In search of the perfect cup of coffee at home
August 25, 2013 8:28 AM Subscribe
posted by filthy light thief (60 comments total)
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"We were roommates, Marine infantry officers, perpetually sleep-deprived from the training, the planning, the preparations for war. Back then coffee was little more than a bitter, caffeine-delivery system. It was just what we needed to stay awake. We were missing so much." And so begins the story of two former marines and their quest for the perfect cup of coffee
One should note that their work is based US standard tastes, which haven't changed much since the original 1950s MIT studies
, according to the Specialty Coffee Association of America
(SCAA). European tastes tend towards stronger coffees, as charted
by Speciality Coffee Association of Europe
(SCAE), but the Norwegian Coffee Association
(NCA) has their own standards
Also note that the SCAA Golden Cup Award
has provided ranges for the optimum cup of coffee, compared to the exact ratios found by professor Ernest Earl Lockhart
others at MIT in the 1950s.
There are also discussions to be had regarding roasting of and freshness of beans
, but we'll stop here.