If you’re trying to create that perfect cup of coffee, then it is necessary to learn the science behind the art of making coffee. Precision plays a part, as does having the right equipment. One of the most basic elements however is the grind.
The finer you grind your coffee, the bigger the surface area. This basically means that you may extract more flavor from the same volume of coffee. The degree of fineness of your grind is dependent on your equipment.
“A coffee bean has “good” flavors which are usually the first to get extracted. Then there are the “bad” flavors that come out especially when your grounds come into contact with too much water. In order to make a perfect cup you will need to determine how much water actually comes into contact with your grounds and for how long. Too long and too much water makes for a cup best undrunk.
Among the best equipment for coffee truly is the espresso machine. It is designed to force a small amount of water through very tightly packed (some say tamped), finely ground coffee which produces a brew that contains perfectly concentrated flavor. You extract the absolute best fom your coffee. Still, the key is in the finely and evenly ground coffee.
[tags] coffee,science,grind,perfect,espresso [/tags]
Originally posted on October 26, 2006 @ 9:36 am