Our quick tips and must-knows for making the perfect Kick Ass® cup of coffee.
Water makes up 98.5% of a cup of coffee. If the tap water tastes good to drink, it's good to make coffee with. Use it cold and freshly poured from the tap. (Let the tap run for a few seconds first.) If the tap water isn't great, then use natural spring water for best results.
Grind fresh beans just before use. The French Press method calls for a coarse grind. The grind size should be between .75 mm and 1 mm. If the grind is too coarse it will make the coffee taste weak. If the grind is too fine, it will make the coffee taste bitter or too strong. For the most consistent outcome, we recommend a burr grinder.
We recommend a coffee to water ratio of 50 grams (1.8 oz) of ground coffee per 1 litre (34 fl oz) of water. In English, that's two tablespoons for every cup of water. More if you're bold, less if you're not.
Coffee absorbs odours and deteriorates when it contacts air. Keep coffee tightly rolled in its Kicking Horse Coffee valve bag or sealed in its Kicking Horse Coffee can until ready to grind more beans. Store coffee in a dry, cool location, but not in the fridge or freezer.
About the French Press method
The French Press is the French-kiss of coffee brewing — it enables a more intimate experience with the flavour of the beans. Low-tech and time-honoured, just grind, pour and plunge. The result? A simple method and deliciously complex cup.