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Coffee Tips

Storing Coffee

It is important to protect your fresh coffee from air, moisture, hot or cold temperatures, and light. Any of these will affect your coffee and cause it to go stale faster. After coffee is roasted, it remains “fresh” for about two weeks — it can still taste great after that, but it starts to lose some of its fresh flavour.

Once you receive your fresh Montana coffee, follow these guidelines to keep it fresh as long as possible:
•store coffee in an opaque, airtight container
•buy beans and grind your coffee as you use it
•do not store coffee in the fridge or freezer

Grinding Coffeecoffeegrinder.jpg

Breaking up the coffee beans allows the water to get to the coffee’s oils and flavours. How much the coffee is ground (and how) will affect its flavour. Grinds from coarse to extra fine can affect the coffee’s taste from weak to bitter. Blade grinders are inexpensive, but they don’t allow you to set the grind, nor do they provide a consistent grind, and they tend to be rather messy. Burr grinders typically allow you to set the grind and provide a consistent grind; investing in a burr grinder will provide for more flavourful and enjoyable coffee.

Here is a guideline for types of grind and below is a table to help you match the type of grind to your type of brewing.
•Coarse: Distinct, even chunky, pieces of coffee beans; like very coarse salt
•Medium: Gritty with visible flakes, like very coarse sand
•Fine: Much smoother texture; finer than table salt
•Extra Fine: Coffee grains still barely discernible; finer than sugar
•Turkish: Powdered with no grains; like flour (A burr grinder is required for such a finely grounded coffee.)

Grind Size

Ideal Brewing Method


Plunger Pot, French Press, Percolator, Vacuum Coffee Pot


Drip Coffee Machine (with flat bottom filters)


Drip Coffee Machine (with cone shaped filters), Espresso Moka Pots

EXTRA FINE             

Espresso Machine (pump or steam)




Brewing Coffee

There are several ways to make coffee; typically, drip machine, French press, percolator or espresso machine. Whatever your preferred method, these guidelines will help you make a better brew.

  • Buy fresh coffee and keep it fresh: See Storing Coffee above.
  • Keep your coffee grinder and machine clean: Clean equipment will do the job better and not adversely flavour coffee with older/stale remnants.
  • Use fresh, cold, filtered water: Metals, impurities and chlorine will negatively flavour the coffee.
  • Use sufficient amount of coffee: Many people don’t use enough coffee for a full-flavoured cup of coffee. A rule of thumb is one rounded teaspoon per cup, but you can experiment to find what suits your taste.
  • Don’t let brewed coffee sit on the burner: Best to pour it immediately into an airtight carafe or thermos.