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How to Brew The Perfect Cup of Coffee

When the first sip of coffee hits our taste buds in the morning, our worries instantly melt away, leaving us to calm in the serenity of morning breeze with the scent of fresh coffee tickling our noses.

To some of us, the day’s first cup of coffee can really set the mood for the day. So, we often end up relying on a barista at our favorite coffee shop to serve us the perfect cup of coffee – but this comes in a price not so pleasant. Start brewing your own daily cup like a barista. With these few guidelines to follow, you will be making the perfect cup coffee in anytime right at your home!

Choose the Right Beans

A good cup of coffee starts by choosing the right beans. However, coffee is rather personal—the best tasting coffee solely depends on your preference and how you like it. For the reason, there isn’t s a definite list of the best tasting coffee beans we would recommend, but here are some tips to help you choose for better tasting coffee.

  1. If your favorite coffee shop roasts its own beans and sells them, get it from them, not the grocery store. There is less chance it will fail you with the taste.
  2. Look for whole beans not ground coffee.
  3. Once roasted, coffee beans start to lose their original flavor and aroma rather fast. It is obviously the best to roast on your own if you’ve got the time and resources, but freshly roasted beans will do for your busy days. Look for the roasting date on the packaging and ideally, go for the ones that’s been roasted within the past few days.
  4. Buy in small portions.

Store the Beans Right

What a waste would it make when you get the fanciest beans and end up spoiling them just because you stored them wrong. Here are some do’s and don’ts in storing your beans right to prevent such disaster:

  1. Air, moisture, heat, and light are the villains that attack and harm your beans’. Keep your beans stored in a dry place sealed airtight.
  2. Store them in an opaque container and make sure no light can get in through.
  3. Ditch the packaging that comes with the coffee beans, they are not the greatest storing method if you want to keep your beans at the best state. Rather, invest in a good airtight container.
  4. Keep your beans away from places that gets hot and humid in your kitchen like in a cabinet beside the tab, near the oven, or on a table that gets strong sunlight.
  5. Don’t even think about putting your beans in the fridge or freezing them unless you want to taste all the unpleasant food odors in your fridge mingled into your cup.

Grind Your Own

Coffee starts losing its flavors and aroma as soon as it’s ground. As more prone to absorbing moisture and unwanted odors, it is always recommended to grind your coffee just before the brew. Go for a burr or mill grinders as it will create more even grind size.

The best grind size depends on the brewing method and the grind size can greatly affect the taste of the brew. You can easily determine and experiment on the grind size by tasting the difference: overly fine grind size will result in over-extraction that is just utter bitter while coffee ground too coarse would make the coffee taste flat and bland. Click HERE to view an infographic illustrating best grind size per brewing method.

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And the Right Water

Nothing else can ruin the taste of your coffee than a strong-flavored tap water. Tap water adds unpleasant taste and odors to your cup. Go for filtered water or bottled spring water, and you will surely taste the difference.

The Perfect Temperature and Ratio

The so-called “Golden Ratio” for coffee making varies among the baristas as it would depend on the brewing method as well as personal preferences. The standard that majority agrees on for brewing one cup of coffee (8 ounces) is 14 grams (2½ table spoon) of coffee and a cup of (8 ounces) of water. This ratio can be adjustable to suit your taste. Experiment on a few variations to find your own Golden Ratio!

Even if you found the perfect ratio, water temperature can severely affect the taste of your coffee. Cold water result in under-extracted coffee with flat taste whereas water that’s too hot will extract compounds too much leaving a bitter and unpleasant taste. The ideal water temperature is between 195 to 205°F (90.5 to 96°C).

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