Originally published in the March/April 2010 issue of Zymurgy magazine.
When homebrewers want to venture away from Reinheitsgebot approved ingredients or traditional beer styles, one of the first places many turn to is another favorite beverage: coffee. Coffee shares many of the roasted flavors found in dark malts and is a natural choice to add complexity to a porter or stout, or to add a new dimension to a lighter beer style. But before you go throwing your morning cup of joe into a fermenter, there are a number of things you need to consider to end up with a quality coffee infused beer.
Type of Coffee
As we all know, a beer will only be as good as the ingredients we put into it, and this is certainly true when using coffee. Luckily for us a specialty coffee …