The best part of waking up? If you're in Indianapolis, it's probably not Folgers in your cup. Instead, it's most likely (hopefully) a quality cup of coffee from one of the many local roasters we have in town. This town has become somewhat of a coffee capital, with an endless sea of roasters doling out quality java with top-notch beans. These folks take pride in the coffee their brewing, and nothing pisses them off more than seeing someone (read: most people) completely fuck it up... which is why we asked them exactly how we're screwing up our morning -- and afternoon and evening -- caffeine fix.
Using gross water
“It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that coffee is mostly water. If you live in a city like Indianapolis with super-hard water, you really need to make sure you're filtering or softening before you brew. Not only will hard water calcify your brewing machines if you're not careful, but it also doesn't taste good. At all.” - Stephen Hall, Tinker Coffee Co.
Grinding it too early
“It is best to grind as close to brewing as possible, preferably right before. So buy a grinder. Burr grinders are better than blade grinders, but any grinder is better than buying pre-ground.” - Andy Hassler, Blue Mind Roasting
Shopping for the wrong kind of coffee
“Cut it out with the coffee that prides itself on being ‘100% Arabica.’ That's kinda like buying wine that claims to be ‘100% grapes.’ Arabica is a species of coffee (the other major species is called Robusta), and about 75% of all the coffee produced in the world is Arabica. Look for coffees that highlight the farm where the coffee was grown, or mention the actual coffee producer or farmer by name. If you see that information on a bag of coffee, you can be pretty sure the roaster spent a lot of time carefully sourcing for quality and taste.” - Stephen Hall, Tinker Coffee Co.