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Travel Channel Announces New Show 'Dangerous Grounds' in Search of Perfect Coffee Bean

Travel Channel Announces New Show 'Dangerous Grounds' in Search of Perfect Coffee Bean


The CEO of La Colombe Torrefaction travels the world to find the world's rarest coffees

The CEO of La Colombe will travel the world to find the world's rarest coffee beans.

It's about time that drinks got in on the reality food show craze: This November, Travel Channel will premiere a new series based on the world's most precious coffee beans.

Dangerous Grounds will follow CEO and co-founder of La Colombe Torrefaction, Todd Carmichael, as he travels to Haiti, Bolivia, Madagascar, and other countries, according to a press release. But don't think it's all peaceful cups of coffee: it's a dangerous mission to secure these valuable beans. The release advertises zip-lining on a "makeshift cable thousands of feet in the air" and "machine gun-toting adversaries." Say what? The reason for all this danger is that coffee is one of the most sought-after commodities, just after oil — and people will do anything to keep their hands on it.

Carmichael, the Philadelphia roaster who is known for his exclusive roasts in his seven La Colombe locations, starts out in earthquake-stricken Haiti in the premiere on Nov. 5. In an interview with Eater in March, Carmichael said viewers will be surprised by the locations on the show. "Beans aren't grown at chateaus in wealthy areas. There aren't these beautiful vineyards full of beans growing all over, usually they're grown by farmers who also have yams, potatoes, and peas in the same rows of soil," he said. Let's just say things got a bit hairy for him: "Most of these countries are places were people still feel comfortable shooting at each other without a thought, so we're always a little on edge." he said. "...There's a lot of people and animals that did not want me to be where I was, that's all I can say." We're definintely tuning in.

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What's the Ideal Coffee-to-Water Ratio?

We've got the so-called Golden Ratio for your morning cuppa.

Related To:

Photo by: Daniele Jesus / EyeEm

There are several variables that add up to making a delicious, balanced cup of coffee, including grind size of the beans, roast, water temperature and brew time. But the ratio of coffee to water is one of the most-important components. It’s not exactly one-size-fits-all, but there’s an easy formula for finding your ideal ratio. Here’s how to brew a cup of Joe at home like a pro.

Get to know the golden ratio

“The phrase ‘golden ratio’ implies that there's one perfect ratio for all coffee brewing, and it's just not quite that simple,” says Ben Helfen, an education support specialist for Counter Culture Coffee. That said, there are a few standard coffee-to-water ratios for various methods of brewing. For drip coffee brewing — which encompasses most home coffeemakers, bulk brewers and pour-overs — Helfen says that the ratio of 60 grams of coffee to one liter of water, or roughly 1:17, is the one most commonly used by coffee pros (and is often referred to as “the golden ratio”). For immersion brewing like a French press, where water sits with the ground coffee rather than passing through it, Helfen says that lower ratios in the 1:14 to 1:15 range are more ideal.

“When I'm dealing with coffees that are very different in roast level or variety type, I will make adjustments to things like the brew time and grind setting, but very rarely will I change my ratio,” Helfen says.

Jenny Bonchak, founder and CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co., explains that finding the perfect ratio is all about striking a balance between strength (how many coffee particles end up in your final brew) and extraction, or its intensity. As a rule of thumb, she recommends aiming for a 1:14 to a 1:16 ratio.

She explains that an average cup of coffee is 12 ounces, or 336 grams. So, if you're making one cup using the 1:16 ratio, you'd use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water, which is a yield of approximately 12 ounces after accounting for water absorption. At home, she starts with a 1:16 ratio her go-to recipe to make coffee for two is 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water.

Weigh your coffee and your water

You’ll notice that pros talk about the amount of coffee in grams, rather than tablespoons or scoops. In order to more precisely measure your coffee, Bonchak recommends investing in a gram scale.

“One of the most-important pieces of equipment to have in your repertoire for a great cup of coffee is a gram scale,” she says. “All of us coffee pros wouldn't be without one. Weigh your water, weigh your coffee.”

The reason weight is so important when it comes to coffee is because of its density. “Lighter roasted coffees are more dense than darker roasted coffees, and certain types of varieties of coffee from some countries can be denser than others, even at similar roast levels,” Helfen explains. “Because of this, the same scoop size might weigh more or less depending on the coffee.”

Make sure your water temperature is right

After you find your ideal coffee to water ratio, you’ll need to pay close attention to water temperature. It’s vital to brewing a balanced cup because it plays a key role in the extraction process. Pros agree that your water temperature should be in the range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If your goal is a hot cup of coffee, but your water is not in that ideal range, you risk under-extraction and what can be perceived as grassy, peanut-y or paper-y” flavor, Bonchak explains. “On the flip side, you can over-extract with water that is too hot and experience flavors that are bitter and astringent.”

If you don’t have a thermometer, Helfen recommends heating your water to boiling and then letting it sit for a minute or two with the lid off.

Though Bonchak drinks her coffee hot at home, Slingshot has built its reputation on its stellar cold brew. The ratio of coffee to water is still a key factor, but with cold brew, you’re swapping in time for water temperature in the extraction process.

“Cold or room temperature water doesn't extract your coffee as quickly,” she says. “I recommend a more coarse grind, and brewing in a cold environment for 12 to 16 hours."

If you happen to brew a too-strong cup, don’t pour it out! Freeze it to use as coffee ice that won’t dilute your cold brew as it melts or incorporate it into recipes like these:

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Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food Stylist: Rebecca JurkevichProp Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Save 1/2 cup of your morning coffee to dump into this well-spiced meatless meal.

