One hot and freshly brewed cup of coffee is just enough to get your engines rolling and ready for the day. But instead of throwing away your hard-earned green to get a cup at a cafe, why not save up by making one with your very own hands?
Sure there’s a bit of technique to it, but it’s really not that hard once you get into the groove. The following steps are just what you need to duplicate that café-level brew that will rock your taste buds to the next level.
Step 1: Get Fresh Coffee Beans
In order to enjoy the best coffee, it is vital to use coffee beans during its fresh roasted days. You can buy the beans from either a local roaster or even roast them by yourself. However, it is pivotal that you avoid buying bulk coffee from the display bins of supermarkets. This is because bright light and oxygen ruin a roasted coffee beans flavor. Only go for those beans that are prepared by quality-driven roasters and are stored in durable vacuum-sealed bags.
Step 2: Ensure the Beans Are Kept Fresh
An airtight container is a great way to store open coffee beans. Other good storage choices include rubber-gasket sealed ceramic storage crocks and glass canning jars. The beans are porous, which is why they must never be refrigerated as they can absorb other food odors and moisture. Ensure that you have over a 5 to 7-day supply of coffee beans and at kept at room temperature.
Step 3: Buy Special Coffee
Instead of falling prey to the mass-marketing powers of big advertising companies, you can hunt for special coffee beans that are carefully packaged and have a thrilling taste to it. These special coffee beans are Robusta and Arabica. It is the Arabica beans that you should be gunning for as they are produced at a wide scale, come in a plethora of flavors and are arguably favored by many. We would suggest you go for the Arabica beans that are 100% pure. Robusta beans are known for their high caffeine content but nasty flavors.
Step 4: Grind with Precision
If you’re not careful with grinding, your coffee could lose its quality in a jiffy. Often the best brews with the best taste are made from beans that are grounded right before the brewing process. There are various mills to grind coffee beans – the expensive burr mills include Rancilio, Solis or Zassenhaus and affordable options like those of Bodium or Braun can do a fine job, especially if the mill is rocked during the grinding process.
Step 5: Use Clean Water
Now comes the part where you fill grounded coffee with water. But we must caution that you refrain yourself from using tap water as it contains off-flavors or chlorine. True coffee connoisseurs use either bottled spring water or carbon filters on taps. Just so you know, distilled water will give you a terrible tasting coffee unlike mineral water of course.
Step 6: Don’t Use Inferior Coffee Filters
According to experts, most coffee filters at bargain prices make terrible coffee. What you want to do is look for “dioxin-free” or “oxygen-bleached” paper filters like Melitta or Filtropa. If your budget is good, then a gold-plated filter like SwissGold that has a longer lifespan is a good investment. They can give you the best taste quality, but could let finely grounded sediment through.
Step 7: Use Proper Measurements
The right measurement for brewing coffee for a 6-ounce coffee cup is 2 level tablespoons and for an 8-ounce cup, 2 3/4 tablespoons. Be advised that if you use cheap hacks like using less coffee and more hot water, the resulting taste would be bitter.
Step 8: Mind the Heat
If you boil water too much, it will extract your coffee’s compounds that will only produce bitter taste. Ensure that the brewing temperature is kept at 200°F or like 45 seconds before the water fully boils. Some single serve brewers are able to adjust their temperatures automatically. A perfectly brewed coffee is the only way to enjoy its best taste. In short, try not to overheat your water that contains your coffee, or it will taste bitter.
Step 9: Maintain Clean Equipment
Storage grinders and containers have to be cleaned after every few weeks in order to remove any oily remains from building up. For your single-serve brewers, we would suggest that you use a strong vinegar solution or a specialty coffee-equipment cleaner to wipe off any mineral residue. You must rinse thoroughly before you use any of your equipment again.