Brew the Perfect Cup of Coffee

Perfect Cup of CoffeeAt Lariat the perfect cup of coffee is coffee so rich and flavorful you’re compelled to pause and savor the experience. A taste you look forward to cup after cup, day after day. Everything we do here at Lariat boils down to that one moment, when you take a sip of our coffee for the first time, every time.

The following checklist and guidelines will help you brew the perfect cup of coffee:

  • Fresh Roasted Coffee – best within 3 weeks of roast date.
  • Ground – varies according to your brewing method.
  • Hot Water – just off the boil (195 degrees) preferably filtered.
  • Ratio – coffee to water ratio 2 Tablespoons coffee for ever 6-8 ounces water.

The checklist is short but there are many variables that adversely affect the flavor of coffee. Here’s a detailed explanation of each item and the variables:

Coffee & storage
Freshness decreases when coffee is exposed to light, oxygen & extreme temperature changes. Keep your coffee in an airtight, opaque container in a cool pantry. Never store coffee in the refrigerator. We recommend consuming fresh roasted coffee within the first 3-4 weeks for optimum flavor. If kept longer, you can store it in the freezer in a tightly sealed container.***Bring to room temperature before grinding and/or brewing.

Quality is best when freshly ground. The best grind is achieved using a burr grinder. Blade grinders produce uneven grounds and uneven extraction during brewing. If you do not have a burr grinder we will gladly pre-grind your coffee according to your brewing method. We recommend you consume pre-ground coffee within 3 weeks for optimum flavor retention.

Hot water
Fresh, cold, filtered water just off the boil makes the best coffee. Optimum water temperature for brewing is 190-200* F. It is a good idea to test the temperature of your automatic drip coffee maker; those under 1000 watts often do not brew hot enough, producing weaker coffee.

Brewing ratio
2 Tablespoons of coffee for every 6-8 ounces is the industry standard recommendation for most drip brewing methods. For times when milder coffee is desired, try brewing according to the industry standard ratio; then add hot water to taste. Brewing with less coffee can often lead to weak, less desirable coffee. This is especially important when serving to multiple people with differing tastes.

Of all the brewing equipment available today, we prefer the AeroPress. What the rope (Lariat) is to a Cowboy, the AeroPress is to a coffee lover…a simple, essential device to get the job done right the first time, every time. With Lariat Coffee and the AeroPress you can easily make one small to large cup, of the richest, most flavorful coffee you have ever had. We originally purchased the AeroPress in 2006 for customer use while traveling. Initially attracted to it’s lightweight simplicity and easy clean up, we became more interested in the quality of coffee we were brewing time and again. For rich, flavorful coffee anywhere, anytime, every time…it’s our choice.