How to make the perfect cup of coffee
Whether it’s that first drink in the morning to wake you up for the day ahead or that 4th cup needed to keep you awake in the night to finish that early morning deadline, coffee is everywhere. So much so that in a recent report ( http://www.telegraph.co.uk/lifestyle/10523367/Britain-now-a-nation-of-coffee-drinkers-as-tea-sales-plunge.html ) it stated that we the British public known for being the traditional tea lovers have been converted to the modern and more fashionable cappuccino. This news probably doesn’t come as much surprise to most of you out there as the rise and rise of coffee has grown exponentially.
Whether it’s on the high street with chain stores like Costa, Starbucks, Caffe Nero, Pret a Manger….(the list goes on). Or with the recent success of personal coffee makers, where you can actually recreate that professional brew which you could get from your local coffee shop right in the comfort of your very own home. Coffee is here to stay people.
With there being so many different types of coffee, coffee machines, coffee brands, coffee beans… it would be virtually impossible for me to tell you what coffee is best for you as that discussion could probably go on all day. However what we can provide you with is some basic tips to make sure that whenever you do want to make that fresh brew at home that it is always going to be a perfect cuppa.
Step 1- Coffee Beans:
Quite an obvious one to kick off with really but if you don’t start off with the right fresh ingredients then it is more likely than not that the end product won’t turn out too good either. Obviously you will know by now which type of coffee blend which you prefer, but a general rule of thumb is that if you are only having one or two cups of coffee a day it would be best to avoid buying very large bags. Remember a little and often as much as possible.
Step 2- Keep your beans fresh:
More of a continuation from the first point is that keeping your beans fresh is one of, if not THE vital component to creating that perfect cup of coffee. The moment those beans go stale is the moment your cup of coffee will be ruined. So how do I combat this I hear you ask?… Simple. Always keep your beans sealed, keep them at room temperature and NEVER freeze your coffee beans. The instant you freeze your coffee beans it will automatically affect the taste of the coffee beans especially if the beans are dark roasted.
Step 3- Grind your own Beans:
This is where the Bean to Cup coffee machine has the obvious advantage over any other coffee machine. When possible try and and grind your own beans, this is because as soon as the coffee is ground it will start to lose its quality. The sooner you make your cup of coffee the better.
Step 4- Measure:
There is always this presumption that because we are making coffee straight from the source that we should be using smaller measurements, otherwise the coffee will be too strong and overpowering. That my friends is a myth, in actual fact using less coffee can lead to a weak and bitter after taste. If your making an espresso don’t be scared to use up to 7 grams with every shot your making. If it’s cafeteria use 2 tablespoons for every cup to get that rich flavour.
Step 5- Don’t burn your beans:
If you add boiling water after the coffee it will mean that your beans will burn giving it an unpleasant after taste.
Step 6- Don’t microwave it:
If you have done the cardinal sin of letting your coffee go cold (admit it, we’ve all done it), best advice is to throw it out and start again. Reheating it will ruin the coffee as it will lose all of its original rich and natural flavours.
Step 7- Milk:
The second key ingredient to making your coffee is milk. Like the importance of picking the right coffee beans picking the right type of milk is also a crucial part in the coffee making process. For a Latte/Cappuccino UHT or pasteurised milk is recommended, unpasteurised milk does not produce the best results. When steaming the milk anything more than 140°F will make the milk go sour, and I can assure you, you won’t like that.
Hopefully now with these basic steps in place you’ll be able to make that perfect cup of coffee on a more regular basis.
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