Irrespective of how you choose to brew your coffee, there are some guidelines you need to follow so as to ensure you consistently get the best cup of coffee.
These suggestions should be considered as a means of basically fine tuning your already existing routine of brewing your favorite cup of coffee. They involve paying close attention to the following;
To get that superb cup of coffee it is imperative that you purchase your coffee as soon as it has been roasted. Good coffee is virtually synonymous with freshly roasted coffee.
It is also advisable to buy your coffee in smaller amounts. Resist the temptation to buy lots of coffee at one go. Make a point of buying just enough coffee to last you a specific short period. Buying your coffee every one to two weeks is highly recommended.
Equipment Used First and foremost, make a point of buying equipment such as percolators, coffee pots, brewers and coffee grinders from reliable manufacturers. It is also important to ensure that your appliances are cleaned thoroughly and regularly. Your equipment should be cleaned with clear, hot water and later dried using an absorbent towel.
Always make a point of ensuring no coffee oil has been left around your appliances, one should also ensure that no grounds are left to collect around any part of your coffee maker. If these residues are left to accumulate on the equipment, they can give your next cup of coffee a rancid and bitter flavor.
The Water you Use and its Temperature The water one uses to make coffee is very important. If your tap water has a strong chlorine odor or has a funny taste, avoid using it. When using tap water, always make sure that you let the tap run for a few seconds before you fill your pot with water. Don’t use softened or bottled water to make your coffee.
The brewer you use should maintain the water temperature between 195F to 205F for the best extraction. If the water is too hot, it will lead to loss of quality in terms of taste. On the other hand if the water is too cold it will be under extracted.
In the case you are manually brewing your coffee, ensure that the water comes to a near boil but ensure that it does not over boil. It is advisable to switch off the heat source and let the water settle for a minute before you put in the grounds.
Brewing Time This is basically the amount of time that the coffee grounds are in contact with water. If you are using the drip system, make sure the contact time is about 5 minutes. If you are using a plunger pot, ensure that the contact time is anything between two (2) to four (4) minutes while for espresso the optimum contact period is twenty (20) to thirty (30) seconds.
After the Coffee is Brewed The key question most coffee lovers ask is how long is coffee good for after brewing? It is highly recommended that you enjoy your coffee immediately after brewing. It is also advisable to pour your coffee in a warmed coffee cup or mug so that it maintains its temperature for much longer. Brewed coffee starts to lose its ideal taste just moments after being brewed and coffee lovers are usually advised to only brew coffee that will be consumed immediately.