Aztec Spicy Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake FNK Silo

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

This spice-laden recipe uses 1/3 cup of fresh-brewed coffee to up the chocolate flavor.

Is it chocolate? Is it salami? All we know is this adorable dessert includes a few tablespoons of coffee.


What's the Ideal Coffee-to-Water Ratio?

We've got the so-called Golden Ratio for your morning cuppa.

Related To:

Photo by: Daniele Jesus / EyeEm

There are several variables that add up to making a delicious, balanced cup of coffee, including grind size of the beans, roast, water temperature and brew time. But the ratio of coffee to water is one of the most-important components. It’s not exactly one-size-fits-all, but there’s an easy formula for finding your ideal ratio. Here’s how to brew a cup of Joe at home like a pro.

Get to know the golden ratio

“The phrase ‘golden ratio’ implies that there's one perfect ratio for all coffee brewing, and it's just not quite that simple,” says Ben Helfen, an education support specialist for Counter Culture Coffee. That said, there are a few standard coffee-to-water ratios for various methods of brewing. For drip coffee brewing — which encompasses most home coffeemakers, bulk brewers and pour-overs — Helfen says that the ratio of 60 grams of coffee to one liter of water, or roughly 1:17, is the one most commonly used by coffee pros (and is often referred to as “the golden ratio”). For immersion brewing like a French press, where water sits with the ground coffee rather than passing through it, Helfen says that lower ratios in the 1:14 to 1:15 range are more ideal.

“When I'm dealing with coffees that are very different in roast level or variety type, I will make adjustments to things like the brew time and grind setting, but very rarely will I change my ratio,” Helfen says.

Jenny Bonchak, founder and CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co., explains that finding the perfect ratio is all about striking a balance between strength (how many coffee particles end up in your final brew) and extraction, or its intensity. As a rule of thumb, she recommends aiming for a 1:14 to a 1:16 ratio.

She explains that an average cup of coffee is 12 ounces, or 336 grams. So, if you're making one cup using the 1:16 ratio, you'd use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water, which is a yield of approximately 12 ounces after accounting for water absorption. At home, she starts with a 1:16 ratio her go-to recipe to make coffee for two is 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water.

Weigh your coffee and your water

You’ll notice that pros talk about the amount of coffee in grams, rather than tablespoons or scoops. In order to more precisely measure your coffee, Bonchak recommends investing in a gram scale.

“One of the most-important pieces of equipment to have in your repertoire for a great cup of coffee is a gram scale,” she says. “All of us coffee pros wouldn't be without one. Weigh your water, weigh your coffee.”

The reason weight is so important when it comes to coffee is because of its density. “Lighter roasted coffees are more dense than darker roasted coffees, and certain types of varieties of coffee from some countries can be denser than others, even at similar roast levels,” Helfen explains. “Because of this, the same scoop size might weigh more or less depending on the coffee.”

Make sure your water temperature is right

After you find your ideal coffee to water ratio, you’ll need to pay close attention to water temperature. It’s vital to brewing a balanced cup because it plays a key role in the extraction process. Pros agree that your water temperature should be in the range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If your goal is a hot cup of coffee, but your water is not in that ideal range, you risk under-extraction and what can be perceived as grassy, peanut-y or paper-y” flavor, Bonchak explains. “On the flip side, you can over-extract with water that is too hot and experience flavors that are bitter and astringent.”

If you don’t have a thermometer, Helfen recommends heating your water to boiling and then letting it sit for a minute or two with the lid off.

Though Bonchak drinks her coffee hot at home, Slingshot has built its reputation on its stellar cold brew. The ratio of coffee to water is still a key factor, but with cold brew, you’re swapping in time for water temperature in the extraction process.

“Cold or room temperature water doesn't extract your coffee as quickly,” she says. “I recommend a more coarse grind, and brewing in a cold environment for 12 to 16 hours."

If you happen to brew a too-strong cup, don’t pour it out! Freeze it to use as coffee ice that won’t dilute your cold brew as it melts or incorporate it into recipes like these:

03_Chili_Light_023.tif

Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food Stylist: Rebecca JurkevichProp Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Save 1/2 cup of your morning coffee to dump into this well-spiced meatless meal.

Aztec Spicy Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake FNK Silo

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

This spice-laden recipe uses 1/3 cup of fresh-brewed coffee to up the chocolate flavor.

Is it chocolate? Is it salami? All we know is this adorable dessert includes a few tablespoons of coffee.


What's the Ideal Coffee-to-Water Ratio?

We've got the so-called Golden Ratio for your morning cuppa.

Related To:

Photo by: Daniele Jesus / EyeEm

There are several variables that add up to making a delicious, balanced cup of coffee, including grind size of the beans, roast, water temperature and brew time. But the ratio of coffee to water is one of the most-important components. It’s not exactly one-size-fits-all, but there’s an easy formula for finding your ideal ratio. Here’s how to brew a cup of Joe at home like a pro.

Get to know the golden ratio

“The phrase ‘golden ratio’ implies that there's one perfect ratio for all coffee brewing, and it's just not quite that simple,” says Ben Helfen, an education support specialist for Counter Culture Coffee. That said, there are a few standard coffee-to-water ratios for various methods of brewing. For drip coffee brewing — which encompasses most home coffeemakers, bulk brewers and pour-overs — Helfen says that the ratio of 60 grams of coffee to one liter of water, or roughly 1:17, is the one most commonly used by coffee pros (and is often referred to as “the golden ratio”). For immersion brewing like a French press, where water sits with the ground coffee rather than passing through it, Helfen says that lower ratios in the 1:14 to 1:15 range are more ideal.

