You don't have to be a coffee snob to enjoy great coffee.
I love coffee and I want it to be the best it can be, and I always encourage others to do the same. And, you don't have to know everything there is to know about coffee in order to enjoy great coffee at home. But you should know the basics at the very least. Corporate brand coffee companies lie to us everyday. The #1 factor in quality coffee is not the brand you by, and for that matter neither is the machine you use. The number one variable in the quality of coffee you make at home is you. You decide at the moment of purchase weather your will brew great coffee or bad coffee. If you buy pre-ground coffee that comes in a red plastic container, your dooming yourself to a mediocre cup at best.
There are a few techniques that can immediately improve the quality of your coffee, no matter how fancy (or basic) your coffee machine is.
Here are five tips for making your drip coffee taste a whole lot better
Coffee doesn't stay fresh forever. Fresh Roasted Coffee reaches its peak flavor just days after it has been roasted and should be consumed within a month of its roast date. Think of it like hot-from-the-oven, home baked bread, fresh is best!
To find fresh coffee, check with your local coffee shop (Starbucks doesn't count as local either). Some roast on the spot or source from local roasters who roast in smaller batches, which typically means fresher coffee.
2. Grind your own beans.
For maximum flavor, grind your coffee immediately before brewing.
This hard for many people because the cost can be prohibitive, however, there are lots of affordable grinders out there. You can find one that fits your budget with a quick google search.
To preinfuse your coffee, insert a filter into the hopper and add your coffee grounds. Then use a kettle to preheat roughly 1 3/4 ounces of water to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and slowly pour it over the grounds, making sure to thoroughly wet all the grounds. Let this sit for approximately 45 seconds before starting the coffee maker.
5. Brew at the right temperature
Many automatic drip machines don't reach optimal brewing temperature.
Many low-end automatic coffee makers can't reach the optimal brewing temperature. The best brew temperature for home brewed drip coffee is between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. Some newer, high-end models have a manual temperature adjustment, but older, cheaper makers do not.
If you take away nothing more from this, I hope you start buying whole beans from a local roaster (like me) and have them ground for you. I guarantee your coffee experience with increase immeasurably with that one simple change in your coffee buying choices.
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