The most wonderful time of the year is upon us. Amazing decorations, tasty treats, fun times with friends and family, and of course the birth of our Savior are what make this season great. However, coffee drinking isn’t so great, especially when it’s a big crowd. After making all the yummy food and making sure the decorations are just right, the coffee can be left out, which means you’re scrambling, and you grab a can of who-knows-how-old coffee from your nearest grocery store and throw it in your coffee pot. That’s not good for anyone. Luckily, we’re here to help with that.
Good brewed coffee, whether it’s for one person or 20, starts with good beans. Once you’ve accomplished that you must think about brewing method and storage. It’s one thing to make a lot of coffee and another to make it taste good. We’ll cover the most used brewing method at large gatherings, the automatic drip machine, and then look at some other methods that you may not have tried for a group setting.
For most people, it’s what helps them wake up in the morning. It’s a reliable and dependable way of making your morning joe. However, most drip machines don’t get hot enough to extract all the goodness from the coffee seed. One solution is to upgrade your drip machine. One of our favorites is the Bonavita 8-Cup Brewer. It has a showerhead so it soaks the entire bed of coffee and it brews at the proper temperature, between 195-205F. Plus it brews up to 1.3L (44oz) of coffee.
However, if you don’t want to spend the $100 on a new brewer, your current one will work just fine. There are, however, a few small things you can do to improve the taste from an automatic drip machine.
The first is what I mentioned earlier: getting good, quality coffee that’s been freshly roasted. A roast date between 4-21 days is ideal for drip brewers.
The second thing is making sure its ground properly. For an automatic machine, your grind size should be about the size of table salt. If you’re using a Baratza Encore use a number between 21-24 depending on the coffee.
The third thing you can do is small but can make a huge difference in taste. When you turn on your machine and you see (or hear if you use a stainless carafe) the first few drips, turn it off for 30 seconds. This allows any carbon dioxide still in the coffee to escape into the air and not in your cup. Letting the coffee ‘breathe’ in this manner prevents unpleasant bitterness and allows you to taste the goodness of the grounds for all they’re worth.
The best way to brew efficiently for a crowd is to have brewed before your guests arrive (or wake up, if they’re staying overnight). Getting yourself an insulated carafe, ideally, a glass-lined one is the perfect way to keep your coffee fresh while you wait on everyone to grab a cup. You can go ahead and brew a pot (or two) and pour it into the carafe. Most insulated pots can keep coffee hot for several hours so this means you can focus on mingling with your guests or hiding in your bedroom and watching hours of Disney+. Either way, you won’t have to worry about making coffee all night.
Brewing good coffee for a crowd typically presents quality control challenges, but as we’ve seen, it does not have to. There are small tweaks to be made here and there in your brew process that can make a notable difference. Brewing, the last step in the coffee quality supply chain, is an important step, but using good coffee is certainly the most important factor.
You can make good coffee taste bad, but it’s impossible to make bad coffee taste good. We at Baba Java are committed to sourcing and roasting excellent coffee so that you do not have to worry about that part.
If you want to try a unique coffee from a corner of the world known for delicious coffee, this Colombia is for you. We are offering it as a pour-over in the cafe and as a subscription.
You will not be disappointed! Whether you agree with our heirloom tomato comparison or not, you will see why this wonderful coffee scored an A on its Coffee Review cupping test!
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