Making perfect coffee with the brew central dcc 1200 coffee maker post 3.20.2012
Making Perfect Coffee with the Brew Central DCC-1200 Coffee Maker It is agreed there are generally four critical components to making the perfect cup of coffee: Water used in the DCC-1200 Since coffee is 98% water, it is important not to overlook the water quality. If your water tastes good directly from the tap, then it will also makea good cup of coffee. If you water tastes bad, so will your coffee. The BrewCentral DCC-1200 Coffee Maker has a built in water filter to help if you havepoor water quality. Bad tastes and odors are removed by the charcoal waterfilter as well as chlorine and calcium resulting in the perfect cup of coffeeevery time.Choice of Coffee for the Brew Central DCC-1200Even though your coffee is mostly water, the flavor comes from the coffee.Making a great cup of coffee like you local coffee bar is easier if you use thesame coffee beans. Make sure your beans are fresh and whole if you aregrinding the coffee beans yourself, and only buy about two weeks supply tokeep maximum freshness. Once a coffee bean is split or broken, the flavordecreases rapidly. If buying coffee beans fortnightly is not practical, you canfreeze coffee beans in airtight containers in smaller amounts. Maximizefreshness by limiting exposure to air, light and moisture. If you removecoffee beans from the freezer they should still remain in a sealed containerat room temperature. Any condensation occurring when coffee beans areremoved from the freezer or refrigerator will be degrading the quality, too.Some coffee purests advise against freezing dark-roast beans as theybelieve oils coagulate (Note: other experts disagree). Try it, see what youthink.The Brew Central Coffee GrindGrinding of the coffee bean is critical for maximizing flavor extraction. A grind that is too fine will be over-extracted and bitterness will occur. Fine grinds may also clog your Brew Central DCC-1200 filter.
Water will pass through course grinds too quickly, resulting in the best full flavors not being extracted. Try a medium-fine grind to start with.The Proportions used in the Brew CentralThe cup sizes used in the Brew Central DCC-1200 are 5ounces. Add the amount of ground coffeecorresponding to the number of cups being brewed.Lots of coffee bars and the Specialty Coffee Associationof America recommend adding 2 rounded tablespoonsof coffee per 6 ounces of water. Many coffeemanufacturers think one tablespoon per cup. Try onetablespoon of ground coffee per cup, and then adjust in the brews to comeso that it evolves into your prefect brew of coffee.NOTE: The maximum capacity for ground coffee is 15 tablespoons for theCuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 12-cup Coffee Maker. Important: Toomuch ground coffee may cause over-flow if the coffee is finely ground.