Four Tips for the Best Coffee at Home
The definition of a “good” cup of coffee is relative. It all depends upon the individual taste of the person determining whether the cup of coffee is good or bad. Haven’t you ever wondered why there are so many different brands and blends of coffee? It’s this difference of opinion that makes the coffee industry tick. It also keeps the competitive spirit alive, and the prices down so most people can afford to buy coffee. No matter what brand, blend or grind of coffee makes the best tasting coffee in your opinion. (and your opinion is the only one that counts). Whether you prefer drip coffee, French press coffee, percolator coffee or espresso. There are a few simple things that will make your cup of coffee taste as good as it can.
The first secret of all good coffee is to begin the brewing process with a clean coffee maker. It doesn’t matter what the coffee maker is the principal remains the same. An automatic coffee maker, a percolator, an espresso machine, or a plain pot to boil water over a campfire. The cleanliness of the coffee maker has a great deal to do with the quality of the coffee that it produces. Coffee makers can be cleaned with any of the coffee cleaners available on the market today. These cleaners are also recommended by the manufacturer, will not void your warranty.
The second factor for making a good cup of coffee is the water that is used in the coffee-brewing process. Most of the water that comes through a tap has been treated with several chemicals. These chemicals affect the taste of brewed coffee. Use bottled or filtered water to make your next pot of coffee. You will be amazed at the improved taste.
The third secret and in my opinion the most important, is fresh coffee. The age of the roasted coffee beans can have a huge impact on the taste in the cup. If you decide to use pre-ground coffee, try getting your local cafe to grind some fresh beans for you to take home. Store them in an air tight container in a cool, dark place and try and use them as soon as possible. Don’t let them sit unused for too long. If you use whole beans, try purchasing these from a coffee roaster or buy the freshest beans that you can. Coffee beans are best stored the same way as pre-ground coffee. In an air tight container in a cool, dark place. Coffee beans will last longer than pre-ground coffee. Because the coffee bean has not been ground and not exposed to the air like pre-ground coffee beans. You will need a coffee grinder at home to take advantage of whole beans. A burr coffee grinder will give you consistent results. For recommended coffee grinders have a look at our shop.
The fourth factor for making a good cup of coffee is the ratio of coffee grounds to water. Remember that the more grounds that you use per cup of water, the stronger the coffee will be. Strength of coffee is a personal choice, so a little experimentation will be in order.
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