Have you ever had a bad cup of coffee and wondered what went wrong? As any barista worth his bean will tell you brewing the perfect cup is an art – in fact, we’d say it’s a science.
So, how to make sure you get that perfect cup every time? It might surprise you to know that it doesn’t take the fanciest equipment to make a great cup of coffee – a Chemex coffee maker, Aeropress, or French press will do the job. However, it does take some knowledge and the right blend of select ingredients.
Tips for making the perfect cup of coffee
1. Start with the bean
A cup of coffee is really only as good as the beans you use to make it. Look for high quality beans and if they’re single origin, even better. Also, the fresher they are, the better – the most flavoursome coffee beans are those that are used shortly after they have been roasted or that are packaged in such as way as to retain that freshness for as long as possible, such as in sturdy, vacuum sealed bags. Buy your beans from a top notch, quality-focused roaster (like ours!) and be sure to store them in an airtight container such as a glass canning jar. Keep them away from extreme light, heat, and damp – storing them in the fridge is a big no-no.
2. Grind it yourself
Staying with the freshness theme, the true flavour of coffee comes to the fore when you use beans that have been freshly ground. Invest in a good quality grinder and grind your beans just before you brew your coffee. Keep the grind fine as this yields more flavour.
3. Think about the water
As good as South African tap water is, nothing ruins a great cup of coffee like chlorinated or off-tasting water. If you want to be sure to get the best taste, use bottled filtered water or fit your water tap with a charcoal filter. Steer clear of distilled water as it lacks essential minerals and can cause damage to your machine and lead to over-extraction.
4. Don’t be stingy
Avoid tasteless or overly bitter brews by using the correct coffee water ratio per cup. The standard measure is 7 grams per 125mls but experiment a little to find out what ratio best suits your taste buds.
5. Steady on the heat
Most automatic coffee machines regulate the temperature of the water but if you are making coffee by hand, make sure that the water you use isn’t too hot. Hot water tends to extract bitter compounds from the coffee, ruining the flavour. The proper brewing temperature is around 90 degrees Celsius or 45 seconds off a full boil.
6. Keep your tools clean
To avoid residues and build up, you should clean your containers and grinders every few weeks. And regularly clean and rinse your chosen coffee maker following the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure that you get the best out of your machine and your cup.
For many people, coffee is an essential part of their day, from wake up call to afternoon time out. And, if you’re determined to get the best out of the coffee you buy and the equipment you use, it’s worth making sure you know how to make the perfect cup of coffee every time.
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