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Brew Coffee the Right Way

Coffee brewing involves measuring the body, acidity, and balance of the brew. Rocky Mountain Roasting Co. shows you how to achieve the best brew day after day. Based in Bozeman, Montana, we offer our coffee to customers nationwide.

How To Brew Coffee

Great tasting water is a must during the brewing process, because it's estimated that 97% of drip coffee is water. If the base ingredient of water is of poor quality, the coffee will be subpar.

The Method

If you're a habitual coffee drinker, we encourage you to invest in a quality brewing system. Regardless of your preferred brewing method, there are two critical elements to keep in mind. These include the proper water temperature and an even saturation of the grounds.

Hot Vs. Cold

If the water temperature that you are brewing with isn't at least 185 degrees, you are simply not getting the rich flavors that the bean has locked within. Cooler brewing temperatures from 150 to 175 degrees result in a bitter and sour taste.

Aromatic Coffee

Drip Brewing

Drip brewing methods need a filter to extract the right flavors. We recommend gold filters, which should be cleaned per the manufacturers' instructions. If you use a paper filter, we suggest an oxygen-processed type like BODUM®, which reduces the likelihood of flavors being trapped in the filter.

The Grind

Far too often, we use finely ground coffees during brewing. This causes the steeping time of the grinds to increase and the beans to become over-extracted, resulting in a bitter taste. On the other hand, too coarse of a grind won't allow enough contact time, and a weak-tasting light colored extract will occur. A good extraction or steeping time for coffee is approximately four minutes. If you go over or under this amount by 30 seconds or more, reconsider your grind.


How much coffee should you use? A simple formula is one tablespoon of coffee per each 8-ounce cup of water. You can start to reduce the amount of grounds as you make more cups. Seven cups may only require five tablespoons. If you fill a 10-cup coffeemaker, use about 3/4 of the recipe, or as you increase the water you can decrease the grounds. Coffee becomes more efficient after a certain point in your brewer, but it's different for each style.