The Importance of Water Temperature When Brewing at Home

The Importance of Water Temperature When Brewing at Home

There are a variety of ways you can enhance your coffee experience at home but having a precise method temperature that corresponds to your brewing method will help you to nail that perfect cup of coffee.  Generally, your optimal brew temperature will be between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Here are some tips to optimize your home coffee brewing:

-You pay for what you get.  Whether it be in a drip coffee brewer or electric kettle, higher quality components will give you a higher quality cup and generally last longer.  If you’re brewing at home every morning, isn’t that an investment worth making?

-Your basic, budget coffee brewer will have a hard time hitting a consistent, correct temperature.  You can find brewers that allow you to set brew temperatures which will allow you to set and tinker with to optimize your extraction.

-In our coffee lab and roasting facility, we like our La Marzocco GS3 and have it set to a water temperature of 200.5 degrees Fahrenheit.  For us, that is the sweet spot for our Espresso Fino blend.

-The easiest brewing method is cold brewing – room temperature water for 16 hours – talk about simplicity!

What happens when the water is too cold?  You’ll generally notice unremarkable flavors that are present with under extraction.  If your water is too hot, you’ll get the opposite, with a flat, bitter overextraction of the coffee.  Also, remember that altitude affects boiling so you may need to alter your brewing plan if you’re in the mountains.

Like always, drop us a line if you have any specific questions.

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