For most of us, starting off the day without a solid cup of coffee, is no way to start the day at all.
Probably 99% of us, continue topping up the cup through out the day as we go about our daily routine.
Some people don’t care much about it, and see it as a mere hot drink, others however, are passionate about the drink. The taste, the smell, and the way it makes them feel, they find it impossible to compromise on these key qualities that enriches their day.
Though every one can prepare cups of coffee, not every one can claim to make great cups of coffee.
The good news is that with the help of some basic steps when preparing your coffee, you and those you make coffee for will definitely notice a difference. So, let’s get started with our 10 steps, that will help ensure you understand the many ways to purchase and brew delicious coffee.
Find the right coffee.
It all starts with the right coffee.
You may not have realised this if you’e ever used outdated beans, the taste changes radically.
This is because the natural gases surrounding the beans, responsible for the flavour, have already escaped.
You should look into what the best roasters in your area are, and then purchase from someone, preferably that sources their products in an ethical way. This will just ensure your conscious is clear as you enjoy your cup of coffee.
Next, look at your local coffee shops. There aren’t many different methods to try, the best shops roast it themselves at the time of brewing, with others order smaller batches from roasters that are local to them.
Either way, you should know that coffee tends to reach its maximum amount of flavour in ther days after the roast. In order to preserve this taste, consumption should be done within a month of the roasted date.
Start with whole beans
It may be easier to go to the supermarket and pick jars of pre-ground coffee that’s been sat there for months, I assure you, fresh whole beans are the way to go.
This ensures that the coffee’s natural flavours stays with the oils of the beans. That oil can evaporate pretty quickly, shortly after the beans have been grounded, meaning the coffee jar at the supermarket is sure to have lost all its flavour long before it made its way to the shop.
Invest in a good grinder
For the right beans, the right grinder is also required.
The best electric burr grinders will prove to be the best purchase for your home brewing station.
When to grind
For the utmost flavours your raw beans should be grinded immediately before brewing, to preserve as much of the natural flavours we’ve discussed, as possible.
Don’t try and do it all at once though, grinding all your beans in one go, is one sure way to ensure they’re no longer fresh later on.
Grind only as much as you’ll need for the time.
It’s in the little details good cups of coffee can be turned into great cups of coffee, Don’t settle for eye-measurements, spoon scooping until it ‘feels right.’
Knowing the precise weight of coffee, will ensue you have acquired a reliable and repeatedly brilliant way of making coffee.
Brew at the right temperature
There will be a little trial and error initially while attempting to discovering the ultimate brewing method that suits your tastebuds best, will reinforce the experience.
Automatic drip coffeemaker tend to brew a mild pot of coffee, whereas if you’re after a bolder, stronger flavour, a fresh press offers this.
The right temperature to brew your coffee is between 90.5 to 96.1 C / 195 to 205 F.
A pour-over setup
Taking control of the brewing process is crucial in order to extract all the flavours that are locked in your beans, consider using pour-over set up.
A pourover device gives you full control over every aspect of the brewing process, as well as the ability to try using variety of temperatures, grind size, and water-to-coffee ratio.
A genuinely extracted cup of coffee is 98 percent water, so it’s only natural that the quality of water you have matters. This is perhaps the most underestimated ingredient in quality cups of coffee, but water from the tap often brings unintended flavours to your cup such as chlorine or rust.
My advise would be to use only filtered water.
Clean it often
The oil your beans leave behind will build up in yourpot, if you don’t wash it enough. This will result in a burnt taste, because of the oil that has been depositing.