All coffee is a matter of
personal taste and so many elements can effect the final cup.
Understanding a few simple facts therefore can help you discover how to
maximise your enjoyment.
• The finer the grind the more
extraction you get from your coffee
• If your coffee is ground too coarsely you get less extraction
and therefore less body.
• Too much extraction can lead to a bitter flavour in the coffee.
• Generally for a plunger/ cafetiere made coffee, 3 to 5 minutes
brewing time is sufficient. If your coffee tastes bitter reduce the
brewing time. If it is too weak try a little longer.
• When using a plunger you should stir the coffee well with a
large spoon as fresh coffee tends to float on top of the water and is
more resistant to saturation.
• Ideal coffee strength ranges between 55 to 75 g (10 to 12
tablespoons) to 1 litre of water (approx. 4 cups).
• If you are only brewing 1 or 2 cups in a plunger use
proportionately more coffee.
• Soft water produces a stronger brew than hard water.
• Never pour boiling water onto the coffee. Use water that has
gone off the boil at around 92 c to 96 c.
• Never reheat coffee
• Never reuse coffee grounds
• Pre-heat your cups and plungers before use
• Be careful when grinding your own coffee beans that your grinder
is not grinding too coarsely as the quality of your brew will suffer as
a result of poor extraction
• When using a home expresso machine follow the recommended
• Make sure your plunger is cleaned properly as stale coffee oils
will taint the brew.