Coffee ☕️

A good tasting coffee makes all the difference.

Dialing

When coffee tastes bad, change one or more of these factors. It may take several attempts to get it right.

  • Change to a new coffee matching your preferred flavour in the flavour wheel 1
  • Grind size
    • Get a good burr grinder! 2 3
  • Water temperature
    • higher for light roasts; lower for dark roasts
    • even a +/- 5f adjustment can make a difference
  • Coffee to water ratio

Brew methods

How I typically make coffee:

Inverted Aeropress recipe

  • Invert the Aeropress
  • Add 10g 4 of coffee
  • Water temp at 175f-190f (depends on beans)
  • Pour about 40g, and stir for ~25 seconds
  • Pour rest, total 100g.
  • Brew until 1m 25s
  • Press for ~30seconds
  • Add ~35g of hot water to brewed coffee.

Kalita Wave 155 recipe

  • 10g of coffee
  • 185-194f water temp (depends on beans)
  • 35g pour, wait 35 secs.
  • Pour rest, total 135g. Wait till water comes through.

iDrinkCoffee beans

Ongoing review of beans from iDrinkCoffee, my preferred supplier of beans due to consistent freshness.

Legend: <water-temp>f; <comandante-grind>c; <coffee-weight>g:<water-weight>g = <total-coffee>g

CoffeeTasteNotesGrind notes
Monsoon MalabarSmokey👍180f; 17c; 10g:100g = 125g (35c+185f in Kalita)
Brazil SantosChocolate👍190f; 15c; 10g:100g = 125g (32c in Kalita)
Sweet Blue, Daterra FarmsChocolate👍190f; 14c; 10g:100g + 35g (12c in Mokapot)
Mexican AlturaChocolate + Smokey🤷 (Not consistent)Finer than Sweet Blue
Espress Yellow, Daterra Farms (thawed)Okay🤷 (Not consistent)
Sumatra OrangutanDark + Smokey

Learnings / experimentation

  • More coffee doesn’t impact sleep when fasting during the day (ie. OMAD close to bed time)
  • Eating (creamy) butter in between cups helps ‘reset’ taste receptor.
    • Though eating a meal is ideal.
  • Roast coffee myself
Footnotes
1.
I enjoy flavours towards chocolate/sugar side of the spectrum, which tends to come from medium to dark roasted coffee from certain regions (like Brazil Santos).
2.
If getting a manual hand grinder, note the the way of grinding may matter.
3.

Comandante grind chart:

From https://coffeechronicler.com/grind-size-chart/

Coffee MakerClicks
French Press30-34
Pour Over20-32
AeroPress14-24
Moka Pot12-15
Espresso9-12
4.
10g appears to be the minimum required to make a good cup. 7g did not work out well for me.
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