How to Brew Coffee
Coffee is an individual thing. The right way to make it depends on what you like about it most.
It is true that mastering the basics will help you perfect your technique. We encourage you to play around with various roasts, origins, or methods of preparation.
Here are our top tips on how to prepare traditional cups of coffee.
Be sure that the tools including filters and grinders for beans to coffee makers are cleaned thoroughly following each use.
Rinse the coffee with clean, hot water (or wipe it clean) Dry with a soft towel. It’s essential to ensure that no grounds are left to accumulate and there’s no build-up of coffee oils (caffeoyl) which can cause future coffee cups to taste rancid and bitter.
A great cup of coffee begins with good beans. The flavor and quality of your coffee is not just determined by your preferred coffee brewing method, but also by the kind of coffee you pick.
The flavor elements include:
- The country and the region of origin
- The variety of bean – arabica, robusta – or a mix
- The roast type
- The texture of your grind
Although there are lots of options, keep in mind that there is no right or wrong — for instance, you could choose a dark, delicious espresso roast coffee and grind it so that it can be brewed through drip systems. Try and enjoy diverse combinations.
If you buy beans that are whole, you must grind your beans just prior to the brewing time as you can to get the maximum freshness. A burr or mill grinder is recommended since the coffee is ground in a consistent manner.
Blade grinders are less preferred because certain coffees are ground with greater precision than the rest. If you normally grind the coffee you make at home with a blade grinder, try grinding it at the grocery store using one of the burr grinders – you’ll be amazed at the differences! (Whichever choice you make ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines when using your machine and take note of any necessary safety considerations.)
The grind’s size is vital to the flavor of your coffee. If your coffee has a bitter taste it could be because you have over-extracted or ground it to a fine. On the other hand, when your coffee smells dry, it is likely to be under-extracted. That means the grind isn’t as fine.
If you don’t want to think so much about every step that you should take before making a quality cup of coffee we can suggest you simply order coffee online and stop worrying if it will be good!
The water you drink is vital to the overall quality of your cup of coffee. Use filtered or bottled water if the water you get from your tap is not good and has an unpleasant smell or taste, like chlorine.
If you’re using tap water, let it run for a few seconds prior to filling your coffee pot, and ensure you’re using cold water. Avoid softened or distilled water.