What makes a great cup of coffee? Since people’s tastes differ, you should know more about coffee before you make another cup. Read on to learn about various techniques that can change the way you consume your coffee beverages.
To make a good coffee, always start with fresh beans. They should look kind of oily, and they should be potent. Try to avoid very dry beans, any grocery store beans, and any beans that have been exposed to air for a long time. Your best bet is to either roast beans yourself or buy them from a local roaster.
To produce robust brewed coffee, consider getting a French press. Drip-style coffee makers have paper filters that can absorb all the flavor. A French press works differently. It has a plunger, which shoves coarsely ground coffee beans to the carafe’s bottom. The oils say in the brew, providing a flavor that is richer.
Coffee tastes much better if it is fresh brewed, and is actually lower in caffeine if consumed soon after it is made. Some people are particular about using only spring water or bottled water to make it, while others seem to think tap water works just fine for making good coffee.
Here is a great trick to try if you use softened or distilled water to brew your coffee. Just add a small pinch of salt to the pot after brewing. This may sound crazy, but the salt will add a lot of extra flavor to the coffee! Believe it or not!
Get yourself a good coffee grinder. Grinding beans prior to brewing leaves delicious, aromatic oils on the beans making your coffee taste fresher. Choose a grinder that has options for adjusting the grind to the type of brew you desire. Many coffee makers come with a built in grinder so you don’t have to have have a machine for grinding and then another for brewing.
Just because you are drinking a dark roast coffee does not mean your coffee has more caffeine in it. This is just the way the beans were prepared, not how much caffeine is in them. If your coffee has the term Robusta on it’s packaging, it usually has twice the amount of caffeine as standard Arabica coffee.
You do not need to tip the barista at a coffee shop the same percentage as you do a waitress or a hairdresser. Your hairdresser has to understand precisely what you want and then do it, and a waitress has multiple tables to keep up with exactly everyone’s order. Your barista mixes up one cup at a time, so do not feel guilty for tipping him or her less. Still, do throw a few coins in the tip jar frequently.
With increased knowledge, you now can start experimenting and find what works for you. Perhaps you want to experiment with different brews. Do you enjoy coffee but, want to expand your knowledge and tastes? When you brew your next pot, keep these tips in mind.