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How Temperature Impacts Your Coffee

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Welcome Alix Nathan, an expert roaster who owns and operates the Mark Spencer Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Kenneth and Alix discuss how temperature impacts the flavor and, therefore, your enjoyment of your coffee. This episode will enable you to identify and create the correct brewing and drinking temperatures for the style of coffee you like to drink.
They cover the impact it has on the speed at which the brewing process takes place, atmospheric pressure, and the way coffee aroma and the various flavor profiles are released at different temperature points. Why drinking your coffee when it is piping hot means you are missing out on some of the aroma and taste profiles, is also explained.


  • The higher the temperature the quicker the extraction,
  • Temperatures above 205F can run the risk of ‘over-extracting’ the coffee and lead to a bitter taste.
  • At 5,000 feet above sea level the boiling point drops by 10 degrees. How you can combat this temp differential is explained in the podcast.
  • Using a gooseneck kettle makes it easy to measure the temperature of the water.
  • There are even temperature rules for cold brew, all of which are discussed in the podcast.
  • Drinking temperature matters because flavor and aroma perception aren’t even reasonably possible until you get around 176F.
  • Studies show that most people like to drink their coffee at about 136F.
  • You won´t taste the sweetness in the cup until your coffee drops to about 111F!


‘Coffee has over 1000 compounds that affect aroma and taste. ´

‘For lighter roast, you may want to brew on the higher end of the temp range … for darker roast, you may want to brew at the lower end.’

‘Where you really start to enjoy the coffee is a few minutes in, when the coffee's had time to cool off a little.’



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At Umble Coffee, we only roast specialty-grade arabica coffee from around the world with cupping scores 84 and above. Don’t sabotage yourself in pursuing your goals - drink coffee that tastes better and is better for you. No crash, great taste, and better long-term health benefits. That’s Umble Coffee. 



As a coffee lover, physician, chemical engineer, serial entrepreneur, competitive runner, writer, and family man, Kenneth knows what it’s like to push yourself to achieve goals very few accomplish. He’s one of the best specialty coffee roasters in the United States as he’s a multi-year US Coffee Roasters’ Competition Finalist. He created Umble Coffee Co with the belief that, if sourced and roasted right, coffee can taste phenomenal and be good for you.

“Life’s too short to drink bad coffee.”

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