Rule Number 1 – Use Fresh Coffee!
The first rule of freshness and flavour: freshly roasted coffee! It sounds simple, but you hardly get it anywhere. Once coffee is roasted it should be used within four weeks. At Kaffeehaus Amadeus, we do exactly that – our coffee is hand-roasted to order each week – this is absolute freshness. If you want to know if coffee is fresh, you need to now when it was roasted.
Rule Number 2 – Grind on Demand
The second rule of freshness and flavour: grind only on demand! Once coffee is ground it has to be used straight away, if it lies around flavour and freshness deteriorate. This is why we only use a special “grind on demand grinder” and prepare each cup of coffee, drip filter coffees or espresso based cappuccinos and lattes individually to order.
Rule Number 3 – Grind on the Correct Setting
The third rule of freshness and flavour: correct grind! Depending on what kind of coffee you want and what method you use, you have to adjust the coffee grind and the amount of coffee you use. For instance, for an espresso you need a very fine grind, while for a drip filter coffee it must be coarser.
Rule Number 4 – Brewing
The fourth rule of freshness and flavour: correct brewing! This depends mainly on equipment (espresso machine or pour over drip filter technique), extraction or brewing time, water temperature or pressure – and, in case of a cappuccino or latte, must include the correct steaming of the milk. An excellent espresso shot, for instance, should take about 25-30 seconds, it should run out of the espresso machine like a smooth and thick honey like liquid, forming a thick ‘crema’ on top of the cup – this is a sign of freshness and correct extraction.