Make Great Coffee at Home

Many people cannot start their day off well without a fresh cup of coffee to brighten their morning. However, regular coffee drinkers also know that when a cup of coffee is poorly prepared, it simply does not provide the same pleasure and relaxation that a well-made cup bestows. Many coffee-drinkers choose to visit pricey coffee chains in order to ensure that their morning brew is always rich and delicious. But this is an enormous waste of money, especially when you can make equally delicious coffee in your own home. By adhering to the following guidelines, any coffee-drinker will be able to prepare a fantastic batch of coffee without the premium price.

STEP ONE: START WITH A HIGH QUALITY BEAN

After purchasing a cheap brand of coffee beans, many people wonder (somewhat ironically) why in the world their homemade coffee possesses a bland, cheap taste. Unfortunately, in the world of coffee beans, you will nearly always get what you pay for. If you choose to purchase the economy brand of coffee, you will not be able to achieve a premium coffee flavor.

There are two main types of coffee beans: Arabica beans and Robusta beans. Arabicas are much more time-consuming and costly for farmers to grow, yielding a higher price tag for consumers. However, Arabicas have a much silkier, more flavorful quality than Robustas, and are worth the greater cost. You should try to buy Arabica coffee beans whenever possible.

STEP TWO: GRIND IT FRESH

If you want your coffee to have the best flavor possible, never buy pre-ground coffee beans. Ground coffee becomes stale much faster than whole coffee beans. Also, the coffee beans’ aromatic oils are released just after the beans are ground. Enormous flavor is contained in these oils, but when coffee beans are pre-ground and then vacuum sealed, these oils are dried up and the flavor is weakened. Your coffee will have a much deeper, fuller flavor if it is ground just before being brewed.

In addition to having freshly-ground coffee beans, the coffee’s flavor will be considerably enhanced if the beans are bought green and then roasted in your own oven. However, when this is not possible, whole pre-roasted beans are the next best option.

Obviously, in order to grind your own beans, you will need to purchase a home coffee grinder. There are two primary types of coffee grinders: Burr grinders and blade grinders. Blade grinders are more common and less expensive than burr grinders. They work using similar methods as a typical food processor, using a set of metal blades to thoroughly chop the coffee beans. However, it can be difficult to achieve an even grind using such chopping methods. Also, blade grinders expose the coffee beans to an excess amount of heat while the beans are being processed, which could harm the coffee’s flavor and texture when it is brewed. With burr grinders, a sharp slotted wheel rolls over the beans and crushes them into a finer, more even texture. Burr grinders are the ideal devices for making freshly-ground coffee if you are willing to pay for their higher price.

STEP THREE: BREW YOUR COFFEE WITH CARE

Once it comes time to actually brew your coffee, there are several key points which you must keep in mind. First, try to use only purified water in your coffee. The chlorine in regular tap water can interfere with the coffee’s natural acidity, lending the coffee a dull and muted taste. Next, carefully measure your ingredients to ensure that you have a proper coffee=to-water ratio. You should use roughly two tablespoons of ground coffee beans per six ounces of water, depending on how strong you prefer your brew to be. Finally, only brew as much coffee as you will immediately consume. Coffee’s flavor is at its best when it is as hot and fresh as possible. Never try to reheat or boil a cold batch of coffee; this will effectually evaporate all of the coffee’s natural oils and aromas.