Cooking with coffee

Discover the ingredient that adds depth of flavor to all kinds of food (yes, even bacon)

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Coffee: A good cup of Joe
Alex Farnum

Make a good cup of joe

Buying  Coffee loses freshness shortly after roasting, so get your beans in small quantities from a store that regularly roasts its own or gets frequent deliveries.

Storing  Keep beans in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 weeks. 

Grinding  Because grinding beans releases the oils that hold aroma and flavor, grind fresh daily. Never freeze coffee after it’s been ground; it’ll lose flavor fast. Use the grind your coffee equipment is designed to handle. 

Brewing  Use the right amount of coffee. A good guideline to start with is 2 tbsp. freshly ground coffee to 6 oz. water. For electric coffeemakers, start with cold water; for most other methods, bring water to a boil, then let it sit about 30 seconds (water that’s boiling hot extracts bitter flavors). And brew fresh every time. 

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