Getting a great cup of coffee is something we all want and desire. While some of us might be lucky enough to live or work near a coffee shop that makes amazing gourmet coffees, most of us don’t. Others don’t want to spend $3 or $4 once or twice per day to get a caffeine fix!
Today we’ll show you seven steps on how you can get the same quality of coffee you’d expect from a local shop in your own home without breaking the bank either. It’s actually very simple but most people cut corners and don’t follow the recommendations created by coffee producers and manufacturers of machines.
The first step is to purchase quality beans in the flavor you like. This is probably the most critical aspect in coffee. Wrong beans = wrong taste. Start by buying the best flavor suited to you.
The next step is to purchase a high-quality coffee grinder and start grinding. You don’t need to spend a fortune on one either. Some of the best available are cheap, easy to use and even easier to clean up. You can choose manual or automatic machines.
The next step is to store your coffee right and tight. Most people have no idea that you must store your coffee a certain way. Make sure you seal the coffee beans tight as air oxidizes the coffee and can make it go bitter. Do not store your beans in a metal container either as the metal can cause a negative impact on the coffee beans thus destroying them.
The recommended way to store your coffee beans is in a plastic or ceramic air tight container, that is stored at room temperature. It’s recommended that you never store your coffee beans in the fridge or freezer as these can impact the texture of the beans. Room temperature is generally taken as about 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
Be sure to choose a good coffee maker, while you don’t need to spend a fortune, getting the right one will ensure you get an amazing cup of coffee every time. Some of the best coffee makers cost a little under $100 and can be purchased from a wide range of online retailers such as Amazon.com or even in physical retailers on the high street. The best deals to be had are usually online though.
I’m sure you’ve seen how clean those coffee store employees keep their equipment when you’re in a local coffee shop, you only have to peer through the window and see them holding a cloth in the left hand wiping down the machine after every use. Your own coffee maker should be no different. Clean your maker after each use and once a week give it a rigorous clean.
Use the highest grade of water you can in your coffee maker. While many people claim tap water is perfectly reasonable, I like to get high quality bottled water that is free from chlorine and minerals. One of the best brands from experience is Fiji water. Whatever option you choose, ensure the water is kept hot, approximately 200 degrees Fahrenheit is the best recommendation.
Using the right amount of coffee beans will ensure you get the perfect cup of coffee every time. Don’t use too much or you’ll end up too strong, too less and it’s be too weak.
It’s important to follow the instructions provided by the producer for the coffee beans you bought. Different brands and beans have different recommendations which will vary between each.
The last aspect to getting an amazing coffee every time is to drink your coffee when it’s hot and within a few minutes of coming out of the coffee marker. The best coffee must be drunk within 20 minutes or you should throw it away and repeat the process.
Hopefully you’ve learnt how to make the most amazing gourmet coffee every time with our simple guide for coffee enthusiasts.