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Coffee Beans

Which are the best coffee beans?

Arabica beans are some of the most popular in the world, but there's no such thing as the "best" coffee bean. People have different tastes, meaning that what one person thinks is a fantastic coffee bean may be a little disappointing to the next person. 

Coffee is graded on size and a widely accepted definition of speciality coffee is coffee scoring 80 points or above on a 100-point scale.  Here at Rave we only sell coffee that is graded 82+ or above.

What are the 4 types of coffee beans?

There are two commercially traded types of coffee bean. Arabica beans are the most common and have a smoother & sweeter taste. Robusta beans have a more bitter, woody flavour - they're typically used in instant coffees or for espresso as they tend to be cheaper than Arabica beans. The level of caffeine differs between the two varieties too - Robusta has higher caffeine and therefore is more likely to give you a boost. 

There are other types such as Liberica and Excelsa, however these are lesser known.

What are the most popular coffee beans?

Arabica is the most popular coffee bean in the world, accounting for over fifty percent of the global coffee harvest. Robusta beans are popular too but are mainly used in instant coffees or for espresso. Liberica and Excelsa beans are very rare, which means that they're far less well-known and less widely used.

How long do coffee beans stay fresh for?

We put a roast date and batch number on all our roasted coffee – we recommend drinking & enjoying your coffee within 3 months of the roast date. You can still drink the coffee for up to a year however the coffee flavours will change and become muted over time. The best way to keep your coffee beans fresh is to store them in an airtight container, away from any light, moisture or strong smells.

What should I look for when buying coffee beans?

Always check for a roast date on the packaging, without this you have no way of knowing how long the coffee has been sat on the shelf. 

Don’t be afraid to try new tastes and flavours - broaden your coffee horizons. Roast levels & strength will differ across all roasteries -  these are only meant to serve as a guide. 

Always look for a supplier that has excellent reviews and a good selection of beans. Rave Coffee are committed to ethical sourcing of beans and ensuring farmers/producers recieve a fair price -  without compromising quality (We also are part of 1% for the planet, read more here (link)).

What can you use coffee beans for?

The most obvious use for Coffee beans is to grind them to make a fresh brew, There are many items of equipment that will help you to do this – AeroPress, French Press or Pour Ove/Filter. You can even use them for home-made chocolate or other recipes or simply to garnish your espresso martini! 

But let’s not stop there, used coffee grounds can be used for body scrubs or added to your garden compost to add nutrients to the soil.

Which country has the best coffee?

Brazil is the largest coffee bean exporter in the world, with over 10 million bags of beans exported every year. The country is known for its tropical climate, which means that Arabica beans are able to grow there without too much trouble. Saying that though, our most popular single origin coffees come from Colombia, followed by Guatemala and Africa.

Which coffee bean is the healthiest?

Most coffee beans are known to be healthy, especially when drunk black. Arabica coffee beans have often been championed due to the number of antioxidants they contain. This doesn't mean that Robusta and other coffee beans are unhealthy, though. For health advice, always consult with a medical professional.

Is it better to buy ground coffee or beans?

Ground coffee that is stored for a long time doesn't have as much flavour or aroma as unground beans do, although buying ground coffee is more convenient for most people. At Rave, our coffee is ground within 24 hours of being shipped, so it retains as much fresh flavour as possible.

How long does 1kg of coffee beans last?

This will depend on how you are brewing your coffee. 

As a rough guide, if you are making espresso we recommend 18g coffee for a double shot  (= 55 cups) & 9g coffee for a single shot  (= 110 cups)

For filter or immersion brew methods we recommend 15g per 250ml cup (= 66 cups)

Which brand of coffee is best?

Rave Coffee is the best brand of coffee in the world (at least according to our wonderful customers!) In fairness, saying which brand of coffee is the best is like saying which chocolate bar is the best. It really depends on your personal preference, but there are some brands of coffee that are known for having more flavour than others.

What is the most expensive coffee?

Kopi Luwak coffee is famed for being the most expensive type of coffee in the world. Although the production of this coffee raises many ethical questions and actually can be seen as more of a gimmick.

In recent years Panama Geisha coffee has been hailed the most expensive coffee in the world. It is a high-end coffee that grows in the highland areas of Panama (The beans originated in Ethiopia but suit the Panama environment). In 2019, the Lamastus family sold the Elida Geisha coffee for $1,029 per pound.

What region produces the best coffee flavour?

Many people find that the best tasting kinds of coffee come from Colombia. Colombian beans are typically strong and aromatic, with a good body, making them perfect for most coffee drinkers. However, everyone has different tastes, so what one person finds to be the best coffee flavour isn't necessarily the same for the next.

Coffee flavours are influenced by origin, processing, varietal, growing conditions like altitude and finally the roasting process. So you can quickly see that most roasters will sell a Colombian coffee but it doesn’t mean they will all taste the same.

How do you tell the difference between Arabica and Robusta?

Arabica and Robusta look very similar, with only subtle differences in shape and central split. When it comes to taste, Arabica tends to be smoother with a slightly sweeter flavour. Robusta coffees have a more bitter taste and are not as aromatic. Robusta beans also contain more caffeine than Arabica beans do.

How do I find the perfect coffee?

The best way to find the perfect coffee for your taste is to take a coffee quiz. This will take into account how you prefer to make your coffee, caffeine tolerance and if you like it with milk. Rave Coffee has a coffee quiz here.

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Why do people drink Robusta?

Robusta is cheap and often used in products like instant coffee, it has a much higher caffeine content and due to it’s bitter character is often roasted darker to make it more palatable. Most speciality roasters will only use Robusta in blends - Here at Rave we only put a small amount in out Italian Job Blend. 

Is Arabica coffee better for you?

Both Arabica and Robusta coffees contain antioxidants, but Arabica coffee contains less caffeine, which is why some people prefer it over Robusta.

Can you brew coffee beans without grinding them?

Technically, yes—but we wouldn’t recommend it. That’s because grinding increases the surface area of the beans, allowing the hot water to access the oils and aromatics they contain. While it’s theoretically possible to extract these same things from whole beans, it would take an awfully long time!

Is dark coffee healthy?

All coffee beans contain antioxidants, dark roasted coffee contain more caffeine by weight. It's up to you which type of dark roast you prefer, as some people find they have a better taste and aroma than the lighter ones. But overall, no: neither is better for your health than the other.

Is dark coffee bad for you?

Dark coffee does contain more caffeine than lighter roasts, but it also contains high levels of antioxidants. Overall, neither light or dark roasts are better for you than the other when drunk black… if you’re adding syrups, sugar and milk to your drink, then yes that is going to make is slightly more unhealthy for you.

What is the best way to grind coffee beans?

The best way to grind coffee beans is using a burr grinder. This crushes the beans instead of slicing them, and it also produces more uniform results than other kinds. If you don't have a burr grinder then you can use a blender or ​a blade grinder, but these simply aren’t as good.

Should I grind coffee beans daily?

Yes we highly recommend getting in the habit of only grinding what you need just before you brew for the best possible results. As soon as you grind coffee and decrease the particle size the coffee will degrade quicker.

We appreciate buying whole beans and grinding on demand isn’t possible for everyone, so if you are buying pre-ground just ensure you are storing it as air tight as possible whether that is resealing the bag properly or decanting into a suitable container.

How long do coffee beans stay fresh for?

Coffee beans are best used within 3 months of the roast date but are drinkable for up to a year post roast – however they will seriously loose flavour and aroma over time.

How many coffee beans should I grind per cup?

This all depends on how strong you like your coffee and how you are brewing.  We always recommending weighing your coffee and water dose so you can find the sweet spot that suits your taste. 

The Golden Ratio – Filter / Pour Over / Immersion Brewing

A good starting point is 1:15 so for every 1g of coffee you need 15ml of water.

How to calculate this for different size cups/mugs?

If you’re using an 225ml cup (8oz):

225 / 15 = 15  (you will need 15g of coffee to 225ml water)

If you find 1:15 too weak you can decrease the ratio – try 1:14

225 / 14 = 16 (you will need 16g of coffee to 225 ml of water

If you find 1:15 too strong > Increase your ratio - try 1:16

225 / 16 = 14 (you will need 14g of coffee to 225ml water)

What is the history of coffee beans?

