The Recipe for Crowd-Pleasing Coffee

 Instructions:

 Urn coffee equipment cleaner packet

Urn coffee equipment cleaner packet

1.    Start clean:  Check the water spray head on your brewer, the surface around the spray head, the filter basket holder, and the air pots or thermal servers.  All should be spotless with no coffee residue or oils.  If soiled, clean with a coffee machine cleaning agent like Urnex or Cafiza according to package directions.  Clean your brewers and thermal servers regularly as part of your preventative maintenance.  

 

 

 
 Bunn CWT 15 Airpot Brewer (shown with gourmet basket)

Bunn CWT 15 Airpot Brewer (shown with gourmet basket)

2.    Start hot: Before brewing, pre-warm your air pots or thermal coffee servers with hot water from a nearby sink, your brewer’s hot water tap, or perhaps brew a pot of water into them.  The idea is to make sure that you don’t brew delicious hot coffee into room temperature or cold servers.

 

 

 
 Taylor Digital Food Scale

Taylor Digital Food Scale

3.    Measure right: If you have a portion controlled coffee grinder, you don’t need to do anything for this step (other than ensure your portion grinder is calibrated using the coffee-to-water table below). If you don’t have a portion controlled grinder, use a scale (similar to the Taylor cooking scale pictured on this page below) to weigh out your whole bean coffee (be sure to tare for the weight of the paper filter).

 

 

 

4.  Grind fresh: Use fresh roasted specialty coffee from Mission Coffee Roasters (tastes most delicious in the first few weeks after roasting – order smaller quantities more often when possible).  Grind to a nice medium drip grind setting immediately before brewing for the best tasting coffee.  Use the largest and best grinder your budget allows.  The bigger and sharper the grinding discs or burrs, the less heat is transferred to the coffee during grinding and the better the coffee will taste.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a grinder yet.  We can grind for you until you get one.  Get a good grinder as soon as you can.      

 Bunn G1 HD bulk coffee grinder

Bunn G1 HD bulk coffee grinder

 Bunn G9 2T portion control grinder

Bunn G9 2T portion control grinder

 

5. Enjoy:  Taste and share your delicious coffee.  Repeat.  Drink more.  If you have any coffee left around the 45 minute mark after brewing, taste again.  Brewed coffee ages even if kept off of a warmer or hot plate (it really ages quickly if you apply heat after brewing).  You will likely taste and discover that somewhere around 45 minutes to an hour is a good time to empty the pots and brew fresh coffee.  This is not a hard and fast rule.  Some coffee will still taste excellent past that mark.  Taste often and enjoy.  Repeat.

 

Suggested Coffee Brewing Ratios
Water Coffee (lbs)
64 oz (0.5 Gallon) 0.25
96 oz (0.75 Gallon) 0.37
128 oz (1 Gallon) 0.50
192 oz (1.5 Gallon) 0.74

Suggested coffee-to-water ratios for automatic drip brewed coffee when used with properly sized brewing equipment (Gourmet Brew Basket or similar).  Adjust brew strength slightly based on your taste preferences.  Note: if you try to make your coffee much less stronger than these suggested ratios your coffee will start to become bitter and “woody” like cheap restaurant, food service, or office coffee.  You can also affect the taste by adjusting your grind setting – coarser makes the water run through the grounds faster making the coffee weaker – finer makes the coffee stronger since the water runs more slowly through the grounds.