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Nothing starts your day off better than having a delicious cup of coffee. A good cup of coffee can mean the difference between a bad day and a great day. You don’t have to spend all of your cash buying your morning cup of coffee from the coffee shop either. With the right tools and the right coffee, you can start making coffee like a pro in no time.
Use The Right Water
Water is everything when it comes to making coffee. The type of water that you use can make a big difference when you are preparing your coffee at home. Tap water can leave your coffee tasting bitter and the chlorine in the water makes your coffee taste off.
Distilled and soft water makes terrible coffee as well because all of the minerals have been removed. Spring water makes the best coffee and you can also make a great cup of coffee by running your tap water through a carbon filter to remove the chlorine. Good water is going to bring out all of the flavors of the coffee and make it taste amazing.
Use Fresh Beans
If you use stale beans or beans that have been in the freezer for too long, you are going to end up with a terrible cup of coffee. The beans make the coffee and it is crucial that you use fresh beans if you want your coffee to come out right. The coffee beans that you buy start to lose flavor in just days of being roasted.
If you buy your coffee beans in the store there is no telling how long the coffee has been sitting in the store for. Buying your coffee from the bins can be even worse since they are exposed to bright lights all day and also exposed to oxygen which causes the coffee to turn rancid.
Your best bet is to buy coffee from local coffee roasters and if you can’t do that you are going to want to go learn how to roast your own. Never buy ground coffee as it is going to lose a lot of its flavor. The key to making great coffee is using the freshest beans possible.
Use High-Quality Coffee
Not only does your coffee need to be fresh, but it also needs to be high quality. Buy the best coffee that you can afford. If you are just learning about coffee and don’t know what you like yet, try starting with Arabica beans. Drinking coffee is like drinking wine and it is fun exploring the different flavors and learning about the different blends. You need to try as much coffee as you can so you know what you like.
Use A Good Grinder
You can grind your own coffee if you want it to be as fresh as possible. You also need to make sure that you store your coffee properly. To keep your beans as fresh as possible you are going to want to store them in an airtight container. Glass and ceramic containers are best. Don’t refrigerate or freeze your beans because they can take on refrigerator odors since they are porous. Buy enough fresh coffee to last you for a week and keep it at room temperature.
Grinding your own coffee is going to preserve the flavor of your coffee beans. They start to lose their flavor as soon as you grind them so you want to do the grinding yourself if you want your cup of coffee to come out perfect. Try to grind your coffee as fine as you can since it will have more flavor. Burr mill grinders are the best, but they are more expensive than the blade grinders. A good grinder is worth the cost.
Water Temperature And Filters Are Crucial
Don’t ruin your coffee by using a cheap coffee filter. Cheap filters contain chemicals that can affect the flavor of your coffee and they don’t let the water flow through well. Oxygen bleached filters are the best. Dioxin-free filters are also very good. Use more coffee rather than less and pay attention to the water temperature.
If the water is too hot, your coffee is going to be bitter. Experts agree that the perfect water temperature is 200F which is slightly less than boiling. You also need to drink the coffee right after it is brewed. Your perfect cup of coffee is going to start losing flavor as soon as you brew it, so drink it right away.
Use The Pour Over Method
The pour-over method is one of the best ways to get all the flavor out of your coffee. Just heat the water to the right temperature and place the filter filled with coffee over your carafe. Be sure to rinse the filter with hot water before you fill it with coffee. Rinsing the filter removes dust and heats it so there isn’t such a difference in temperature.
Pour the hot water slowly into the filter and make sure your grounds are saturated. Wait half a minute so the coffee releases its flavor. Now you can go ahead and add more water until it covers the grounds. Wait until the water goes down and pour in more water. Keep repeating this until you have enough coffee. The pour-over method is going to allow you to extract the most flavor from your coffee and you will end up with the perfect cup every time. The pour-over method is easy to use and it is fast. This method works and it is easy to do.
Making coffee is an art and once you have mastered the art of making a good cup of coffee you are going to be ready to enjoy making it at home without having to pay through the nose for it at the cafe. With a few simple tools and the right coffee you can enjoy making perfect coffee at your house. You can enjoy coffee any time that you want when you know how to make it at home.