If you are like the majority of coffee drinkers, you almost certainly think you are already getting an awesome cup of coffee. However odds are that you can probably still improve the quality by following these eleven steps:
Use Quality Coffee Beans
Stay out of the grocery stores! OK that is clearly a serious statement, but seriously do not buy coffee beans at the grocery store. Nobody knows when it was roasted and that is a crucial, key point in coffee freshness. These beans are known for being stale, whether they come in the gravity bins (especially stale!) or bagged (usually stale!). No-one really knows how long the beans have been in the bins or bags. Purchase your coffee from a location independent coffee shop or artisan coffee roaster that may verify the roasting date. It is the only way to know you are buying freshly roasted coffee beans of gourmet quality. Their reputation is at risk so they strive for the very best quality coffee freshly roasted.
Store Properly Remove your beans from the original bag and put in an airtight container like Tupperware or Glad Ware. The more opaque the container, the higher to keep harmful light out. Extreme light like keeping coffee in a glass jar on the sink could cause deterioration of one’s beans, allowing your final cup of coffee to taste flat or stale.
Do not store in the freezer or refrigerator. Keep them within an airtight container in an awesome, dry and dark place such as a cupboard or pantry. Refrigerators harbor many odors and coffee is very porous. It will become a sponge to odors whether it’s ground or whole bean. Freezers could cause freezer burn, and the flavor oils to crack and lose flavor. These oils are where the flavor is. Storing in the freezer freezes the surface condensation each and every time the coffee is removed from the freezer.
Excess moisture will cause your beans to stale faster and shorten the life span of your coffee so an awesome, dry and dark stick it recommended for storage.
Proper Grind and Grind RIGHT BEFORE Using
The grind of the coffee matters. Your coffee should be ground for the type of brewing method you are using. Coarse for French press and single serve, fine for espresso. The in between matter but for most auto-drip makers your grind ought to be just finer than coarse and therefore when you rub it in the middle of your fingers the grinds should feel similar to typical bread crumbs. Espresso grinds should feel like somewhere within sugar and powdered sugar. Also, by using a burr grinder your coffee will receive less friction than a typical blade grinder giving your grinds less possiblity to get scorched during grinding.
Coffee is very porous and can absorb odors and air (oxygen) extremely fast. Oxygen will make your coffee taste really bad! So, the longer your coffee is ground and not used the longer it has to stale and create a bad cup.
Weigh your coffee before you grind it. To create a good, well-rounded sit down elsewhere you should use approximately.75oz (22g) of coffees to every 8oz of cool water. You can +/- to taste but this is a good starting point.
Purified Water at Precise Temperature
Fresh, clean plain tap water (purified is most beneficial) or quality spring water is recommended. Usually do not use mineral water, distilled water or tap water with any kind of odor. It will make your coffee taste bad. The water ought to be between 195-205 degrees when ready to brew. As of this temperature, the coffee are certain to get proper extraction to optimize the flavor oils and caramelized sugars inside the coffee bean. This is hard to perform with most home brewers because the heating elements are not heat adjustable nor are they reliable to heat to the proper temperature at all. Good home coffee brewers will definitely cost about $200 but are well worth it and last a lot longer. When you can, try the single cup pour over methods available or other brewing methods such as French press or siphon. The taste difference is remarkable. Google search each method for more information.
Brew Just Enough to Drink
Letting your brewed coffee sit waiting isn’t a good idea. And more so please don’t let it sit on the hot plate! This can be a great way to cook your coffee. Constant ‘keep warm’ mode such as this will make it taste bitter. When you have to brew several cup and are not going to finish is immediately, get an airpot of air tight hot container to help keep it in. Still drink it within an hour or so but it will buy your more time.