May 28, 2004, Newsletter Issue #4: Why Your Coffee Tastes 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 for every 6 ounces of water.

2. The coffee was too coarsely ground. In other words, you`re not leaving the beans in the 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 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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That`s it for this week.

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