Pfefferkorn Original

How to Brew the Perfect Cup

  1. Store fresh unused coffee in an air-tight container in a cool - dry place.  To prolong freshness, ground coffee can be kept in a refrigerator for 7 - 10 days.  Freezing coffee is best if you must keep it for an extended time before using.  Remember, make sure your coffee is fresh to start.  Once coffee becomes stale refrigeration will not restore its freshness.  Coffee attracts and absorbs foreign odors, so be careful to protect your coffee from foreign flavors and odors that can affect the flavor.
  2. It's important to use to correct grind for the brewing method you have chosen.  A grind that is bitter and overly strong,  could very well be ground  too fine or you have used too much coffee.  If the brew  lacks flavor or strength, it is likely that the grind is too coarse, or you've used to little coffee. 

    Generally speaking, the faster the brewing method, the finer the grind.,,,

    Type of Grind

    Brewing Method


    Open Pot




    Plunger Drip Methods


    Expresso Vacuum


    Turkish Ibrik

  3. Always use freshly drawn COLD water.  Hot water is often flat and stale. 
    NEVER use softened water - it produces a bad-tasting brew. 
  4. It's recommended that two level tablespoons per six ounces of cold water should be used for regular strength coffee.  But, again, it depends on personal preference. 
  5. Keep coffee brewers and servers clean and rinsed  Remember, coffee quickly picks up off-flavors during the brewing process. 
  6. For best results, always brew to the full capacity of your coffee maker.  
  7. To prevent bitterness,  remove grounds from the brew as soon as the brew is completed.  Remember, never re-use grounds. 
  8. Serve coffee immediately after brewing.  Fresh brewed coffee allowed to sit on the warmer will begin losing flavor immediately.  The longer it is held, the less desirable it becomes.  Brewed coffee stays flavorable for about 20 minutes and drinkable for about one hour maximum.
  9. Never reheat cooled coffee or allow it to heat to a boil.  Once a boil occurs, coffee will loose its flavor quickly. 
  10. An air pot is a great way to keep freshly brewed coffee warm for a long time.  The stainless steel or glass insdies of the air pot keeps the coffee from breaking down and losing its flavor.  If the interior of the air pot is not stainless steel or glass, the air pot or container will not be as affective. 
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