The history of coffee begins centuries ago—in the 15th century, to be exact. Coffee beans were first exported around the world from Ethiopia and were traded by Arabian merchants across Asia and Europe. Originally the exclusive product of the merchants was spread to the colonies, where it was grown in South America and the Caribbean, breaking their monopoly. From then, it only became more popular—which is why coffee is arguably the world’s favourite drink today.

How much coffee beans should I buy?

It all depends on how much coffee you make each day, and also what kind of coffee you like. It's best to buy a small amount first and then re-stock as soon as you notice it getting low, rather than buying too much and letting it go stale.

Which is the healthiest coffee?

All fresh coffee contain antioxidants, and when consumed within reason can offer health benefits.

Coffee that has been organically grown won’t contain any nasty chemicals. However it’s important to note that many farms follow organic practices without being certified organic.

Which coffee has the strongest coffee beans?

Raves strong coffee beans are the Strong AF Blend. We don't profess to have the worlds or Uk's strongest coffee but they are damn close and pretty smooth as well.

Which country has the best coffee?

Many people say that Colombia has the best coffee, a fact reflected in how common single origin Colombian coffees are. But coffee beans are grown around the world, and taste is subjective, so which is the ‘best’ is up to you.

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What is the most popular coffee bean?

The most popular coffee bean by far is the Arabica, which is the kind used in coffee shops and kitchens up and down the country. Robusta is often used in blends to give a stronger taste and higher caffeine.

How do you drink coffee for beginners?

Start with our Signature BlendNo.1 - this is one of our originals blends that was designed to be suitable for all brew methods - It’s a medium/dark roast with tasting notes of Chocolate, Caramel & Nuts. It’s a great starting point and introduction to Rave Coffee. 

It works well in milk based drinks like a latte or cappuccino, the flavour will carry through the milk. If drinking as filter it works well black or with a splash of milk. If this isn't quite to your taste then you can try a darker or lighter roast next.

Which coffee should I buy?

Rave’s blends are the staple of our offering, developed to be suitable for all brew methods – these tend to be roasted medium / dark. And are available all year around. These are a great starting point to finds out what you like.

Our single origin offering will come and go throughout the year depending on crops and harvests, so you may find something you like but it could only be around for a short while.

If you are a tea drinker and new to coffee you may enjoy a light roasted coffee which will be fruity and aromatic.

What is a good coffee that is not bitter?

A medium roasted Arabica is a pretty safe bet, if you look at our blends the ones around a medium roast will be balanced in terms of flavour. Bitterness develops the longer you roast the beans so any darker roasts may not be to your taste. You may want to avoid and blends that include Robusta - as this has bitter characteristics. We only have one coffee with Robusta in it our Italian Job Blend No.2

It’s important to remember that taste is very subjective - and can change depending on your brew method - over extraction (water and coffee sitting together too long) can lead to undesirable bitter notes in the cup. The Brew taking too long will be a result of too fineer grind, or water that’s too hot, which will result in an unpleasant experience. We recommend only changing one thing at a time and make notes on what worked so you can replicate it again and again.

Which coffee beans are naturally sweet?

Natural or honey processed coffees are naturally sweeter than washed processed coffees - this is because some or all of the coffee cherry has been left intact and will part it’s sweetness to the coffee bean/seed within. 

Lighter roasts may be more acidic so the sweetness is less obvious. But they are generally fruity in flavour and will therefore give you perceived sweetness. 

Medium roasts are generally sweeter as they have started to caramelise in the roasting process.  

Our fudge blend has beautiful sweetness and when you use it in the flat white you get full fudgeyness! (We do not add any flavourings to our coffee) this is natural flavour developed through the roasting process.

If making milk-based drinks with a steam wand (flat white, Latte, cappuccino) , if the milk is steamed correctly you should release the natural sugars within the milk - therefore resulting in a sweeter tasting coffee.

How long do coffee beans last in the bag once opened?

As long as you ensure the bag is properly sealed (and airtight) after each use - the coffee beans will be at their best for up to 3 months - the more air they are exposed to the quicker they will loose flavour and character.

Can I put coffee beans in a jar?

Yes, you can, so long as the jar has an airtight seal. We also recommend storing the jar in a cool, dry place.Remember light will affect the rate in which coffee degrades so an opaque storage container is best.

Which coffee is best for brain?

People often drink coffee to get a quick boost of energy and concentration. Dark roasts have more caffeine by weight, although light roasts still pack plenty of punch too.

Which is healthier Robusta or Arabica?

Robusta beans contain more coffee than Arabica. That being said, in terms of health effects, neither is that different to the other. If you are interested in improving your health, talk to a medical professional.

Robusta beans contain more caffeine than Arabica. That being said, in terms of health effects, neither is that different to the other. If you are interested in improving your health, talk to a medical professional.

Which is better Robusta or Arabica?

Arabica beans are broadly viewed as better. Robusta are less chemically complex than Abarica and therefore dont have much flavour - when roasted lightly you may experience woody or flat flavours. Robusta is often blended with Abarica and used in darker roasts which results in a stronger tasting coffee with a higher caffein content.

Are coffee beans healthy?

Coffee beans contain important antioxidants, but also, of course, caffeine. Research shows up to 3 cups of coffee a day (drunk black) could be providing many health benefits to your body.

If you struggle to sleep because of caffeine in your system, then avoid drinking coffee in the afternoon or evening. It takes about 15-45 minutes for the body to absorb caffeine but can take anywhere up to 10 hours or more to be eliminate from the body.

Can I boil coffee beans to make coffee?

In short no. When brewing coffee water temperature plays a key role in the extraction of coffee, too hot and your coffee can burn, and taste bitter. Making coffee with whole beans takes a long time and produces worse results than using grounds.

Can coffee beans be ground in a blender?

While they can, you run the risk of seriously damaging your blender. It's also unlikely that you'll get the most out of your coffee grounds because they won’t be evenly fine. If coffee grinds are uneven you run the risk of over or under extracting your brew.

Can you brew coffee beans without grinding them?

No, you need to grind them before brewing. If you don’t have a grinder it’s better to buy ground coffee from a reputable roaster who provides a Roast date, like Rave.

Can you use ground coffee as instant?

No, you can't. Ground coffee won't dissolve in the same way as instant coffee. Instant coffee is produced by making a coffee concentrate - freeze drying this and processing it to granules/powder removing the need for filtration or extraction when brewing.

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Is it cheaper to grind your own coffee beans?

The cost of ground coffee and whole beans are the same at Rave. Obviously there is a cost to purchasing a burr grinder, but if you’re serious about your coffee then it is the best investment you’ll make. In terms of taste and flavour grinding what you need is the way to go. 

How do you make coffee from coffee beans at home?

We have brew guide videos on our website for most brewing methods so we highly recommend checking these out - they will walk you through the process and include a brew method.

Cafetiere | Aeropress | v60 | Espresso | Stove Top | Cold Brew | Chemex

Is coffee with milk healthy?

It all depends on how much milk you’re having and how many coffees you’re consuming - as with everything in life - it’s about moderation. 

People looking to cut down all the extra calories should avoid milky coffees like lattes & cappuccinos. In contrast, people looking to collect the extra nutrients should add milk, it’s full of calcium. Milk also contains carbohydrates and will make you feel fuller for longer.

Is black coffee better hot or cold?

Hot coffee is more popular than cold coffee. However, more and more people are choosing to enjoy iced coffee and cold brew coffee. As always, which you prefer is up to you.

What will happen if you eat coffee grounds?

Coffee grounds can be safely eaten. They contain caffeine, antioxidants, and lots of dietary fibre that you might benefit from. You can also use them in recipes to add a strong coffee taste.

How many coffee beans are in a cup of coffee?

A cup of coffee is usually made with 15g-18g  worth of ground beans. This means that you can expect around 120-130 beans in a typical cup of coffee (depending on bean size and roast level)

Does caffeine make you gain weight?

