An excellent way to start your day is with a cup of perfectly brewed coffee. It has many amazing benefits, including keeping you energised throughout the day. With 65% of your coffee consumption at home, now is the perfect time to enhance your morning coffee routine by making some easy changes with minimum effort. It might surprise you that coffee is not that easy to make, especially if you want to have the best cup every morning. Making the perfect morning brew requires a lot of attention to detail, from the type of coffee beans to measuring the right amounts of water and so much more. With these helpful tips, it’s time to take your coffee brewing skills to the next level. 

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  1. Find the right beans…

Finding the best coffee beans for your perfect morning brew doesn’t need to be stressful. Think of it as a fun experience of trying different tastes until you find what you want. Plus, it always helps to know more about coffee beans to find one that suits your preferences. Most coffee products come in three main types: Robusta, Arabica and Liberica coffee beans. But you might notice immediately that most products use the terms “blends” and “origins” a lot of the time. Origins tell you where the coffee beans are from, so a single-origin coffee bean comes from one place. On the other hand, blends are beans from several origins and are mixed to produce a unique flavour. Knowing these differences would help you know what type of coffee beans you are looking for. 

It’s best to start with beans from a single origin, especially if you are new to drinking coffee regularly. That way, you can appreciate the pure taste of coffee better. You can better compare which type you like when you finally drink a blend.

2.Invest in a coffee grinder

Grinding your own coffee beans means you would have an extra fresh cup of coffee. Grinding also enhances the flavour of your coffee. Moreover, using a coffee grinder will help you grind and finely chop your beans more consistently so it doesn’t clump up when brewing. 

If you are looking for the best coffee grinders on the market, it always helps to know what features you are looking for. Most coffee grinders tend to come in either manual or automatic makes. Manual grinders are an excellent choice if you want something more durable. But if you are on the go and do not have that luxury of time, you should get an automatic coffee grinder. 

3. Add new ingredients

Your usual cup of morning coffee might be enough to perk you up and help you through the day. But if you’re tired of the same old taste, why not try adding some extra ingredients to give your taste buds something new to enjoy? If you tend to drink pure black coffee and are looking for a change, you can try adding creamers and sweeteners. The good thing about these additions is that they come in different flavours, so you can never get bored with one taste. If sugar isn’t for you, you can use cinnamon instead. For more of a challenge, why not try your hands at making some coffee shop drinks. There are many coffee types worth exploring, from cappuccino and macchiato to latte. 

4. Clean your coffee maker regularly

If you drink coffee regularly, it is vital to develop the habit of giving your coffee maker a good clean at least once or twice a week. Ensure that you use a clean filter each time you make a serving, and if you have a drip coffee maker, clean it thoroughly with a water and vinegar solution to get rid of the smell of coffee residue. You can also get a self-cleaning coffee maker if cleaning seems tedious or you have a busy lifestyle. Plus, it would keep your coffee maker in top condition at all times.

5. Use clean water

The kind of water you use when brewing your coffee may play a role in whether you’d have the perfect cup or not. Be sure you use clean or filtered water for a pleasant experience. Tap water, for example, is filled with minerals that can affect the taste of your morning brew. On the other hand, filtered water is a much better option, as it doesn’t have any leftover impurities. 

Take your mornings to the next step by upping your coffee routine to help you seize and make the most of your day. With these tips, you will make the perfect brews in no time.

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If you are like most coffee drinkers, you probably think you are already getting an awesome cup of coffee. However, odds are that you can probably still improve the quality by following these eleven steps:

1. Use Quality Coffee Beans

Stay out of the grocery stores! OK that is a serious statement, but seriously do not buy coffee beans at the grocery store. No one knows when it was roasted and that is a critical, key point in coffee freshness. These beans are known for being stale, whether they are in the gravity bins (especially stale!) or bagged (usually stale!). No one really knows how long the beans have been in the bins or bags. Buy your coffee from an area independent coffee shop or artisan coffee roaster that can verify the roasting date. This is the only way to know you are buying freshly roasted coffee beans of gourmet quality. Their reputation is on the line so they strive for the best quality coffee freshly roasted.

2. Store Properly

Remove your beans from the original bag and put in an airtight container like Tupperware or Glad Ware. The more opaque the container, the better to keep harmful light out. Extreme light like keeping coffee in a glass jar on the sink can cause deterioration of your beans, allowing your final cup of coffee to taste flat or stale.

