I want the perfect cup of coffee every single time
I think this is probably the same for all coffee lovers.
We need the perfect cup of coffee every time we make coffee.
We take a sip, and have that ” Awesome ” moment with a wide grin and perhaps the rolling of the eye balls.
This means that we need to consistently make really good coffee in some way.
Measure to get The Perfect Cup of Coffee
We need to measure, measure and measure.
It doesn’t have to be crazy. I’m not asking you to assemble an arsenal of equipments you might need in a laboratory as a scientist.
But we need to keep track of some things when we make coffee.
I keep track of two things when I make my coffee. And that’s when I use the pour-over/drip method.
- The weight of the coffee beans
- The temperature of the water
In Japan, we use the metric system and so I measure in grams. Depending on how concentrated I want my coffee, I measure about 14g(0.5 oz) to 20g(0.7 oz) of coffee for about 200g(7.1 oz) of water.
I don’t use millilitres for my water and just keep it the same using grams. I prefer a system where I know the weight of everything rather than weight + volume of something since it can create discrepancies.
I use a simple digital kitchen scale to measure the wight of the coffee beans.
Depending on the roast of the coffee, I also change my water temperature.
For light roasts, I tend to go around 88ºC(190ºF) ~ 92ºC(198ºF) . I find this best to eliminate unwanted tastes you get from over extraction of the coffee.
For dark roasts, I tend to go around 82ºC(180ºF) ~ 84ºC(183ºF) .
I use a thermometer which I can attach to my dripper pot when measuring the water temperature.
Keep it Simple
So, I only use two variables to consistently get my perfect cup of coffee.
Some people like to also measure the time it takes to pour and extract the required amount of coffee. I may only do this for a french press.
And that’s totally fine. It’s really up to you with how precise and accurate you want to be.
As long as I can consistently make the perfect cup of coffee, I’m happy.
So, keep it simple with the measurements, and you’ll really enjoy the best coffee every time.