America, I love you but you make THE WORST coffee! Seriously, I think a mug of some dirt and warm water would taste the same, if not better.
Okay, vent over. Sorry!
So, I’ve set the scene. You now know how much I hate the coffee in the US, so now you can imagine my delight when I came home from my two-week trip to find a box filled of Harris Coffee products. My excitement quickly turned to dread as I realised that I didn’t know how to make coffee at home. My last few attempts had been disastrous, producing a coffee no where near cafe standard.
I contacted Harris and asked if they could teach me how to brew the perfect cup… Harris Master Roaster, Wayne Archer has put together some key tips, to achieve the perfect cup of coffee at home.
Wayne Archer, Harris Master Blender shares his tips to making the perfect cup of coffee using a plunger
Choose the right blend for you. The dark roasted Harris Black label is a strong complex blend as is the rich and fruity Colombian. The bold Espresso also has a deep and intense character but if you prefer a more subtle taste, Harris Premium blend has a smooth delicate aroma.
Make sure your coffee is freshly roasted and ground. Harris is vacuum packed in a way that conceals the freshness, as long as the coffee packaging is air tight, it is as fresh as just ground at the factory. It’s better to buy coffee as you need it rather than buy a lot in bulk as the fresher the coffee is, the better it will taste. If you buy beans, you should use your freshly ground coffee within 10 minutes of grinding the beans to make sure you have the freshest coffee.
Preheat your cup and plunger with hot boiled water. This will keep your coffee warmer for a longer period of time.
Add to the plunger one rounded tablespoon of ground coffee per cup and an extra one for the plunger. A coarse grind is best for plungers so coffee will not pass through the filter.
Add the required number of cups of freshly boiled water.
When you put your coffee into the plunger the first thing that happens is a crust will form at the top of the plunger – this should be stirred before brewing and plunging, it aids complete extraction
Depress the plunger slowly and in a controlled manner to avoid spillage and to keep all the coffee below the mesh. It is safest to place the plunger on a non-slip surface.
Good fresh coffee will create a slightly creamy look as carbon dioxide is released.
Plunger coffee should brew for 3 – 4 minutes – leaving it longer will compromise the flavour of the coffee. If you prefer it strong, try adding an extra tablespoon of coffee. For a weaker cup, dilute it with water or milk, after the brewing process.
Pour the coffee and enjoy!
WIN WIN WIN!
The fabulous team at Harris have given me a brilliant prize pack to giveaway to one lucky reader!
Prize pack includes:
- Premium Coffee Beans (500g)
- Premium Ground Coffee (200g)
- Black Label Ground Coffee (200g)
- Espresso Ground Coffee (200g)
- Reserve Columbian Ground Coffee (200g)
- Bodum Travel Mug
- Buddha Bum Soy Candle – Coffee
For your chance to win, just leave a comment below telling me why you would like to win this pack. THAT EASY!
Competition opens Tuesday September 10, 2013 and closes at 11:59pm on Tuesday September 24, 2013.
You can enter as many times as you like.
Each entry will be assigned a number. Winner will be selected by random using http://www.random.org
Winner will be announced on September 27, 2013. Winner has 72 hours to respond. If winner cannot be reached, a new winner will be selected.
Head over to http://harriscoffee.com.au to check out their full range and learn more helpful tips.