“When I'm dealing with coffees that are very different in roast level or variety type, I will make adjustments to things like the brew time and grind setting, but very rarely will I change my ratio,” Helfen says.

Jenny Bonchak, founder and CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co., explains that finding the perfect ratio is all about striking a balance between strength (how many coffee particles end up in your final brew) and extraction, or its intensity. As a rule of thumb, she recommends aiming for a 1:14 to a 1:16 ratio.

She explains that an average cup of coffee is 12 ounces, or 336 grams. So, if you're making one cup using the 1:16 ratio, you'd use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water, which is a yield of approximately 12 ounces after accounting for water absorption. At home, she starts with a 1:16 ratio her go-to recipe to make coffee for two is 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water.

Weigh your coffee and your water

You’ll notice that pros talk about the amount of coffee in grams, rather than tablespoons or scoops. In order to more precisely measure your coffee, Bonchak recommends investing in a gram scale.

“One of the most-important pieces of equipment to have in your repertoire for a great cup of coffee is a gram scale,” she says. “All of us coffee pros wouldn't be without one. Weigh your water, weigh your coffee.”

The reason weight is so important when it comes to coffee is because of its density. “Lighter roasted coffees are more dense than darker roasted coffees, and certain types of varieties of coffee from some countries can be denser than others, even at similar roast levels,” Helfen explains. “Because of this, the same scoop size might weigh more or less depending on the coffee.”

Make sure your water temperature is right

After you find your ideal coffee to water ratio, you’ll need to pay close attention to water temperature. It’s vital to brewing a balanced cup because it plays a key role in the extraction process. Pros agree that your water temperature should be in the range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If your goal is a hot cup of coffee, but your water is not in that ideal range, you risk under-extraction and what can be perceived as grassy, peanut-y or paper-y” flavor, Bonchak explains. “On the flip side, you can over-extract with water that is too hot and experience flavors that are bitter and astringent.”

If you don’t have a thermometer, Helfen recommends heating your water to boiling and then letting it sit for a minute or two with the lid off.

Though Bonchak drinks her coffee hot at home, Slingshot has built its reputation on its stellar cold brew. The ratio of coffee to water is still a key factor, but with cold brew, you’re swapping in time for water temperature in the extraction process.

“Cold or room temperature water doesn't extract your coffee as quickly,” she says. “I recommend a more coarse grind, and brewing in a cold environment for 12 to 16 hours."

If you happen to brew a too-strong cup, don’t pour it out! Freeze it to use as coffee ice that won’t dilute your cold brew as it melts or incorporate it into recipes like these:

03_Chili_Light_023.tif

Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food Stylist: Rebecca JurkevichProp Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Save 1/2 cup of your morning coffee to dump into this well-spiced meatless meal.

Aztec Spicy Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake FNK Silo

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

This spice-laden recipe uses 1/3 cup of fresh-brewed coffee to up the chocolate flavor.

Is it chocolate? Is it salami? All we know is this adorable dessert includes a few tablespoons of coffee.


What's the Ideal Coffee-to-Water Ratio?

We've got the so-called Golden Ratio for your morning cuppa.

Related To:

Photo by: Daniele Jesus / EyeEm

There are several variables that add up to making a delicious, balanced cup of coffee, including grind size of the beans, roast, water temperature and brew time. But the ratio of coffee to water is one of the most-important components. It’s not exactly one-size-fits-all, but there’s an easy formula for finding your ideal ratio. Here’s how to brew a cup of Joe at home like a pro.

Get to know the golden ratio

“The phrase ‘golden ratio’ implies that there's one perfect ratio for all coffee brewing, and it's just not quite that simple,” says Ben Helfen, an education support specialist for Counter Culture Coffee. That said, there are a few standard coffee-to-water ratios for various methods of brewing. For drip coffee brewing — which encompasses most home coffeemakers, bulk brewers and pour-overs — Helfen says that the ratio of 60 grams of coffee to one liter of water, or roughly 1:17, is the one most commonly used by coffee pros (and is often referred to as “the golden ratio”). For immersion brewing like a French press, where water sits with the ground coffee rather than passing through it, Helfen says that lower ratios in the 1:14 to 1:15 range are more ideal.

“When I'm dealing with coffees that are very different in roast level or variety type, I will make adjustments to things like the brew time and grind setting, but very rarely will I change my ratio,” Helfen says.

Jenny Bonchak, founder and CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co., explains that finding the perfect ratio is all about striking a balance between strength (how many coffee particles end up in your final brew) and extraction, or its intensity. As a rule of thumb, she recommends aiming for a 1:14 to a 1:16 ratio.

She explains that an average cup of coffee is 12 ounces, or 336 grams. So, if you're making one cup using the 1:16 ratio, you'd use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water, which is a yield of approximately 12 ounces after accounting for water absorption. At home, she starts with a 1:16 ratio her go-to recipe to make coffee for two is 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water.

Weigh your coffee and your water

You’ll notice that pros talk about the amount of coffee in grams, rather than tablespoons or scoops. In order to more precisely measure your coffee, Bonchak recommends investing in a gram scale.

