When brewing the perfect cup of coffee, you may think of things like what to add to the filter, or how much cream or sugar to use. The real trick to brewing the perfect cup of coffee stems down to these six tips first before you think of the other things.
1. Fresh Beans, and Keeping Them Fresh
Coffee is best when it’s used within days of being roasted to be sure you get the absolute freshest beans. But few of us have access to a local roaster, nor the ability to roast our own.
Oxygen and bright light are the worst in terms of flavor for roasted beans, so be wary of buying beans in bulk. This is because the storage tubes can get coated with coffee oils and then turn rancid.
The best types of coffee beans to get are packaged by quality-conscious roasters, sold in sturdy vacuum-sealed bags.
When you get your beans home, it is best to store them in an airtight container such as a glass canning jar or a ceramic storage crock with a rubber-gasket seal.
Keep your beans at room temperature and never refrigerate them. Roasted beans take up food odors and moisture as they are porous.
2. Choose Pure Coffee
The best kind of coffee to get is 100% Arabica beans. Cheap alternatives may contain Robusta beans for their higher caffeine content but harsh flavor. Always make sure you check the ingredients before purchasing from a brand you don’t know.
Specialty coffees that clearly label the country, region, or estate of origin provide a lifetime of tasty experiences.
3. Whole is Better, But Ground is Good Too
Using beans fresh ground before brewed tend to be best, because coffee starts to lose its quality almost immediately once it has been ground. However, finer grinds tend to produce more flavor, so make sure you have a good grinder or buy ground coffee.
There are lots of valid reasons why many people prefer ground over whole bean coffee. Some people don’t own a grinder themselves. Many more don’t have the time to grind whole beans into perfection; we are all so busy these days! A mess can be made by accident if you don’t use the grinder correctly, so for prevention’s sake from cleanup ground is a good way to go. Almost everyone needs their coffee to be ready to go, especially if they are heading to work, and ground can save some time. If noise is an issue, grinders can be pretty loud, so using ground can avoid disturbing the neighbors or kids while they’re sleeping.
Anyway, we totally get why some people prefer ground coffee over whole bean, and that’s why we have that option too!
4. Don’t Skimp Out
The proper strength standard measure is 2 level tablespoons per 6-ounce cup or about 2 ¾ tablespoons per 8-ounce cup. Using less coffee and hotter water tends to make a bitter brew.
5. Water Temperature
Proper brewing temperature should be 200°F, or about 45 seconds off a full boil. If the water is too hot, it will extract compounds in the coffee that are bitter rather than fully satisfying.
Even the best coffee can turn bitter and foul tasting after reheating, boiling, or prolonged holding on a warming platform. So drink up!
6. Regularly Clean Your Equipment
Be sure to regularly clean your coffee storage containers and grinders every few weeks to remove oily buildup. Clean your coffee maker monthly with a strong solution of vinegar or a specialty descaling product to dissolve any mineral deposits and thoroughly rinse before reuse.
With these tips we wish you happy brewing. May your next cup of coffee be divine!
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