How Much Coffee Do I Use?

How Much Coffee Do I Use?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2016 in Blog

The most common question at The Coffee Roastery: How Many Scoops? It makes more sense to think in terms of weight rather than scoops, especially taking into account the variety of sizes in which a “coffee scoop” is available. The industry recommended ratio of ground coffee to water for drip brewing is approximately 7 grams (roughly 1 rounded tablespoon) ground coffee per 5.2 oz (150 ml) of water, though many will find this to be quite a strong brew. You will want to measure the water yourself separately as the cup measurement lines on each machine are different and often do not represent any standard measurement. Many coffee machines consider 6 oz as a cup, while some others consider 5 oz as a cup.  (We don’t know what happened to 8 oz equals a cup!) The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Golden Cup brewing fundamentals provide additional guidance (might be a little strong for the novice coffee drinker): Water Coffee Cups(6 oz) Cups(8 oz) Ounces Grams Tablespoons 1 0.75 6 9 2 4 3 24 36 8 6 4.5 36 54 12 8 6 48 72 16 10 7.5 60 90 20 12 9 72 108 24 Don’t Forget The Water Quality Other than the coffee itself, water is the most important ingredient in a cup of coffee. Water makes up more than 97.8% of what ends up in our cup. With this in mind, it is easy to see why it is so important to use quality, filtered water whenever you are brewing coffee of any kind. Carbon filtration is a minimum to remove any unpleasant flavor, like chlorine, while still allowing desirable trace minerals to remain in the water. Grind Level Experiment with different amounts and grind sizes to experience a dynamite cup. Black Power experience is a darker roast usually is a finer grind than a medium roast. Why? Because the consumer is looking for a deeper roasted flavor on a dark roast and therefore the finer grind increases the contact time to leach higher...

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Manufactured in North Carolina

Manufactured in North Carolina

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Blog

Manufactured in Mooresville, North Carolina Sometimes we get some interesting visitors to the roastery. Today, Tim Coffey who does a blog on products made in North Carolina stopped by.  After enjoying a cup of Black Powder coffee, he went to work on taking some great pictures and a short interview. We wanted to share some of the great photos he took as part of his quest to document the craftiness of the people of North...

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UPDATE: Black Powder Single Serve Pods

UPDATE: Black Powder Single Serve Pods

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Blog

Black Powder now has single serve pods that have 35% more coffee per pod and 100% recyclable.  Works in all k-cup brewers including the Keurig 2.0 with the clever clip included FREE. Black Powder was struggling for the past year to make a great cup o’joe out of a Keurig machine.  We tried many refillable cups, every brand of coffee pods on the market, and many tricks to get a powerful cup.  Couldn’t get anything that was less than BROWN WATER.  The technology for standard k-cup only allows 9.2 grams of coffee to be loaded.  Most people don’t realize that the k-cup was designed for a 6 oz cup of coffee so all these coffee machine tricks with “strong” settings is all an attempt to get more leaching (of the bad oils) from coffee grinds. We evaluated a few co-packers (send our coffee to them and they send us k-cups), but the pricing was challenging, large lot sizes would challenge coffee aging, and most importantly, the taste was BROWN WATER.  Additionally, the standard k-cups are not recyclable nor biodegradable thus going against Black Powder’s brand values of eco-friendly. Coffee is supposed to be brewed at 200 F and the Keurig machine falls way short of that with 186 F on the best run.  One trick to get the water hotter was to waste an initial 4 oz run of hot water after waking up the machine from sitting for more than an hour.  That provides an additional 15 F in temperature in the cup using a 10 oz flow setting.  The other problem is many k-cups are manufactured from a material with a melting point of 195 F. Black Powder has chosen to use iFill Cup technology for it’s single serve pods that are k-cup compatible. Compatible with the Keurig 2.0 with use of the free CLEVER clip included in each package. Keurig 2.0 is another stroke of marketing genius to reduce the market share loss of Green Mountain in the k-cup space.  A photo eye looks at the lid which has patented ink to only brew with Green Mountain packaged (or the company pays to use the ink on the lids) k-cups.  American ingenuity is already at work with many big k-cup manufactures breaking the code but that still leaves us local and small companies to find a solution.  Rogers Coffee Company has created a FREEDOM CLIP that is easy to install in your 2.0 Keurig brewers to allow you the FREEDOM to use any k-cup. We have been able to find a source to be able to include a clip in each package of single serve pods. Install it and forget it…..works with ALL k-cups. Black Powder would prefer to compete with product quality and taste to earn customer loyalty, not trying to lock out the competition. iFill technology uses 100% recyclable polypropylene #5 plastic.  But, the real TASTE advantage comes from the ability to load 12.5 grams of coffee, 35.6% more than a standard k-cup, in each...

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2015 Holiday Blend Coffee

2015 Holiday Blend Coffee

Posted by on Nov 27, 2015 in Blog

This year, Black Powder is proud to bring you “Blend 21″…yes, one through twenty just didn’t have a well rounded cup. Some customers think we got this one right with the “best blend” we have ever created. Primarily Medium-Dark roasted (12). Beans: Micro-Lot Burundi, Sumatra, and African Beans Roasted: Blend of medium and dark roasted prime coffee roasted individually and then blended in a proportion to derive a bright beginning and then a wonderful bold flavor cup with a hint of spice. Varietals: Bourbon, Bergendahl, Kent, Java (limited: Djember, Ateng, Catimor) Elevation: 1,400 – 2,000 meters (4,000-6,000 ft) Cupping Notes: Molasses, with mild acidity with hints of Black Tea, Chocolate, Lemon, Blackberry Roaster General Notes:  Spicy – Chocolate – Creamy/Dry finish Majority of the beans are imported via Direct Trade to the USA by Café Imports. In Burundi, Kirema is in Kayanza, a small “cooperative,” has around 1,350 small farmers deliver cherry here. This is part of a Café Imports project where a quality premium is paid above the normal “market rate,” and this premium is paid directly back to the farmers. The mountains of Burundi produce a deep fig and fruity coffee-almost a Malbec of a cup highlighted by a firm supporting...

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