9 Ways to Brew Great Coffee at Home
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9 Ways to Brew Great Coffee at Home

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9 Ways to Brew Great Coffee at Home

 

Are you interested in learning more about coffee?  Do you want to create fabulous drinks, but lack the knowledge and skill?  If so, there is great news for you.  There are several tips that can help you.  This article, 9 Ways to brew great coffee at home will help you understand more about coffee and how to make great coffee at home.

 

9 Ways to Brew Great Coffee at Home
Brewing coffee.

Great Coffee at Home

 

If you want great coffee at home you have a couple choices.  You can invest in either an espresso machine, or one of the single serve coffee makers.  This second one is really hands-off and you are at the mercy of the grind and roast.  The espresso machine will require a bit of a learning curve as you learn to properly brew espresso and steam milk, however, this can be a great way to impress your friends.  The best coffee is one that is created thoughtfully and methodically.

 

Fresh is Best

 

Buy smaller bags, or cans of coffee.  If you buy coffee in a can, only buy what you will consume in a couple of weeks.  One of the companies 5AM Podcast crew buys from is Colombian Direct.  Buying smaller batches will cost more money than buying a large can and storing it for a while.  But, and this one is important – what you save in money by buying a larger can, you end up sacrificing in taste.  And we are buying for the aroma, hidden flavours and taste.

 

9 Ways to Brew Great Coffee at Home
Storing coffee beans.

Storing your Beans and Grounds

 

If you are planning to store coffee beans, keep them in a place that is close to room temperature.  This will help to extend the longevity of the beans, so that no flavor is lost providing great-tasting coffee for a very long time.  Storing coffee beans in temperatures too hot or cold can cause them to go stale faster.  Remember LAHM when storing coffee.  We want to avoid Light, Air, Heat and Moisture.  For containers your best options are always airtight and ones that will not let light through.  Once you have opened your foil bag, ceramic, non-clear glass and metal are your best container options.  Remember, we want to avoid the Light, Air, Heat and Moisture.

 

Choose Your Flavours

 

Naturally, the taste of coffee largely depends on the beans.  Experiment with different blends and brands to become a true aficionado.  I will definitely suggest you try the small producers as they often have specialty bean varieties the big companies never offer.  Don’t let the price deter you.  If you find a great blend, one cup might be just as satisfying as three cups of what you drink now.

 

Check your Water

 

I like to use our filter water when creating a pot to drink.  The taste of your coffee relates to the purity of the water used to make it.  Remember, anything you put into your brew will influence its taste.  As a result, bottled, or filtered water that comes from the tap can give you a higher level of deliciousness for your home brewed cup of coffee.  Since your coffee essentially consists of mostly water, the quality of the water you use will affect the quality of the coffee you drink.  Avoid using a water-softening filter for the water you use in your coffee.  Super soft water fails to properly extract the coffee oils.

 

Cold Brew Coffee

 

Cold brew your coffee using grounds, water, a filter, (and milk if you want) before going to bed.  Trying to quickly cool a hot cup of coffee in the morning by putting it in the refrigerator or freezer can lead to a watered-down beverage.  Remember, the best coffee is one that is created slowly.  Therefore, preparing the night before is important.

 

No Re-Heats

 

Avoid reheating your coffee at all costs.  When you reheat your coffee, it tends to lose a lot of its natural flavors.  If you do not plan on drinking your coffee right away, take it with you in a good quality stainless steel, glass, or ceramic travel mug.

 

The Daily Grind

 

Even if you do not have a coffee grinder at home, you can purchase whole beans and grind them at the supermarket.  Most stores that sell whole bean coffee also have a machine that you can use to grind your coffee as you purchase it.  This is a great way to choose the grind you prefer. If you like strong coffee, avoid using a coarse grind.  This is one of the most common causes for people thinking their coffee is too weak.  If you do not grind your own, you may discover that a darker roast will help you.  Either way, you want to create coffee that you enjoy.

 

Coffee Filter Fit

 

It is usually a one size fits all deal with coffee machines but make sure you buy the right size filters for your coffee maker.  If your filters aren’t the right size, grounds can slip into the coffee being brewed, making it grainy.  This defeats the purpose of using filters. Using the right size filters will ensure your coffee is smooth and delicious.

 

9 Ways to Brew Great Coffee at Home
Sharing coffee with friends.

The Wrap-up

 

Ideally, 7 Ways to brew great coffee at home will help you understand more about coffee and how to make great coffee at home.  We hope this article helped you to understand some of the ways that professionals brew great cups and pots of coffee.  Use them so that you can begin to understand how to make your own coffee better.  Your family and friends will thank you.  They will also be amazed at your new skill.  Feel free to check out Colombian Direct for your next coffee purchase – they are not an affiliate – they just sell great tasting coffee.

 

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