Do you wish your coffee at home tasted better? Do you wonder why the same coffee that tastes so perfectly delicious at the coffee shop tastes so much less delicious at home? Well, allow us to give you some inside tips to making your home-brewed coffee taste better! So, without further ado…
A Handful Of Tips For Making Your Home-Brewed Coffee Taste Better:
1. Never store beans (whole or ground) in your refrigerator.
Yuck. This is bad. Very, very, bad. A faux pas that we have discovered so many loved ones committing, this dries out your beans, making them stale and tasteless. The best way to store your fresh coffee is in an airtight container on your counter or in your cupboard. (somewhere cool and dry)
2. Use filtered water.
Bad tasting water makes bad tasting coffee. If you are using a drip pot, avoid using the pot to fill the water reservoir. The oils and impurities from the pot will give the coffee a bad taste. Use a fresh pitcher. Note: do not use distilled water, your water should have mineral content to avoid sharp and bitter tastes.
3. Pre-rinse your paper filter.
Using boiling water, rinse your filter before you brew coffee in it. You will notice as the water runs through, paper sediments will turn the water yellowish. You don’t want those particles in your coffee.
4. Get an even grind!
Even grind is crucial. What you are using to grind your coffee is perhaps, next to the actual quality of beans you’re using, the most important aspect of your coffee-making-and-tasting experience. A burr grinder will give you an even grind, every time, which is ideal for any way that you’re brewing your coffee.
5. Water temperature should be between 195-200.
You don’t want to scald your coffee grounds; ideal water temp provides maximum flavor extraction.
6. Don’t let your coffee sit.
Coffee is only fresh for about ten minutes. Try to brew the right amount of coffee that you are going to drink in one sitting. Practice the art of freshly brewed coffee-by-the-cup! It will probably make you so happy.
7. Clean your equipment!
Old sediments in y0ur brewer can make your coffee taste rancid. RANCID. Yuck. If you can smell an odor from your brewing equipment, clean it! If you cannot remember the last time you cleaned your brewing equipment, clean it!
There are many, many factors to extracting the perfect coffee, but we thought we’d keep it (mostly) simple for you, and if you are interested in being a total coffee geek, well just talk to one of our own coffee geeks at the Roastery and we will be happy to educate you!