Free shipping on orders over $50

So Much Useless Coffee Knowledge - We Know!

Too much Coffee Knowledge - Said Nobody, Ever.

How to make the perfect Cup of Coffee

Coffee facts & Coffee trivia

By Steve Parke* for Amazing Professors This article asks and answers some interesting questions about coffee. You'll be surprised to learn that the average North American drinks 400 cups of coffee each year! Coffee is second only to oil as the most traded commodity in world trade today. It is second largest legal (legal according to international law) export in African countries like The Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Nigeria and Kenya. With all the information below you should be able to make an informed choice before you buy. After reading our tips on finding coffees you will discover how easy it can be to make a cup of java that beats anything your local barista can produce or that your favorite chain store sells.

How many scoops of coffee do I need for 1 cup?

A common mistake when making coffee is using an excess of ground coffee. One tablespoon of coffee per cup of water should produce a strong brew, four tablespoons for an espresso serving, and one teaspoon for every two cups for weaker French press or drip-brewed coffee. Using too much ground coffee will result in bitter tasting coffee so be mindful not to overdo it, especially if you are grinding your own beans.

How hot should the water be?

Coffee brewed with boiling water has unpleasantly bitter tastes that can ruin the drink. If you use boiling water to make your "cup of Joe", 98°–100° C (208°–212 °F) is ideal. Coffee cannot pass through coarser grinds than 2% of the total volume to properly brew which means that if you use a 12 cup coffee maker, your grinds should be very fine. If you desire strong coffee then only fill the filter up halfway.

How long should I let it brew?

Contrary to popular belief, letting your coffee sit after brewing, will not cause harmful chemical reactions which result in bad tasting coffee. In fact, there are some benefits from letting your coffee sit for a little bit after brewing. Around 5 minutes is optimum as this will allow carbon dioxide gas to release from the solution and slowly degas from the freshly brewed java. This process is known as "degassing" and is important because it will remove any bitter tastes resulting from excess carbon dioxide trapped within the liquid.

What is a perfect cup of coffee?

A perfect cup of coffee is one made from beans that have been gently and carefully roasted, ground and brewed with loving care.

How often do I need to clean my Coffee Maker?

The answer depends on several factors: how many people use the machine; what type of water you're using (hard or soft); and especially, how often you make coffee. Some experts suggest that home brewers should be cleaned every 10 cycles. If you use filtered water, change it once a week. You can also just open up your machine each month or so and wipe off any messy buildup around the blade assembly in the grinder chamber with a dry paper towel. And always keep your machines' reservoir filled between uses to prevent bacteria growth.

What is the best coffee to water ratio?

How to make the perfect Cup of Coffee

If you are using fresh, quality beans, your best bet is to start off with two tablespoons of ground coffee per six ounces of water. This should make for a rich cup of java that will taste great whether you're drinking it black or adding in cream and sugar.

How long does the coffee stay fresh?

Ideally, your freshly brewed pot will last around 8 hours before losing its mojo. If you plan on consuming more than one pot a day, consider getting a self-serve coffeemaker or invest in an airtight canister or jar at home to preserve your beans' flavor over multiple brew cycles––a little trick pros use when making espressos at cafes.

What type of machine makes the best cup of coffee?

How to make the perfect Cup of Coffee

French press, espresso machine, drip coffeemaker––all of these are good choices in their own right. The best kind of machine for you is one that offers you the ability to control factors like temperature and pre-soaking time in order to get the flavor profile you want when it comes to your java brewing. Using a French press or stovetop espresso maker will allow you to experiment with grind size and extraction time when making fresh cups of Joe at home. And if you have an automatic drip coffeemaker, look for one with programmable features so you can set up the machine to brew just before waking up or heading out the door so your cup will be waiting for you!

Do I need a grinder?

