3 minutes in a microwave is not enough for hot water for coffee
Water for coffee must be between the temperatures of 195 degrees to 205 degrees F, but not as high as boiling which is 112 degrees F. I have been microwaving my water for only 3 minutes all this time for tea and coffee for the French press.
From a book I've been reading it states that you can not properly brew coffee at temperatures below 195 degrees F or above 205 degrees F . That said, I took a pocket thermometer to a cup of 3 minute microwaved water and it only reached 160 degrees F . I placed that cup back in the microwave for another extra minute and after that I removed the cup and inserted my pocket thermometer and it only reached a maximum temperature of 180 degrees F. I was still 45 degrees under par for the minimum temperature to brew coffee.
So I poured out that water, filled the cup with purified carbon filtered tap water and set the microwave to 4 minutes and placed about one and one half tablespoons full of medium ground coffee in a copper coffee filter. I placed it atop the French press, as a pour-over coffee method instead of pressing the coffee after pouring over the 180 degrees microwaved water and came up with a better cup but still it was not the best cup as the 180 degrees was under par for the minimum water temperature of 195 degrees F. by 15 degrees F.
I was happy that I found that not only could I later make sure my cup of water reached the minimum at least temperature if I sat a pot of purified water on a stove top and took it's temperature with my pocket thermometer until it actually reaches the minimum 195 degrees F and also was happy that I was able to make shift a cup of pour over type coffee by placing the copper filter that is designed actually to go into a drip coffee machine, over top of the French press and allowed the water to filter through into the French press until all the water went through.
I put 4 rounded teaspoons of light brown sugar in the 16 oz coffee mug, poured the 180 degrees F pour-over brewed medium roasted coffee into the cup from the French press and added coffee creamer. I am drinking this cup and enjoying it more than ever before. I am still learning but will try to eventually perfect my coffee making techniques over time.
Remember, do not use tap water unless you carbon filter it first to get rid of the chlorine. Don't use mineral water. Do not even use distilled water because the essential minerals that are in regular water are missing and the minerals of regular water that we generally drink every day, help with the flavor and the brewing of coffee to make the coffee taste essentially better in all respects.
Unfortunately I must end this article due to the fact that my coffee has been sitting beside me while I write this post only to reach room temperature and I will now have to microwave it back to a desired temperature of about 140 degrees F. Enjoy your next cup of coffee by brewing it at between the temperatures of 195 degrees F and 205 degrees F. not to reach the boiling point of 212 degrees F at sea level, of course.
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