Brewing at Home

What's the next-best thing to having an actual barista make you a fantastic cup of coffee? Brewing it yourself at home!

Here are a few tips and pointers when brewing a cup of McMenamins houseroasted coffee, available by the bean at the Coffee Roaster, at our gift shops, online or by special order at your neighborhood pub.

It is essential to keep coffee away from light, heat, odors and moisture. Store it on a dry, dark shelf and use it within two weeks. 

Grind Fresh
Coffee should be handled like a perishable culinary item. Grind your freshly roasted beans by 7 to 10 days. After that, the beans are susceptible to oxidation and will quickly go stale and start to sweat.  

Brew Fresh
Coffee is brewed at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. By the time it travels through the grounds and into the urn, it will reduce in heat to about 185 degrees. A pre-warmed urn can hold that temperature for 45 minutes. After 90 minutes, coffee may appear hot with steam, but the temperature will have dropped significantly and the coffee may taste stale. Therefore, if a pot of coffee is brewed at 8 a.m., it will expire by 9:30 a.m. and needs to be discarded.


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