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        …A Bit Of The Exotic In The Everyday.

Water

Use “good” water. Water that tastes or smells funny will adversely affect your coffee’s flavor. If your tap water tastes OK, then go ahead and use it, but if not, use either filtered or bottled water. To see how much difference this can make, try making your favorite brew using tap water and then try brewing a pot using bottled water, we’re sure you will notice the difference.

Grinder

Select the correct grind. Different coffee brewing methods require different kinds of grind. How coarse or fine coffee is ground is critically important to making good coffee Coffee ground too fine will delay the brewing process and produce a bitter cup.

Brewer

Whether automatic or manual, the basic idea is to allow gravity to filter hot water through ground coffee suspended in a filter of some porous material (paper, tight wire mesh, etc.). Filters can be either flat bottomed or cone shaped. If flat bottomed, the grind should be medium; if a cone, then the grind should be fine.

French Press

The French press consists of a beaker shaped container with a fine wire mesh plunger unit attached to the lid. This coffee maker is one of the more popular devices available and comes in sizes ranging from single cup to eighteen cups. In this method, first the glass beaker should be preheated by running it under hot water. Then put in the amount of medium to fine ground coffee needed, add boiled water and stir. Let the coffee steep for three to four minutes and stir again. Finally, put the lid-plunger apparatus on the beaker and push the plunger down gently as far as it will go.

Espresso

The idea behind espresso is to extract maximum flavor out of the grind using minimum water. This can only be accomplished at fairly high levels of pressure. An optimal espresso machine should be able to produce a one to one and one-half ounce pull of espresso in eighteen to twenty seconds when using a very fine grind.

Stove top Espresso

These units do produce a hearty triple-strength brew that is comparable to the lower-end home espresso machines, but at a much lower price. The Stove Top Espresso pot consists of two pieces that screw together with a filter chamber in the middle. To make a brew with this unit, first fill the base with water up to it’s safety valve. Fill the filter chamber with finely ground coffee, do not pack it down. Place the filter chamber in the base and screw the top on tightly. Place the pot on the heat. When the coffee starts to pour out of the stem in the top, reduce the heat to low. When you hear a gurgling noise, all of the water is out of the base. Remove it from the heat and wait for the coffee to stop pouring from the stem.

Turkish Coffee

The coffee is made in a copper pot called ibrik. Turkish coffee requires the finest grind. A heaping tablespoon of coffee for each 3 oz of hot water, and a heaping tablespoon of sugar. Set the ibrik over a medium flame. As the ibrik heats, the pulverized bean allows a quick and full-bodied extraction. The water is brought to a near-boil, and just as it starts to bubble, it is removed from the flame. Remove and replace the ibrik 3 times to cultivate the foam which gathers in the ibrik’s neck. Pour in a cup. The settlement of coffee grinds in the bottom of the cup is used for fortune reading.