Caffeine itself doesn't directly cause weight gain. The sugar/sweeteners and fats added to your coffee do, however.

Can coffee make you sleepy?

This depends on the person. For some, caffeine keeps them awake at night; for others, they find that having a warm, tasty drink makes them sleepy. There’s also the ‘coffee crash’, which is when the caffeine wears off and your tiredness hits you all at once.

What is the smoothest tasting coffee?

If you’re looking for a smooth tasting coffee we would recommend a medium roast which should balance acidity, sweetness and body to create a delicious brew. 

Which country first drank coffee?

The first people to drink coffee were the Ethiopian nomads. It's possible that they discovered coffee when eating the beans of the coffee plant. In the 15th century, coffee was first exported by Arabian traders from further north—and the rest, as they say, is history.

Which city drinks the most coffee?

Unfortunately, the answer depends on who you ask! Some people say Seattle, home of famous coffee brands and over 900 coffee shops. Others say New York, the city that never sleeps (which coffee surely plays a part in!) Others say Helsinki, because as not a lot of people know, coffee is exceptionally popular in Finland—maybe because of the long nights. Whatever the truth, coffee is arguably our favourite drink, being grown and being enjoyed all around the world.

What's the healthiest coffee?

While coffee beans are healthy and actually have many health benefits, it’s what you add to your coffee that will tip it into the realms of un-healthy. We recommend avoiding excessive amounts of milk, sugar, syrup and cream, and drinking your coffee black instead. That way, you enjoy the best health benefits, and come to truly appreciate the taste of good coffee.

What is the healthiest way to drink coffee?

The healthiest way to drink coffee is drinking it black.  Avoid adding sugar, syrups, cream or other sweeteners. This can reduce your caloric intake while still retaining the health benefits of your coffee.

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Coffee Grinder Questions

Common Questions about Coffee Grinders

Which coffee grinder is best?

There are many styles of coffee grinder on the market - Firstly you can get manual hand grinders which are a bit of effort and a great workout for your arms - many people enjoy the ritual of grinding this way. 

Next up is electric grinders which are best if making more than one cup of coffee at a time. 

The most important element when choosing a grinder is to look for a burr grinder, as this will grind your coffee much more evenly than a blade grinder. There are so many makes and models on the market,  read reviews and see how they compare. We stock the Timemore Hand grinder which is an excellent bit of kit and reasonably priced.

Is it worth getting a coffee grinder?

Absolutely yes! In terms of flavour, aroma and taste you can’t beat freshly ground.

Is a spice grinder the same as a coffee grinder?

The two devices, although similar in appearance and function, are vastly different. A coffee grinder is a much higher quality device that grinds beans into a fine, consistent texture. Spice grinders are typically smaller and too weak to handle coffee beans.

What is a decent coffee grinder?

This will depend on what you are using it for? And what budget you have. 

If you own an espresso machine than being able to alter the grind at the fine end of the scale is really important. 

If you are looking for something for pour over / filter brew methods than the Wilfa Grinder is a great bit of kit and can cope with Grind sizes from Cafetiere (coarse) down to Mokka Pot (Medium /fine)

The TimeMore coffee grinder is one of the best on the market today. Its exceptional quality ensures that it lasts much longer than other grinders and will give you uniformly ground coffee for your chosen brew method.

Is espresso grind coarse or fine?

Espresso is best made with fine coffee grounds. 

Depending on the coffee you are using the grind size may vary - too fine and you machine may choke as the water can’t pass through the coffee bed leading too over extracted. Equally too coarse and the water will rush past the coffee and be under-extracted.

Why are coffee grinders so expensive?

Coffee grinders can be fairly expensive compared to, say, spice grinders. However, this is because they are designed to deal with dense coffee beans, and to produce exceptionally consistent results. Plus, coffee grinders are designed to last for many, many years. As such, it's worth paying for a high-quality model.

How much should I pay for a coffee grinder?

You should be looking to spend in excess of £50 for a good manual coffee grinder or in excess of £150-£500 for a decent electric grinder.  Your coffee grinder will allow you to enjoy freshly ground coffee for years to come. As such, it's worth paying for a durable, simple and easily cleanable model. While it is possible to opt for a cheap model, the cheaper kind tend to be blade grinders, which are nowhere near as good.

What difference does coffee grind make?

Coffee grind is of the utmost importance when it comes to making a decent cup of coffee. A finely ground bean will lead to a more refined and smooth drink, whilst an un-even or coarsely ground bean will result in a bitter drink. Which you prefer is up to you.

The grind size is of the utmost importance when it comes to making a decent cup of coffee. 

To use the sand and pebble analogy. Water passing through pebbles will find the gaps and pass through quickly, if you pour water over sand it will take longer to find a path through as there are less gaps. The same applies to coffee. If your coffee is too coarse than the water will pass through too quickly leading to weak and under extracted coffee. If your grind is too fine the water will sit with the coffee for longer leading to over extracted and a bitter taste.

A rough guide:

FINE: Espresso

FINE - MEDIUM: Espresso & Stove Top / Moka Pot

MEDIUM: Filter Brew Methods (Stronger taste)

MEDIUM - COARSE: Filter Brew Methods (Weaker taste)

COARSE: Cafetiere/ French Press

It’s important to mention that a lot of supermarket coffees sell a one grind suits all approach to grinding coffee, but once you get into grinding your own coffee you will taste for yourself the impact grind size has on yourt brew.

Can a coffee grinder grind rice?

While a coffee grinder is not designed to grind grains, it is a method for cleaning your burr grinder - as the rice will help pick up oils and dust that build up. 

Can you grind fresh herbs in a coffee grinder?

No we wouldn't recommend it. Coffee is very absorbent so will take on any smells.

Can I use a mortar and pestle instead of a coffee grinder?

Yes, you can use a mortar and pestle to grind your coffee, but we don’t recommend it  This method  will give you an inconsistent grind which will ultimately give you uneven extraction. It’s also difficult to replicate the same particle size every time you grind using a pestle & mortar.

Do I need a separate coffee grinder?

If you machine comes with a built in grinder (bean to cup machines)  it will usually suffice, but often they are difficult to adjust and gauge the adjustments and impact. If you are serious about your espresso shots then it may be worth investing in an espresso grinder.

How often should you replace a coffee grinder?

A coffee grinder only needs to be replaced if it is faulty. Otherwise, you can expect to get many years of use from your grinder. Those of the highest quality, provided they are well maintained, will last for decades.

Can I use a blender to grind coffee beans?

No, you should not use a blender to grind coffee beans. This could burn out the motor and damage the blades. Even if your blender can take the heat, you’ll end up with an inconsistent grind and a poor cup of coffee. You should use a coffee grinder for this instead.

What is the perfect grind for espresso?

Espresso grind is fine, and the best way to achieve this is by using a good coffee grinder designed for espresso.  As coffee ages you may need to tweak the grind and grind slightly finer. 

Humidity also has an effect, so you may find seasonally you may need to adjust your grind settings.

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Common Questions About Coffee Grinding

Can I use ground coffee for espresso?

Yes, you’re supposed to use fine ground coffee to make espresso. You can either grind the coffee yourself or buy it pre-ground. The size of the grind will massively impact your results so if you buy pre ground and the grind is too fine or coarse - there is not a lot you can do apart from dose up or down. 

All espresso machines have different amount of pressure so what grind size works in one coffee machine may choke a machine with less pressure. That’s why we highly recommend ordering whole beans and grinding yourself so you are in control.

Why is a burr grinder better?

A coffee grinder with a blade will heat up as it grinds, potentially destroying the coffee bean. This leads to a loss of flavour and ultimately a poor tasting cup of coffee. Also, simply by nature of how it works, a blade grinder will leave some smaller and some larger particles in the grounds which results in inconsistent coffee. A burr mill set to the correct settings will ensure that your coffee bean is ground consistently every time.

Why are burrs so expensive?

Burr grinders are expensive because they are extremely effective at grinding coffee beans. They are easy to clean and reliable, making them perfect for any standard household machine. You will get many years of use out of a burr grinder, meaning it is well worth the price.

Which grinder is best for home use?