Do not store in the freezer or refrigerator. Keep them in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place like a cupboard or pantry. Refrigerators harbour many odours and coffee is very porous. It will act as a sponge to odours whether it’s ground or whole bean. Freezers can cause freezer burn, and the flavour oils to crack and lose flavour. These oils are where the flavour is. Storing in the freezer freezes the surface condensation each time the coffee is taken out of the freezer.

Excess moisture will cause your beans to stale faster and shorten the life span of your coffee so a cool, dry and dark place is recommended for storage.

3. Proper Grind and Grind Just Before Using

The grind of the coffee matters. Your coffee should be ground for the type of brewing method you are using. Coarse for French press and single serve, fine for espresso. The in-between matter but for most auto-drip makers your grind should be just finer than coarse meaning that when you rub it between your fingers the grinds should feel similar to typical bread crumbs. Espresso grinds should feel like somewhere between sugar and powdered sugar. Also, by using a burr grinder your coffee will receive less friction than a typical blade grinder giving your grinds less chance to get scorched during grinding.

Coffee is very porous and will absorb odours and air (oxygen) very fast. Oxygen will make your coffee taste really bad! So, the longer your coffee is ground and not used the longer it has to stale and make a bad cup.

4. Measure Properly

Weigh your coffee before you grind it. To make a good, well-rounded cup of coffee you should use approximately.75oz (22g) of coffee beans to every 8oz of cold water. You can +/- to taste but this is a good starting point.

5. Purified Water at Precise Temperature

Fresh, clean tap water (purified is best) or quality spring water is recommended. Do not use mineral water, distilled water or tap water with any type of odour. It will make your coffee taste bad. The water should be between 195-205 degrees when ready to brew. At this temperature, the coffee will get proper extraction to optimize the flavour oils and caramelized sugars inside the coffee bean. This is hard to accomplish with most home brewers as the heating elements are not heat adjustable nor are they reliable to heat to the proper temperature at all. Good home coffee brewers will cost about $200 but are well worth it and last a lot longer. If you can, try the single-cup pour-over methods available or other brewing methods such as French press or siphon. The taste difference is remarkable. Google search each method for more information.

6. Brew Just Enough to Drink

Letting your brewed coffee sit waiting is not a good idea. And more so please do not let it sit on the hot plate! This is a good way to cook your coffee. Constant ‘keep warm’ mode like this will make it taste bitter. If you have to brew more than one cup and are not going to finish it right away, get an airpot of airtight hot container to keep it in. Still drink it within an hour or so but it will buy your more time.

7. Let it Cool

By letting your coffee cool to about 170 degrees (for black coffee) you will not only avoid burning your mouth, but you will also get a more enjoyable coffee experience because you will taste the true essence of what coffee is all about: the brightness, the chocolaty notes, the citrus notes, the spices. It’s all there, get a little geeky! If you insist on pouring cream and sugar in your coffee, forget #7 and #8 respectively!

8. Drink it Black

This is the coffee geek purist in me coming out! I used to drink my coffee with cream and sugar all the time until I got into the coffee business years ago. Society decided cream and sugar was the norm because of bad tasting coffee, not because coffee tastes bad. Coffee used to be bitter as a rule, but that was your father’s cup! Most likely the canned stuff from the grocery store. Ick! That is the old-school coffee made from Robusta beans, a low-grade coffee. Today the high-quality coffee beans are called Arabica and you get them from coffee houses and artisan coffee roasters. When beans are blended and roasted properly black coffee is not bitter. It may take some getting used to but I assure you that you are missing a lot of great-tasting coffee by adding cream and sugar!

9. Throw Out Any Leftover Brewed Coffee

This is part of #6 above but deserves its own number. If you have brewed coffee leftover past an hour in an airpot or air-tight container, throw it out. Brewed coffee has a life span as well and letting it cook itself in a container is not part of it.

10. Throw Out Any Leftover Coffee Beans

OK let me clarify! By this, I mean the coffee that is left over after 21 days. Coffee beans have a life span of approximately 21 days from the day it is roasted. I prefer to drink mine within 10 days but that is just the coffee geek again. If you can span your coffee for use within 21 days of the day it’s roasted you will get a better tasting and far more superior cup. I know, you are asking “how do I know when my Seattle’s Best or Newman’s Own coffee beans were actually roasted?” Well, see #1 above for your answer.

11. Rinse and Repeat

That says it all! If you follow these steps I promise you will notice a more flavorful and tasty cup of brew!

Article Source: – Author – Tony DiCorpo is a coffee roaster, barista and coffee business consultant.

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