How long to steep coffee?

Steeping is the process of adding ground coffee to hot water. As the ground coffee remains in the hot water for extended periods it offers complexity in flavors. 

A standard cup of hot coffee, under five minutes, is appropriate for steeping, but a cold brew requires the coffee ground in the water for approximately 24 hours.

In a drip system, the contact time should be approximately 5 minutes and 2-4 minutes If you are making your coffee using a French Press 0-30 seconds for espresso. 

Coarsely ground coffee should be used for coffee steeping to avoid having a cup of coffee that has coffee dust suspended within the liquid and could lead to coffee dust settling at the bottom of the cup.

A French Press is the best equipment to use for steeping coffee because the French press has a metal screen that acts as the filter.

The other components within the French press, including the base which offer protection to the beaker which is generally made of metal or plastic and goes round the bottom and up the sides of the beaker that holds the coffee within.


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OCM has also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of the modules are running in the Singapore Skillsfuture Classes in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes. 

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