The truth is, specialty coffee is quite special, once you begin to understand it. If you have ever been confused about how some coffee is $6 a bag and some $27 a bag, it's okay you're not a lone. It wasn't that many years ago, before I started my journey into coffee roasting, that I felt the same way.
Sticker shock is not uncommon when you first dip your toes into the world of specialty coffee, but fear not! Take a deep breath and relax a minute, you're just getting started. Not all specialty coffees are $27 a bag.
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.
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