Not everyone is a fan of coffee, but those who do drink coffee tend to LOVE it. There’s a lot that you may not know about brewing it, and certain things can affect the taste and aroma. It’s especially helpful to learn about coffee and best brewing practices if you like to make your own at home.
I’m an advocate for making your own coffee because it saves money and it wastes less paper and plastic. Making a fantastic cup of coffee is also not a bad skill to have, and your guests, roommates, and partner will love you for it. Most if all, you’ll get to enjoy premium tasting coffee every single day.
#1 Start with the Beans
If you want a truly satisfying cup of coffee, make sure to pay attention to the type of coffee beans you buy. The flavor will depend upon where the beans are grown and how they are roasted.
Understanding which are more pleasing to your taste buds is important, so if you don’t have any idea which type of coffee you prefer, definitely sample a variety. This is the fun part of making amazing coffee, so make sure to invite your friends over to join your coffee tasting party.
Here’s a free worksheet to help you keep track of which types of coffee beans you have tried and your thoughts on each one.
#2 Buy Fresh
When it comes to coffee, fresher is better. Freshly roasted, freshly ground, and freshly brewed coffee is always superior in flavor. Try to buy coffee that has just been roasted to perfection, and don’t grind your coffee until you’re ready to brew.
The best grinders are burr grinders, and they produce a better grind than blade grinders and blenders. If you don’t want to grind your own coffee, it’s okay to have it ground at the store. Just make sure to follow the rest of the tips for better flavor.
#3 Care For Your Equipment
Depending on the type of method you use to brew coffee, you will need to take different steps to properly care for your equipment. If you use a standard coffee machine with a filter, make sure everything is clean and 100% dry before each use.
The same goes for french presses, aeropresses, single serve machines, and grinders. When it comes to coffee makers, i’m obsessed with all things Chemex.
#4 Measure Perfectly
No matter what type of brewing system you have at home, you’ll want to use 1-2 tablespoons of coffee (ground) for every six ounces of water, or roughly ½-1 teaspoon of ground coffee per ounce of water. The amount you use within the recommended range will depend on how you like your coffee to taste.
Try using 1 tablespoon of ground coffee per six ounces of water, and the next day use two. See which you prefer and experiment with your measurements for every variety of coffee bean and roast that you try.
Instead of throwing sparse, old grinds into a wet filter every morning, try putting more care into your brewing routine. I also recommend purchasing fair trade coffee to support the workers around the world who make our coffee addictions possible. Some of the best brands include Cafedirect, Higher Ground, and Allegro Coffee.
How do you brew good coffee? Share with us in the comments below!