A high-quality burr grinder is best for home use. This will ensure that the beans are ground evenly and consistently, without any risk of overheating or damaging the quality of taste.

What should I look for when buying a coffee grinder?

First things first your looking for a burr grinder. You should check that the grinder has a durable and rust-resistant body. Ensure that it is also easy to clean and will stay reliable for many years. A TimeMore coffee grinder is a great balance between affordability, reliability and incredible quality.

How long does a coffee grinder last?

You can expect your coffee grinder to last many years. It is important that you clean it regularly and only use the machine for its intended purpose. But if you do, a good quality grinder can last for decades.

Does grinding your own coffee taste better?

Yes, grinding your own coffee can taste better than buying pre-ground coffee. You can get a smooth and even grind that will significantly improve the quality of taste. That being said, we ship and deliver our coffee grounds within 24 hours of grinding them, which means that they’re as fresh possible when you make that first cup of coffee.

What happens if you grind coffee too fine?

If you grind your coffee too fine, this will make the water pass through it much slower. This will lead to an inconsistent and bitter taste to your coffee.

Is the grinder more important than the espresso machine?

Although the grinder is important, it should not be considered more important than the espresso machine. The perfect cup of coffee requires both a good quality grinding mechanism and a high-quality espresso machine.

How do you clean out a coffee grinder?

You should regularly clean out your coffee grinder. This can be achieved by manually clearing it or running some rice through the device to collect any dust and oil.

Can you use brown rice to clean coffee grinder?

Yes, you can use brown rice to clean out your grinder. After just a few minutes, it can pick up any dirt, debris and oil left in the grinder that you struggle to otherwise pick up. You can then wash the machine thoroughly to get rid of any stray bits of rice or coffee bean.

Can you use manual coffee grinder for spices?

Yes, you can use a manual coffee grinder for spices. This is because the same parts and equipment are used to grind both coffee beans and spices. Make sure to clean your grinder afterwards.

Can you use a mortar and pestle to grind coffee?

No, you should not use a mortar and pestle to grind coffee beans. While a mortar and pestle will eventually grind your beans down to a fine powder, this method will take an awfully long time. The grounds are also highly likely to be inconsistent, with small particles mixed in with larger ones, which results in an inconsistent brew.

Does espresso machine have grinder? Do espresso machines have a grinder?

Some espresso machines may have grinders built in. However, it is common to use a separate coffee grinder. Shop around and see what’s best for you.

How do you use a coffee grinder?

How your coffee grinder works depends on the kind you buy. Some are handheld and look like big pepper pots. You turn a handle to grind the beans. Others are automatic, with a hopper at the top that you feed the beans into—you press a button, and the machine serves you the perfect amount of coffee to use. Check the instructions that come with yours to see how it works.

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Do coffee grinder blades wear out?

Yes, all blades will wear down over time. This is particularly true for coffee bean grinders as they need to grind the beans so finely. It is possible either to replace the blades, or to have them sharpened by a specialist to return them to their former sharpness.

How often should I clean my burr coffee grinder?

You should clean your burr grinder every two weeks, especially if you use it frequently. This will ensure that it is in a good condition and continues to offer a great level of performance for years to come.

How long will a burr coffee grinder last?

A burr coffee grinder can last many years even if it is used on a regular basis. Ensure that it is cleaned every couple of weeks to prevent the build-up of residue and oil.

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Common Aeropress Questions

Why is AeroPress coffee so good?

AeroPress is one of the best mini coffee makers. Its simple design, low price and great taste makes it stand out from the crowd. The AeroPress coffee maker lets you enjoy incredible quality coffee from anywhere, including at home, the office or while travelling. AeroPress allows you to enjoy the taste of real ground coffee beans on the go.

Are AeroPress worth it?

If you're a coffee lover, yes. AeroPress is a quick, convenient way to enjoy high-quality coffee wherever you are. One of the biggest problems with many coffee making methods is that they can be very time-consuming and require bulky equipment such as French presses or mokka pots. With AeroPress, you are able to get a rich, aromatic coffee in a few minutes without needing a machine that takes up lots of counter space.

Is AeroPress same as French press?

AeroPress is a quick and easy way to prepare coffee. It performs the basic function of a French press, but is portable, convenient and easy to clean.They both use an immersion style of brewing coffee, meaning the coffee and water sit together to extract the flavour (rather than filter method where the water is poured over the grounds and filtered).

What is the difference between espresso and AeroPress?

The main difference is that an espresso is a form of coffee brewed under pressure which creates a thicker syrupy short shot of coffee. An AeroPress is a method by which you can make an espresso style coffee, but due to the limited pressure, and filter it won’t have the thick texture and crema that is created by using an espresso machine.

Which is better V60 or AeroPress?

This will depend on how you enjoy your coffee. The v60 takes a little more practise to get right whereas the AeroPress is much more forgiving brew method.

What grind is best for AeroPress?

We recommend a medium grind for the AeroPress (filter grind when ordering from Rave). This is a great starting point and if you are buying whole beans and grinding yourself feel free to experiment with going slightly coarser or finer depending on your own taste.

Is AeroPress better than Nespresso?

Both AeroPress and Nespresso machines can create an incredible cup of coffee. Nespresso Coffee machines are electric and use pods of coffee to create an espresso shot.

AeroPress coffee uses freshly ground coffee and is manual, which is what has made it an extremely popular way of preparing your coffee. Which is better depends on your taste.

Is AeroPress toxic?

No, AeroPress is not toxic. Using an AeroPress will not damage your health.

What's the difference between AeroPress and Chemex?

Chemex is an hourglass-shaped glass vessel for making a filter/pour over coffee. AeroPress, on the other hand, is more compact and portable device that can be used anywhere.

Chemex will give you a cleaner, brighter cup of coffee due to the thicker filter paper used and pour over method of brewing more suited to lighter roasted coffee.

Why is AeroPress coffee less acidic?

Acidity will depend on the coffee you
choose to brew. Acidity can be impacted by the steep time and grind size also.

Is AeroPress better than plunger?

Both AeroPress and French press (or plunger) are efficient ways of creating an excellent coffee cup. The main benefits of using an AeroPress is that you can use one anywhere, they’re easy to use and simple to clean. You will also find less sediment in your cup as the AeroPress benefits from going throught a filter.

Can you use cafetiere coffee in an AeroPress?

If you are buying Cafetiere grind from Rave this is a coarse grind and using this in the AeroPress will create a weaker cup of coffee. You can of course steep for longer to aid better extraction, but we recommend getting the grind right - so opt for a Medium size grind.

Is AeroPress as good as an espresso machine?

These two things are very different brew methods. An AeroPress is great for creating a longer filter style brew, it can be used to make a shorter Espresso style drink and you can buy additional attachments to help achieve a more familiar espresso shot.

An AeroPress would struggle to match the pressure achieved by an Espresso machine and the resulting crema and syrup like qualities of an espresso shot created with an espresso machine. Espresso machines are expensive and you may find you require additional gadgets and tools. The AeroPress comes with everything you need. But it’s important to remember that they create two different cups of coffee so aren’t really comparable.

Is AeroPress coffee or espresso?

The AeroPress is a versatile brewing device, so it's possible to create many kinds of coffee styles. These include espresso style, Americano or even cold brew.

How do you make an AeroPress latte?

To make a latte with an AeroPress, you will need to prepare your AeroPress coffee as espresso style. Then, it's simply a matter of adding warm milk to your coffee. You’ll need a milk frother if you want that perfect latte consistency, though.

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Common Aeropress Questions

Can you use an AeroPress as a pour over?

Strictly speaking, yes, you can use an AeroPress as a pour over. AeroPress have small filters, and you could pour the coffee into the device and allow it to drip through. However, for best results, you should use your AeroPress as intended.

How much does it cost to fill an AeroPress?

You can fill an AeroPress with as little as one scoop of coffee (15g). That means you can enjoy incredible-quality AeroPress coffee at the same price as a normal cup of coffee at home.

How long does an AeroPress last?

An AeroPress can last for years. The components can be replaced, such as the rubber seal and filter cap.

How often should you clean an AeroPress?

