This article will point out some of the top tips to greatly increase the odds of enjoying a high quality cup of coffee in the comfort of your own home.
1. Buying High Grade Coffee Beans
While the low grade coffee beans may be cheaper in price, it does not do well to scrimp on cost when it means scrimping on taste as well. The greatest difference between a good cup of coffee and an average cup is the quality of the coffee beans. This is where the head coffee roast-master Steve has done his homework, and the homework has paid off connecting us to some of the most quality-conscious coffee brokers in the United States. This ensures we are able to purchase some of the best green beans available.
2. Using Enough Coffee
Simple as it may seem, the amount of coffee used could arguably be the greatest influence on the quality of your drink. The recommended coffee brewing ratio is two tablespoons of ground coffee beans for every six-ounce cup, even if you enjoy a weaker coffee. My partner Paul tends to spoon three scoops of whole coffee beans into his grinder each morning for an eight-ounce cup; therefore, the calculation standards at approximately .45 per cup. I do apologize for the confusion, but the issue with Paul brought up the overwhelming idea that a great part of this problem is that everyone is using different measurements and, ultimately, ending up with different coffee quality despite using the same beans.
3. Storing The Coffee Correctly
To store coffee beans correctly, one would assume that it would be in an airtight glass jar typically at room temperature in a dry cabinet away from light. Oddly enough, people I have spoken to recently note that they enjoy keeping coffee in the freezer and some have merely given up on a ‘correct’ way to store the beans. It seems storing is important, but let us say that at least the freezer shouldn’t be a good idea as there is the risk of condensation inside the jar.
4. Correct Coffee Grinding
The best method to “have a good grind” is by purchasing an effective coffee grinder and grinding beans at home immediately before brewing. Personally, I am a great fan of the traditional hand-held German coffee mills from yesteryear; they are far quieter, have a beautiful aesthetic, and have a fantastic set of tooled gears inside. They are simple to use and do not heat the beans, plus there is a ten-year warranty! For older styles, yet quite modern when it comes to the coffee grinding mechanism, these items can be found online.
If you are not a fan of older machines and are interested in the modern electronic options, I would recommend the burr grinders. Similar to the traditional hand driven mills, the burr grinders grind the coffee as opposed to the chopping that so many of these new grinders choose to do. Of course, irrespective of the grinding method you choose, it is important to consider the amount of time spent on the coffee grinding. The ideal time is a fifteen count. Once you are happy with the timing, the burr grinder will offer several presetting features allowing you to gain consistency when it comes to grind time.
If you prefer the blade, stop the grinding a few times to allow for shaking ensuring you have a consistent and even coffee grind throughout. It is seen that too fine a grind will be bitter, but too coarse can lose flavor.
5. Good Machine
There are plenty of great ways to make coffee out there nowadays, however many people find that newer machines provide the most consistent coffee making experience. Coffee makers such as those offered here on kitchenapplianceexpert.com have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and are capable of easily making the same cup, time and time again. Well worth the investment.
6. Using Better Water
Due to the fact that nearly all of the drink is water, not coffee, it is clear that the better the water used, the better the taste. Filtered water can be highly beneficial as part of a coffee brew despite you not recognizing the switch from tap to filter. It is important that you check to not over boil the water as this can ruin the flavor.
Final Words On The Matter
When used in conjunction, the five points may seem relatively simple; however, they can be quite difficult to adhere to when creating a cup of coffee. Of course, by using these steps you will be sure to create the ideal cup of coffee and pave the way for brewing far more enjoyable future cups of coffee. Once all these points are in place, the next step is merely to put them to work in making and enjoying the really fantastic tasting coffee. You could even take it one step further and go to one of many barrista training courses to learn how to make that perfect cup of coffee!