The interaction of coffee’s temperature and flavor is one of the more intuitive aspects to visualize. The temperature of one’s coffee is an integral part of the experience, whether one is picturing a steaming mug of joe on a dreary morning or a refreshing glass of iced java on a steamy summer afternoon. Both practical and esthetic considerations necessitate this.
Homegrounds details how the coffee’s flavor compounds degrade due to the oxidation process when exposed to air. The brewing of coffee is an oxidation process in and of itself, as the ground coffee imparts its aroma and acidity into the water. As a result, the coffee loses its freshness and becomes stale after being left out at room temperature.
Coffee should be served between 120 and 155 degrees Fahrenheit, as suggested by Little Coffee Place. There are two distinct coffee-drinking experiences within this price band. You can still taste the coffee’s flavor at temperatures below 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but the heat isn’t quite there yet. Once you get past that point, the heat is too intense to bear, and you’ll want to retreat from the range altogether.
The Optimal Temperature Range for Brewing Coffee
As opposed to brewing coffee, Little Coffee Place provides a range for enjoying it. A higher temperature is required to brew hot coffee. The water used in the brewing process should be heated to between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit, as recommended by the National Coffee Association of the United States of America. If the water is too cold, none of the aromatic oils and flavors will be extracted, and if the coffee is too hot, the extraction will be subpar. In actuality, you’ll be heating water to a boil. You should wait a full minute after the water has boiled before using it to brew coffee. In this manner, the temperature can be brought down to just where it needs to be.
Naturally, cold brews are a different animal. According to Drip Beans, brewing coffee can be done at room temperature or chilled. Even at a lower temperature, the same scientific principles apply to coffee. Refrigeration will dull the flavor. Or, to put it another way, the acidity of the coffee will decrease, making it more suitable for a latte. Also, since there wasn’t enough heat to extract the coffee’s aroma, it doesn’t have that distinctive flavor. But the sticky days of August may bring it home.
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