You have spent some time learning and selecting the best coffee beans from just the right place in the world and put them together in a flavorful blend. You learned a bit about roasting styles and methods and you have come up with the perfect process for your particular type and flavor of coffee. The bag in your hand contains coffee that has been roasted within the last hour, and ground within the last few minutes to the perfect texture. It’s time to expose the coffee to the two elements that will bring it to life and produce that delicious, aromatic, perfect cup of coffee. Here on suggestions on how to get that absolute perfect cup of coffee.
Good Water Means Good Coffee
You don’t need to be a genius to know that starting with the best purified water will allow more of the great coffee taste to come through. After all, you’re brewing coffee, not heated water that tastes like it has coffee in it. Most tap water these days can have all sorts of chemicals, sediment, and trace minerals in it which can make your cup of steaming delight taste tinny, sulfurous, or flat. The tap water in some places is so full of chlorine that you can smell it as it comes out of the tap. Any sort of filtering will help to get rid of a lot of these things, a good filter will get rid of it completely. Cold filtered water is the best for making the best cup of coffee.
The Grinder Makes a Big Difference
There are basically two types of coffee grinders. Cheaper blade coffee grinders literally smash the coffee beans into uneven particles which yield an inconsistent coffee when brewed. A better, and a bit more expensive choice for the best grinding is the burr coffee grinder. Burr grinders crush the beans between a grinding wheel and a immobile surface within the grinder. The position of the burr in the grinder is what determines the size of the ground coffee. Burr grinders generally produce a more consistent grind and a consistent grind will make a better, more flavorful cup of coffee. In any case, always grind your beans as close to brewing time as possible.
Get the Ratio of Water to Coffee Correct
This probably the most important, and most over-looked aspect of making the perfect cup of coffee. Most folks don’t use enough ground coffee or use too much. Like most things in life, the best cup of coffee is attained from a balancing of these two extremes. Professional coffee tasters usually use 2 tablespoons for 6 ounces of water. Remember that a standard cup is around 5 to 6 ounces. That means that for every cup of coffee, you need to put in 2 of the standard coffee measuring scoops for every 5 to 6 ounce cup of coffee. That’s 8 scoops for 4 cups, and so on. If this seems like too much coffee to you, perhaps you need to consider a new way of making coffee the way it was meant to be.
The way you make coffee is going to determine whether your coffee experience is good or just OK. In order to enjoy the perfect cup of coffee, drink it right after it has been brewed. Prepare the coffee mug or cup by warming it. This will help to keep the coffee at it’s optimum temperature, which will translate into more aromatic flavor. Remember that coffee begins to lose it’s optimal taste in just a few moments after brewing. Fresh brewed coffee should be placed in a warming, insulated carafe and served within 45 minutes. Most importantly, coffee should taste the way you want it to taste–coffee made your way is a perfect cup. Follow these tips and tricks to make the best brew that is just right for you – the perfect cup of coffee.