Advice from Café 1802

Because it is not easy to choose your coffee or your machine, here are the answers to the main questions you ask yourself...

General questions

At Café 1802, we usually say that the best coffee is the one you like . Indeed, there are so many different tastes in coffee that it is important to choose the one that suits you best. This may depend on the time of day (morning, after lunch, afternoon, etc.), variety (arabica, robusta), origin (Africa, South America, Asia, etc.), method preparation (espresso, filter, etc.).

We therefore offer a wide range of 100% Arabica coffee beans or ground from different countries and with varied aromatic profiles.

The preservation of coffee beans or ground coffee is part of urban legends. Indeed, everyone has their own tip for optimizing the shelf life of coffee beans or ground coffee. First of all, know that roasted coffee is not a perishable product . Here, when we talk about conservation, it is above all about preserving aromas . Over time your coffee will oxidize and thus lose all its rich taste.

You can actually eat coffee.

To eat ground coffee, it is best used as a topping on a dessert.

It is also present in many pastries (Tiramisu, coffee éclair, etc.). You can also bite into a freshly roasted coffee bean (preferably less than 2 months old…). You will thus find all the flavors of coffee. Some chocolatiers coat a coffee bean with chocolate. Some of you have already tasted it at Café 1802.

In 1802, the French pharmacist F.-A. Descroisilles invented the coffee maker . It was then called caféolette and had two containers stacked on top of each other, separated by a filter. Shortly after, the chemist Antoine Cadet created the porcelain coffee maker.

Technical advice

Depending on the coffee maker you use (percolator, Italian, electric filter coffee machine, etc.), the size of the grind of your coffee is essential . For example, for an espresso coffee machine with percolator, the grind will resemble icing sugar while for a French press (Bodum type) the grind will resemble coarse salt. Ask your barista or roaster for advice on making the right choice of ground coffee .

You can purchase all of our ground coffees depending on the coffee maker you use.

If you don't have a grinder and want to know how to grind coffee beans without a grinder, the best answer is to go to your roaster. Indeed, it has the necessary mills. It will transform your coffee beans into ground coffee suitable for the coffee machine you use (See Which ground coffee to choose? ).

Indeed, the coffee grinder remains the only truly reliable option for grinding coffee. There are different models (manual, electric). Find the list of coffee grinders that we offer.

If you prefer your espresso quite round , it is preferable to choose a coffee bean with an aromatic profile with notes of hazelnut, chocolate and nuts . On the other hand, if you bought your automatic espresso machine to be able to appreciate the wide range of tastes that coffee offers, opt for coffees with fruity, floral, tangy profiles. You will be surprised that coffee can be acidic and good at the same time 😉.

If you don't have a coffee grinder and you want to make coffee with beans , it's going to be complicated. In fact, only ground coffee allows you to quickly prepare coffee. Some automatic coffee machines have a built-in grinder (more often called a grinder), all you have to do is put the coffee beans in the hopper and press the button to obtain fresh coffee rich in aromas.

Coffee beans are used more for long infusions used in cooking, pastries or for cocktails.

Making perfect filter coffee means making the filter coffee you like (see What is the best coffee? ). However, it is important to follow some basic rules. As in cooking, each coffee preparation has its own recipe. Generally speaking, 3 main criteria must be respected: the quantity of coffee, the quantity of water, the coffee extraction time (the time it will take for the water to pass through the coffee and thus extract the oils and coffee aromas).

The basic water-to-coffee ratio is 60g of coffee to 1 liter of water . You just have to follow a rule of 3 to adapt your quantities (eg: 12 g of coffee for 20 cl of water).

The extraction time should be between 2 and 5 minutes (regardless of the volume of coffee to be made). If the extraction time is less than 2 minutes, your coffee is ground too coarse. If it is more than 5 minutes, your coffee is ground too fine. Note that to make 20cl of coffee, you will need a finer grind than to make 1 liter of coffee. Hence the importance of grinding your coffee beans on demand to be able to adjust the grind size.

Depending on the coffees, the preparation methods, and above all your tastes, you can adjust these 3 criteria to your liking (for example increase the dose of coffee to obtain a stronger coffee, make a finer grind to increase the brewing time). extraction and develop bitterness…).

In any case, if you use paper filters, remember to rinse your filter well with hot water before preparing your filter coffee. In fact, this helps remove the papery taste from your coffee.