If you're already buying your beans pre-ground for drip coffee, there's no need to invest in a grinder. But if you enjoy the flavor of freshly ground java or prefer the convenience of using whole beans with your automatic drip machine without getting too much residue clogging up your brew basket, look for an inexpensive electric burr grinder.

What should I drink my coffee out of?

White ceramic mugs are best because they allow you to spot tiny cracks and impurities that might change the taste of your morning cup. In fact, it has been said that once per month or so, use a white mug as a test vessel to check if your coffee tastes okay––if it doesn't seem quite right but you, that is ok too. Every machine and coffee is different, so you may have to experiment with your brewer's settings and ratios to get it just right.

How do I eliminate the bitterness of the coffee?

Any number of factors can lead to a bitter brew: old beans; water that has been sitting too long in an unfiltered pitcher, and coffeemakers that haven't been properly cleaned or emptied after each use. Also, type of grinder used will affect the flavor of the resulting java––some grinders produce more "bitter" grounds than others. Another way around this problem is by adding milk or cream into the mix later on, which will cut down on some but not all of the unpleasant acidity.

How much coffee is too much?

It might be tempting to fill up your entire coffee maker's water reservoir, but don't go overboard: about two-thirds of a cup is usually the sweet spot. If you use more than that, your machine likely won't be able to fully drain and brew it all and you'll end up with some very strong (and not entirely delicious) water sitting in the bottom of your pot. Also, make sure not to add too much ground coffee. Doing so will make it harder for your machine to properly extract all of the flavors from each bean––the result will be a bitter-tasting pot.

What size How long should I brew my Coffee?

A common mistake people make is to use the same amount of coffee for every batch, which throws off the balance of flavors that can range depending on individual beans, their age at your last roast, and the method of brewing. For example, most automatic drip machines have a standard setting that produces an average coffee strength between 5% to 7% dissolved solids. However, it's best to start with around 10 grams (about 1/3 cup) then add or subtract grounds based on personal taste preference.

How long should I let my coffee "rest" after brewing?

This depends largely on what kind of machine you're using: An automatic drip coffeemaker will usually produce tasty results within about five minutes while espresso-based beverages should

Beans lose their flavor between 1030 minutes after they're ground, so if you're grinding your own for drip coffee, let the grounds sit in the filter basket for no more than 30 seconds before brewing. Storing them any longer will result in stale-tasting java that lacks full flavor.

What is a "full" cup of coffee?

A standard measuring cup holds eight ounces, but most homemade servings are closer to six––so don't be surprised if you end up with two cups when following common recipes written for store-bought ground coffees. If you do opt for larger mugs or travel tumblers, make sure they hold at least 12 ounces to prevent overflow during brewing or spilling while transporting to your desk or dining table!

Does coffee make you poop?

How to make the perfect Cup of Coffee

Although coffee has a laxative effect, it can also help you stay regular and avoid constipation. The caffeine in coffee stimulates the colon to contract more frequently, making it easier for your body to eliminate waste. Don't drink your coffee too late in the day, though––you don't want to find yourself up all night running to the bathroom!

Coffee can also help with other digestive problems like bloating and cramping. The caffeine acts as a vasoconstrictor, narrowing blood vessels and increasing blood pressure. This helps give your gastrointestinal tract more room to work its magic without so much discomforting pressure on your gut. But again, don't overdo it: drinking caffeinated beverages or eating chocolate throughout the afternoon can really disrupt sleep patterns at night.

Does coffee make you gain weight?

In moderation, coffee is not a significant source of calories and shouldn't make you gain weight. However, if you're adding lots of sugar and cream to your drink (and this goes for any caffeinated beverage), the calories can quickly add up.

To avoid packing on extra pounds, use healthy sweeteners like honey or stevia and skip dairy altogether––there's plenty of evidence that suggests milk might spike blood sugar levels as much as sugary sodas do.

What happens to my body after I consume caffeine?

