Making a World Class Cup of Gourmet Coffee
For a change, a good cup of coffee would be nice. It does take some time and some energy to find a great cup of gourmet coffee these days. If you do know of a perfect coffee shop, you are one of the lucky ones. But, did you know that you can basically make a nice cup of coffee on your own from home?
Simple steps that you can take to produce the perfect cup of coffee every time.
Start with quality. One of the most critical aspects of coffee drinking is the grade of the coffee that you start off with. If you have a favorite flavor, then purchase whole beans in that flavor. If you can do this, it will allow you to get the freshest coffee accessible. And, as much as possible, get those beans as soon after roasting as possible.
Grind away. Purchase a quality coffee grinder. Some of the best grinders available today are easy to use and easy to clean up. By grinding your own coffee beans, you’ll be able to only grind what you need, meaning that you will have complete freshness in your coffee every time.
Store It Right and Tight. It is very fundamental to store your coffee tightly. Air oxidizes the coffee and can make it to get bitter quickly. Metal canisters can also enable a metal taste to get into the coffee, making it taste bad. When the beans are packaged at the roasting house, they are sealed with nitrogen to keep oxygen and freshness in. Once you open the package, we suggest transferring those freshly roasted beans to a vacuum seal bag and re-seal them after you take what you need for today’s grind. Short of having a vacuum sealer, the top solution is for keeping the freshness in is a plastic or ceramic air tight container for your coffee and coffee beans. Also, store it at room temperature because the moisture in the fridge or freezer can make it go bad faster.
Getting to The Coffee
The Maker. The coffee maker that you use is also critical. No matter what style that you go with, you can get a good cup of coffee out of it if you take the essential steps to keeping it fresh.
For example, you should ensure that the coffee maker is kept clean after each use. In fact, you’ll need to make sure that you detail clean it, with the assistance of vinegar, every so often as well. Your preferences will ultimately determine which style of coffee maker you will use. Make sure that it uses a permanent filter in it. You can also, and I recommend, filling your carafe with distilled water (which you should also use as your brewing water) and putting a ½ teaspoon of baking soda in and letting it sit for an hour or so then rinsing very well.
Even in The Water. Even the water that you use is central to the quality of the coffee you will get from it. It is essential that you use water that is free from chlorine and minerals. Distilled is beast. You will get the purest coffee flavor and if you are using an electric drip coffee maker, distilled water will extend the makers life and prevent mineral deposit build up inside the machine. Also, keep the water nice and hot. A good temperature for the water is about 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
Supply the Right Amount. It is also central for you to use the right quantity of coffee beans and coffee grounds in the maker. Too much and you will have a very strong cup of coffee and too little will make it to be too weak. Follow the directions provided by the coffee producer for the best cup of coffee. You can also experiment with the it to find what makes you the happiest with your coffee beverage.
Lastly and probably the most vital aspect of getting a great cup of gourmet coffee is to make sure to enjoy your coffee when it is hot and fresh. Most restaurants are told to keep coffee for less than thirty minutes, but at home, the best coffee is the coffee that hasn’t sat for more than twenty minutes. ENJOY!