HOW TO STORE YOUR 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 odors.
- Do not keep coffee in the refrigerator. This can lead to moisture build up and to your coffee picking up other food odors.
HOW TO BREW THE PERFECT COFFEE ?
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.
COFFEE GRINDING TECHNIQUES
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
- Coarse: Distinct, chunky, pieces of coffee beans. Similar to coarse sea salt.
- Medium: Gritty texture with visible flakes. Similar to very coarse sand.
- Fine: Much smoother texture. Similar to table salt, but a little finer.
- Extra Fine: Coffee grains just barely discernable. Finer than granular sugar.
- Turkish: Powered with no grains. Similar to flour.
- Coarse: Plunger pot, French press, Vacuum coffee pot, Percolator
- Medium: Drip coffee makers with flat bottom filters
TYPES OF BEANS
Coffee beans are the seeds of the coffee cherry tree, and each coffee cherry produces 2 green beans. Although there are many species of coffee trees, only one produces exceptional coffee.
Coffee Arabica which was first found growing in Yemen centuries ago and is the sole species of quality beans. The most widely cultivated coffee plant Arabica thrives at higher altitudes, where the beans mature slowly and have time to develop body and density.
Coffee Robusta is the type you are most likely to drink when you follow instructions to add water and stir. Discovered in Africa toward the end of the nineteenth century Robusta is relatively new to the coffee industry but its role is significant.
ORIGIN OF COFFEE
Coffee originated in tropical Africa (Ethiopia) and quickly conquered the Arab world, Turkey and then Europe. Coffee was introduced into South- East Asia and the West Indies in the 17th and 18th century.
Coffee is grown in more than 50 different countries of the tropical and subtropical world. The biggest producers are Brazil and Colombia, followed by Indonesia and Mexico
Total Worldwide production of coffee is about 100 billion bags of 60kg.