How to make the perfect cup of Coffee
Oh I know, you don’t need to read this. You already make a fantastic cup of coffee, better than anything you’ve had in a coffee-house. So stop reading this now.Of course if you actually prefer St@rb**ks brew to your own you are doing something wrong.
The most important ingredient in any cup of coffee is……… the water.
Yep. Not the coffee. There’s more water in a cup than coffee….. so what kind of water makes the perfect cup of coffee? The type of water you would drink (without aid of lemon or sugar syrup). The perfect coffee water is not too hard or two soft (minerals matter, too many or two few and your coffee will be off). Filtered or bottled water is good (but not distilled water or mineral water). If your tap water is drinkable and you don’t have a water softener for your house water use tap water, but let it run a minute or so before you fill your coffee pot.Also use cold water, or room temperature Never hot water.
Ok so now you’ve got the water, but it’s a little lacking in kick.Time for the coffee. You’ve bought some fabulous beans off this fantastic website you just found. Now what?
How are you brewing your coffee? This is the most important thing. Depending upon how you are planning to brew your coffee depends on what kind of grind you need for your beans. The right kind of grind is going to give you the right amount of extraction from your beans. Over-extraction gives you bitter coffee, under-extraction gives you dirty water.\The rule is that the faster you are going to brew the coffee the smaller the grind.\So espresso needs a fine grind, drip a medium grind, french press and percolator need a coarse grind.The exact grind can then be adjusted to your tastes, do you like your coffee with a little more of a bite or not.
Now we get to the coffee itself.The most important thing is to use the right amount of coffee for your brewing method.
For a standard auto-drip machine with a paper filter the general rule of thumb is 1-2 tablespoons for 6 ounces of water.So if you want to fill up a big travel mug and not use too much milk you’ll need a minimum of two tablespoons, but try it until it’s the coffee you like that you’d be willing to spend $3 on in a chain store. Most people never use enough coffee and can’t understand why their coffee is never as good as what they want.For specialized brewing methods, with a Moka pot or stove top espresso maker, french press or cold brew coffee maker see the directions for use under each system.
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