6 Tips That Change The Way You Make Coffee
Making the perfect cup of coffee can be a science. It is individually what one wants from one’s coffee, and therefore there is a sea of ways to brew coffee. We give you six tips to get more out of your coffee maker so that the quality of the cup is top notch.
1: Freshly ground coffee beans
It may sound like a small thing, but it has a lot to say. If you grind the coffee just before brewing, you preserve more flavors and flavors. Up to 60% of the aromas have disappeared from the coffee, already 15 minutes after the beans have been ground. Therefore, experiment with grinding your own beans just before brewing your coffee and discovering a world of different flavors.
Storing your coffee beans also has an effect on the taste. The beans should preferably be kept dry and airtight as they retain much more flavor in that way.
2: Grind and measure the coffee properly
There are different grades of grinding on a coffee grinder. Therefore, it is important that you use the setting that is suitable for filter coffee. If you grind the beans too coarsely, you will get a very mild coffee flavor. If you ground them the other way around, you will get an overstretched coffee and thereby a bitter taste. Most often you will need a medium degree of filter coffee.
After grinding the coffee, you must have it measured correctly. There are many advanced coffee scales that can help you find the right amount of coffee for your cup. A distribution of 1:20 (1 part of coffee per 20 parts of water, which equals about 7.5 g. Of coffee to 150 ml. Of water) will give a good medium cup of coffee. Of course, it is different from person to person how they like their coffee. Some prefer a 1:14 distribution, making the coffee strong. Conversely, there are some who prefer a mild 1:30 distribution. Try your way and remember to note the amount as you experiment. Then you can find the distribution that best suits you.
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3: Brew at the correct temperature
Not all filter coffee machines can set the temperature. Do you have one where possible, it is only an advantage. The ideal brewing temperature is between 91 and 96 degrees. Try to let a pot without coffee run through and measure the temperature along the way. The water must not be too hot as it will make the result poor. Note that this is the brewing temperature and not the temperature of the finished coffee. When a whole pot of coffee is brewed, the temperature of the coffee will typically be 80-85 degrees.
4: Choose the right coffee filter
There are two types of coffee filters: the brown and the white. Although the brown may seem more natural and environmentally correct, you should choose the white. It’s a little extra investment, but it will make a world of difference for the taste.
Try taking a brown paper filter and chewing on it. If you can taste the paper and cellulose, it is leftover from the production and it destroys the good coffee taste. The white filter is oxygen bleached and will not leave any flavor in your coffee. Whatever filter you use for brewing, it may be a good idea to soak it in with the warm water inside. It will remove some of the flavors that might be.
5: Use the “right” cold water
Is there wrong water? The quality of tap water varies, depending on where you are in the country. If the water is very hard, it is filled with minerals and thus has more difficulty in dissolving the particles in the coffee. It results in a sub-extracted, weak coffee. In addition, the hard water will cause you to descale your machine more often.
Conversely, completely distilled water can be just as damaging to your equipment. In addition, this type of water can easily cause your coffee to be over-extracted, giving you a bitter taste.
Therefore, you should use water that is right in the middle of the spectrum. That is, water that has a mineral balance of approx. 150 parts per million. In large parts of Denmark, tap water is usually fine, but otherwise it may be a good idea to use filtered water. You can achieve this by e.g. to use a water filter pot. In addition, remember that the water must be cold when brewing your coffee. It gives a cleaner taste.
You can check the water quality in your area through an online hardness card or conduct a hardness test with strips.
6: Drink when the coffee is brewed
The coffee tastes best just when it is brewed. As it is allowed to stand and become lukewarm, it loses its aroma and the taste becomes more bitter. That is why it is always good to drink the coffee just after it is brewed.
Another thing you can do before drinking the coffee is to warm up the cup. It helps keep the temperature as you pour the brewed coffee into the cup. If the hot coffee hits a cold cup, it may lose taste.
BONUS: When you don’t want to do it yourself
While enjoying a cup of coffee from your filter machine, you may want to consider the benefits of an automatic espresso machine.
It provides a good cup of regular coffee and you can enjoy many other coffee varieties as well.
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