If you’re anything like us, you’re constantly picking up and trying new coffees from a variety of roasters. But brewing new coffees can sometimes be a frustrating experience. One coffee-to-water ratio and grind setting might work great for your favorite beans, but result in a bitter, acidic cup with that new bag you recently picked up. You’re excited to try something different, but it takes some dialing in. Depending on the origin, process, and roast, a new bag of coffee might require a completely different recipe.

Our partners over at Barista Hustle created this handy brewed coffee compass to guide you in exploring new coffee flavors.

Whether you’re a coffee novice or looking to really hone your morning brew, this compass is a handy tool to play around with.
The Brewed Coffee Compass

The Brewed Coffee Compass is very simple to use:

  1. Brew a coffee.
  2. Taste it.
  3. If you experience any negative flavors, find them on the map (left).
  4. Those flavors are now the center of the compass (right).
  5. Find the direction you need to travel in order to get back in the green.
  6. When you brew the next cup, do whatever that arrow says.
  7. Rinse and repeat.

Please note, this compass doesn’t:

  • Work for espresso.
  • Take into account that your coffee might be of poor quality or roasted badly.
  • Care about brewing temperature. Just use boiling water.

May you hone your morning brew!