Buying whole bean means your coffee stays fresher for longer. We always recommend grinding immediately before brewing for the best tasting cup. If you don't yet have a grinder, or prefer to have your coffee ground here at the shop, we'll always grind immediately before packaging to minimize oxidation.
Coffee beans emit a significant amount of carbon dioxide after roasting and need time to degas. For best taste, we recommend letting your coffee "rest" for at least 24 hours before brewing. If your coffee will be shipped, it will be good to go upon arrival!
Your bag of Koawood Coffee will arrive in a sealed, air-tight bag with a degassing valve and resealable zip-lock. If not consumed within 2 weeks, we recommend using an air-tight canister to store the remaining coffee. Always store your coffee in a dry, dark place away from direct heat or sunlight. This may go without saying, but NEVER refrigerate your coffee!
Grinding consistency is the key here, meaning that old blade grinder you got from grandma in '95 just won't cut it. At the very least, you'll need a burr grinder. If you're into espresso, you'll need one that is highly adjustable to fine tune extraction times. Baratza makes very good, relatively inexpensive grinders and would be a good place to start your search.
For the best repeatable cup, you'll need a scale to weigh your water and coffee doses. The SCA (Specialty Coffee Association) Gold Cup Standard is 55 grams of ground coffee per liter (1,000g) of water; about a 1:18 coffee to water ratio. We recommend weighing the amount of water you'll be using and then dividing those units by 18. This will give you the ideal amount of coffee needed. Then, you can adjust the ratio to your desired taste. You'll get good results anywhere between 1:15 (for a stronger cup) up through 1:18.
We generally recommend manual methods when time allows. Pick up a gooseneck water kettle and use a French press or Aeropress for the most body. Or, for a cleaner cup, use pour-over devices like Chemex, V60, or Kalita Wave. Adjust your grind size to match your device. If you're the impatient type, search for auto-drip machines by Bonavita, Technivorm and Breville that emulate the pour over method. Whichever method you choose, always use filtered water (not distilled!) and make sure your brewing temp is between 196 and 205 degrees.