The Art of Extraction

Extracting coffee from coffee beans is better known as brewing coffee. How you brew your coffee affects the quality and taste of each cup you sip. But fear not! The perfect cup of coffee is only six steps away.

Because the perfect cup of coffee begins with the beans, it’s a good idea to get to know what you learn from reading a label. 
Now the six pieces of the perfect cup:

Water: Must be cool and fresh. Consider filtered, but never use distilled.
Beans: Freshly ground. Grind fresh beans just before brewing.
Grind Style: Match the grind size to how you'll brew your cup.
  • Fine - espresso machine
  • Medium - drip pot
  • Coarse - pressed pot
Measure: A good rule of thumb is a ratio of 2 tablespoons ground coffee for every six ounces of water. 
Temp: Water should maintain 195 °F - 205 °F throughout brewing for optimal flavor.
Time: Find the optimal time for the water and coffee to steep based on brewing method. Espresso, as the name implies, means that the brew time is short—the coffee is in contact with the water for only 20-30 seconds. While, in a drip system, the contact time should be approximately 5 minutes. If you are making your coffee using a pressed pot, the contact time should be between 2 - 4 minutes.

If you want to take your coffee game up another notch, the next steps is to try the pour over method. You might ask, what is it? Pour over is a manual extraction method that produces a cup of coffee that is richer, deeper, and more flavorful than a standard drip coffee. There are quite a few steps and it does take a little longer, but it is worth the wait! Here is a great article with step-by-step instructions from We are also offering pour over at our Austin Westgate store daily.

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Pam wrote on 5/12/2014 3:25:24 PM

Is there going to be a Central Market in Atlanta soon?

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