An essential part of making great coffee is getting the coffee brewing temperature right.
Just like you can’t bake something if the oven temperature is too hot or too cold, you can’t make good coffee if the water is too hot or too cold.
To extract the best flavor from your coffee, you’ll need to brew at the correct temperature. The best temperature for brewing coffee is 205 degrees Fahrenheit or around 96 degrees Celcius.
Anything hotter will burn your coffee and give it an overly bitter, acidic taste.
Anything cooler and you’ll get an under-extracted, weak cup of coffee – if you could even call it coffee!
How to measure water temperature
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Assuming you’re just using a regular kettle to heat up your water, you can use a simple cooking thermometer to get the exact temperature of the water.
Most households have one of these lying around as they’re also very useful for cooking meat and chicken.
Just insert the probe end of the thermometer into the water and see what it’s measuring at.
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A fancier way to measure the temperature and a way you can definitely impress your friends is by using a laser thermometer. You simply point the thermometer at the water and you’ll get an exact reading.
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Finally, yet a more efficient option is an electric gooseneck kettle. Many gooseneck kettles have various temperature settings built in and you simply enter the number you wish to reach and the kettle will heat up to exactly that much.
- Adjustable in one degree increments 140°-212°F
- 1000 watts for quick heating
- Real-time temperature display
- Heat and hold at desired temperature for up to 60 minutes
- Count-up timer makes it easy to keep track of the brewing process
Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of the gooseneck to perfectly bloom your coffee grounds and wet them evenly as you brew.
If you can’t get your hands on a kettle with a thermometer, you can just let the water come to a boil and remove it from the heat, open the top of the kettle to increase surface area, and let the water rest for 30 seconds.
This should drop the temperature by 4-7 degrees C and get you in the 96 degree/205 degree range.
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