Dark roasted to develop the sugars beyond caramelization, into the carbonization phase. A nice strong cup of coffee. We created "End the Embargo on Cuba" coffee to raise public awareness and to advocate the end of the 43-year U.S. embargo against Cuba; the longest, harshest, blockade in history. With the liberalization of travel and financial restrictions by the Obama administration, we are proud to have helped create this change in awareness.
"I've been buying End the Embargo as one of my coffees for years. It's excellent in winter, lets me know I'm having COFFEE." From MARGARET OWEN THORPE of SAINT PAUL, Minnesota on 11/13/2020.
Coffee to Water Ratio
Using the correct amount of coffee will ensure that your coffee is brewed to strength, without over-extracting or under-extracting the coffee to compensate for an inappropriate dose. We recommend 2 grams of coffee for every fluid ounce of water used to brew. Weighing coffee is the most accurate way to measure the appropriate dose. If a scale is not available, we recommend 2 heaping tablespoons of ground coffee for every 5 ounces of water used to brew.
Producing the correct particle size in ground coffee is one of the most important steps in coffee brewing. In general, a finer grind will produce a more intense brew and a coarser grind will produce a less intense brew. At the same time, a grind that is too fine will produce an over-extracted, astringent brew, and a grind that is too coarse will produce a weak, under-extracted brew lacking flavor. In pour-over methods, grind size also affects the rate of extraction, as water will pass more slowly through a finer grind, and more quickly through a coarser grind. We strongly recommend burr grinders over blade grinders.
Water Temperature and Quality
Water temperature dramatically affects the extraction of coffee’s flavor during brewing. We recommend brewing with water at 200° Fahrenheit for best results. Using fresh, clean, chlorine-free water is essential.