Caffeine has several effects on our bodies: it stimulates your brain by blocking adenosine receptors; increases adrenaline production; boosts energy and alertness by releasing dopamine and serotonin; metabolism; tightens bronchial tubes; and dilates blood vessels, which raises your heart rate.

Caffeine consumption also prompts the liver to release extra glucose into your bloodstream, which can leave you feeling tired after an energy boost. Lastly, caffeine stimulates the production of stomach acid in some people, leading to feelings of nausea or heartburn.

How much caffeine is too much?

It's hard to say exactly how much caffeine is safe because everyone's body metabolizes it at a different rate. Generally speaking, healthy adults can safely consume up to 400 mg per day (equivalent to four large cups of coffee); pregnant women should limit themselves even more for safety reasons. People who are sensitive to caffeine may get headaches or feel jittery from just one cup––

Is Tea Better for you than Coffee?

How to make the perfect Cup of Coffee

Tea has one ingredient not found in coffee: theanine, an amino acid that helps calm down the caffeine's stimulative effects. Green tea contains more theanine than oolong or black teas, so it might be the healthiest option of these three if you want to drink something on the caffeinated side. But all types can help you relax and focus, especially if you add some honey for a little extra sweetness.

What is the best way to store coffee?

Unfortunately, it's impossible to keep coffee fresh forever. Air, moisture and heat can all deteriorate your beans faster. The optimal conditions for storing ground coffee are in an airtight container kept in a cool, dark place. Coffee stored in the freezer or refrigerator may retain its flavor for up to three months––but after that point, it'll start to lose its zing! Whole beans will stay fresh longer if you keep them in an opaque, airtight container that's placed in the fridge or freezer.

Does iced coffee have more caffeine than hot?

Nope! A basic cup of black coffee has about 95 mg of caffeine regardless of whether it's served hot or cold––

Is decaf coffee good for you?

While decaf doesn't actually contain any caffeine, it does retain most of its polyphenol content. These antioxidant compounds have been linked to lower rates of heart disease and certain cancers as well as better blood sugar control––but only when consumed in moderation (like everything else, coffee can be bad for you if you drink too much of it).

How does Coffee affect my sinuses?

Coffee's caffeine content is a vasoconstrictor––it narrows blood vessels and boosts blood pressure. This can help improve airflow to your sinuses by alleviating the fluid buildup that causes congestion and mucus. But drinking lots of caffeinated beverages (including tea and soft drinks) throughout the day will only make symptoms worse; try keeping intake low-key or limiting yourself to one caffeinated beverage or chocolate per day for maximum relief.

Is Coffee Good for asthma?

Asthma is an inflammatory respiratory condition characterized by wheezing, tightness in chest, and difficulty breathing. Drinking coffee is associated with a decreased risk of asthma, but the connection isn't clear. A 2014 review in Reproductive Health finds that caffeine can help relax muscles around bronchial tubes, which could alleviate common asthma symptoms––but this effect is only noticeable in regular coffee drinkers.

How is Caffeine good for Asthma?

Studies have shown that drinking caffeinated beverages or consuming chocolate decreases wheezing and improves lung function in people with asthma—which may be due to caffeine's ability to relax airway muscles. While everyone reacts differently to caffeine, it is thought that individuals who already drink caffeinated beverages won't notice an improvement in their condition when they increase their intake because "tolerance" builds over time––

In conclusion...

We really have no more knowledge about coffee than your average bear. Truth be told we had AI write this entire blog post. Not half bad, right? We only did this blog post for SEO purposes for Google and that little hyper link we added towards the top for our AMAZING coffee mugs. It really is a dumb system they have, but we have to play the game. If you're pissed about reading 2000+ words for nothing, feel free to leave a comment below (that helps us too).

 

Subscribe to the Newsletter

Get coupons, freebies, announcements, and more — delivered right to your inbox!

Leave a comment

Get more fun.

Want to learn more about our brand story? Find out more and see how you can get in on the action.

Tell me more!