Brew Your Best™ Coffee Tips
At Motif™, we’re committed to designing brewing equipment that brings out the best in coffee, while providing you with the educational insight to create a memorable coffee experience every day.
From the decades of experience we’ve gathered in the Specialty Coffee Community, combined with learnings from some of our important partners like the Specialty Coffee Association, we’ve identified a few key best practices and elements to focus on.
Here are some key variables and a few best practices that we’ve determined for brewing amazing coffee.
Coffee and Water Amount/Weight
The most important thing to remember here is to brew to your preferences. We all have unique taste, and we encourage you to embrace and enjoy your coffee exactly the way you like. If you always use the same ratio of water to coffee grounds, the flavor of your coffee will be more consistent. Of course, you can explore with more or less coffee, but it’s always good to start with a base recipe. If available, using a scale to weigh your coffee is the best way to stay consistent.
We also recommend brewing in 6 or 8 cup batches.
Here is what we recommend for an automatic drip brewer. For manual brewing, alternative coffee ratios can be found in the Motif™ Mentor™App.
|Batch size/water volume||Coffee Weight||Coffee Scoops (ground)|
|6-Cup batch/1000ml||55 grams||12 tbsp.|
|8-Cup batch/1300ml||65 grams||16 tbsp.|
Coffee Quality, Freshness, and Grind
The moment freshly roasted coffee departs from the production facility, the quality clock starts ticking. There are many components to consider when it comes to choosing a coffee to brew at home and using the information from the coffee bags. Flavor descriptions, roast profiles, origin information and friendly baristas are all great resources in selecting coffees that you prefer. Many roasters will even include a “roasted on” or “use by” date on their bags. We recommend using coffee roasted in the last 30 days for the best flavor.
Grinding coffee significantly speeds up the time in which coffee starts to lose it’s flavor, that’s why grinding your coffee immediately before brewing makes a big difference. Once coffee is ground the air begins to attack essential oils and other volatile flavor components. It’s only a matter of hours before most of the ground coffee’s aroma has evaporated.
Lastly, try not to store coffee in a freezer. We recommend an air-tight container or sealed bag, tucked away in a dark cabinet.
Brewing Water Temperature
The coffee industry’s standard for brewing water temperature is 198°- 205°F
We highly recommend using filtered water whenever possible. An average cup of coffee is over 98% water, so it’s important to use something filtered to get the best profile. Tap water also tends to be tough, and using filtered water doesn’t produce as much scale buildup on your brewer.
Brewing time should be about 6 minutes for 8 cups of coffee. This will allow proper water to coffee contact time for an optimum extraction.