Who doesn’t like a good cup of coffee in the morning that gives you enough boost to get through the day? While you can get the perfect cup of coffee in coffee shops made by your favorite baristas, drinking them every day in coffee shops is expensive and not feasible for everyone.
In this article, we will share 15 tricks that will help you make that perfect cup of coffee right from the comfort of your home.
When it comes to coffee, even small mistakes can change the complete taste of your coffee in the end or even ruin it. That’s why it is important to pay attention to minor details that often get left out. Once you start understanding those you will find making that perfect cup of coffee easy.
1. Buy fresh, whole and good quality beans:
A good cup of coffee requires good quality beans. Once the beans are roasted they start losing their freshness and flavors after 2 to 3 weeks. To avoid that it is important to buy fresh and whole beans. You will often not find the date of roasting on the grounded coffee packets because they have likely been there for months.
If you are going to buy coffee from roasters then make sure to buy it from those who roast small batches or on the spot when needed.
2. Cool the beans before grinding:
Colder beans when ground results in a uniform size and have a consistency to them. They are also smaller in size. This helps in the extraction of more flavor from the coffee and a much better quality taste.
3. Grind immediately before brewing:
Many people use pre-ground coffee which is not recommended if you want your coffee to be fresh and flavorful. Once ground, coffee starts losing its freshness and flavors. Also, if you are going to store ground coffee then it is important to store them in an airtight container to preserve its freshness and flavor as much as possible.
4. Use filtered water:
Your coffee is mainly water and if you don’t want the water from affecting the taste of your coffee then it is important to use clean and filtered water. Many people use tap water which contains minerals and chlorine that affects the taste of your coffee.
5. Keep your coffee machine and grinder clean:
Coffee beans leave oil residues in the machine and over time it starts to build up. To prevent this residue from altering the taste of your coffee it is important to clean your coffee machine regularly.
6. Use a scale:
Many people measure their coffee by eyeballing it or using a spoon. This mostly results in the wrong ratio of coffee being used. For a perfect cup, it is important to use a scale to get the measurements right. Even a few grams error can change the ratio by a huge margin.
7. Blooming is important for drip coffee makers:
Generally, automatic drip coffee machines skip the blooming process of making coffee. It involves pouring a small quantity of hot water over coffee grounds to remove any carbon dioxide left from the roasting of the beans. Skipping the blooming process can weaken your brew.
8. Brewing temperature:
The recommended water temperature for water is 200 degrees Fahrenheit. You can adjust a few degrees hot or cold according to your preference. But too hot water will lead to over-extraction while the too low temperature will lead to under extraction.
9. Use burr grinder:
Your grinder is as important as the coffee machine. Burr grinders in comparison to the blade grinders make a huge difference when it comes to the result. Burr grinders help grind the coffee in uniform size and don’t overheat the beans.
10. Use a pour-over dripper:
While a pour-over dripper will require more work they will also reward you more in the end. The pour-over dripper lets you have complete control over the coffee-making process. This allows you to set the coffee-making variables perfectly and tweak the final coffee taste according to your needs.
11. Store the coffee beans properly:
It is important to store the coffee beans properly once they are roasted. You can store them in an airtight container. Never store them in refrigerators as roasted beans can absorb moisture which is not good for them.
12. Use good quality filters:
Usage of cheap filters should be avoided as they can add other residues to your coffee. They can also lead to over or under extraction of coffee. Using cheap filters can also add that paper taste to your coffee.
13. Avoid skimping your coffee:
Avoid tricks such as usage of hot water to extract more cups by using less coffee. This will result in bitter brews and an unpleasant cup of coffee. The golden ratio of two tablespoons of coffee for six ounces of water should be used.
14. The brewing method matters:
Not all brewing methods are going to result in the same tasting cup of coffee. You should choose the brewing method according to the taste and strength of your coffee. There are many brewing methods to choose from and you should go with one according to various factors such as whether you want your coffee to be bolder and darker or milder.
15. Add spices for flavors:
Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, black pepper and ginger are great ways to boost the flavor of your coffee. You can add them to your coffee beans before the roasting process for the best flavor in your coffee.