You might love spending time in coffee shops and savor good coffee for hours, but nothing beats having unlimited coffee you could enjoy in the comfort of your home. It’s hard to beat the excellent coffee you could get in highly-rated coffee shops, but there are certain methods you can follow so that you could also drink fantastic coffee without leaving the house.
The following is a step-by-step guide on how to make a perfect cup of coffee. Every step counts, and with practice, you’ll be able to brew coffee like a pro in no time.
(1) Choose Fresh Coffee Beans
Consider buying fresh coffee beans in specialty stores such as your local roasters or coffee shops. Check the roast dates and expiration dates of the coffee beans. It might be difficult to find coffee bags that specifically state the roast date, but if you do find a brand or roaster which indicates it, you’ve found the right choice. It also helps if you use the coffee beans way before its expiration date.
(2) Grinding the Coffee Beans
Whether you are going to use a coffee press or pour over coffee maker, you need a medium coarse grind of coffee. If you are going to grind coffee, make sure that it is not too fine or too coarse – just enough coarseness which can create a thick, rich, and flavorful coffee.
(3) Coffee to Water Proportion
Use filtered fresh water which has been heated just off the boil (90 to 96 degrees Celsius or 195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit). This temperature is just perfect to extract the coffee bean’s full flavors.
The rule of thumb is to use two tablespoons or 10 grams of ground coffee for each six ounces of 180 milliliters of fresh water. Be mindful of the proportion since it can make or break your coffee.
(4) Brewing Freshly Ground Coffee
Brewing coffee will now depend on what coffee equipment you have. If you have a regular coffee press, grind coffee in such a way that the resulting grounds look like sea salt. Fill the coffee press with hot water fresh from boiling and saturate the coffee grounds with it. Push the plunger down after four minutes and consume the coffee within 20 minutes.
If you are going to use the Pour-Over method, pour enough hot water into the filter to saturate the coffee grounds. Let it rest for 10 to 30 seconds. Then pour additional hot water into the cone in a circular motion.
Using a Chemex Coffeemaker follows the same principle as the Pour-Over method – you can control the flow of extraction. If you’re going to use a Coffee Brewer, use a medium coarse grind that would also resemble sea salt. With a coffee brewer, you can do things automatically with its programmable features.
(5) Tips to Ensure a Perfect Cup
If you are going to add milk to your coffee, warm the milk first before mixing it with coffee. Avoid hot milk as this will ruin the flavor of the coffee. Cold milk will also suffice if you want to drink your coffee quickly.
Store your coffee beans in an airtight container, ideally for a maximum of two weeks at room temperature. If you still have coffee beans left after two weeks, store it in the freezer. However, storing coffee in the fridge will result in moisture affecting the flavor of the coffee. So it’s still best to have fresh coffee beans replacing your home supply every two weeks.
Once you grind coffee, make sure that you use it immediately after five minutes. Grinding coffee exposes it to oxygen, which releases its freshness and flavor.
After brewing coffee, you should store it in a thermal carafe. Do not leave it on the burner and never reheat it. Consume the coffee within an hour of brewing it.