Making a perfect cup of coffee at home seems like a big task. Sometimes you get a delicious cup of coffee, and other times you wonder what went wrong. However, a few techniques and tips can be helpful to get a perfect cup of coffee every time at home. Simple and small changes in the preparation of your coffee can bring about an incredible effect.
For making a coffee at home, you need to get yourself a coffee maker. There are many benefits of owning a coffee maker. For example, you will save a lot of money, time, and gas by avoiding a coffee from a café. Coffee makers are easy to use, and you can purchase a good one at an affordable rate.
In addition, these coffee-making devices are portable, convenient, promote creativity, save money, and are great for health. One of the best benefits is you can have your coffee whenever and however you want.
Top Tips to Make a Flavorful Coffee
1. Store Beans in a Proper Way
Keeping coffee in an airtight container that shields sunlight is important to prevent it from losing its flavor and going stale. When the coffee is exposed to oxygen, the deterioration speeds up, and your coffee starts to lose its flavor. Never freeze or refrigerate the beans; store them at room temperature. Buying a five to seven days coffee supply is ideal.
2. Use a Measuring Scale
When you eyeball or scoop the amount of coffee in a cup, it gives you an adequate amount of coffee. However, to get the right amount, it is best to use a measuring scale. Use ‘Golden Ratio’ that is using one gram of coffee to eighteen grams of water. However, your personal preferences matter a lot. So, use the guidelines and find your golden ratio according to your taste and choice.
3. How and When You Grind Matters
Having the right coffee grinder to grind the coffee beans is prime. If you want to have a barista-quality coffee at home, investing in a burr grinder will be best. It is expensive but will give you the perfect cup of coffee every time. However, if you cannot afford a burr grinder, then a manual hand mill will also do the job, and you will get a consistent, nice grind.
Before brewing, grind your coffee, and you will get the ultimate flavor. Thirty minutes after you ground your coffee, it starts to lose its flavor. Moreover, also make sure you grind the coffee beans to the right consistency and size. Too powdery means the coffee will taste bitter, while too coarse means a weak pot of coffee. So, try to get the fine-medium to medium grind.
4. Buy Fresh, Good, Whole Bean Coffee
If you want to have a perfect cup of coffee every time, you must use fresh, high-quality coffee beans. One of the main things is to stay within budget, so do not go for super expensive coffee. Another crucial thing is to always opt for whole-bean coffee.
The natural flavors of the coffee are in the essential oils of beans. So, buying whole-bean coffee will give more taste.
5. Brewing Methods Matter
To get the perfect cup of coffee, having the right equipment and tool plays a crucial role. It is because all coffee brewing methods are created differently. The following are a few you can use to get a delicious cuppa Joe you want:
- Pour-over/ drip with a Coffee Cone
This is one of the simplest, cheapest, oldest, and fastest methods to brew coffee at home. In this method, you pour hot water over the coffee grounds in a paper filter, and the coffee slowly drips into the pot or a cup.
In this method, you have to use steam to form pressure from the boiled water in the lower section of the pot. This pressure is passed through the coffee grounds in the middle chamber. And the high compartment is where brewed coffee then sits.
At the bottom of the brew chamber, there is a filter in a coffee basket. The brew chamber is where you add hot water, and here the coffee ground rests. The hot water steeps the coffee. Now press down the plunger to form air pressure, which would help extract the coffee.
- Pour-over/Drip with Chemex
This method is the same as the coffee cone. The only difference in this method is a special Chemex (an elegant pour-over glass flask) and a paper filter. These filters, compared to other filters, are twenty to thirty percent heavier.
- French Press
There is no method other than the French press that is the best and easiest to brew consistent coffee. Take a press pot and soak, steep, and strain ground coffee and it will keep the antioxidants, caffeine, and flavorful essential oils of the coffee.
6. Always Keep Your Equipment Clean
As coffee beans have oil, so not washing the equipment can make the oil stay. And it will impact the taste of your coffee when you use the equipment again. So, do not forget to wash it daily.
7. Use the Right Water
Just like good-quality coffee gives you perfect taste, the same way quality water gives you good-quality coffee. If your tap water has a flavor (such as chlorine) or strong odor or is not good, use bottled or filtered water instead. However, if you use tap water, then do one thing. Before filling your coffee pot, let it run for a few seconds.
Moreover, always use cold water for brewing coffee.
8. Steam Your Milk
You can steam your milk with the help of an electric milk frother at home. However, if you do not want to spend your money on buying other equipment, you can use a microwave and a clean jam jar. Firstly, for creating foam, shake the milk in the jam jar, then microwave it for a few seconds. It will stabilize the foam and use non-fat or low-fat milk to get the best foam. Non-fat or low-fat milk is fortified with added protein.
9. Set the Perfect Temperature For Your Coffee
Between 194° F to 204° F is the perfect temperature for brewing your coffee. If the water is too hot, then it will, instead of pleasant, extract the bitter compounds in the coffee. Also, prolong holding on a warming platform or reheating the coffee can turn the best coffee foul-tasting and bitter.
Therefore, you can opt for a thermometer to keep track of the temperature.
10. Experiment with Different Types
To find your ultimate favorite coffee, experiment with different types at home. Play around with grind sizes, brew methods, coffees, or even spices, and you will find your perfect cup.
Making a perfect cup of coffee is not an easy job, especially for beginners. However, you can make it effortless by buying the right tools and equipment and following small tips. They can bring a massive change to your coffee game, and you can enjoy a barista-quality coffee at your home. You would not have to run to the café and spend your hard-earned money.