We love making coffee at home- it’s a favorite morning ritual. It also doesn’t have to take a lot of time to make a consistently fantastic cup of coffee. Over the next few weeks, we’ll break down different components of a great coffee preparation and give you some easy tips and tweaks to try out.¬†For the first part, let’s talk water.

We’re really, really fortunate in Fort Collins to have great tap water. In general, you want water that is clear and odor free, clean but not distilled or softened and have total dissolved solids (TDS) between 125-175pp. TDS includes any minerals, salts, etc in your water. Having some helps with extraction!

When you prepare water for making coffee, you want it to be between 195 and 205 degrees…luckily in Fort Collins it boils at 202 degrees meaning you can take it to a boil and start pouring immediately. Quite convenient. If the water is too hot, you risk over-extracting your coffee. Under-extraction occurs from water that is too cold.

Two easy takeaways for making coffee in Fort Collins:

  1. Smile- our tap water is great!
  2. Pour water straight off the boil.