The morning coffee is the first thing a lot of people think after the alarm’s ringing. If you’re addicted to that cup of delicious liquid, don’t worry – you’re not alone. Over 54% of 18-aged are drinking an average of 3,1 cups a day. So popular among office workers, who drink it to sober up fast. However, often the fantasy is not quite the same as the reality. We all know how the perfect cup should look, smell and taste, but how to prepare it yourself?
The secrets of how to brew the best cup are simple and we’re eager to share.
Choose the best coffee beans. Beans should be fresh and of the highest quality. Medium roasted, 100% Arabica is the best choice. Be wary of buying bulk variants from the display bins in supermarkets – oxygen and light are the worst busters foe roasted beans. Keep coffee fresh. Never grind coffee beans in big quantities, because it starts loosing quality almost immediately after grinding. You’d better get ready only the needed quantity for every service. Store beans in an airlight container at room temperature. Use the best water. Good coffee depends on the hardness of the water used. Nothing can ruin the pot of coffee than tap water with chlorine. You should use activated charcoal/ carbon filter on your tap. Avoid softened water, moreover – distilled, it will make the coffee terrible.
Remember about proper brewing temperature. Too hot water will extract compounds in the coffee that are bitter rather than pleasant. The perfect brewing temperature is about 90° C. Also, never expect coffee to hold its best flavors to long – don’t reheat or boil, that will turn even the best coffee foul-tasting and bitter. Use clean equipment. Keep your equipment clean, rinse everything thoroughly before reuse. Mind quality of the milk. If you combine coffee with milk, remember that its quality is as important as water – use only fresh organic milk.
And, of course, don’t forget to experiment to discover what you like. You deserve a perfect cup of coffee!