filters through a bed of coffee grounds. The most common filters are made from paper. However, re-usable gold mesh filters are also available. A large selection of filter coffee makers is available online or at department stores and at gourmet retailers.

French Press – This manual brewing method is also called plunger pot. Carefully measured ground coffee is placed in a cylindrical glass container that’s supported by a metal or plastic frame. After filling the container with hot water, the coffee is allowed to steep for approximately four minutes. Then, the grounds are separated by plunging a fine mesh filter through the water and coffee mixture. The result is a flavorful and full-bodied brew.

Espresso – The term “Espresso” is derived from the Italian word for rapid. It describes a method of brewing in which hot water, under pressure is passed relatively quickly through tightly packed ground coffee. Espresso also is used to describe a strong, exceptionally full-bodied coffee beverage with intense flavor.

Darker, more fully roasted beans are generally used to make espresso. Don Francisco’s Family Reserve Espresso (available in 10 ounce bags) and Don Francisco Espresso Fine Grind (available in 12 ounce cans) make especially delicious espresso beverages with a pleasant, lingering finish and aftertaste.

Aluminum and stainless steel-bodied stovetop espresso makers and a wide variety of electric espresso machines are available for home use from gourmet and houseware shops and department stores as well as on-line vendors. The stovetop espresso makers have two chambers. Water is placed in the bottom chamber. The heat of the gas or electric burner forces the water through the coffee bed and filter into the upper chamber. Countertop electric espresso machines are available in many sizes and many price points.

Given the wide variety of choices, features and benefits available in today’s coffee equipment, we invite you to call or email our experts to discuss which type is best for your needs and budget,
1-800-428-5673 traders@don-francisco.com.

Iced Coffee – All of our Don Francisco’s Coffees make delicious iced coffee beverages. For the best tasting beverages, we suggest you start with strong hot coffee, using at least two rounded tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water. We also recommend that you cool the mixture before pouring it over ice since pouring the hot coffee over ice will dilute the beverage.

Brewing Basics

In filter drip and French press brewing methods, the coffee grounds are “steeped” with hot water. Espresso brewers use pressure to force the water through the grounds. Regardless of which brewing method you prefer, certain basic coffee making principals apply.

Always use high-quality coffee, use at least two slightly rounded tablespoons of ground coffee for each 6 ounces of water. Always measure your coffee carefully. You can always adjust the amount to your personal taste.

Whether you buy pre-ground coffee or grind your beans at home, be sure to use the correct grind for the brewing method. The proper grind will ensure maximum flavor. If the grind is too fine, it will cause over-extraction resulting in bitterness. If it is too coarse, the beverage will be weak and lacking in flavor.

Be sure to read the directions provided by the brewing equipment manufacturer and make sure that your equipment is clean.

Always use cold freshly drawn tap water, filtered or bottled water. Since approximately ninety-nine percent of your beverage is water, start with the best-tasting water possible.

For best results, the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) recommends you use water that’s heated to approximately 195 degrees to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Never allow your brewed coffee to boil on the stove or burner.

Reheating your coffee will compromise the quality and flavor of your beverage.

Always store your coffee in an airtight container in a cool dark place to preserve its freshness and aroma.

After brewing coffee only keeps for 20 minutes before it starts loosing flavor. To keep coffee hot, as well as fresh for a longer period of time, put it in an airpot or thermal carafe

For more information we invite you to call or email our experts to discuss which type of coffee is best for your needs and budget, 1-800-428-5673 or traders@don-francisco.com.

We suggest you visit these websites www.SCAA.org, www.CoffeeInstitute.org, or consult The Coffee Brewing Handbook: A systematic Guide to Coffee Preparation by Ted R. Lingle (ISBN1-882552-02-04).