We went through an exciting and complex process of blind tastings, agreeing on a bean, a roast and how to package it. When tasting the different options Sham City had created for us, all five of us in the Lockjaw team had a different favourite.
So, when Thirsty & Miserable Zine asked me if I’d be up for writing an article about our punk rock coffee, I thought it was time to share some of the knowledge that years of caffeine snobbery has brought me.
Here’s my advice on making the best of your Lockjaw Coffee (or any coffee for that matter!)
Grind ‘Em How You Like ‘Em
Grinding beans seems like a right faff at first, but it makes a world of difference. Think of pre-ground coffee like buying sliced bread: when you buy an unsliced loaf, each slice you cut yourself will be delicious, but it goes stale quickly. Grinding coffee fresh will always give you the best flavour, although there’s also convenience to consider. I’m much more likely to have sliced bread on a weekday, y’know?
Clean Your Equipment
Sounds like a no brainer, but meticulously cleaning your coffee maker of choice is the easiest way to improve the flavour of your coffee at home. Whether you’re using a cafetiere or a stove-top espresso pot, brewing coffee relies on extracting the oils from the grounds. To ensure the freshest taste, you need to thoroughly clean all the oily residue away after each use. That way you’re getting the best, unadulterated cup.
With Great Water Comes Great Coffee
It’s only two ingredients: the coffee itself and the water you brew it with. So many people focus on the quality of the coffee and overlook the quality of the water. As with breweries and distilleries, the water you use makes a noticeable difference to the final product.
Using a mineral water rather than tap water can have a big impact on your coffee a home. I wouldn’t advocate buying plastic bottled water, but a water filter is a good alternative. Try it once with spring water and see what you think!
Use The Right Amount of Water
For years, I’d just fill up a mug or a cafetiere with however much water fit in there. That the ratio of coffee to water has a big impact on the taste seems obvious, but it’s something few people consider in detail. One part coffee to 16 parts water is an industry standard for hot coffee. How does your measure up?
Heat It Up
Temperature’s important too. Most coffees need to be brewed at 90-95 degrees Celsius in order to extract the most dynamic flavours, which isn’t possible with some drip methods – that’s why the ‘pour over’ method of pouring hot water on coffee’s become popular. I personally reckon you get the best flavour from a simple stove top espresso pot, but whichever method you’re using be sure to make it hot.
Want to try out Lockjaw Coffee for yourself? The first batch sold out so quick that we had to order a second one.
Made in collaboration with Sham City Roasters, Lockjaw Coffee is an ethically-sourced Colombian city roast with hints of almond and citrus, ideal for coffee nerds and novices alike. With every order of Lockjaw Coffee, you get an exclusive 30-track compilation, featuring tracks from Adrenalized, Not On Tour, Burnt Tapes, Matilda’s Scoundrels and more.