November 19, 2004, Newsletter Issue #28: The Correct Brewing Time

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The question of `brewing times` can be confusing. It is applied best when you use a French Press when making coffee. You place the coffee grounds in the glass carafe, add water just below boiling point and then wait before pushing down the plunger and serving the coffee. How long do you wait? Four to six minutes.

But what if you use a percolator? Well, the first thing to say about brewing coffee with a percolator is... DON`T! Percolators may have been popular with our parents, but they don`t make a good cup of coffee. In effect they simply `stew` it. And that`s not the way to make and enjoy good coffee.

And with a drip brewer, you really don`t have control over the `brewing` time. The heated water simply drips through the grounds into the carafe.

If you want to enjoy coffee at its best, use either a French Press or use a drip brewer with an insulated carafe - that is to say, a carafe that is not heated by a hotplate beneath it. If your brewer does have an uninsulated, glass carafe with hotplate, just be sure to drink the coffee before it gets spoiled with that `stewed` taste.

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