What is the ideal water temperature for making coffee?
A water temperature between 198°F and 205°F is optimal. In this temperature range, coffee is brewed rather than boiled and the smoothest flavors and aromas are extracted from the coffee, ensuring a balanced flavor. A brewing temperature below this range leads to an unpleasant acidic taste, while a temperature above this range adds bitter notes to your coffee.
How do I ensure that my coffee doesn't taste bitter?
In addition to maintaining the correct water temperature (between 198°F to 205°F), it is also important that your coffee maker brews for an appropriate amount of time. This will result in coffee that is neither too sour nor too bitter. Additionally, the type of coffee bean and bean roasting method play an important role in the end taste.
How much coffee do I need per cup?
The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) has devised the Golden Ratio for the recommended amount of coffee and water for an ideal brew. Based on the Golden Ratio, we recommend 2 tablespoons of coffee per cup. The type of beans you use and your personal preference on coffee strength will play a part in whether you scale up or down from the 2 tablespoon per cup recommendation. If you prefer a lighter cup of coffee, scale back to 1.5 tablespoons per cup. For a stronger cup of coffee, scale up to 3 tablespoons per cup. In addition, a good quality coffee maker has a significant influence on the extraction of flavors and aromas and can help to reduce the amount of coffee used per cup.
How do I choose a coffee filter?
It is important to use the correct coffee filter size for your coffee filter shape. The ZWILLING Enfinigy Drip Coffee Maker requires a size 4 conical coffee filter, also labelled as 1x4. This is one of the most commonly available coffee filter sizes. For best results, we recommend using a good quality filter.
What is the blooming function and what benefits does it offer?
The term “blooming” comes from traditional hand brewing and it is a key component to brewing a balanced cup of coffee that is neither bitter nor acidic. Blooming coffee grounds essentially aims at “degassing” them to release carbon dioxide, which creates a bitter and acidic taste. The ZWILLING Enfinigy Coffee Maker blooming function entails evenly covering all the coffee grounds with hot water until the gas bubbles up and escapes. Once the grounds are fully bloomed, the brewing process continues, and flavor is extracted from the beans and transferred into the water.