“One of the most-important pieces of equipment to have in your repertoire for a great cup of coffee is a gram scale,” she says. “All of us coffee pros wouldn't be without one. Weigh your water, weigh your coffee.”

The reason weight is so important when it comes to coffee is because of its density. “Lighter roasted coffees are more dense than darker roasted coffees, and certain types of varieties of coffee from some countries can be denser than others, even at similar roast levels,” Helfen explains. “Because of this, the same scoop size might weigh more or less depending on the coffee.”

Make sure your water temperature is right

After you find your ideal coffee to water ratio, you’ll need to pay close attention to water temperature. It’s vital to brewing a balanced cup because it plays a key role in the extraction process. Pros agree that your water temperature should be in the range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If your goal is a hot cup of coffee, but your water is not in that ideal range, you risk under-extraction and what can be perceived as grassy, peanut-y or paper-y” flavor, Bonchak explains. “On the flip side, you can over-extract with water that is too hot and experience flavors that are bitter and astringent.”

If you don’t have a thermometer, Helfen recommends heating your water to boiling and then letting it sit for a minute or two with the lid off.

Though Bonchak drinks her coffee hot at home, Slingshot has built its reputation on its stellar cold brew. The ratio of coffee to water is still a key factor, but with cold brew, you’re swapping in time for water temperature in the extraction process.

“Cold or room temperature water doesn't extract your coffee as quickly,” she says. “I recommend a more coarse grind, and brewing in a cold environment for 12 to 16 hours."

If you happen to brew a too-strong cup, don’t pour it out! Freeze it to use as coffee ice that won’t dilute your cold brew as it melts or incorporate it into recipes like these:

03_Chili_Light_023.tif

Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food Stylist: Rebecca JurkevichProp Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Save 1/2 cup of your morning coffee to dump into this well-spiced meatless meal.

Aztec Spicy Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake FNK Silo

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

This spice-laden recipe uses 1/3 cup of fresh-brewed coffee to up the chocolate flavor.

Is it chocolate? Is it salami? All we know is this adorable dessert includes a few tablespoons of coffee.


What's the Ideal Coffee-to-Water Ratio?

We've got the so-called Golden Ratio for your morning cuppa.

Related To:

Photo by: Daniele Jesus / EyeEm

There are several variables that add up to making a delicious, balanced cup of coffee, including grind size of the beans, roast, water temperature and brew time. But the ratio of coffee to water is one of the most-important components. It’s not exactly one-size-fits-all, but there’s an easy formula for finding your ideal ratio. Here’s how to brew a cup of Joe at home like a pro.

Get to know the golden ratio

“The phrase ‘golden ratio’ implies that there's one perfect ratio for all coffee brewing, and it's just not quite that simple,” says Ben Helfen, an education support specialist for Counter Culture Coffee. That said, there are a few standard coffee-to-water ratios for various methods of brewing. For drip coffee brewing — which encompasses most home coffeemakers, bulk brewers and pour-overs — Helfen says that the ratio of 60 grams of coffee to one liter of water, or roughly 1:17, is the one most commonly used by coffee pros (and is often referred to as “the golden ratio”). For immersion brewing like a French press, where water sits with the ground coffee rather than passing through it, Helfen says that lower ratios in the 1:14 to 1:15 range are more ideal.

“When I'm dealing with coffees that are very different in roast level or variety type, I will make adjustments to things like the brew time and grind setting, but very rarely will I change my ratio,” Helfen says.

Jenny Bonchak, founder and CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co., explains that finding the perfect ratio is all about striking a balance between strength (how many coffee particles end up in your final brew) and extraction, or its intensity. As a rule of thumb, she recommends aiming for a 1:14 to a 1:16 ratio.

She explains that an average cup of coffee is 12 ounces, or 336 grams. So, if you're making one cup using the 1:16 ratio, you'd use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water, which is a yield of approximately 12 ounces after accounting for water absorption. At home, she starts with a 1:16 ratio her go-to recipe to make coffee for two is 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water.

Weigh your coffee and your water

You’ll notice that pros talk about the amount of coffee in grams, rather than tablespoons or scoops. In order to more precisely measure your coffee, Bonchak recommends investing in a gram scale.

“One of the most-important pieces of equipment to have in your repertoire for a great cup of coffee is a gram scale,” she says. “All of us coffee pros wouldn't be without one. Weigh your water, weigh your coffee.”

The reason weight is so important when it comes to coffee is because of its density. “Lighter roasted coffees are more dense than darker roasted coffees, and certain types of varieties of coffee from some countries can be denser than others, even at similar roast levels,” Helfen explains. “Because of this, the same scoop size might weigh more or less depending on the coffee.”

Make sure your water temperature is right

After you find your ideal coffee to water ratio, you’ll need to pay close attention to water temperature. It’s vital to brewing a balanced cup because it plays a key role in the extraction process. Pros agree that your water temperature should be in the range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If your goal is a hot cup of coffee, but your water is not in that ideal range, you risk under-extraction and what can be perceived as grassy, peanut-y or paper-y” flavor, Bonchak explains. “On the flip side, you can over-extract with water that is too hot and experience flavors that are bitter and astringent.”

If you don’t have a thermometer, Helfen recommends heating your water to boiling and then letting it sit for a minute or two with the lid off.

Though Bonchak drinks her coffee hot at home, Slingshot has built its reputation on its stellar cold brew. The ratio of coffee to water is still a key factor, but with cold brew, you’re swapping in time for water temperature in the extraction process.

