Your Perfect Cup
We’ve completed some good work together. We have discussed a number of important topics from coffee selection to types of brewers, and I feel it’s time to take a step back. Let’s consider the larger picture.
You may have noticed that my brother and I have opted for a bold tagline on our site: The Path to Your Perfect Cup. The suggestion that this site, of all the thousands of coffee sites on the internet, is the one to disclose the secrets to a perfect cup of coffee may strike some as absurd. A blasphemous lie. And if that’s what we were actually claiming, I’d agree with you. It would be borderline ridiculous.
The thing is–that’s not our message.
Mike and I are not coffee connoisseurs. We didn’t attend classes to hone our palates through rigorous cupping sessions. We’re simply coffee lovers who have slowly, over time, learned a lot about the proper preparation of coffee.
This is not about the perfect cup of coffee. It’s about your perfect cup of coffee.
This is about more than simply making a beverage. If that’s all it was, I doubt we would have ever poured our time and resources into creating a website dedicated to the stuff. No, this is about so much more. It’s about lifestyle. It’s about contentment. It’s about self-realization. And yes, it’s about coffee.
I know. Sometimes I start to sound like a self-help mouthpiece. This type of writing coming from someone who normally writes horror is equally jarring. But having been a writer for over a decade, I can tell you that coffee has become part of my life in a much larger way than simply a caffeine boost.
When we say this is the path to your perfect cup, we mean just that. It will not be perfection in terms of brewing methodology and flavor (I very much doubt there is such a thing anyway); rather, it will be the coffee you need it to be, when you need it.
You’ll read a lot of hard facts here and elsewhere. The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) states, “The optimum ratio is 8.25 grams of coffee per 150 ml of water, as this conforms to the mid-point of the optimum balance recipes for the Golden Cup.” (You’ll notice I have rounded that down to 8 grams on our site for ease). And sure, that’s a great starting point, but it may not make your perfect cup. When I use my French Press, I generally use less coffee than stated, closer to 7.5 grams per 5 ounce cup.
My point is this: once you have brewed a pot using the guidelines found here on Grind Brew Love, the next step is to start experimenting. Too strong? Use less coffee. Toy with your grind consistency. Try using different water sources if the flavor isn’t where you’d like it to be. Try different single origin beans, different blends, and different roasters.
The mistake many people make is assuming all coffee is the same. It is not. Just because you never like pre-ground, canned coffee brewed in a cheap auto drip machine doesn’t mean you hate all coffee. Just because your favorite coffee is from Starbucks doesn’t mean you can’t make the same drink better yourself, or find a new favorite through exploration.
We’re not here to limit you to the perfect; we’re here to help you discover the many ways to your perfect. Your perfect iced coffee. Your perfect morning wake-me-up. Your perfect pairings of dessert and beverage. There are so many perfects, why limit yourself to only one?
That’s why this is The Path. Because it’s a journey.
And you know what they say about journeys.