Master the Art
Grind your bean as close to brewing time as possible. We strongly recommend using a burr grinder since it results in a more consistent grind than a blade-based system. Please note that as soon as you grind your bean, the natural insulators inherent in a whole coffee bean are unlocked. As a result, the natural flavors of the bean begin to disappear over time with ground coffee. This is exactly why USA Cycling Coffee only sells whole bean coffee!
Coffee is best stored in whole bean form in a stainless airtight container in a cool dark space. If you need to store your coffee for more than a week, we recommend that you do so in a refrigerator or freezer.
Always use purified cold water. Ideal temperature range for brewing your coffee is just off boil, between 195°F and 205°F.
Measurement of coffee amounts depends on how you brew your coffee, and how much volume you need. Please reference the measurement guides below, varying amounts to suit your individual taste.
- Start with how much volume of coffee you want to brew. We like to measure by using the actual coffee cup you'll be drinking out of. Then use 4 tablespoons of ground coffee for each 6 ounces of water. A medium grind works best for drip coffee, with a slighter coarser grind for a flat bottom filter relative to a cone filter.
- Put your ground coffee into your filter. If using a paper filter, we recommend organic paper to minimize any unwanted flavors being imparted by the paper. To save paper, we recommend using a washable, reusable gold filter.
- Pour cold, filtered water into the water reservoir
- Stir the coffee prior to pouring to even out any sediment in the pot
- Please note that we strongly recommend against using any kind of coffee warmer, as these very quickly impart a burnt flavor to the coffee. If you need to keep your coffee warm over a period of time, we instead recommend using an insulated coffee carafe.
- Measure 3 tablespoons of whole bean to grind per 6 ounces of water. For a French Press, use a more coarsely ground bean than used for drip coffee. We also recommend that you pre-heat the French Press itself prior to brewing by using some hot water from the tap or from your kettle.
- Pour cold water into a kettle and bring to a boil. Let the kettle sit off-heat for 30 seconds before pouring it into the French Press. Pour enough water to cover the entire volume of ground bean and stop pouring. Stir the water into the ground bean. Once mixed evenly, pour the remaining water to the top of the French Press.
- After 3-4 minutes press the French Press screen very slowly all the way until it reaches the bottom
- Now enjoy your perfect brew of French Press
- Set your burr grinder toward a more fine setting. If you find that your espresso tastes too bitter, then you have most likely ground the coffee bean too fine. Try adjusting the grind one notch more coarse on the burr grinder. Adjusting the grinder allows you to achieve the optimal grind to allow the espresso to brew between 20-25 seconds.
- Since most espresso machines come with a pre-set container to determine the amount of ground espresso bean to use, simply determine whether you are brewing one shot or two shots of espresso and fill the container.
- As soon as your machine is done brewing, drink immediately, noting the fine head of crema on top of the darker espresso!