7 tips for a good cup of coffee
How do you make the best cup of coffee? It only requires quite a few steps, so you can make a better cup of coffee at home. Get 7 great tips here.
The coffee, espresso or capsule machine plays an important role in how good your coffee becomes. If you already have a good machine, you can check out our tips for a better coffee below.
The taste of the coffee depends on the temperature of the water, how you store the beans and which coffee pot you use. With a few adjustments, you can improve your coffee brewing at home.
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1. Take care of your machine
Lime in the machine can lower the temperature of the water and it affects the taste of the coffee. Be sure to descale the machine regularly.
Always empty the machine of water. Some machines have water standing inside pipes or special water reservoirs. Brewing coffee daily does not cause any problems.
Always use fresh, cold water when brewing coffee. Then the color and the aromas and flavors are released better from the coffee.
If the coffee machine is in the cottage, remember to turn the machine over the kitchen sink so that the water can run out before you drive home.
2. Keep an eye on the temperature
The water temperature should be between 92 and 96 degrees. If you make coffee in a plunger jug, you have to wait a bit to pour the water over the coffee after you have boiled the water.
In general, the water must not be 100 ° C, because then you ‘scald’ the taste out of the coffee.
3. Dose your coffee correctly
The producers usually write on the bag how much coffee you need to brew your coffee.
If it is not on the package, you can, as a rule of thumb, use about 7 grams of ordinary roasted coffee for a cup of 1.5 decilitres of water or 45 grams for a liter of water.
4. Store the coffee airtight and cool
Coffee should preferably be drunk no later than a few weeks after purchase. Therefore, do not build up a stock of coffee. Store the coffee beans in a dark and cool place.
Put the coffee in the freezer if you have bought too much. You can store the coffee in an airtight freezer bag. But be sure to take it out of the freezer the day before you need to use it so that it has room temperature when you start brewing.
Assess how much coffee you drink in 1 week and put an amount that suits your weekly consumption in an airtight container. So you avoid the coffee losing aroma and taking flavor from other foods.
5. Adjust the brewing time
The water should be in contact with the coffee for 4 to 6 minutes. Shorter or longer time gives flat or bitter coffee. The coffee will be completely bad if the temperature is too low and the brewing time too long.
6. The filter must not give off taste
Paper filters can give off a taste that is not good in coffee.
If you want to avoid it, rinse the filter with a little boiling water before brewing the coffee.
You can also avoid the taste of paper filters by using a gold filter in your coffee machine.
You can reuse the gold filter many times, and it does not absorb the oils in the coffee beans that help to give the good coffee taste.
7. The coffee pot must be clean
Keep the jug clean. Otherwise the coffee gets a bitter taste.
Thermos jugs are better than glass jugs on the burner if you like to drink a jug of coffee over a few hours.
The Consumer Council Tænk’s test of coffee machines shows that coffee from glass jugs becomes bitter from standing on the hot plate, while the coffee in the thermos jug does not change significantly in taste.
The type of coffee matters
Filter coffee, espresso, capsule coffee, stamp coffee and instant coffee are the most common types of coffee.
The type of coffee is important for the brewing process and for the taste of the finished beverage.
Filter coffee is known by most. Here the water runs through the ground coffee and a filter.
The Consumer Council Think has tested coffee machines for filter coffee. The test shows that the taste of the finished filter coffee largely depends on the coffee machine.
Espresso coffee is stronger than filter coffee, both in taste and consistency. It is brewed under pressure by forcing the water through the ground coffee.
Espresso is made from beans roasted darker than the beans for the other types of coffee.
A high vapor pressure creates the foam layer ‘crema’ on top of an espresso. Stir it with the rest of the coffee before drinking it.
Capsule machines use capsules, where both coffee and filter are located in the capsule itself. Capsule machines can often make both regular coffee and espresso coffee.
The amount of packaging is large for capsule coffee. Therefore, capsule coffee is generally a greater environmental burden than the other types of coffee.
The price of capsule coffee is high compared to the other types of coffee.
Stamp coffee you do not make on a machine. Instead, the coffee is soaked in a plunger jug.
Grums in the coffee can be avoided by using a coarsely ground coffee.
Stamp coffee provides less waste as you do not use disposable filters or capsules.
You make instant coffee by pouring the hot water directly over the powder.
The Consumer Council Think has tested instant coffee for taste and unwanted substances.
Our tests show that there is a big difference in the taste of instant coffee. Our tests also show that some types of instant coffee contain a lot of acrylamide, which is carcinogenic.