A cup of coffee seems simple enough to make – coffee, milk, water and a bit of sugar to taste and voila you’re done! Right? Well….not quite. Brewing the perfect cup of coffee takes some work and with a bit of experience you will also learn what NOT to do when brewing coffee.
Here are some tips to help you brew that perfect cup:
Whole Beans Are The Best
Whole beans will hold in the flavours and the integrity of the coffee for longer so that when you grind it, the flavours are fresh. If you buy coffee that has already been ground, you have already started losing some of this flavour.
Grind It Right
Grinders come at various prices and a good grinder will give you regularly ground perfect coffee. These can vary in price and quality, so choose a reliable brand that will grind to suit your style of coffee. The most important thing to keep in mind is to grind your coffee just before you use it.
Coffee is at its best when fresh, so ideally you should buy smaller amounts of fresh coffee regularly. It can be put in the freezer if necessary, in an airtight sealed bag. However, for coffee that you will use on a regular basis, you can store it at room temperature in an airtight, opaque glass or inert container for the best preservation of flavour.
Once again, while an expensive coffee press will do an excellent job, it is not essential. For the average person, a regular, affordable French press can create excellent coffee. For best results, pour some hot water through the unit before using it to preheat it and your coffee will turn out at the optimum temperature.
Coffee Brewing Don’ts
● Never use a dirty coffee machine or other brewing equipment. Equipment that hasn’t been cleaned properly will have left over sediments which will add a burnt, rancid taste to your coffee that you definitely do not want.
● Don’t use stale coffee beans – they will completely ruin the taste of your cuppa.
● Never use old water. Fresh water makes for better tasting coffee and contributes to the taste a lot more than you realise. Never use distilled water – the natural minerals in water add a lot of taste to your coffee.
● Don’t store your coffee in the fridge – every time you open the container moisture will condense on the cold coffee.
Brewing the perfect cup of coffee is not always about spending a lot of money to buy the perfect and most expensive equipment.