Very few things beat the feeling of starting the day with a delicious cup of joe. But, brewing great coffee goes beyond rolling out of bed, throwing some grounds in a filter, and running the coffee machine. No. Brewing great coffee is more of an art, which, sadly, not many people have mastered.
You may not realize this but how you make your coffee goes a long way to determine the intensity of its taste and flavor. So, if you want the right taste and flavor, you need to get the whole pre-brewing and brewing process right. If you are big on morning coffee like I am, then you’ll find these important tips to know before making your morning coffee super helpful. Let’s get right into it!
Tip #1: Purchase Fresh Coffee Beans
The first rule of making great coffee is getting great coffee beans. The quality of your cup of coffee is determined by the quality of beans you make it with, this is why it is essential to buy fresh whole bean coffee. Fresh beans provide a richer and flavorful aroma and taste, which makes your coffee taste even more heavenly. Of course, this can be difficult to do since most beans you’ll find on the shelves have probably been roasted months before purchase. However, if possible, scout for fresh coffee, you may find this in local coffee shops or from local roasters.
Tip #2: Roast Your Beans
This might not fit into your morning coffee routine, but taking time to roast your beans can make all the difference to your cup of joe. Freshly roasted coffee beans look and smell better, giving you a richer taste. Before the advent of technology, many people roast their coffee beans over the fire, and this process made the coffee beans fresher and taste better. Thankfully, you don’t have to roast your coffee over the fire since there are many small roasters on the market to help you get that done.
No doubt, home roasting can be tedious, but it’ll be worth the stress after taking a sip of that delicious freshly roasted and brewed coffee.
Tip #3: Grind The Beans
One thing that can take your cup of joe from average to amazing is the grinding process. A lot of people do not pay attention to this process because most people typically buy pre-ground coffee. But, there’s absolutely nothing better than grinding your beans. Grinding your beans at home gives you fresher and better-tasting coffee than the pre-ground variety. You also need to pay attention to when you grind your coffee. Typically, coffee starts to lose its flavor approximately 30 minutes after being ground. As such, it is best to grind your beans right before brewing.
Apart from time, you also need to consider the size and texture of the coffee beans. If you grind the coffee into rough chunks, you will have a weak java of coffee. However, if you grind the beans too fine, you might end up with a cup of coffee that’s too bitter. As I said, making good coffee is an art that requires finesse and some level of expertise. That said, a manual hand mill should get the job done, but if you have some bucks to spare, then you can opt for an automatic burr grinder.
Tip #4: Measure By Weight Instead Of Volume
A common mistake many people make is measuring their coffee beans by volume – this can go pretty wrong for many reasons. However, measuring by weight gives you a more accurate measurement of the beans you are using and can help you balance the right amount of water, as well as the brewing time required to get the perfect coffee. You can use a digital scale to measure more accurately before brewing your morning coffee. Experts suggest the right ratio to make a medium-strong cup of coffee is 1:20 (one-part coffee to 20 parts water). Of course, you can up or reduce the ratio based on your preference.
Making your morning coffee is serious business, especially if you want to start the day feeling energized and ready to take on anything. These helpful tips will help you make richer and tastier coffee than before. Also, remember that the right temperature matters when brewing your morning joe. Many automatic drip machines can’t brew at the desired temperature (between 195- and 205-degrees Fahrenheit). As such, always look out for coffee makers that come with a manual temperature adjustment feature. This may be pricey, but worth the money.