Regularly cleaning your AeroPress is important to ensure the best possible taste of coffee. We recommend rinsing out your AeroPress and washing it with normal washing up liquid after each use.

Who invented the AeroPress?

The AeroPress was invented by Alan Adler, an avid coffee fan whose aim was to create a new kind of portable espresso machine. Adler is a retired Stanford engineering lecturer and began work on creating his device in 2004.

Where was AeroPress invented?

The AeroPress was invented in California, USA by Alan Adler.

What should AeroPress coffee taste like?

AeroPress coffee has a rich, full-bodied taste and is perfect for the everyday coffee drinkers. Taste will depend on the coffee you choose but it’s possible to achieve light delicate bright cup of coffee, to rich fuller bodied coffee depending on grind, brew time and ratios.

How do you remove AeroPress seals?

AeroPress coffee contains roughly the same amount of caffeine as any other kind of coffee. Caffeine levels depend on the bean, the roast and that’s as true for AeroPress as it is for any other method.

Is AeroPress better than cafetiere?

Many coffee lovers prefer the rich, full-bodied taste of AeroPress, as it also has less sediments than a Cafetiere. However if you’re catering for a larger crowd than the Cafetiere will probably be your best option. We recommend trying both and seeing what’s best for you.

Is AeroPress unfiltered?

AeroPress coffee is filtered. There is a small paper filter that is placed in the AeroPress filter cap before use. It is also possible to experiment with using 2 filter papers or you can purchase reusable metal filters.

This is one of the many differences between AeroPress and French press/plunger coffee. Many people prefer the smooth taste of AeroPress for this reason.

Is AeroPress easy to clean?

An AeroPress is simple to clean after use. A quick wash with water will remove most coffee residue, and normal washing up liquid is safe to use on it.

Is AeroPress still the best?

The AeroPress was invented as an easy way to make coffee that isn’t too bitter, and that isn’t too acidic. When used as directed, and with good grounds, an AeroPress will make good coffee every time. However, we recommend trying several different kinds of coffee like French press, pourover and more to see what you prefer.

How can you tell an original AeroPress?

The original AeroPress has a transparent plastic cylinder and no logo near the plunger. More recent generations have green plastic and the AeroPress brand name. It can be difficult to tell counterfeit products from real ones, so we recommend buying a new AeroPress from a trusted source.

Are there different brands of AeroPress?

AeroPress manufacture the regular AeroPress, and the AeroPress Go. The Go model is slightly smaller and is intended for easy use when out and about, e.g., if you’re camping.

Can I use espresso beans for AeroPress?

Yes, you can use ground espresso beans in an AeroPress. That will give you a rich, full-bodied taste as espresso roasts tend to be darker. You can’t use unground beans to make coffee with an AeroPress, however.

Can you make cappuccino with an AeroPress?

Yes, you can use an AeroPress to make the base espresso style coffee before adding the milk and chocolate which creates a cappuccino. Bear in mind, though, that you need to froth the milk to a particular consistency to make a proper cappuccino.

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Coffee Pods

Common Coffee Pod Questions

Which are best coffee pods?

At Rave, we offer high-quality blends, single origin & decaf coffee pods which are designed to leave you with great coffee, quickly and easily. Our pods are affordable, industrial compostable and great tasting.

Do coffee pods fit all machines?

Our coffee pods are the shape of the original style Nespresso pods. There are a great number of household coffee machines, including Nespresso and Opal. We offer a simple 100% satisfaction guarantee on our pods, giving you the chance to try something new. If you're not sure whether our coffee pods will fit your machine, don't hesitate to get in touch today.

What are in coffee pods?

Rave Coffee pods are filled with 100% freshly roasted & ground coffee.

What coffee pods are not plastic?

None of the coffee pods we sell at Rave Coffee are traditional plastic. All the coffee pods we offer are industrial compostable, meaning you can enjoy incredible tasting coffee without hurting the environment
or contributing to landfill.

Are there different sizes of coffee pods?

Yes, there are different sizes of coffee pods. So, you need to make certain that you're choosing coffee pods that fit your machine. Here at Rave, we offer coffee pods of a standard size to fit Nespresso and Opal machines. If you're not sure whether our range of espresso coffee pods will suit your machines at home, don't hesitate to get in touch today.

Are coffee pod machines worth it?

Yes, they are: a coffee pod machine can help you to enjoy great coffee at home, with just the click of a button. They are faster and easier than traditional coffee brewing methods, such as a French press. At Rave, we offer the same high-quality coffee in our capsules as we do ground or in beans.

Are coffee pods filtered?

Coffee pods are essentially like coffee tea bags. The coffee in a coffee pod comes wrapped in a paper filter. We know that when you're making a cup of coffee at home, you want to enjoy a great taste without risking a bitter coffee; our filtered coffee pods make incredible coffees, and our variety means you can enjoy a soothing cup or a coffee with a kick.

What do you do with coffee pods?

Coffee pods are easy to use: just pop them into your machine with a gentle click and wait until your drink is ready! Then unlike other coffee pods, you can take your Rave pods and compost them, by putting them in your food waste collection bin. We firmly believe that coffee should be sustainable, and this is one way of achieving that goal.

Are coffee pods safe?

Absolutely. All our coffee pods are safety tested to stringent standards. Our capsules are industrial compostable, and don’t contain anything toxic.

What kind of pods are there?

There are many different kinds of capsules available, some of which are limited to certain machines. Here at Rave, we offer Opal and Nespresso compatible capsules.

Can you use coffee pods without a machine?

No, you need to use our capsules with a coffee pod machine. Which machine you use is up to you. If you would prefer making coffee without a pod machine, consider using something like a French press or an AeroPress with normal coffee grounds, or make pourover coffee with a filter instead.

How do I dispose of compostable coffee pods?

Our capsules are 100% industrially compostable, meaning that they will break down over time. Check with your local authority to see if they are able to accept ‘industrally compostable items’. You can pop them in your compost waste or in the bin where they will break down naturally. Unfortunately they will take longer to decompose without the correct heat conditions.

Are there any coffee pods that are recyclable?

At Rave, we only provide industrial compostable coffee capsules. We are fully committed to reducing our environmental impact—as such, we provide only sustainable coffee pods that you can dispose of responsibly.

Do coffee pods make good coffee?

Yes, our coffee pods make great tasting coffee. They are made using freshly roasted & ground coffee with rich flavor notes to ensure you enjoy the best cup of coffee at home. If you aren't a fan of espresso, you can also use the coffee from these capsules as the base to create other kinds of coffee, such as americano, cappuccino and latte.

How much does a coffee pod cost?

Our coffee pods are extremely affordable. From as little as £3.25 for 10 capsules, you can enjoy a cafe, barista style cup from as little as 32p!

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Common Coffee Pod Questions

What is the difference between pods and capsules?

There isn't a difference between coffee pods and capsules. They're just two different terms for the same product.

Are coffee pods bad for cholesterol?

Coffee pods are nothing
to do with cholesterol. Cholesterol is a lipid (a kind of fat) found in certain
foods. Coffee and coffee pods don’t contain that fat.

Do coffee pods increase cholesterol?

No, coffee pods are nothing to do with cholesterol. Cholesterol is a specific kind of fat that isn’t present in coffee.

What is the healthiest coffee?

In most coffees, it isn't the coffee itself that's the problem. Instead, it's the addition of milk, sugar and other ingredients that cause coffee to become unhealthy. Our espresso capsules are some of the healthiest kinds of coffee you can enjoy at home.

Are coffee pods good for the garden?

Our coffee pods are industrially compostable and so need to be put into your food waste collection, to reach the correct composting conditions. You can put them in your home compost but it will probably take longer for them to decompose effectively due to conditions.

How do you use coffee pods?

Coffee pods are designed to be the easiest way to make good coffee. You take the capsule and pop it in the machine; then, you press a button, and the machine makes the coffee for you. When it’s done, you dispose of the coffee pod.

Are aluminium coffee capsules safe?

Aluminium coffee capsules are safe to use, and are recyclable, too. That being said, we recommend our Rave coffee pods, which are industrially compostable!

