September 22, 2006, Newsletter Issue #77: What if your coffee tastes too weak?

Tip of the Week

If your coffee tastes a little on the weak side, here are the three commonest causes:

1. You didn´t use enough coffee in the brew. Make sure you use 2 tablespoons of ground coffee beans for every 6 ounces of water.

2. The coffee was too coarsely ground. In other words, you´re not leaving the beans in the coffee grinder for long enough.

3. The coffee wasn´t brewed for long enough. (For example, if you are using a French Press, you didn´t leave the coffee to brew for long enough before pushing down the plunger.)

If you are doing everything right, but still want a ´stronger´ taste, you´ll want to look at the origin of your coffee beans and the darkness of the roast. These don´t, strictly speaking, relate to the ´strength´ or ´weakness´ of the brew. But they do impact the body, flavor and taste of the final cup.

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