Brewing the perfect cup of coffee at home is possible. Follow our tips, and you’ll be on your way to brewing a delicious cup of coffee the same way we do in our cafe. To get started, pick up a bag of Growers Alliance coffee from our cafe and gift shop, your local Publix, or order online at growersalliance.com. We suggest starting with our best seller, Organic Kenyan Coffee.
Once you choose your favorite roast, you will need to decide if you want to start with whole beans or ground coffee. We recommend starting with whole bean coffee because it will always give you the most flavorful cup of coffee. When you grind your own coffee, the beans can hold on to their oils and aroma until the beans are ground. Once coffee beans are ground their essential oils begin to evaporate, and they start to lose their initial freshness and flavor. So, if you’re willing to make the investment in a coffee grinder and grind your coffee fresh, you will end up with a more robust cup of coffee, similar to what you experience in our cafe. Although freshly ground coffee is always tastier, there is a difference in the coarseness of the grinds. If you prefer to make your coffee in a french press you will want a coarse grind, for a pour over you’ll want a fine grind, and for a great pot of drip coffee, you will want a medium grind. The grind of coffee affects the strength and richness of your cup of coffee made your preferred way, so you never have a bad cup!
Did you know that the water you use could change the way your coffee tastes? If you’re not a fan of your tap water, then you probably won’t be a fan of a pot of coffee made with the same water. We suggest using filtered or bottled water to make a delicious cup of Growers Alliance Coffee. The perfect cup of coffee is all about balance, and we’ve discovered that our coffee tastes best when you brew one tablespoon of ground coffee with 6oz of water.
The way you store your coffee beans makes a difference in the way your cup of coffee will taste and smell. Coffee beans should be stored in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry place at room temperature. This helps to not only maintain freshness, but the flavors and oils as well so you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee every day!