What do you do with expired coffee pods?

If your Rave pods have expired, you can pop them in your compost for your garden or put them in your normal bin—this isn’t a problem as they degrade easily.

How much caffeine is in a coffee pod?

That depends on what kind of pod you choose to enjoy. Different pods contain different coffee beans, meaning they contain different levels of caffeine.

Are there different types of coffee capsules?

Yes, there are. Some are designed to fit certain kinds of coffee capsule machines; certain brands are known for only allowing their machines to process brand-specific capsules.

Can you just add hot water to coffee pods?

No, you can't just add water to coffee pods. Coffee machines force the water through your pod at a high enough pressure to infuse with the coffee inside. Simply adding hot water to a coffee pod will not be enough to extract the subtle flavours of chocolate, fruits, nuts and the beans themselves. It’s similar to how you can’t make an espresso just by pouring a little hot water on some coffee grounds; the pressure is an essential part of the process.

Can you open coffee pods?

If you open your coffee pods, they will no longer work in your machine. Our capsules are specifically designed to fit most standard Nespresso compatible machines. Tampering with them in any way may prevent them from working and could cause damage to your machine.

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Coffee Gifts

Common Coffee Gift Questions

What is a good coffee gift?

There are plenty of great gifts for coffee lovers available from Rave. In addition to complete gift sets, coffee bundles and gift cards, we offer accessories, clothing and much more. If you're looking for specialist coffee gifts for a loved one, don't hesitate to shop our diverse range today.

What do you put in a coffee gift basket?

There are plenty of things you can put in a coffee gift basket, including artisanal coffee beans, cold brew coffee, coffee makers and the perfect coffee gift sets. Whether you're looking for a premade gift basket, or you want to put together your own basket full of coffee lover gifts, shop Rave Coffee's diverse range today.

Coffee cups, storage containers, tampers, and more all make perfect gifts as part of a gift basket. It all depends on what you want to spend!

What should I ask a coffee lover?

Make sure you ask any coffee lover what their favourite beverage is. They'll probably be more than happy to tell you, and, when Christmas or their birthday comes around, you can start with buying them that! Asking questions about how they take their coffee also helps give an idea of whether or not they want a specific grind of coffee or whole beans. Finally, if it's for someone who loves homemade coffee, make sure to ask them about their favourite brew method.

Most coffee lovers are more than happy to talk about their favourite beverages so, if you're struggling for coffee gift ideas, don't hesitate to ask! Even if you settle on a ceramic mug and a bag of coffee beans, it's important you choose the right coffee beans.

Which is the best coffee?

That is entirely a matter of opinion. Some people like coffee rich and dark, whereas others prefer it to be light and fruity. Some people prefer their coffee black and strong, whereas some prefer it milky and soothing. There's no such thing as the "best" coffee, but there are coffee beans with bold, unique flavours which can really make them stand out. If you're looking for a coffee gift, the best thing to do is ask the person what kind of coffee they like and pick that.

How do you appreciate good coffee?

There's nothing better than a great cup of coffee, but there are some things that can enhance the entire experience. For example, you could try grinding your own beans right before you brew your coffee; or, you could try a different method of making it, like AeroPress or pourover. Or, you could try lots of different kinds of coffee to compare and contrast them: light and dark roasts, single origins, or blends for example.

The most important thing is to make time to enjoy your coffee, whether you’re grinding your whole beans at home, or enjoying the convenience of pre-ground beans. Sit back, relax, and actively enjoy it—that’s what good coffee beans are for.

What is a coffee lover called?

There are plenty of nicknames for people who love coffee. Some people call them "coffee addicts", "coffee fanatic", or a "coffee fan". Whatever they call themselves, coffee lovers are united by their common love of coffee beans, and their enthusiasm for all things coffee.

How do you make a coffee gift pack?

There is practically no limit on what you can put into a coffee gift pack. The most important thing is making it personal to the person you’re giving it to. For example, choose coffee beans which reflect their personal tastes! You can check out our quiz to help you find the right match. You can also look at our gift set section on our website.

How do you make a good coffee gift pack?

There are several ways to make a good coffee gift pack. The first is choosing the right beans and grind to suit the preferences of the person you're buying for. Check out our quiz to help you find a coffee suited to them.

Besides that, any of the little accessories that are needed for brewing coffee are great: things like grinders, tampers and scales. There's no such thing as too much coffee kit!

How do you put together a coffee gift pack?

Putting together a coffee gift pack for someone can seem like a daunting task, but all you need is to put yourself in their shoes and think about what they like. A great way to start it by getting them some basic coffee gifts, such as whole or ground beans that match their tastes.

For example, if they love cold brew coffee, our cold brew gift set would be perfect for them! If they enjoy receiving new gadgets as gifts, they'll probably love a set of digital coffee scales. And if they’re always having coffee on the go, a Rave KeepCup would be ideal.

What is a coffee aficionado?

A coffee aficionado is someone who is extremely passionate and knowledgeable about their coffee. Normally coffee lovers, the coffee aficionado can explain how best to brew certain coffee beans, where their favourite coffees come from and can identify the underlying tastes in the bitterest of espresso.

How do you make coffee taste special?

If you're looking to make coffee taste special, you need to use high-quality, coffee beans and ensure you follow the correct method. If you prefer a sweet or fruitier taste, then opt for a lighter roasted or if you prefer more chocolatey full-bodied coffees then opt for a darker roasted coffee.

How would you describe delicious coffee?

That depends on how you like your coffee! Good coffee is described as deep, rich and flavoursome. However, some people prefer their coffee to be light and sweet. It all depends on your own personal flavour profile. No one type of coffee is better than any other; the quality comes from proper preparation, loving coffee roasting and high-quality coffee beans from around the world.

What are some coffee flavours?

Some of the most common flavours include chocolate, caramel and nuts. However, here at Rave, we offer a diverse range of coffee flavours which make perfect gifts for coffee lovers. We can provide coffees designed to complement nut lovers, fruit lovers, chocolate lovers and citrus lovers. Whether you’re looking for coffee gifts or unique coffee flavours, check out our full range of coffee today.

What are nicknames for coffee?

Common nicknames for coffee include Java, Joe and Mocha. Coffee itself has many different origins and types.

What does a cup of coffee symbolize?

A cup of coffee can symbolise a great many things, from that first caffeine hit in the morning to a relaxing mug after a large meal. Whether you're racing to enjoy a sweet, sugar-filled cold brew, or a deep, rich mug of coffee before settling into your office chair, a cup of coffee can symbolise many things to many people.

Are you a coffee snob?

A coffee snob is someone who cares deeply about what kind of coffee they are drinking. Coffee snobs judge their beverage based on quality and taste, and they want won’t settle for fast, cheap coffee from any supermarket or high street chain. You will most definetly see them rolling their eyes and tutting loudly at an order for a Mocha, Choco, triply syrup, Soya, half dash cinnamon, with whipped cream… If that sounds like you, then yeah!

How long does it take to make a good cup of coffee?

The length of time it will take to make a good cup of coffee is entirely dependent on your skill level, the type of coffee you're making and the equipment that you own. While there are many different types of brewing methods, simple drip coffees can be brewed in less than five minutes. The important thing is to give your coffee the right time to brew, whether you use drip, cafetiere, or espresso.

Which brand of coffee is not bitter?

Taste is extremely subjective. Everyone likes their coffee slightly different! However, the best way to get consistently good coffee is to follow the correct recipe for your chosen brew method and use fresh beans.

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Knowledge Base

How to Make Coffee

Coffee Making FAQs

How do you make coffee step by step?

We have a selection of Brew Guide videos on the website that walk you through the different methods. The most common way to make coffee is using a cafetière or French Press.

First, boil water in a kettle, preferably using filtered water.

Place coarse ground coffee into a cafetière (60g coffee to 1000g water) . Pour hot, but not boiling, water onto the ground coffee until it is fully saturated. Allow to steep for 4 minutes - then stir, breaking the crust that has formed on the surface. Leave to stand for a further 5 minutes during which the coffee should sink/settle.

