Top Grinding and Brewing Tips for Colombian Coffee

Posted on: 7 September 2022

Colombian coffee is known to be some of the best coffee. It is flavorful, but not overpowering. It's complex, but straightforward to enjoy. If you buy yourself some Colombian whole bean coffee, then of course you're going to want to make the most of it. Here are some grinding and brewing tips to follow as you enjoy your Colombian beans.

Use the right grind for your brewing method.

People often ask what the best grind is for Colombian coffee, and there's no one correct answer to this question. It really depends on how you plan to brew the coffee.

If you're using a method that involves a longer contact period between the water and ground coffee, then you want a course grind. French press and percolator brewers fall into this category. For methods with a shorter contact time, such as pour-overs or drip coffee makers, use a finer grind. Using the right grind for your brewing method will ensure you extract the full range of flavors from your Colombian coffee beans without extracting too much bitterness. 

Don't let your water get too hot.

You don't actually want to make your coffee with boiling water. When the water is this hot, it will cause some of the lighter, fruitier notes in the coffee to vaporize. A lot of the complexity of Colombian coffee comes from these aromatic compounds. Instead, bring your water to a boil, and then let it sit — off the heat — for a couple of minutes. Then, brew your coffee. 

Filter your water.

Colombian coffee is not very acidic, but it may taste more acidic if you brew it using water that contains a lot of extra minerals. So, filter your water before brewing your Colombian coffee. If you don't have a water filter, you can buy bottled water and use that to brew your coffee. Some people experiment with a few different bottled water types to see which one they like best. Usually, the water with the least added minerals and other ingredients tastes the best. You definitely want one without fluoride, as that can distort some of the finer notes in the coffee.

Colombian coffee beans are some of the finest you can buy. If you get your hands on some, make sure you follow the tips above to brew them in a way that does them justice. You'll love every sip of the resulting brew.