Fork in the Road coffee roasters can not only sell you great, just-roasted coffee, they can also tell you how to make the best-tasting cup of coffee.
While Fork in the Road roasters will sell ground coffee (for those without a grinder), the best bet for brewing a great cup of coffee is to start by grinding fresh beans just before brewing. It’s impossible to brew a remarkably good cup of coffee from old, stale beans. Beans should be kept in a cool, dry place NOT the freezer or refrigerator. I asked Jason what that meant in the summer, as my pantry can get to 86 or 88 degrees before I turn on the air-conditioning; he told me that my warm pantry is still preferable over the fridge or freezer.
Coffee is only fresh for a short period of time; Fork in the Road optimizes that window of freshness by roasting only when the coffee is ordered or just before it is sold. All Fork in the Road coffee is packaged in a foil bag with a one way valve to allow the coffee to breathe but keep air out – essential for maintaining coffee freshness.
Other factors to consider when brewing coffee:
- Water temperature should be just under boiling. Water should be filtered and have a good clean taste at room temperature. Bad tasting water will give you bad tasting coffee. Distilled water should NOT be used for coffee, as the water needs a small amount of minerals to aid in the extraction of the coffee oils.
- Brew time should be 3-4 minutes; all the water should pass through the grounds in that amount of time. If water sits too long on the grounds, the coffee will become over-extracted and taste bitter.
- When grinding coffee, start with a medium setting and adjust the grind finer for a stronger cup; adjust coarser if coffee tastes bitter.
- The recommended amount of coffee is 2 tablespoons to 6 oz water, but the ratio should be adjusted to suit your own taste.
The type of roast is another factor to consider. Some people enjoy a strong, dark roast while others prefer a lighter, “sweeter” roast. Says Jason:
“Even the time of day or type of meal changes what people prefer as their coffee. Coffee is much like wine in that regards but it does take some work to develop and brew the perfect cup of coffee.”
Fork in the Road coffee roasters will be at the Greene County farm market in the Kmart parking lot on Indian Ripple road on Saturday mornings between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. They bring along several varieties of their freshly roasted beans, and brewed samples for tasting. If you buy two pounds at a time, it works out to ten dollars a pound – ten dollars for a REAL (16 oz) pound, not the 12 oz “pound” sold in grocery stores.
The Greene County farm markets will be open every Saturday through October (and you can also order Fork in the Road coffee online).
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