Give Yourself The Best Tasting Coffee You Can
Not everybody loves coffee, and even those that do can find their pallet gets jaded from time to time. Perhaps you find you like the coffee you buy, but you just can’t get as good a tasting brew at home? Is that daily cup of coffee you purchase starting to make a dent in your finances? If so, perhaps it’s time to do something about it.
Whatever your reasons, learning to make a really good cup of coffee at home is more science than art. Many people who claim they dislike coffee find they actually do like it when it’s made properly. And when you enjoy the coffee you make, you can save yourself some money by taking your home-made coffee to work with you.
OK! Here are some tips on making a really good cup of coffee at home:
1. Clean Your Machine
The most likely reason your coffee doesn’t taste great is simply that your coffee maker could do with a good clean. If your coffee machine is dirty before you start, you cannot expect to make a tasty cup or pot of coffee.
You need to clean it, and the easiest way to do this is to make a cleaning mixture of one part vinegar to two parts water. Run the mixture through the coffee maker and then rinse it with two pots of fresh, clear water.
Take the relevant items of your coffee machine apart and allow them to dry for several hours (or overnight) before re-assembling the machine when all the parts are dry.
2. Which Machines Are Best?
Have you ever considered why some coffee makers cost less than $25 while others are more than $250? The parts in the higher-priced machines are made with stainless steel and other non-plastic materials. The higher quality parts really do preserve the taste of the coffee over time much better than their cheaper counterparts do.
The more expensive machines also get the water hotter, which, as we will see below, makes a noticeable difference to the taste. You really do get what you pay for.
Don’t overlook yard and garage sales in your area. These are great places to look for second-hand, high-quality coffee makers; you can get a a real bargain for very little money.
You can also do without a machine altogether and use a French press instead. Many coffee drinkers feel that the French press is the ideal way to make the best possible cup of coffee.
3. What About The Water?
If you are using tap water, it’s highly likely that your coffee won’t taste as good. And if you have hard tap water, it will also speed up the calcification of the inside of your machine, due to build up of lime scale. The solution is to use filtered water, which will give you much better tasting results; just so long as the water is fresh and cold.
4. Do The Beans Make A Difference?
Now that your machine is clean and filled with fresh, cold, and filtered water, let’s check out the actual coffee beans.
Did you know that coffee beans quickly grow stale. If you use pre-ground coffee, buy small quantities so you get through it quickly. Its freshness lasts little more than a week.
If you really want a good cup of coffee, though, get whole coffee beans and invest in a grinder. Go for high-quality beans, not the typical mass-produced stuff. If you have a local coffee shop, get your beans there instead of at the grocery store.
5. How Much Coffee Should I Use?
Generally, you’ll want to use two level tablespoons of freshly-ground coffee per six-ounce cup of water. If you enjoy your coffee strong you might like to add one extra tablespoon at the end to give that extra strength.
6. Drink It Hot!
Don’t delay, drink your coffee as soon as possible after it’s brewed. Coffee starts to lose flavor after a short while, so brew it in small batches.
There you have it! With a little trial and error, you’ll soon be making a great tasting cup of coffee every time.