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How do you make the best cup of coffee? It only requires a few steps, so you can make a better cup of coffee at home.

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.

In this article, I will cover the different aspects that will result in an amazing cup of coffee including top seven tips. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

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.

1. Take Care of Your Machine

Be sure to descale the machine regularly otherwise your coffee will start tasting weird.

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 in your machine. Then the color and the aromas and flavors are released better from the coffee.

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 Properly

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 is at 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 awful if the temperature is too low and the brewing time too long.

6. Filters Used

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 a 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 Also Matters

The above seven tips are important along with the type of coffee you use.

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

Filter coffee is known by most. You have to run the water through the ground coffee and a filter.

As mentioned, Consumer Council Think tests coffee machines. The test shows that the taste of the finished filter coffee largely depends on the coffee machine.

Espresso

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 Coffee

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

Stamp coffee you do not make on a machine. Instead, the coffee is soaked in a plunger jug.

Grains in the coffee can be avoided by using coarsely ground coffee.

Stamp coffee provides less waste as you do not use disposable filters or capsules.

Instant Coffee

You make instant coffee by pouring the hot water directly over the powder.

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.

-Consumer Council

The Verdict

If you follow these various tips and tricks, your coffee will surely taste a lot better.

Hope you learned a thing or two!

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