“Cold or room temperature water doesn't extract your coffee as quickly,” she says. “I recommend a more coarse grind, and brewing in a cold environment for 12 to 16 hours."

If you happen to brew a too-strong cup, don’t pour it out! Freeze it to use as coffee ice that won’t dilute your cold brew as it melts or incorporate it into recipes like these:

03_Chili_Light_023.tif

Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food Stylist: Rebecca JurkevichProp Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Save 1/2 cup of your morning coffee to dump into this well-spiced meatless meal.

Aztec Spicy Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake FNK Silo

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

This spice-laden recipe uses 1/3 cup of fresh-brewed coffee to up the chocolate flavor.

Is it chocolate? Is it salami? All we know is this adorable dessert includes a few tablespoons of coffee.


What's the Ideal Coffee-to-Water Ratio?

We've got the so-called Golden Ratio for your morning cuppa.

Related To:

Photo by: Daniele Jesus / EyeEm

There are several variables that add up to making a delicious, balanced cup of coffee, including grind size of the beans, roast, water temperature and brew time. But the ratio of coffee to water is one of the most-important components. It’s not exactly one-size-fits-all, but there’s an easy formula for finding your ideal ratio. Here’s how to brew a cup of Joe at home like a pro.

Get to know the golden ratio

“The phrase ‘golden ratio’ implies that there's one perfect ratio for all coffee brewing, and it's just not quite that simple,” says Ben Helfen, an education support specialist for Counter Culture Coffee. That said, there are a few standard coffee-to-water ratios for various methods of brewing. For drip coffee brewing — which encompasses most home coffeemakers, bulk brewers and pour-overs — Helfen says that the ratio of 60 grams of coffee to one liter of water, or roughly 1:17, is the one most commonly used by coffee pros (and is often referred to as “the golden ratio”). For immersion brewing like a French press, where water sits with the ground coffee rather than passing through it, Helfen says that lower ratios in the 1:14 to 1:15 range are more ideal.

“When I'm dealing with coffees that are very different in roast level or variety type, I will make adjustments to things like the brew time and grind setting, but very rarely will I change my ratio,” Helfen says.

Jenny Bonchak, founder and CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co., explains that finding the perfect ratio is all about striking a balance between strength (how many coffee particles end up in your final brew) and extraction, or its intensity. As a rule of thumb, she recommends aiming for a 1:14 to a 1:16 ratio.

She explains that an average cup of coffee is 12 ounces, or 336 grams. So, if you're making one cup using the 1:16 ratio, you'd use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water, which is a yield of approximately 12 ounces after accounting for water absorption. At home, she starts with a 1:16 ratio her go-to recipe to make coffee for two is 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water.

Weigh your coffee and your water

You’ll notice that pros talk about the amount of coffee in grams, rather than tablespoons or scoops. In order to more precisely measure your coffee, Bonchak recommends investing in a gram scale.

“One of the most-important pieces of equipment to have in your repertoire for a great cup of coffee is a gram scale,” she says. “All of us coffee pros wouldn't be without one. Weigh your water, weigh your coffee.”

The reason weight is so important when it comes to coffee is because of its density. “Lighter roasted coffees are more dense than darker roasted coffees, and certain types of varieties of coffee from some countries can be denser than others, even at similar roast levels,” Helfen explains. “Because of this, the same scoop size might weigh more or less depending on the coffee.”

Make sure your water temperature is right

After you find your ideal coffee to water ratio, you’ll need to pay close attention to water temperature. It’s vital to brewing a balanced cup because it plays a key role in the extraction process. Pros agree that your water temperature should be in the range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If your goal is a hot cup of coffee, but your water is not in that ideal range, you risk under-extraction and what can be perceived as grassy, peanut-y or paper-y” flavor, Bonchak explains. “On the flip side, you can over-extract with water that is too hot and experience flavors that are bitter and astringent.”

If you don’t have a thermometer, Helfen recommends heating your water to boiling and then letting it sit for a minute or two with the lid off.

Though Bonchak drinks her coffee hot at home, Slingshot has built its reputation on its stellar cold brew. The ratio of coffee to water is still a key factor, but with cold brew, you’re swapping in time for water temperature in the extraction process.

“Cold or room temperature water doesn't extract your coffee as quickly,” she says. “I recommend a more coarse grind, and brewing in a cold environment for 12 to 16 hours."

If you happen to brew a too-strong cup, don’t pour it out! Freeze it to use as coffee ice that won’t dilute your cold brew as it melts or incorporate it into recipes like these:

03_Chili_Light_023.tif

Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food Stylist: Rebecca JurkevichProp Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Save 1/2 cup of your morning coffee to dump into this well-spiced meatless meal.

Aztec Spicy Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake FNK Silo

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

This spice-laden recipe uses 1/3 cup of fresh-brewed coffee to up the chocolate flavor.

Is it chocolate? Is it salami? All we know is this adorable dessert includes a few tablespoons of coffee.


What's the Ideal Coffee-to-Water Ratio?

We've got the so-called Golden Ratio for your morning cuppa.

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Photo by: Daniele Jesus / EyeEm

There are several variables that add up to making a delicious, balanced cup of coffee, including grind size of the beans, roast, water temperature and brew time. But the ratio of coffee to water is one of the most-important components. It’s not exactly one-size-fits-all, but there’s an easy formula for finding your ideal ratio. Here’s how to brew a cup of Joe at home like a pro.

