The definition of a good cup of coffee is subjective and largely based on personal preference. There are many ways to brew a satisfying cup, but to ensure satisfaction, we recommend a few basic points to note:
Use fresh coffee beans
Use only freshly roasted coffee beans that have been properly stored away from heat, air, sunlight and moisture.
Grind just before brewing
Investing in a coffee grinder will ensure the best possible flavour from your coffee. If beans are left ground in open air, they will go rancid within 20 minutes.
Always use a clean coffee brewer
The build-up of oily deposits can make coffee taste bitter. Therefore, make it a point to clean the equipment regularly. Cleansing tablets are available at Boncafé.
Always use clean water heated to just before boiling point
Boiling for too long or re-boiling the water expels the oxygen naturally dissolved in water and will result in a flatter, lusterless brew.
Use the right proportion of coffee to water
We recommend that you use approximately 10 grams of ground coffee for every 180 ml of water. Adjust the amount of coffee to taste.
Always drink coffee freshly brewed
Serve coffee immediately to enjoy its full, rich flavour and aroma. Never reheat cold coffee, as it will boil away the flavour of the coffee.
Freshness of coffee is extremely important to brewing the perfect cup. Always keep coffee away from air, heat, light and moisture. Our gourmet coffee is freshly roasted locally, nitrogen flushed and packed in one-way valve bags immediately after roasting to keep it fresh for longer.
Storing your coffee at home
Always store unused coffee in airtight containers and keep it in a cool dry place.
Keep coffee away from light, moisture and other strong-smelling substances. Coffee quickly absorbs foreign odours.
Do not keep coffee in the refrigerator. This can lead to moisture build up and to your coffee picking up other food odours.
It is important to have the correct grinding equipment for the perfect cup of coffee. Different brewing methods require different sizes for coffee beans. Identify grind size based on the following:
GRIND SIZE DESCRIPTION
Distinct, chunky, pieces of coffee beans. Similar to coarse sea salt.
Gritty texture with visible flakes. Similar to very coarse sand.
Much smoother texture. Similar to table salt, but a little finer.
Coffee grains just barely discernable. Finer than granular sugar.
Powered with no grains. Similar to flour.
Plunger pot, French press, Vacuum coffee pot, Percolator
Drip coffee makers with flat bottom filters
Drip coffee makers with cone shape filters, Espresso moka pot
Espresso machine – pump, Espresso machine – steam