There is nothing like taking a sip of the perfect cup of coffee to start your day off right. Unfortunately, many of us rarely have that experience because we don’t have the time or money to buy takeout coffee from that great barista every morning.
What if I told you that you don’t need to hit up the local coffee shop to experience coffee bliss? What if I told you that making the perfect cup of coffee at home is totally achievable? It is, and the coffee tricks below will help you do just that.
1. Buy fresh beans
The thing that will probably make the most difference to how good your coffee tastes is whether you buy fresh beans or not.
The fresher and higher quality the bean, the more complex the flavors and the more aromatic your morning cup will be. Typically, dried coffee beans start losing their flavor after two or three weeks, so go for fresh whole beans and you can’t go wrong.
2. Cool your beans
Cool coffee beans will not only grind more uniformly, but the grounds will be smaller, which means you will be able to extract the maximum flavor for a smoother, richer cup of coffee if you place your coffee grounds in the fridge to chill before grinding.
3. Filter your water
Filtering your water gets rid of any impurities and allows the flavor of the coffee to truly shine through. After all, most of your daily cup is water, so the purer you can make it, the better.
4. Try for 200 degrees
The optimum temperature for brewing coffee is unusually around 200 degrees Fahrenheit. If the temperature is too low, extraction cannot happen effectively, and if it is too high, your brew will be over-extracted and knot at all pleasant. Of course, you may have a slight preference for coffee brewed a few degrees above and below, and that is fine, but if you aim for around 200, you won’t go fast wrong.
5. Cream chargers for a light whip
If for you, the perfect cup of coffee always comes with a swirl of delicate cream on top, the secret that the baristas don’t want you to know about is the fabulous cream charger.
Cream chargers are basically little canisters of nitrous oxide, which when used in conjunction with a whipped cream dispenser, will aerate your cream and make it lighter and fluffier than you’ve ever had before, It’s way more effective than hand-whipping and it gives you that unmistakable barista finish.
6. Store in a glass container
Storing your coffee beans in an airtight glass container will prevent them from being tainted with the chemicals in plastic, while also ensuring the freshness is sealed in for longer.
As you can see, it really is possible to make the perfect cup of coffee at home every day. So, you no longer need to pay over the odds for barista coffee or have to venture out in those cold mornings to get your coffee hit. Enjoy!