Place the lid on the cafetière and plunge, this should be smooth and slow (you don’t need to squash the bed of coffee at the bottom of the cafetière). Pour into warmed cups & enjoy.

How to make coffee at home

Head over to the Rave website to watch our Brew Guide Videos.

When making coffee at home, the first step is to ensure that you're using quality coffee beans or ground coffee. If your coffee beans aren't pre-ground, or you don't have a coffee maker with a built-in grinder, you'll need to grind them yourself.

Once you've got your freshly ground coffee, add the required amount to the cafetière (French press). Then fill the cafetière with the required amount of hot water.

Make sure the water isn't completely boiling, as this can often burn the coffee. It can be a good idea to let the water stand for 1 minute after boiling. Make sure you give your coffee enough time to brew, and stir thoroughly to get the full flavour out of your ground coffee. Once your coffee has brewed, it can be a good idea to decant it so as not to over extract the coffee.

How do you make coffee (for beginners)

If you're sick of instant coffee and you don't have a coffee machine at home, it can be intimidating to start brewing your own artisanal coffee. If you're looking to enjoy amazing coffee at home, we'd recommend starting with a cafetière (French press). Cafetière coffee is a great balance with subtle tasting notes without being too overwhelming.

If you're a coffee lover or one of the UK's budding coffee makers, some of the best tips to remember include:

● Don't use boiling water.

● Weigh your coffee and your water.

● Give your coffee time to brew.

● Keep your cafetière (french press) clean.

● Don't be afraid of trying new coffee beans.

Head over to our brew guide videos, where we breakdown our recommended way of brewing for each method.

How do you make a cup of coffee?

Using ground coffee beans is a little more complicated and depends on the equipment you have available. However, it will always result in a significantly better and more enjoyable cup of coffee.

In our opinion, you should either use a stovetop espresso maker on medium heat, moka pot, cafetiere, coffee machine or French press to get the most out of your cup of coffee. Whatever your brewing method, if you follow our step-by-step guide, you should be left with the perfect solution to your caffeine fix.

How much coffee do I use for 4 cups of water?

We recommend using 15g of coffee per 250ml water. Therefore for 4 cups (1000ml) you will need 60g of coffee. Feel free to adjust to taste.

How do you make coffee with milk?

There are a few ways to make coffee with milk. The easiest is to add a dash to your brew; or, you can froth the milk to make a latte or a cappuccino. You can choose between dairy or plant milk, too: whatever suits you best.

How can I make coffee at home without a machine?

There are many methods for brewing coffee, most people have a Cafetiere/French press in the back of a cupboard, but if you dont have any equipment you can pick up equipment quite cheaply.

How do you make a quick cup of coffee?

Making a quick cup of coffee is easy with the right tools. A drip coffee maker can be bought at most large supermarkets or home stores and will make your morning brew fairly quickly.

How many scoops of coffee do I need for 1 cup?

Scoops can be a pretty inaccurate way of measuring coffee - we always recommending using scales for a consistent approach. The general rule is 15g of coffee per cup (250ml of water).

What is the correct ratio of coffee to water?

A good starting ratio for filter & immersion brew methods is 15g of coffee to 250ml of water. Use this as a starting point and then if too strong reduce the coffee, or too weak increase the coffee, Bear in mind the grind size will effect extraction also. So, try and only change one thing at a time and keep notes of what worked.

How much coffee should you put in a cup?

For one cup of coffee, measure out 15g of grounds per cup. For stronger coffee, experiment with adding more ground coffee. If you're using an espresso machine or moka pot, follow the instructions provided with your chosen device.

What kind of milk is used in coffee?

Coffee can be made with a variety of different milks. Most commonly, coffee will be made with either dairy milk or soy milk. However, oat, almond and rice milk are also very common alternatives to dairy or soy. If you want to create barista-quality coffee, frothing your milk can be a great way of getting a coffee shop-style drink at home.

Can coffee be made with just milk?

No we wouldn't recommend it. The taste won't be as strong, and you may have a difficult time getting it to taste good.

What is a coffee with milk called?

A coffee with milk is referred to as a latte. If you're using soy or almond milk, you can also refer to it as a soy latte or almond latte. There are other kinds of coffee which contain milk, such as cappuccino and flat white. However, the latte is the classic espresso with milk. Learn how to make it with Rave.

Is boiling coffee bad?

Boiling coffee is bad for a few reasons. Firstly, it can make your coffee bitter. If you want to keep the bitterness down, we'd recommend using cold milk instead of hot milk. Secondly, boiling hot milk and water will increase the chances of scalding and burning your mouth and throat. While some people enjoy drinking scalding coffee, we wouldn't recommend it. Simply use close-to-boiling water, or boiling water mixed with a small amount of cold water, to brew your coffee before adding milk. Learn everything you need to know about making coffee with Rave.

Can we boil coffee with milk?

It’s best not to make coffee with boiling water or milk. That’s because the temperature affects the taste of the coffee. For best results, use water that is just shy of boiling and milk no hotter than 70 degrees Celsius so as not to denature the proteins.

How do you make coffee without milk in a coffee maker?

It is possible to make coffee without milk in a coffee maker. Simply add water and ground coffee beans into your machine before turning it on. With some machines, simply adding hot water will suffice. If you want to make the strongest cup of coffee, we'd recommend using an espresso machine or moka pot instead. Then, just don’t add milk to it. If your machine has a range of different settings, you may be able to choose an espresso or black coffee setting.

How is ground coffee made?

Coffee grounds are made by grinding whole beans down to a fine powder using a burr coffee grinder. If you want to make the perfect cup of coffee, we recommend using freshly ground coffee in the brewing process.

Using a coffee grinder, grind your coffee beans down to the required grind size to your chosen brew method.

How do you make coffee with just water?

There are many methods of brewing only with water, from filter drip through to espresso based drinks such as an Americano. Head over to our brew guide videos, where we take you through our recommended methods to brew many of which only use water.

What are the different methods of preparation for coffee?

There are many different methods of coffee preparation. The two main methods are filter drip and espresso. Among these, there are several variations including cafetière (french press), moka pot (stovetop) and Aeropress. Generally, a filter dripper such as a v60 or espresso will deliver the best, most flavoursome results although this is down to your own personal preference.

How much coffee do I use for 8 cups of water?

We recommend 15g of coffee to 250ml of water. For 8 cups = 120g coffee to 2000ml of water. You can of course adjust to taste.

How much coffee do I use for 5 cups of water?

We recommend 15g of coffee to 250ml of water. For 5 cups = 75g of coffee to 1250ml of water. You can of course adjust to taste.

What is the size of a coffee scoop?

Scoops and tablespoons come in many shapes and sizes and then wether you heap or level your grounds will affect the overal weights. The best way to make a consistent brew is with a set of digital scales.

How many tablespoons of coffee should you drink a day?

The exact amount you should drink depends on your weight, diet and other factors. A general rule is that you shouldn't consume more than 4-5 cups of caffeinated coffee a day, which equates to around 8-10 tablespoons. If you're pregnant or lactating, different rules apply and we don't recommend drinking any coffee at all. Rave coffee do several decaffeinated coffees that are a great option if you are looking at cutting back on your caffeine intake.

Is coffee better with water or milk?

Coffee is brewed with water to extract the coffee favours and aromas (including espresso) - you can add milk to most brew methods, or if you like your coffee milky opt for a latte or cappuccino.

Can I make coffee without water?

No. Unfortunately you need water to extract the flavours from the ground coffee beans.

How hot should milk be for coffee?

For best results, we'd recommend using steamed or frothed milk. When you steam your milk, be sure to use a temperature of around 60-65⁰C (140-150⁰F). Anything above 68⁰ (155⁰F) you risk degrading the milk which will affect the smell, taste and texture of the milk.

Does coffee burn with hot water?

If you use boiling water, you can burn your coffee grounds, leading to a bitter-tasting coffee. Hot water is essential for making coffee, but boiling water can cause your coffee to taste unpleasant.

Generally, we recommend lifting the lid on your kettle once boiled and waiting 30-60 seconds.

How long should I brew coffee?

