7 tips for making better coffee at home
1. Buy whole bean coffee
Whole bean coffee is fresher and more flavorful than preground coffee. If you’re buying bags of preground coffee, it’s probably not the best idea. Coffee companies don’t provide the date for when the coffee was roasted; the coffee you find on the shelf at the shops has probably been there for months. Coffee reaches its peak flavor just days after it has been roasted and should be consumed within a month of its roast date. So check your local coffee shops, and some whole bean coffee.
2. Properly store beans
Store your coffee correctly and you’ll keep its flavor fresh for as long as possible. Use a air-tight container at room temperature, in a dark and cool location . Keep your at home coffee as fresh as possible by only grinding the amount of coffee beans you plan to use. It’s also important to avoid freezing your coffee. When you freeze coffee, there’s a chance that it will absorb moisture, which can affect its taste.
3. Use filtered water
Using filtered water can improve the taste of your coffee . While opinions may vary – coffee brewed using municipal tap water, could be contaminated with other intruding influences. It has been found that the coffee brewed via filtered water is a little sweeter and acidic in taste while tap water has produced coffee slightly more basic with a metallic aftertaste.
4. Grinding coffee
Coffee begins to lose its flavour within 30 minutes of being ground. It’s best to grind on the spot, just before brewing a pot. Grind size and consistency matter quite a bit, as well. Grind too coarse and you will have a weak pot of coffee. Grind too fine and you will over-extract the coffee and it will taste bitter. Take a look at some great grinding coffee-making-products to get you started. http://moreflavour.co.za/coffee-making-products/grinding/
5. Measure your coffee
The first is to use a coffee scoop. A level coffee scoop should hold two tablespoons of coffee, which is approximately 10 grams or 0.36 ounces. Using a digital scale to measure takes just a second and allows you to better compare how much coffee and water is used each time.The Brewista Smart Coffee Scale is a professional barista’s and coffee lovers ultimate tool. Start brewing the perfect cup every time.
6. Coffee temperature matters
The water temperature you brew your coffee with will affect how your coffee tastes. The recommended range is 90.5–96°C/195–205°F. The hotter the temperature, the greater the degree of extraction. If your coffee is tasting too sour, use hotter water; too bitter, use cooler water.
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- The Brewista Smart Pour™ Variable Digital Kettle
- The Brewista Smart Temp™ Digital Temperature Gauge
- Rhinowares Digital Thermometer
7. Brewing Gear
Choosing the right equipment for the brewing process can be quite difficult. It is widely accepted that manual brewing methods allow for better quality control and a superior coffee experience, and for a lot coffee enthusiasts this approach is most popular.With that in mind you cant go wrong with either the Aeropress or the Hourglass Brewer (Available in 5 and 8 cup).
We hope you have found these tips valuable, and be sure to check out our brewing products.