5 Common Coffee Mistakes

Making coffee is a process and each step of that process has to be just right in order to create the perfect coffee. One slip up and you’ll be left with a so-so kinda coffee which is better than none, right? But if you feel like you’re ticking all the boxes and your final product is still not up to scratch you may be making one of the following simple mistakes – easily rectified.

5 Common Coffee Mistakes

1. Inferior Beans

This first point is a passion for us because we’re all about quality, Fairtrade, organic coffee beans. It’s not just that they’re chemical-free – which is great for the environment and your own health – but they have to retain all their natural flavours. Inferior beans mean that you’re starting with a shaky foundation. If your foundation is dodgy, the final product will not be great. If you’re new to the coffee world, we recommend trying a blend – they’re generally smoother in taste – a bit of a crowd pleaser.

Shop for Sacred Grounds Blends here… 

2. Unclean Machines

This one is a no-brainer really. If your home coffee machine is dirty, then the flavours of your beautiful coffee will be tainted. Coffee beans are full of essential oils that will leave a stale taste if left floating around your water container or sticking to your Portafilter or basket. A clean machine is not only important for health reasons but will maintain the integrity of the coffee and give you a clean, crisp taste to your coffee time after time. Now, how to clean your coffee machine? We’ve written a post about it… how handy – here it is … How to Clean Your Coffee Machine.

3. Measuring Mishaps

This can be a bit confusing but in order to create the perfect coffee, your measurements should be fairly precise. This requires a set of scales! Measure out 20g or if you live scales-free then 2 heaped tablespoons of coffee beans then grind away. Using the right amount of coffee means that the extraction will not be too fast or too slow giving you that beautiful ‘mouse tail’-like appearance as it trickles from the basket into your warmed coffee cup = bliss!

4. Milky Mayhem

You may be one fantastic coffee grinder conoissieur or espresso extractor but if you get your milk texturing wrong, then the whole coffee may end up down the sink. Nooooo! This step can be tricky but we have some handy tips to help you get the perfect texture each time you steam.

  1. Purge -release steam
  2. Milk Jug – select the right jug for the job
  3. Quantity – fill 1/3 full
  4. Stretch!! – Click here for directions…
  5. Heating – Warm until hot to the touch
  6. Clean – Wipe and purge your steam wand
5. Frosty Beans

There is a strange common-held belief that storing coffee beans in the fridge, or dare I say, freezer will keep them fresh as a daisy! The truth is that these frosty places produce too much moisture which is a coffee killer. Yep, the absolute, hand-to-heart truth of the matter is that storing your beautiful Fairtrade organic Sacred Grounds beans in the fridge/freezer will destroy their flavours, freshness and fabulousness so please refrain. Instead, store beans in an air-tight container or our resealable foil-lined coffee bags and pop them in a dark, cool pantry. Too easy!

So there you have it! Now your coffee making skills can go from good to barista in no time. Now if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, why not check out our delish range of Single Origin coffee then put your taste buds to the test to see what flavours you can identify. Shop here for Sacred Grounds Single Origins.

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A Very Sacred Grounds Christmas

Yes! There’s only 39 days until Christmas… are you freaking out? Don’t despair, we have tonnes of ideas to make your festive shopping list a breeze; especially for the adults. And the best thing is that you can get shopping right now on our online store – coffee it up, people!

Sacred Grounds Christmas Ideas

1. Coffee Bundles! 

Our master roaster, a French chef, not only creates the most exquisite coffee blends and single origins but has put together his favourite coffee combos in time for Christmas!

Sacred Grounds- Blend Bundle                  Sacred Grounds - Espresso Bundle

Blend Bundle                                                                          Espresso Bundle

Featuring a variety of beautifully smooth                       This one is for the purists, or the purists-in-
Sacred Grounds blends, this bundle is                             training. Full of beautiful and complex flavour
the perfect gift for all coffee drinkers.                              notes, this range of coffee is ideal for cupping,
short blacks or your favourite espresso beverage.

