Great Coffee does not stop when it is delivered to you. The brewing process is the last and most important stage in enjoying great coffee. Therefore, we highly recommend that you read this entire section to maximize your Cactus Creek Gourmet Coffee drinking experience. The recipe for brewing a great cup of coffee relies on four fundamentals: Proportion, Grind, Water, and Freshness.
Always use the correct grind for the brewing method. Grinding beans just prior to brewing results in about a fourth more flavor in the cup. If coffee is ground too fine for the brewing method, you might end up with a bitter cup of coffee. Likewise, too coarse a grind will lead to a weak cup of coffee. Since the beans should be ground just prior to brewing, it is an art you will master after only a few trials. In general, the longer the coffee and water spend in contact during the brewing process, the coarser the grind you should use. Follow these recommended grinds for various brewing methods:
French Press (Press Pot): Coarse flakes like bread crumbs, feels like a coarse sand paper.
Automatic Drip Brewer: Flat bottom paper or metal wedge shaped filters- medium grind.
Paper wedge-shaped filters: Just a bit finer than flat bottom filters.
Espresso: Very fine with a texture between flour and table salt.