These are a few simple pointers to get you started and to help you troubleshoot your brew - as far as we're concerned, they're the biggest factors affecting cup flavour and the things you will need to watch if you want a tasty coffee every time. We've also set down our go-to recipes for our favourite brew devices - click on the icon above that corresponds to your chosen brew method!
Different beans and roasts have different density and, yes, that one or two gram difference can have a huge effect on cup flavour. Weigh - rather than scoop, or guess your doses for a better (and more consistent) cup.
The grind needs to suit the brewing method, but it also needs to be consistent. Variation in coffee particle size makes for an uneven extraction and by extension an unpleasant cup. If you’re grinding your coffee fresh, we recommend investing in a good quality grinder - it doesn’t have to be expensive, but a regular spice mill is not going to cut it. Literally.
It might sound obvious, but if your water doesn’t taste good, then your coffee won’t, either. Make sure it’s fresh, clean and at the right temperature.
Our BWT Filter Jug is specially designed for coffee and tea brewing, it not only filters tap water but also mineralises it with magnesium. We also stock a range of temperature controlled kettles to help keep your brews clean and consistent.
Dirty equipment makes coffee taste bad, so keep your gear clean and in good nick. We’ve got loads of easy to use cleaning equipment in stock, so there are no excuses. Scales! Timers! They might seem over the top, but the key to getting a good coffee is in knowing what you’re doing. We’re not saying you have to be a professional, just that if you want consistent results you have to do everything you can to remove the guesswork from the process.
Buy small amounts, often, and drink it fresh (between five days and fourteen days is best.) Store it in an airtight container (not the fridge, please, or the freezer!) away from air, moisture, heat and light. Grind it WHEN you need it, as you go. Come in and talk to us our coffee menu is always changing and we can help you fine tune your brews.