Use Fresh, Whole Bean Coffee
A big part of what makes coffee smell and taste so complex and delicious is the presence of aromatic compounds in roasted coffee beans. Immediately after roasting, these compounds begin to escape from the bean in a process called degassing — taking a lot of flavor with them! After 8 days, up to 70% of those compounds will be gone. As time goes on, you lose more flavor, and are left with stale tasting coffee. Grinding coffee will make this process happen faster; exposing more surface area of the bean makes it easier for the compounds to escape.
Using only fresh coffee and grinding right before you brew will help ensure you get the most flavorful cup out of your beans! Consider a coffee subscription service to enjoy freshly roasted coffee delivered right to your door. In fact, all Caffe Luxxe coffees ship to you directly from our local roastery in Los Angeles!
Use A Scale
Many of us have heard of the simple rule of using 2 tablespoons of coffee for every 6oz of water. And while that recipe (or similar recipes) can definitely be used to brew coffee, they lack the precision to take your brewing to the next level. Different coffees and blends can have a wide difference between been size and density, so a tablespoon of one coffee might actually weigh significantly less than a tablespoon of another coffee. Using a scale lets you measure by weight (instead of volume), which helps make sure that no matter what coffee you’re using, you know exactly how much of it is going into you cup.