Coffee Facts and Brewing Tips
Brewing an excellent cup of coffee begins with the bean!
American Arabica coffee beans are known for their consistency and balance. Coffee plants grow best in the tropical zone that spans the globe between the Tropic of Capricorn at 23 degrees South latitude to the Tropic of Cancer at 23 degrees North latitude. Hawaii is the only region of the United States in this zone, known as the Coffee Belt. Most of the world's premium gourmet coffee is grown by about 35 countries within this zone. Every region produces a unique type of coffee with distinctive origin of flavors and aromas.
Ka'u Hawaiian coffee is grown on the slopes of Mauna Loa Volcano on past sugar cane farmland. The Ka'u district is about twenty miles South of the famous Kona Coffee growing region. Ka'u coffee has consistently placed higher than Kona coffee in both local and International competitions. Ka'u coffee characteristics include; a sweet low acidity and smooth taste with exotic earthy elements. A pleasant and distinct aroma is present with floral notes of citrus flowers and orchids revealing deep chocolate and cherry flavors.
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Brewing is the final stage of preparation that strongly influences the end result. Brewing an excellent cup of coffee of course, starts with the bean, but includes; the heat, quality of your water, the brewing method and equipment, the level of grind, and how long the water is in contact with the grinds.
We believe the best way to the ultimate cup of Ka'u Hawaiian coffee is to use a French Press. Primarily because more of the interior coffee oils end up in your cup instead of in the machines filter. More oils equals better and smoother taste! However, there are many ways to accomplish your most personal perfect cup. We encourage you to experiment with the world's finest Ka'u Hawaiian coffee beans.
Whatever your choice brewing method is, always grind your coffee just before use. The flavorful oils in ground coffee exposed to air begin to dissipate and so does the flavor very quickly.
Use a very coarse grind for a Press. Medium grind for auto drip makers and extremely fine grind for espresso.
The goal is to adjust the grind so that the entire brew cycle takes 4-6 minutes for each method.
Once brewed, coffee begins to degrade after 15-20 minutes. Drink up or keep it fresh in a thermal container. Don't leave it on the burner for long and never re-heat.
- Method: French Press (available in the shopping cart)
Use very course consistency grind. If the grind is too fine a bitter flavor may result.
Use 2 tablespoons per 6 ounce cup, adjust to your taste.
Boil fresh water to 195 to 205 degrees. (just off the boil)
Steep 4-5 minutes and then plunge. Serve and pour slowly.
- Method: Auto drip coffee maker
Make sure your equipment is clean. Old sediments make rancid flavors.
Use a medium grind similar to granulated sugar
Pre-rinse your filter to eliminate any paper taste.
1-2 tablespoons per 6 ounce cup. Please experiment and adjust to your taste.
Use fresh, cold water
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