Did you know that US consumes more than 102 BILLION home-brewed cups of coffee a year? And that an average American spends about $1,100 a year just for coffee. That’s a lot of coffee – for all of those caffeine lovers! Kidding aside, even though coffee seems to be included in the American’s typical day, it is possible that you might not all be making it correctly.
HOW DO YOU MAKE YOUR COFFEE?
Basically, there are five steps in making a cup of coffee. Using a filter drip coffee maker:
- Grind the coffee beans – make sure you use specialty-sealed whole beans and that it goes through proper grinding before brewing.
- While grinding, heat water to 200 degrees and use spring or filtered water if possible.
- Put the fresh grinds into the specialty filter.
- Splash the grinds a bit and then wait for 30 seconds before pouring the remaining water.
- Wait for it to drip or steep for 3 minutes.
And voila! You now have made yourself an enjoyable cup of coffee you can relish while working or relaxing over a good book.
But is there more you can do? Why yes, yes there is!
SECRETS TO THE ELUSIVE PERFECT CUP OF COFFEE
If it’s the perfect coffee you want to enjoy, you need to first understand the fundamentals to achieve this…
- Invest in high-quality coffee machines
- Always choose whole beans
- Observe the right water-to-coffee ratio
- Keep it fresh
For the grinder, manual or automatic will do an okay job. However some experts highly recommend a burr grinder because it produces grinds with better consistency. Majority of Americans choose single-serve machines because of their fast-paced lifestyle. And that’s fine especially if you’re always on the go. Then again, some experts claim that this will not guarantee a better tasting coffee.
Pre-ground coffee loses about 60% of its flavor from natural oils that are still trapped inside a whole coffee bean. Once ground, these oils are exposed and begin to oxidize within 15 minutes, losing its moisture and fragrance. Using freshly grind coffee means you get to enjoy better aroma and taste in your coffee.
Keep the water temperature from 195-205 degrees, or just below the boiling point. For the proportions, put approximately 0.38oz (2 tbsp) of ground coffee for every 6oz (3/4 cup) of water.
Where you store your coffee beans determines how long it’s going to retain its freshness. Keep your storage away from direct light, heat and moisture. Never put it in the fridge or freezer if you don’t want other odors to mix with its aroma or risk humidity. As much as possible, store it in a place that is dark, cool, dry and airtight and consume it within two weeks after opening.
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