So let’s take the fun out of coffee

How do we do that? We look at “A chemistry teacher’s guide to the perfect cup of coffee.” Sure there is science to putting the ingredients together but would you go to this extreme?

The article starts out talking about coffee bitterness and how adding a little salt may help counteract the bitterness. Then it goes on to figure out a better way. They get very precise about the coffee to water balance. It goes on about brewing time, temperature, type of coffee, type of grinding, milk and sugar in coffee.

If you are into the actual science behind a cup of coffee, this may be a good read for you.

Jody Victor

Coffee: There’s an App for that!

Yes, it’s finally happened. There is now an iPhone connected coffee maker. You can schedule the Poppy Pour-Over to brew your coffee from the Wink app. Even order refills of beans, water filters and coffee filters delivered by Amazon when the machine detects you’re running low.

It has a burr grinder to grind the beans. It has a glass double-walled carafe. You can adjust temperature, grind size, and brew time. It makes 10-oz or 20-oz servings.

Happy brewing.

Jody Victor

Different Brewing Methods

Jody Victor‘s crew found an article from where they compare 7 different brewing methods and their different results.

French Press
This method comprises of putting grounds in the pitcher (you need a special French press brewer), adding heated water and letting it steep for about 5 minutes. When done, push the strainer down and you have your coffee. If you steep longer, you have increase the amount of caffeine. This could also cause a rise (up to 8% to 10%) in cholesterol.

Instant Mix
Ground coffee and water and voila you have a cup of coffee. They say this isn’t technically coffee so you are missing the benefits of real coffee.

Single Serve
This encompasses all the K-cup type makers. The coffee is preground and ready to go. They found aluminum pods alter the flavor, so use plastic packaging.

This was created in the 1940s. It’s similar to a standard drip machine because hot water is poured over grounds. The filter is different than stardard drip because it is thicker. This results in smoother texture and purer flavor with fewer fatty oils.

Cold Brew
This method uses cold water and is steeped up to 12 hours. Cool water brings out the natural flavors that are lost in hot water. It also takes away some acids so it could help those who suffer from heart burn or reflux. You can make it stronger and add heated water for that hot cup.

Standard Drip
This is the most common brewer found in homes. The filter absorbs most of the oils that effect cholesterol and it’s a healthy method.

The Cowboy Method
This method uses a pot over a flame. Just before the water with the coffee beans starts to boil, you sprinkle cool water in the pot and pour into your cup. This is good for camping or outdoors.

Buying the best coffee beans

In an article by Men’s Journal, we found some good advice about buying coffee beans. According to Todd Carmichael, who searches for the best coffee beans in Travel Channel’s Dangerous Grounds, these tips will help you choose the best beans for you.

Find your flavor profile. He says there are 3 categories: bitter chocolate (earthy or bold), nutty sweet (walnut or honey), and acidic fruit (lemon or lime).

Experiment. Sign up for a subscription program with some roasters or a craft coffee maker.

Buy Direct (never from grocer). He states that buying coffee from a grocer is like buying fish in a shoe store. Use your phone or buy on internet.

Brew better instantly. He claims the ratio should be 1 gram coffee for every 17 grams of water.

~ Jody Victor