*Includes – Sacred Blend, Spirit Blend,                           * Includes – Neighbours Blend, Nicaragua,
Neighbours Blend, Moonlight Blend.                               Ethiopia Limu and Spirit Blend.

Sacred Grounds - Fair Bundle                  Sacred Grounds - Organic Bundle

Fair Bundle                                                                                Organic Bundle

With a focus on Fairtrade, this bundle will                    Did you know that coffee plants are one of the most
not only tantalise tastebuds but will                                chemically treated in the world? Our Organic
create awareness of this important movement.             Bundle offers four delicious Single Origins, 100%
Free delivery is available for this bundle!                       organic with a fab range of flavours you’ll love.

* Includes – Sacred Blend, PNG, East Timor,                * Includes – Sumatra Gayo, East Timor, Australia
Organic Fairtrade Drinking Chocolate.                              and Ethiopia Limu.

Sacred Grounds - Plunger Bundle

Plunger Bundle

Plungers are back! Once again our roaster created a bundle your
friends and family will adore. With a variety of Single Origins and
Blends, this pack is a crowd pleaser!

* Includes – Sacred Blend, Spirit Blend, PNG and Ethiopia Yirgacheffe.

But, Wait, There’s More!

Shop ’til you drop on our online store here  and discover a range of fabulous Christmas gift ideas; from Fairtrade Organic Drinking Chocolate to coffee accessories! Sacred Grounds really is your one-stop-shop for the coffee connoisseurs in your world.

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Coffee FAQ’s

You know those little niggly questions about coffee that have had you baffled for years? Don’t you wish you had a professional on hand to relieve your enquiring mind? Well now you do, for today’s blog post is all about answering the most frequent of coffee questions. And the best part is that if we haven’t included your burning question, then you can send it straight through to us and we’ll answer it pronto. Bonus!

Here are some of the more common questions we get asked and the handy professional answers…

Coffee FAQs


How should I store coffee?

The best way to store coffee is in a cool, dark place in an airtight container; your pantry cupboard is ideal. Never store your coffee in the fridge or freezer, this will allow moisture into your coffee and will dull the taste.

How long does coffee last?

Ideally you want to be drinking all your coffee within a month from roasting. Though, if stored correctly, coffee shouldn’t go off, though the flavours will fade over time.

When is the optimum time to drink coffee after it’s been roasted?

Depending on the brew method you use and the coffee that you’re buying, the optimal age for coffee can vary. We generally recommend that coffee is ready to drink 4 – 5 days after roasting.

Which grind do I use for which brewing method?

This is really important because grind size is a vital component when it comes to making a great coffee. So if you’re using a filter system like V60, AeroPress or Chemex etc, or  whipping up a Cold Brew and or getting stuck into the old Plunger then coarsely ground coffee is the go! But for your Espresso machine and Stove Top coffee maker you’ll want to go for finely ground coffee. 

Which Coffee should I use for which brewing method?

Coffee is subjective is there is no definitive right and wrong answer, though we definitely have our recommendations:

  • Filters (V60, AeroPress, Chemex etc.): Single Origin – Light or Medium Roasted beans
  • Plunger:  If you enjoy black coffee then a Single Origin, Medium Roast is best. And if you prefer your coffee with milk then we recommend a Blend or Medium Roast.
  • Coffee Machine or Stove Top:  For black coffee choose a Single Origin, Medium to Dark Roast but if you prefer a white coffee, then go for a Blend, Medium to Dark Roast.
  • Cold Brew: Choose Single Origin or a delicious Blend; Light to Medium Light roasted beans.

What is the difference between a Blend and a Single Origin?

A Single Origin refers to the coffee grown in a single geographic area, region; this can be an entire country or smaller region within. A Blend is where coffee beans from different countries are blended together.

A Blend is created to produce a consistent, well rounded flavour whereas a Single Origin contains the flavours of the natural environment and processing techniques of that particular region.

 Did we answer your question? If not, feel free to comment below & throw a curly coffee question at us!  

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