Get to know the golden ratio

“The phrase ‘golden ratio’ implies that there's one perfect ratio for all coffee brewing, and it's just not quite that simple,” says Ben Helfen, an education support specialist for Counter Culture Coffee. That said, there are a few standard coffee-to-water ratios for various methods of brewing. For drip coffee brewing — which encompasses most home coffeemakers, bulk brewers and pour-overs — Helfen says that the ratio of 60 grams of coffee to one liter of water, or roughly 1:17, is the one most commonly used by coffee pros (and is often referred to as “the golden ratio”). For immersion brewing like a French press, where water sits with the ground coffee rather than passing through it, Helfen says that lower ratios in the 1:14 to 1:15 range are more ideal.

“When I'm dealing with coffees that are very different in roast level or variety type, I will make adjustments to things like the brew time and grind setting, but very rarely will I change my ratio,” Helfen says.

Jenny Bonchak, founder and CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co., explains that finding the perfect ratio is all about striking a balance between strength (how many coffee particles end up in your final brew) and extraction, or its intensity. As a rule of thumb, she recommends aiming for a 1:14 to a 1:16 ratio.

She explains that an average cup of coffee is 12 ounces, or 336 grams. So, if you're making one cup using the 1:16 ratio, you'd use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water, which is a yield of approximately 12 ounces after accounting for water absorption. At home, she starts with a 1:16 ratio her go-to recipe to make coffee for two is 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water.

Weigh your coffee and your water

You’ll notice that pros talk about the amount of coffee in grams, rather than tablespoons or scoops. In order to more precisely measure your coffee, Bonchak recommends investing in a gram scale.

“One of the most-important pieces of equipment to have in your repertoire for a great cup of coffee is a gram scale,” she says. “All of us coffee pros wouldn't be without one. Weigh your water, weigh your coffee.”

The reason weight is so important when it comes to coffee is because of its density. “Lighter roasted coffees are more dense than darker roasted coffees, and certain types of varieties of coffee from some countries can be denser than others, even at similar roast levels,” Helfen explains. “Because of this, the same scoop size might weigh more or less depending on the coffee.”

Make sure your water temperature is right

After you find your ideal coffee to water ratio, you’ll need to pay close attention to water temperature. It’s vital to brewing a balanced cup because it plays a key role in the extraction process. Pros agree that your water temperature should be in the range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If your goal is a hot cup of coffee, but your water is not in that ideal range, you risk under-extraction and what can be perceived as grassy, peanut-y or paper-y” flavor, Bonchak explains. “On the flip side, you can over-extract with water that is too hot and experience flavors that are bitter and astringent.”

If you don’t have a thermometer, Helfen recommends heating your water to boiling and then letting it sit for a minute or two with the lid off.

Though Bonchak drinks her coffee hot at home, Slingshot has built its reputation on its stellar cold brew. The ratio of coffee to water is still a key factor, but with cold brew, you’re swapping in time for water temperature in the extraction process.

“Cold or room temperature water doesn't extract your coffee as quickly,” she says. “I recommend a more coarse grind, and brewing in a cold environment for 12 to 16 hours."

If you happen to brew a too-strong cup, don’t pour it out! Freeze it to use as coffee ice that won’t dilute your cold brew as it melts or incorporate it into recipes like these:

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Photo by: Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Save 1/2 cup of your morning coffee to dump into this well-spiced meatless meal.

Aztec Spicy Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake FNK Silo

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

This spice-laden recipe uses 1/3 cup of fresh-brewed coffee to up the chocolate flavor.

Is it chocolate? Is it salami? All we know is this adorable dessert includes a few tablespoons of coffee.


What's the Ideal Coffee-to-Water Ratio?

We've got the so-called Golden Ratio for your morning cuppa.

Related To:

Photo by: Daniele Jesus / EyeEm

There are several variables that add up to making a delicious, balanced cup of coffee, including grind size of the beans, roast, water temperature and brew time. But the ratio of coffee to water is one of the most-important components. It’s not exactly one-size-fits-all, but there’s an easy formula for finding your ideal ratio. Here’s how to brew a cup of Joe at home like a pro.

Get to know the golden ratio

“The phrase ‘golden ratio’ implies that there's one perfect ratio for all coffee brewing, and it's just not quite that simple,” says Ben Helfen, an education support specialist for Counter Culture Coffee. That said, there are a few standard coffee-to-water ratios for various methods of brewing. For drip coffee brewing — which encompasses most home coffeemakers, bulk brewers and pour-overs — Helfen says that the ratio of 60 grams of coffee to one liter of water, or roughly 1:17, is the one most commonly used by coffee pros (and is often referred to as “the golden ratio”). For immersion brewing like a French press, where water sits with the ground coffee rather than passing through it, Helfen says that lower ratios in the 1:14 to 1:15 range are more ideal.

“When I'm dealing with coffees that are very different in roast level or variety type, I will make adjustments to things like the brew time and grind setting, but very rarely will I change my ratio,” Helfen says.

Jenny Bonchak, founder and CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co., explains that finding the perfect ratio is all about striking a balance between strength (how many coffee particles end up in your final brew) and extraction, or its intensity. As a rule of thumb, she recommends aiming for a 1:14 to a 1:16 ratio.

She explains that an average cup of coffee is 12 ounces, or 336 grams. So, if you're making one cup using the 1:16 ratio, you'd use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water, which is a yield of approximately 12 ounces after accounting for water absorption. At home, she starts with a 1:16 ratio her go-to recipe to make coffee for two is 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water.

