How to brew a great cup of coffee
Drinking filtered water not only tastes better, but it’s also better your your health, costs less and is good for the environment. So, to make the most out of your cup of coffee in the morning, why not boil the kettle with some filtered water? If tea simply isn’t the drink for you, coffee represents a delicious and highly energising alternative. Making a great cup of coffee at home doesn’t require you to purchase any fancy equipment or spend an inordinate amount of time mastering a skill, it’s actually relatively easy. Here are some actionable tips to help you make a cup of coffee in the morning that will not only taste great, but will energise you for a productive day at the office.
1. Choosing the right water goes a long way
While ordinary tap water might be what most people use to make a cup of coffee, if you’re looking to make something extra special, use filtered water every time – it really makes a difference to the overall taste.
2. Fresh is best
Try to purchase fresh coffee wherever possible, and consume within two weeks of the coffee’s roast date to ensure no flavour is lost.
3. The daily grind
Grinding your coffee beans as finely as possible is very important in order to make the best tasting coffee. While electric grinders can be purchased from most home appliance stores, an inexpensive hand grinder will also do an excellent job, provided you’re prepared to put in a little bit of physical effort!
4. The golden ratio
Aim for approximately 55g of finely ground coffee per liter of water. You may want to modify this ratio depending on your personal taste, but just remember that having too much or too little coffee per water is one of the prime causes of a sub-par tasting drink.
5. Weigh it out
Figuring out the precise weight of your coffee is easier said than done. Different types of coffee have different densities, so it pays to have a digital scale to weigh the coffee. This will allow you to get the right coffee to water ratio every time.
6. Don’t reheat the coffee
To maximise taste, it’s better to brew up a fresh batch of coffee than reheat an existing one. Reheating coffee will completely transform the aromas and flavour of the coffee, for the worse!
7. Savour the moment
Try to consume your coffee within 15 minutes of brewing it, after this point the coffee will begin to cool down and become less flavoursome. Iced coffee can be an excellent tasting drink, however lukewarm coffee definitely isn’t!
8. Store safely
Coffee is susceptible to damage from sunlight, so try to store your coffee in a well-sealed ceramic jar, preferably in a dark cupboard where the temperature is cool.
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