Want To Enjoy the Best Coffee at Home? STOP Making These Mistakes
Ah, the smell of coffee. For many of us, it is what gets us out of bed every morning and through the day. The process of brewing a cup of coffee, however, is entirely personal. Some of us like to use an automatic coffee maker while others prefer the French Press. Some like pour-over coffee while others choose drip. But no matter which method you choose, you need to keep in mind that there are also a ton of other variables that can determine the quality of your cuppa joe. After all, there is a reason why coffee from your favorite coffee shop always tastes so much better than what you brew at home. They use freshly-ground beans and their machines cost a small fortune. Moreover, baristas are trained in the art of coffee-making. While it may not be possible for us to get a fancy machine for our everyday coffee, we can surely brew a perfect cup at home simply by avoiding these common mistakes:
You use old beans.
You don’t store your beans properly.
Your water isn’t hot enough.
You use the wrong type of milk and sugar.
Do you remember when you bought your coffee beans? If you don’t, it is probably time to buy some new beans. Ideally, you should brew coffee with beans that have been roasted within the last two to three weeks. Only then will you be able to enjoy them at the freshest and most flavorful.
Also, avoid pre-ground beans because the minute coffee beans are ground, they begin to lose their nuanced flavors.
If you are wondering why your stored coffee beans are going bad, chances are you aren’t storing them properly. Ask any coffee aficionado and they will tell you that the biggest enemies of coffee are heat, air, moisture, and light. If you don’t protect your beans from these elements, they will become stale prematurely. Invest in a good-quality air-tight container and store your beans in a cool, dark place.
Drip brewing is a popular brewing method but most commercial drip brewers do not reach the ideal temperature for a perfect cup of coffee. It is only at 195 to 200 degrees that water is able to extract the most flavor from the ground beans. The pour-over method or the French press, on the other hand, requires you to steep the beans in boiling water for a few minutes, which results in strong, decadent coffee.
While there is nothing wrong with drinking your coffee with regular white sugar or nonfat milk, if you want to get the most flavor at every sip, turbinado sugar and whole milk or half-and-half are the much better choices.
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