Brewing time can impact your coffee. Different brew methods require different brew times, for example a Moka pot is not the same as a cafetière. Head over to our brew guides, where we breakdown how best to brew for each method.

Is black coffee and filter coffee same?

The term black coffee refers to a coffee brewed without the addition of milk. Tradtionally if you order an Americano or Long black you can expect this to be served without milk, but it’s quite common place to ask for milk these days.

Filter coffee is a type of brew method that creates a black coffee, again it is the choice of the consumer if they wish to add milk.

How do you make coffee froth without a machine

The best way is using a handheld milk wand. You can find these for sale on any large online retailer.

How do you make coffee designs at home?

The simplest way is to use chocolate powder and a stencil to create unique, fun coffee designs at home. Or if you’re feeling professional, you can learn how to make barista-style latte art designs with a milk jug and some patience!

How do you make a simple coffee?

To make a simple coffee, you'll need to brew your coffee and add milk (cold or steamed) to taste. You can also add sweeteners, such as sugar or syrup. It really is as simple as that.

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Rave Coffee Subscription FAQs

Am I locked into my monthly coffee subscription?

No, of course not. You can cancel your coffee subscription at any time directly from your customer portal.

Can I buy the coffee subscription as a gift?

Yes, you can. On the personaliser just select "Gift", you can select the duration and when you would like it delivered. This is pre-paid so you just make one upfront payment.

I want the first delivery gift wrapped, is that something you can do for me?

Yes: just select ‘gift wrap’ and leave a
personal message and we'll take care of it for you.

I want my gift subscription to arrive on a specific day, how can I do this?

You are able to select the date that you want to subscription to start on. We will do our best to despatch the coffee to arrive on this date.

Are coffee subscriptions worth it?

Yes, they are. If you drink coffee regularly, or you're looking to experiment with a wider range of quality coffee, a coffee subscription box is perfect for you.

What is the cheapest coffee subscription?

In our experience, the cheapest coffee subscription is rarely worth it. The quality of coffee beans is likely to be no different than you'll find at the supermarket. Here at Rave, we provide gorgeous, speciality coffee as part of our subscription service. With our coffee club starting from as little as £7.95, you can enjoy great tasting coffee without having to break the bank.

Is there a monthly coffee subscription?

Yes! Here at Rave, we offer a monthly coffee subscription service, which is perfect for coffee drinkers looking to experience and discover new coffee. As a specialist, independent coffee roaster we offer two subscriptions - Traditional which if often a Medium - Dark roast with the classic & popular flavours like chocolate & nut. Our Discovery subscription pushes the boundaries slightly more and is often a lighter - medium roast and best drunk black due to the delicate fruity and floral notes.

Who has coffee subscriptions?

Rave Coffee offers one of the best coffee subscriptions in the UK. Our coffee club is perfect for coffee drinkers, whether you enjoy whole beans or ground coffee for espresso, cafetiere, or filter - you can even subscribe to our compostable Nespresso compatible coffee pods.

What are the best coffee beans to buy?

At Rave, we understand that everyone has different tastes and the best coffee is unique for each person. That's why we're dedicated to delivering a complete range of coffee styles, including different flavours and forms. Whether you're looking to enjoy freshly roasted coffee at home, or even treat a loved one to the best coffee subscription service in the UK, our coffee club is the perfect subscription.

How much would you pay for a cup of coffee?

That depends on the kind of coffee and where in the country you are. In most high-street coffee shops, you're looking to spend upwards of £3 on a coffee which may not even be of the highest quality. Here at Rave, we offer coffee subscription boxes from as little £7.95, meaning you can enjoy great coffee at a fraction of the price when compared to the high street.

Why do we pay so much for coffee?

There are a number of reasons why coffee is expensive. Firstly, coffee beans are heavily dependent on taste and quality. Secondly, they are imported from around the world, meaning they are expensive to get a hold of in the first place. Here at Rave, we work with independent coffee growers around the world, meaning we offer expertly curated coffee delivered to your door.

Why is instant coffee cheaper?

Instant coffee is definitely cheaper than traditionally roasted or ground coffee. Unfortunately, it's also often lower quality, hence the price. Instant coffee is sometimes made from the remainders of ground coffee, meaning coffee grinders care less about it than the more premium coffee bags. Here at Rave, we are dedicated to delivering high-quality coffee in all its forms, including whole beans and ground coffee.

What is artisanal coffee?

Artisanal coffee is the name given to specialist coffee which has been created by coffee professionals and treated with real love from growth to cup. Rave Coffee works with coffee specialists and farmers from around the world. Our artisanal coffee subscriptions are the perfect way to experience your favourite coffee or discover new coffee, with incredibly tasting notes, from your own coffee machine.

Is Rave Coffee ethical?

Yes! At Rave, we partner up with some of the very best coffee producers and ethical coffee business owners in the world. We are dedicated to delivering the best coffee subscriptions and specialist coffee, in addition to paying farmers and everyone involved fairly. We are also part of 1% For The Planet, which includes donating part of all our sales to environmental projects around the world.

Who offers coffee subscription?

Rave Coffee offers one of the best coffee subscriptions and gift subscriptions for coffee lovers. We work with producers from across the world, ensuring your beans are fresh and full of taste. Our coffee subscription services are second-to-none, featuring single origin coffees, compostable pods and much more. For better coffee delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly to your door, join our coffee club today.

What coffee subscription is best?

Rave offers one of the best coffee subscriptions in the UK, with dark roast, medium roast and light roast coffees to suit your tastebuds. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for coffee lovers, or quality coffee subscription services, join our monthly coffee club today.

What is a coffee subscription?

At Rave we offer ‘Subscribe & Save’ on some of our most popular products so you can get them at a reduced priced and automatically billed and delivered at a frequency that suits you.

We also offer our Coffee Club Subscription this is a different exclusive Single Origin coffee every month, these will be from different origins, a variety of processing methods and roasts so you can really explore the world of coffee. There are two options to choose from Traditional or Discovery. Every month you will receive a monthly educational pieces - as we believe the more you know about coffee the better it tastes!

Is Rave coffee Fairtrade?

If anything we tend not to buy Fairtrade certified coffee as the cost of the certification is really only feasible to larger-scale coffee farms and the smallholder producers we support generally cannot afford the certification and work it entails. ‪It impacts their already very slim if not non-existent margins on the cost of production.‬ By and large we pay well over the Fairtrade price‬.

A recent development is that now the commodity pricing for arabica has exceeded the Fairtrade minimums, there has been less incentive for producers to invest in the model. We believe that farmers deserve and need a higher price for their coffee than even Fairtrade is willing to pay.

What is the most ethical coffee brand?

At Rave, our commitment to our growers, producers and customers makes us one of the most ethical coffee brands in the UK. We donate a portion of all our sales to environmental causes. Our monthly deliveries of coffee are one of the most ethical and convenient ways to enjoy coffee, whatever your favourite brew method.

Which coffee brands are Fairtrade?

There are a wide range of coffee brands to enjoy which are Fairtrade. However, Fairtrade doesn't necessarily mean eco-friendly. Here at Rave, we not only partner with independent coffee roasters and coffee farmers, we also limit the amount of packaging we use on all our products. That means our coffee bags and subscription boxes are environmental-friendly. Where possible, we make our packaging recyclable, allowing us to reduce our impact on the environment and keep the cost of a speciality coffee subscription box low.

Is it cheaper to buy coffee beans?

Here at Rave, we are dedicated to keeping our coffee costs low, whether you buy whole beans or ground coffee and do not charge to have your coffee ground. Our specialist coffee subscription box is one of the cheapest and most enjoyable ways to experience traditional coffees, in addition to exciting new discovery coffees with a wide range of tasting notes that change each month.

How much coffee comes in a subscription box?

That's completely up to you! Each specialist coffee box contains as much or as little coffee as you like. Our bags are 250g each and you can choose how many you’d like to receive in each box. We can also provide a variety of coffee types, allowing you and any other coffee lovers to experience a wide range of tasting notes, whether that be traditional or discovery or both. If you're looking to completely cut out café bar coffee and enjoy speciality coffee from the comfort of your own home, our subscription boxes are the perfect choice.

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