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The Art of Coffee

Hints and tips on how to make that perfect cup of coffee! Including choosing the correct coffee grind, how best to store coffee and how to make a perfect plunger or moka pot.

Grinding Coffee
Almost every method of making coffee requires its own unique grind. It is not recommended that filter machines and plungers use the same grind, nor is it recommended that filter machines and espresso machines use the same grind.

Yes it will work, but no, you are not doing any justice to your cup of coffee and you are more than likely going to end up with either over extraction or under extraction or just a plain bad cup of coffee…

Not only does the use of such grinds result in the wrong extraction in one or the other of the brewing methods, but it also confuses people who want to understand why coffee is ground to different degrees.

The finer the grind, the greater the surface area exposed to the water and the faster the extraction of soluble solids. Finely ground particles of coffee are thus required for brewing methods where the contact time between the coffee and the water is shorter. Conversely, a coarser grind will help to delay the extraction when grounds are left in the container from which the coffee will be served.



How FINE or COARSE to grind the beans?

This depends on the type of coffee maker used. The faster the extraction process, the finer the grind needed; and the slower the extraction, the coarser the grind needed. Hence the following guide to the different grinds:

GroundTextureMethod of brewing
TurkishVery fine, almost like flourTurkish Ibrik on Stove
EspressoVery fineEspresso machines. Stove top Espresso makers
FilterFineFilter machines
OmnigrindInbetween filter and coarse grindCona Vacuum and Neopolitan Flip Machine
CoarseMedium/ rough texturePlunger/ Cafetiere


Grinds coarser than medium are practically non-existent commercially. They are generally used only in al fresco or carafe (jug) brewing and are not very economical, since the same amount of beans ground coarsely produces less volume, less extraction and thus less flavour that if it were ground finer.
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Storage




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Moka Express
Before use, disassemble and wash all parts in hot water and correctly re-assemble them.



PLEASE NOTE: It is recommended that the first brew is thrown away.

IMPORTANT
Be careful not to burn yourself as the pot gets very hot on the stove and remains hot for a period of time. To clean, wait until the pot cools down and then separate the top section from the base. Empty used coffee grounds into dustbin. Rinse under cold water. Do not use any abrasive scourers or soda, as these will damage the polished surface. A liquid chrome polish may be used if the surface starts to loose colour. Try a mixture of water and vinegar to remove stains. Rinse and dry thoroughly and leave disassembled until next use.

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Plunger Coffee
PLEASE NOTE:*Add the sugar/sweetener to the mug or cup before pouring the coffee, as it will dissolve better before the milk is added.



IMPORTANT
To clean, allow to cool, then empty grounds into dustbin, and rinse the plunger under the tap and scrub off any coffee stains or oils on the filter or on the plunger. Dry separately.

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