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Saturday
Mar102012

To Boil or Not to Boil

To Boil or Not To Boil...That is the Question 

Is boiling water the correct temperature for brewing coffee? No!  Boiling water is not the correct temperature for brewing the perfect cup of coffee.

According to the National Coffee Association, you want hot water for optimal flavor extraction from the coffee grounds, however boiling water is too hot. The correct temperature is 195-205 degrees Fahrenheit.

Boiling water can over extract the coffee grinds, resulting in bitter-tasting coffee. If you use water that is too cold it won’t extract enough flavor, resulting in a flat, bland tasting cup of coffee.

High quality coffee makers brew coffee within the 195-205 F temperature range.  Many of the cheaper coffee makers often don’t heat the water hot enough - something to look at before buying your next drip coffee maker.

To brew coffee in a French Press: Bring the water to a boil in a kettle, then take it off the burner for 1-3 minutes before pouring it onto the coffee grounds.  If you want to get "geeky" and get the exact temperature, you can check the water with a thermometer.

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