Brewing a decent cup of coffee isn’t especially difficult. In fact, you might do so each morning when you’re half-asleep. Brewing the perfect cup of coffee, on the other hand, is a tricky assignment for sure. In order to get a drink that’s fresh and aromatic, one with a flavor that will thrill your taste buds, you’ll need time, patience, practice, and skill. Not to mention, you’ll need precisely the right tools and ingredients.
Simply stated, you can’t have fresh coffee without fresh beans. Thus, always buy small quantities of coffee; don’t horde this item. Also, make sure that the establishment where you purchase your beans roasts them onsite. If you can, you might even want to roast them yourself. Further, buy coffee that contains Arabica beans only as such a product will provide a more savory taste.
It’s important to obtain coffee beans that come in sealed bags and to keep them in airtight containers where they won’t be exposed to light. Plus, those beans must stay at room temperature. What’s more, you ought to brew your beans as soon after they’re roasted as possible. Obviously, that means that you shouldn’t refrigerate or freeze them. Storing coffee beans in a refrigerator is also a bad idea because they’ll absorb the smells of the foods around them, and that will warp their flavor.
If you grind your coffee beans, try to use a mill grinder or a burr grinder. Both of those devices will ensure that your coffee particles are about the same size. When you have particles of varying sizes, it can distort the taste. In addition, you should experiment with particle sizes in order to find the flavor that you like the best. Generally speaking, though, if your fragments are too small, your coffee will be bitter. On the other hand, if they’re not small enough, the taste might not be sharp enough. After a while, you’ll be able to recognize your ideal particle size just by rubbing your grounds between your thumb and your fingers. Remember as well that you should grind your beans no longer than 30 minutes before you begin to brew.
The water that you use to brew coffee is almost as consequential as the beans. As a simple rule, you want that water to be as pure as possible, which means that you should use either tap water that’s been run through a filter or bottled water. If you must use unfiltered tap water, though, keep your faucet running for about 10 seconds before you put any water into your coffee pot. Keep in mind too that the minerals that water naturally contains will improve the taste of your coffee. For that reason, avoid using distilled water. Whatever kind of water you employ, it should be cold.