Drinking coffee in the morning is a vital part of most of our days. A majority of us will pop on over to the nearest coffee shop and order our delicious cup, usually spending $4-5 in the process. However, there are also a few of us who wake up in the morning and complete their ritual by brewing their own cup of coffee. These people tend to save more money by doing so, so why do more of us not do this? Well, it is because we are afraid it will not taste as good as what we order from a shop. But it will, and today I am here to teach you how to get the most out of your own home brew.
One of the simplest things you can do to get a great tasting cup of coffee at home, is by buying fresh, whole bean coffee. The coffee you make will only be as good as the beans you buy, so make sure you avoid pre ground coffee, no matter how convenient it may seem at the time. Also, splurge a little on your beans. Since you are spending the money all at once in stead of in $4 increments, it may seem like you are not saving much, but the number of cups you get out of it, will cancel out the costs.
The way you store coffee beans has a lot to do with the way your coffee tastes. Many will simply keep their beans in a bag and clip it shut, but all that actually does is dry out the grounds and aid in making the coffee taste less fresh. My tip? Store your beans, or grounds, in an air tight, one way container. That may sound a bit fancy and complicated, so feel free to opt for a basic mason jar, it works just as well!
Most experts agree that coffee should be ground, at most, 30 minutes before you are about to brew a cup. It is after this mark in which the grounds will lose their freshness. Additionally, the size of the grounds matter too. When ground too coarse, and your coffee will come out too weak. But if ground too fine, the coffee will be over extracted and you will be left with an insanely bitter cup. In all honesty, not many of us own a coffee grinder, so it is fine if you go to your local coffee shop and ask them to grind it for you. Just make sure to tell them how fine you want it, and also do not forget to store it in an air tight container to ensure maximum freshness.
The final tip to brewing a great tasting cup of coffee at home is to ensure you use the right type of water. Many forget that water is the basis of coffee, so if your cup is tasting a bit off, it may have to do with the water you are using. Filtered water is most definitely the way to go for brewing coffee, as it will create a bond with dissolved coffee particles, leading to a better tasting cup.
These are just a few tips to help enhance your at home coffee. Although some of these appear as common sense, it is easy to overlook these tips, but they do truly make all the difference.