Weigh your coffee and your water

You’ll notice that pros talk about the amount of coffee in grams, rather than tablespoons or scoops. In order to more precisely measure your coffee, Bonchak recommends investing in a gram scale.

“One of the most-important pieces of equipment to have in your repertoire for a great cup of coffee is a gram scale,” she says. “All of us coffee pros wouldn't be without one. Weigh your water, weigh your coffee.”

The reason weight is so important when it comes to coffee is because of its density. “Lighter roasted coffees are more dense than darker roasted coffees, and certain types of varieties of coffee from some countries can be denser than others, even at similar roast levels,” Helfen explains. “Because of this, the same scoop size might weigh more or less depending on the coffee.”

Make sure your water temperature is right

After you find your ideal coffee to water ratio, you’ll need to pay close attention to water temperature. It’s vital to brewing a balanced cup because it plays a key role in the extraction process. Pros agree that your water temperature should be in the range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If your goal is a hot cup of coffee, but your water is not in that ideal range, you risk under-extraction and what can be perceived as grassy, peanut-y or paper-y” flavor, Bonchak explains. “On the flip side, you can over-extract with water that is too hot and experience flavors that are bitter and astringent.”

If you don’t have a thermometer, Helfen recommends heating your water to boiling and then letting it sit for a minute or two with the lid off.

Though Bonchak drinks her coffee hot at home, Slingshot has built its reputation on its stellar cold brew. The ratio of coffee to water is still a key factor, but with cold brew, you’re swapping in time for water temperature in the extraction process.

“Cold or room temperature water doesn't extract your coffee as quickly,” she says. “I recommend a more coarse grind, and brewing in a cold environment for 12 to 16 hours."

If you happen to brew a too-strong cup, don’t pour it out! Freeze it to use as coffee ice that won’t dilute your cold brew as it melts or incorporate it into recipes like these:

03_Chili_Light_023.tif

Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food Stylist: Rebecca JurkevichProp Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Save 1/2 cup of your morning coffee to dump into this well-spiced meatless meal.

Aztec Spicy Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake FNK Silo

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

This spice-laden recipe uses 1/3 cup of fresh-brewed coffee to up the chocolate flavor.

Is it chocolate? Is it salami? All we know is this adorable dessert includes a few tablespoons of coffee.


What's the Ideal Coffee-to-Water Ratio?

We've got the so-called Golden Ratio for your morning cuppa.

Related To:

Photo by: Daniele Jesus / EyeEm

There are several variables that add up to making a delicious, balanced cup of coffee, including grind size of the beans, roast, water temperature and brew time. But the ratio of coffee to water is one of the most-important components. It’s not exactly one-size-fits-all, but there’s an easy formula for finding your ideal ratio. Here’s how to brew a cup of Joe at home like a pro.

Get to know the golden ratio

“The phrase ‘golden ratio’ implies that there's one perfect ratio for all coffee brewing, and it's just not quite that simple,” says Ben Helfen, an education support specialist for Counter Culture Coffee. That said, there are a few standard coffee-to-water ratios for various methods of brewing. For drip coffee brewing — which encompasses most home coffeemakers, bulk brewers and pour-overs — Helfen says that the ratio of 60 grams of coffee to one liter of water, or roughly 1:17, is the one most commonly used by coffee pros (and is often referred to as “the golden ratio”). For immersion brewing like a French press, where water sits with the ground coffee rather than passing through it, Helfen says that lower ratios in the 1:14 to 1:15 range are more ideal.

“When I'm dealing with coffees that are very different in roast level or variety type, I will make adjustments to things like the brew time and grind setting, but very rarely will I change my ratio,” Helfen says.

Jenny Bonchak, founder and CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co., explains that finding the perfect ratio is all about striking a balance between strength (how many coffee particles end up in your final brew) and extraction, or its intensity. As a rule of thumb, she recommends aiming for a 1:14 to a 1:16 ratio.

She explains that an average cup of coffee is 12 ounces, or 336 grams. So, if you're making one cup using the 1:16 ratio, you'd use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water, which is a yield of approximately 12 ounces after accounting for water absorption. At home, she starts with a 1:16 ratio her go-to recipe to make coffee for two is 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water.

Weigh your coffee and your water

You’ll notice that pros talk about the amount of coffee in grams, rather than tablespoons or scoops. In order to more precisely measure your coffee, Bonchak recommends investing in a gram scale.

“One of the most-important pieces of equipment to have in your repertoire for a great cup of coffee is a gram scale,” she says. “All of us coffee pros wouldn't be without one. Weigh your water, weigh your coffee.”

The reason weight is so important when it comes to coffee is because of its density. “Lighter roasted coffees are more dense than darker roasted coffees, and certain types of varieties of coffee from some countries can be denser than others, even at similar roast levels,” Helfen explains. “Because of this, the same scoop size might weigh more or less depending on the coffee.”

Make sure your water temperature is right

After you find your ideal coffee to water ratio, you’ll need to pay close attention to water temperature. It’s vital to brewing a balanced cup because it plays a key role in the extraction process. Pros agree that your water temperature should be in the range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If your goal is a hot cup of coffee, but your water is not in that ideal range, you risk under-extraction and what can be perceived as grassy, peanut-y or paper-y” flavor, Bonchak explains. “On the flip side, you can over-extract with water that is too hot and experience flavors that are bitter and astringent.”

If you don’t have a thermometer, Helfen recommends heating your water to boiling and then letting it sit for a minute or two with the lid off.

