Hands up who’s tired of the same ol’ Starbucks coffee…
I know I am. Plus it’s way over-priced for what it is.
For a change, a decent cup of coffee would be nice, the old fashioned way.
It does take some time and some energy to find a great cup of gourmet coffee these days. If you do know of a perfect coffee shop, you are one of the lucky ones. But, did you know that you can basically make a nice cup of coffee on your own from home?
Here are 7 simple steps that you can take to produce the perfect cup of coffee every time.
Start with quality coffee beans
One of the most critical aspects of coffee drinking is the grade of the coffee that you start off with. If you have a favorite flavour, then purchase whole beans in that flavour. If you can do this, it will allow you to get the freshest coffee possible…
Invest in a decent grinder
Purchase a quality coffee grinder. Some of the best grinders available today are easy to use and easy to clean up. By grinding your own coffee beans, you’ll be able to only grind what you need, meaning that you will have complete freshness in your coffee.
Store Your Coffee Properly
It never ceases to amaze me when I see friends neglecting the storage of their coffee.
It is a fundamental basic to store your coffee in an air-tight container.
Air oxidizes the coffee and can make it bitter quickly. Metal canisters can also enable a metal taste to get into the coffee, making it taste bad.
The top solution is for a ceramic air tight container for your coffee and coffee beans. Also, store it at room temperature because the moisture in the fridge or freezer can make it go bad faster.
Your Coffee Maker
The coffee maker that you use is also critical. No matter what style that you go with, you can get a good cup of coffee out of it if you take the essential steps to keeping it fresh.
For example, you should insure that the coffee maker is kept clean after each use. In fact, you’ll need to make sure that you detail clean it, with the help of vinegar, from time to time.
Your preferences will ultimately determine which style of coffee maker you will use. Make sure that it uses a permanent filter in it. The Farberware coffee urn is a pretty decent piece of equipment. So is the Gevalia coffee maker.
Be Mindful of The Water You Use
Much like the beer making process, the water you use is essential to a good cuppa.
The water is the largest ingredient in your brew, so it makes sense to be thoughtful about the water you use.
It is essential that you use water that is free from chlorine and minerals.
I don’t like coffee which has been brewed with hard tap water, like you get in London.
The H2O that pours forth from Londoners‘ taps is essentially the Phil Mitchell of water: it’s well hard. According to David Reynolds, water quality manager at Thames Water, ‘hardness is determined by the levels of naturally occurring calcium and magnesium compounds in your water‘.
Often, using bottled water rather than tap water will result in a better brew.
Also, keep the water nice and hot. A good temperature for the water is about 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Supply The Right Amount
Too often, people just chuck in a wad of coffee, without taking care to measure the amount properly.
The right amount of coffee is essential for a top quality brew.
Too much and you will have a very strong cup of coffee and too little will make your brew like it’s been strained through an old pair of knickers.
Follow the directions provided by the coffee producer for the best cup of coffee.
Hot and Fresh
Lastly and probably the most vital aspect of getting a great cup of gourmet coffee is to make sure to enjoy your coffee when it is hot and fresh. Most restaurants are told to keep coffee for less than thirty minutes, but at home, the best coffee is the coffee that hasn’t sat for more than twenty minutes.