Do you ever find your coffee tasting bitter? Or something just doesn’t seem right? Life is way too short to settle on a mediocre cup of coffee. Why not learn how to make the best instead? Here are nine tips on making the best coffee, right in the comfort of your home.
1. Use Fresh Beans
This tip goes without saying! The fresher the bean, the fresher the coffee.
2. Grind, then Brew
Coffee is better when you grind the beans and then make the coffee. Some people like to grind all their beans at once and then store the ground coffee. It’s not that that won’t taste good; it just might not be the best cup it can be.
3. Best Storage
For optimum freshness, make sure you store your coffee (beans or grounds) in an airtight container to seal in the flavor or oils, and keep out any unwanted particles or odors that may mess with the flavor.
4. Cleaning Prevents Buildup
Regular cleaning and maintenance of your coffee machine and grinder helps to prevent any buildup of grounds, oils, and other residues that may be lurking and making your coffee taste “off.”
5. Cut the Bitterness
If you find you have a too-bitter tasting coffee, even after cleaning the machine and grinder, try putting a smidgen of salt at the bottom of the filter before you put your coffee grounds in to brew.
6. Choose Quality
A high-quality coffee makes a difference once it’s brewed. Even when on a budget, you can find good quality coffee if you know where to look, plus the good stuff goes on sale every so often.
7. The Filter Matters Too
Experts suggest that “oxygen-bleached” or “dioxin-free” paper coffee filters, or alternatively a long-lived gold-plated filter, can deliver maximum flavor.
8. Use the Right Amount
Don’t use tricks like using less coffee and hotter water—this tends to make for a very bitter brew. The proper strength is 2 level tablespoons per 6-ounce cup of coffee, or roughly 2 ¾ tablespoons per 8-ounce cup.
9. Beware the Heat
The proper brewing temperature is 200 degrees Fahrenheit, or 45 seconds off a full boil (good drip coffeemakers regulate this automatically). Too hot and it will extract compounds in the coffee that are bitter instead of pleasant.
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