Though Bonchak drinks her coffee hot at home, Slingshot has built its reputation on its stellar cold brew. The ratio of coffee to water is still a key factor, but with cold brew, you’re swapping in time for water temperature in the extraction process.

“Cold or room temperature water doesn't extract your coffee as quickly,” she says. “I recommend a more coarse grind, and brewing in a cold environment for 12 to 16 hours."

If you happen to brew a too-strong cup, don’t pour it out! Freeze it to use as coffee ice that won’t dilute your cold brew as it melts or incorporate it into recipes like these:

03_Chili_Light_023.tif

Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food Stylist: Rebecca JurkevichProp Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Save 1/2 cup of your morning coffee to dump into this well-spiced meatless meal.

Aztec Spicy Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake FNK Silo

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

This spice-laden recipe uses 1/3 cup of fresh-brewed coffee to up the chocolate flavor.

Is it chocolate? Is it salami? All we know is this adorable dessert includes a few tablespoons of coffee.


What's the Ideal Coffee-to-Water Ratio?

We've got the so-called Golden Ratio for your morning cuppa.

Related To:

Photo by: Daniele Jesus / EyeEm

There are several variables that add up to making a delicious, balanced cup of coffee, including grind size of the beans, roast, water temperature and brew time. But the ratio of coffee to water is one of the most-important components. It’s not exactly one-size-fits-all, but there’s an easy formula for finding your ideal ratio. Here’s how to brew a cup of Joe at home like a pro.

Get to know the golden ratio

“The phrase ‘golden ratio’ implies that there's one perfect ratio for all coffee brewing, and it's just not quite that simple,” says Ben Helfen, an education support specialist for Counter Culture Coffee. That said, there are a few standard coffee-to-water ratios for various methods of brewing. For drip coffee brewing — which encompasses most home coffeemakers, bulk brewers and pour-overs — Helfen says that the ratio of 60 grams of coffee to one liter of water, or roughly 1:17, is the one most commonly used by coffee pros (and is often referred to as “the golden ratio”). For immersion brewing like a French press, where water sits with the ground coffee rather than passing through it, Helfen says that lower ratios in the 1:14 to 1:15 range are more ideal.

“When I'm dealing with coffees that are very different in roast level or variety type, I will make adjustments to things like the brew time and grind setting, but very rarely will I change my ratio,” Helfen says.

Jenny Bonchak, founder and CEO of Slingshot Coffee Co., explains that finding the perfect ratio is all about striking a balance between strength (how many coffee particles end up in your final brew) and extraction, or its intensity. As a rule of thumb, she recommends aiming for a 1:14 to a 1:16 ratio.

She explains that an average cup of coffee is 12 ounces, or 336 grams. So, if you're making one cup using the 1:16 ratio, you'd use 25 grams of coffee to 400 grams of water, which is a yield of approximately 12 ounces after accounting for water absorption. At home, she starts with a 1:16 ratio her go-to recipe to make coffee for two is 50 grams of coffee to 800 grams of water.

Weigh your coffee and your water

You’ll notice that pros talk about the amount of coffee in grams, rather than tablespoons or scoops. In order to more precisely measure your coffee, Bonchak recommends investing in a gram scale.

“One of the most-important pieces of equipment to have in your repertoire for a great cup of coffee is a gram scale,” she says. “All of us coffee pros wouldn't be without one. Weigh your water, weigh your coffee.”

The reason weight is so important when it comes to coffee is because of its density. “Lighter roasted coffees are more dense than darker roasted coffees, and certain types of varieties of coffee from some countries can be denser than others, even at similar roast levels,” Helfen explains. “Because of this, the same scoop size might weigh more or less depending on the coffee.”

Make sure your water temperature is right

After you find your ideal coffee to water ratio, you’ll need to pay close attention to water temperature. It’s vital to brewing a balanced cup because it plays a key role in the extraction process. Pros agree that your water temperature should be in the range of 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit.

“If your goal is a hot cup of coffee, but your water is not in that ideal range, you risk under-extraction and what can be perceived as grassy, peanut-y or paper-y” flavor, Bonchak explains. “On the flip side, you can over-extract with water that is too hot and experience flavors that are bitter and astringent.”

If you don’t have a thermometer, Helfen recommends heating your water to boiling and then letting it sit for a minute or two with the lid off.

Though Bonchak drinks her coffee hot at home, Slingshot has built its reputation on its stellar cold brew. The ratio of coffee to water is still a key factor, but with cold brew, you’re swapping in time for water temperature in the extraction process.

“Cold or room temperature water doesn't extract your coffee as quickly,” she says. “I recommend a more coarse grind, and brewing in a cold environment for 12 to 16 hours."

If you happen to brew a too-strong cup, don’t pour it out! Freeze it to use as coffee ice that won’t dilute your cold brew as it melts or incorporate it into recipes like these:

03_Chili_Light_023.tif

Food Stylist: Rebecca Jurkevich Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin ,Food Stylist: Rebecca JurkevichProp Stylist: Marina Malchin

Photo by: Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Con Poulos Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin 917 751 2855

Spicy Vegetarian Chili

Save 1/2 cup of your morning coffee to dump into this well-spiced meatless meal.

Aztec Spicy Chocolate Chocolate Cupcake FNK Silo

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Chocolate Aztec Cupcakes

This spice-laden recipe uses 1/3 cup of fresh-brewed coffee to up the chocolate flavor.

Is it chocolate? Is it salami? All we know is this adorable dessert includes a few tablespoons of coffee.


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