I’m still pursuing the perfect cup of coffee. It looks like I’m going to have to invest some money in a few things. I somehow managed to miss The Specialty Coffee Association of America publication on this subject back in 2009. It could not be more specific. As a service to you, I’ll condense the eight page article in to these simple steps:
- Roast the beans to approximately 58 on the whole bean M-Basic Agtron scale in 8 to 12 minutes
- Air cool the beans to room temperature 75 degrees
- Store in air tight containers at room temperature (not in a freezer or refrigerator)
- Weight out slightly less than one ounce (26 grams) of whole beans
- Grind the beans so that 70 to 75% of the particles pass through a U.S. Standard size 20 mesh sieve (slightly courser then you get when you get coffee ground for a paper filter drip)
- Within 15 minutes of grinding, pour 200 degree clean water over the ground coffee
Some other things to keep in mind:
- You’ll need to secure access to bean wholesalers so you get fresh beans
- The M-Basic II will cost you $9,950
- The coffee grinder will cost you $400
- You’ll need to invest approximately 60 minutes each day roasting, grinding and brewing your own coffee
The above does not begin to touch on all of the details. So yea, I’ll probably continue to go to Starbucks.
And of course, I now have a new quest.